DeskLodge House - Launch Party!

Last night we celebrated the official launch of our awesome new coworking space, DeskLodge House here in Bristol!

With a golden ticket invite and an Alice in Wonderland theme, DeskLodge set the scale for this fun filled party of the year!

The party was just amazing! We were overwhelmed with the huge turnout of people and local businesses and supporters of DeskLodgers all revelling together, viewing our new amazing spaces, enjoying the yummy ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ inspired food and having a great time!

It was lovely to see lots of current DeskLodgers showing their support and joining in with the fun, as they know, there ain’t no party, like a DeskLodge party!

The drinks were flowing and the awesome Los Savages band kept the party vibes going, dressing up in different outfits from the infamous DeskLodge dressing up box and encouraging others to do the same! It was so great to see everyone getting involved in the dressing up and getting their glitter on provided by the lovely Georgia Powell MUA.

We are also really excited to see what local film maker Nim….  From Foldout Films produces for us from all the fun moments and happenings from the DeskLodge House launch party. Watch this space!!!!

We had a night to remember! It was the perfect way to showcase all the hard work we have put into the space, so far, and to build on the excitement for what is still to come in 2019!

What we thought was going to be a low key, chilled out affair turned into an amazing mad hatters house party with over 300 people. Guests quenched their thirst on over 3 kegs from Bristol Beer Factory, multiple cases of prosecco, jugs and jugs of Sea Breezes and a cellar full of wine.

Anyone of you lovely people who came and partied with us but hasn’t yet tried out working from the space are very welcome to take us up on our 2 free days and visit again.

“ Last night was our launch - but more than that, I hope the launch of many friendships and collaborations. It was wonderful seeing people combining work with fun. The whole point of DeskLodge is that most of us can't do our best work alone or in a world of magnolia." Tom Ball - DeskLodge Founder & CEO.

The Guests were taken on a journey through the Forest Lounge, getting a face full of glitter, stopping off at the caravan for a trick or two with the super impressive magician Warren Singer, getting heavily involved with the rails of fancy dress and then wandering through to Alice In Wonderland where Los Savages were playing an intimate gig.  It was a monster bash! “ Mel Joslin - DeskLodge House Centre Manager.

DeskLodger of the Month - Bristol - January

Zoe Taylor - DeskLodge resident & CEO at Sparkol

Zoe likes to keep active by mountain biking, running and skiing and is a busy mum of two! 

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What is your Job title?

I’m CEO now but originally joined the company as Operations Director back in 2014.

What do Sparkol do?

Sparkol is a software company that creates engaging tools for businesses and education to present and share ideas quickly and easily, regardless of budget or design skills. VideoScribe is a whiteboard animation tool to create hand-drawn explainer videos and StoryPix enables you to create a short explainer video from a single static image. 

We also have a creative services team who make explainer videos for businesses who don’t have the time or resource to make their own. 

 

How long have you been at DeskLodge?

We moved here in December 2015, only intending to stay for 6 months!

 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

That’s a hard one. There are so many great things about being part of Sparkol. I love that we are based in Bristol but have a truly global reach, selling to over 160 countries; that no day is ever the same; that changes we make today can have an immediate impact with instant results; and the people of course, but that goes without saying. 

 

What is your favourite thing about DeskLodge?

It’s a great, fun space full of interesting, driven people and you never know who you will meet at the coffee machine!

 

What do you do in your spare time? 

Ideally something active; mountain biking, running, skiing, walking.... I have two kids, two springer spaniels and a busy husband so there is a constant juggle to squeeze everything in. 

 

Have you made any new year resolutions?

I need to work exercise into my routine to give me the clarity, focus and enough headspace to do all the amazing things we have lined up for 2019. 

 

Thanks Zoe - Have a great 2019

An overview of 2018 at DeskLodge!

Wow! What a year it has been! We have seen so many of you lovely lot passing through our doors in 2018 from the snowy beginnings through the Gromit challenge heatwaves to the arrival of a lovely new DeskLodge House! It’s all been happening!

The DeskLodge team are so proud to now have three locations in Bristol and Basingstoke and a team that has nearly tripled in size! We certainly have stayed productive!

Thank you to all you wonderful DeskLodgers from old friends, amazing regulars and residents to all  our DeskLodger newbies for making 2018 a year to remember xx

Here’s what happened….buckle in…

January

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A new year and a new start. We looked at Combating Loneliness in the workplace and how coworking can help. Alison Edgar also popped in for another inspiring Sales Coach Solutions workshop.

February

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In February we shared the DeskLodge love and welcomed the Womens Tech Hub Founders and Stephenson Law social media events. Whilst chatting to PHD students about how coworking can help their productivity.  

March

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With March came the snow and lots of it! We celebrated Easter with our annual DeskLodge Easter egg hunt and celebrated our first International Women’s Day with inspiring talks from local women, it was a successful and empowering day which we hope to celebrate again in 2019! Our Basingstoke location also started filling up with lovely new DeskLodgers, with more unique areas being built all the time!

April

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April was a busy month for events with regular meet ups including PHPSW joining us for another jam packed turn out! Natasha Ryan our amazing Sports Therapist also started her fortnightly massage sessions, helping our DeskLodgers to de-stress from all that hard work that they put in! We had a DeskLodge Quiz at the DeskLodge social and the big news of the month was the arrival brand spanking new coffee machine!

 

May

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The sun arrived and stayed for months! We celebrated with a secret social event (my gosh it was hard to keep it a secret) where we co-hosted a Sofar Sounds event in our Oak Tree space. With live and relaxed, accoustic performances and a very chilled DeskLodge Social. Find out more (link) 

 

We also focused on Mental Health Awareness Week, where we looked in to how to cope with stress in the workplace. Many DeskLodgers got involved sharing stories and starting a conversation about an often-taboo subject, whilst offering ideas on how they cope.

 

June

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In June we shared a few secrets on how we build a coworking space and the both the Bristol and Basingstoke Teams got together for the first time to discuss the future of DeskLodge and the very soon to be lauched (and a very big secret at the time) DeskLodge House!

  

July

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Summer was in full bloom and DeskLodge Bristol jumped head first into the Gromit Challenge where we asked DeskLodgers to join our Insta challenge to photograph and tag themselves and add the #desklodgegromitchallenge hashtag, with a chance to win £250 towards their chosen charity.

In Basingstoke the DeskLodge team sponsored and attended the inspiring Venus Awards, supporting and promoting Women in Business.

August

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By August the DeskLodge Gromit Challenge was in full swing and saw teams of DeskLodge residents and hotdeskers battling it out to capture selfies with as many Gromits as possible with their eyes on the prize for thir chosen charities.

DeskLodge was also growing, with a not so secret DeskLodge House on the horizon, the Bristol team started to grow and we welcomed the super efficient, Sabrina McCue to the Bristol DeskLodge Team and the lovely Siobhan Knight was promoted to Office Manager! Which was all very exciting!

We also found out the shocking stats on how much coffee our DeskLodgers consume. Find out why DeskLodgers Love Coffee

DeskLodge House was certainly starting to make an impact and our amazing residents Sparkol created this super-cool scribe for us.

 

September

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As the summer ended we threw our annual DeskLodge End of the Summer Party! This years bash was festival themed so we covered our DeskLodgers in facepaint and even had a surpirse dressing up party (thanks to DeskLodge creator Tom Ball buying out a fancy dress shop that day!) Find out what happened here.

The Gromit Challenge came to an end and saw three teams manage to get selfies with every Gromit Unleashed 2 Character which was just amazing! Residents Sparkol managed to get to the finish line first and donated their winnings to The Grand Appeal! It was a grand summer out!

We were so excited that DeskLodge House was well on the way to opening too and expanded our team to include Justin Sanders, who is currently based at DeskLodge House! How time flies!

October

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In October we launched the Great DeskLodge Bake Off and invited DeskLodgers to bake cakes to raise money for the Bristol Giving Day. We were so impressed with how many DeskLodgers got involved in the Bake Off and we managed to raise £257.27! Find out who won the Bake Off in The Great DeskLodge Bake Off blog post.

It wouldn't be October without Halloween so we threw another party with more facepainting and dressing up and ended it with a gruesome Bristol pub crawl! It was, of course, spooktacular!

Things started to get even busier at DeskLodge Basingstoke and the super-fun Emma Mears joined the team just in time for a DeskLodge Team get-together and a round of crazy golf!

 

November

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November saw the offical opening of Desklodge House with the big launch party due in January 2019 (Watch this space!). DeskLodge House has already created a buzz in Bristol and has it's own local celebrity (like our very own Gromit) The DeskLodge Cockral, who guards the doors to our magical new space!

With a new coworking space comes two more members of the team including the lovely Ellie Cheetham and Mel Joslin who are rocking the fun vibes at DeskLodge House, alongside Thanh and Justin.

We also bigged up the area local to our original DeskLodge space in Old Market, Bristol this month, read our blog post on our Top Eats in the area.

 

December

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December dropped in with its DeskLodger's Advent calendar and Basingstoke's Naughty Elf causing mischief on social media. With Christmas Jumper Day and our Mulled Wine and Mince Pie socials in Bristol, the end of 2018 has certainly been a very busy and fun time!

With plans for a big, fun-filled, magical launch party for DeskLodge House in January 2019, we certainly aim to start 2019 with a bang!  

Merry Christmas and Happy 2019

Love from Team DeskLodge xx

DeskLodger of the Month - Bristol - December

Bharat Kunwar - a hotdesker at 1TW


Meet Bharat who is a Cloud software engineer for the hotdesking team StackHPC. Bharat enjoys walking, travelling and Hacking.

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What is your Job title?
Cloud Software Engineer for StackHPC

How long have you been coming to DeskLodge?
Since February 2018

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
The sheer variety of things I’ve had the chance to work in!

What is your favourite thing about DeskLodge?
Great staff, the facilities and the standing desks!

What do you do in your spare time? 
Hacking on personal projects 

What do you want for Christmas?
Spend time with family and friends

Thanks Bharat  - Have a great Christmas & best wished for 2018!

Christmas At DeskLodge

We are so excited that the infamous DeskLodge Advent Calendar has returned for 2018.

For those of you who weren’t with us last Christmas here’s the run down on how it works.

Each day on the run up to Christmas we will randomly select a DeskLodger to open the envelope of Christmas dreams on that day. Simple! All you need to do is to make sure you are tapped in on the software and be in the office to collect your prize!

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The advent calendar was such a success last year that we had to bring it back, especially since we have had so many lovely new DeskLodgers join us in 2018!

Good luck and have an amazing Christmas you lovely lot!

 

DeskLodger of the Month - Bristol - November

Liz Ward - a DeskLodge Resident at Blu Wireless 
Meet Liz who works for Blu Wireless Technology, they create intelligent wireless communications systems for 5G networks. 
Liz likes Yoga, reading and the DeskLodge socials!

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What is your Job title?
Office Administrator

How long have you been at Blu Wireless / DeskLodge?
9 months

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Every day is different 

What is your favourite thing about DeskLodge?
The socials! They are always fun and it’s great to talk to different people over a few drinks. I like the indoor garden area, it’s always a nice atmosphere!

What do you do in your spare time? 
Yoga, reading, and appreciating the existence of dogs

Big night out or Netflix and chill?
Netflix and chill 

Thanks Liz  - Have a great November!

Calling all foodies! Here our some top eats just minutes away from DeskLodge 1 Temple Way

DeskLodge is based on Bristol’s busy Temple way, right next to Bristol’s newest creative quarter, Old Market, which is full of independent cafes, bars, music venues and art spaces.

Located just a 5 minute walk from the city centre Old Market is getting a name for itself as Bristol’s next big thing and a great place to go to fill your bellies, either on your lunch breaks or for after work drinks.

There are so many options in the area that we have narrowed the list down to our DeskLodge Top 5 Eats!!

The Old Market Assembly

A grand event space, theatre and music venue that see’s events from live music, DJs to local fashion shows.  It’s open planned bar area and restaurant has a mezzanine floor that offers a great view of the main bar area so you can see what’s going on, whether it’s live music or just a chance to do some people watching in the colourful Old Market area.

As part of The Sustainable Restaurant association, https://thesra.org/  The Old Market Assembly serves mostly vegetarian and vegan foods that are sustainably and locally sourced.

The seasonal menus offer eat in options from stews and curries to the most tastiest pizza ever, all served from 12.pm - 9.30pm (please check website for current lunch and evening times) at very reasonable prices ranging from £5 to £14!

The bar stocks local brewed beers, sustainable wines and ciders (of course there is cider, this is Bristol y’know!).

 25 West Street, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0DF


To The Moon  

Located just off the Old Market strip on Midland Road you will find the quaint boutique bar  To The Moon.  

This multi use venue space is a fashion boutique during the day and transforms into a bar by night. To The Moon is great for after work drinks or indeed a night out, with a wide selection of rums and cocktails on offer. “But what about the eats?” - we hear you say, well what’s better for these colder months than a comforting and extremely yummy Pieminister pie https://www.pieminister.co.uk/ and mash? With vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available too. This cute little bar offers djs, events and has super friendly staff, it’s Old Market’s best kept secret!

Food is available Wednesday to Friday from 5pm - 9pm, Saturdays from 1pm - 7pm and Sundays from 1pm - 5pm with weekday deals of pie, mash, peas, gravy and a pint for a tenner!  

27-29 Midland Road, Bristol, BS2 0JT

The Exchange

 The closest eatery to DeskLodge 1TW has to be The Exchange Coffee Shop and Kitchen. Serving all vegan and veggie food from cakes to breakfasts and aTex Mex inspired menu that changes seasonally. The roasted coffee is sustainable and locally sourced with offers available for all DeskLodgers, just ask at the bar!

The Exchange is a well known music venue in Bristol that offers live music, club nights, flea markets, art exhibitions, recording studios and a record shop and if you are lucky you may even see one of The Idles https://www.idlesband.com/ hanging out there on your next visit!

The Exchange Coffee Shop and Kitchen is open for breakfast from 8am-11am and lunch from 12 noon - 3pm.

72-73 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EJ

Tiffin Time  

Based on Midland Road Tiffin Time offer a locally sourced (and mostly organic) delicious and exciting lunch time treats that change each week that change with the seasons. There are take away lunches and a delivery service options available, where the lunches arrive in the lovable Tiffin Tins minimising waste and keeping things sustainable and reusable.

The menu changes each week with Katsu chicken curry and vegetarian Japanese Tariyaki balls (vegan options available) being a sample menu available with prices ranging from £6.50.

13 Midland Rd, Bristol BS2 0JT

 

Two’s Company Studios

In the heart of Old Market you will find the multipurpose creative hub Two’s Company Studios and sitting comfortably on the ground floor in the middle of a working art studio and exhibition space is a  lil’ coffee shop run by Alex Does Coffee. https://www.facebook.com/alexdoescoffee/  Serving up tasty Extract coffee, https://extractcoffee.co.uk/  yummy cakes and bakes and lunchtime treats all locally and ethically sourced and perfectly crafted here in Bristol. Look out for the cutest in-house whippet dog too!

The coffee shop is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am - 4pm and includes eats from seriously tasty cheese or vegan cheese toasties from £3.50, soup of the day or waffles and maple syrup. Yum!

61 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EJ

 Let’s eat!

 

DeskLodger of the month – Basingstoke – October

Gareth Riddy – Movement Therapist

Meet Gareth, a hotdesker at DeskLodge BSK who runs his own movement therapy business and loves to do brazilian jujitsu in his spare time!

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What do you do as a Movement Therapist?

I run my own business Gareth Riddy Movement Therapist. It helps empower people so they don't feel trapped in their body/mind. From written & digital products, seminars, to one to one work involving neurological based therapeutic techniques.

How long have you been running your business?

In its current guise around 5 years, including exercise based 12 years.

 

What’s your favourite thing about Desklodge?

My favourite thing is the open plan, beautifully jazzed up decor downstairs (The Atrium). It helps me create. Obviously, the staff are banging!

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I love to do Brazilian jujitsu.

 

What would be your chosen costume for a Halloween party?

Probably some kind of wizard or something magical.

 

Thanks Gareth! Have a great month!

Bristol Giving Day - The Great DeskLodge Bake Off

We were so impressed with the entries for our Great DeskLodge Bake Off which saw DeskLodgers bringing in their culinary baked masterpieces to raise money for Bristol Giving Day

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Lots of DeskLodgers got involved bringing in unicorn shaped cakes, colourful macaroons, layer cakes, Guinness cakes and cheesecakes to Grandma’s Chocie Cake (made from a loved family recipe).

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The initial idea came from DeskLodger Rob Eveleigh who told us about the Bristol Giving Day charity and how we could get involved, one of his ideas was a cake sale and the Great DeskLodge Bake Off idea grew from there.

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Knowing how well our lovely DeskLodgers respond to charity events, following a very successful Gromit Challenge, we just had to get involved with Bristol Giving Day.

The Bristol Giving Day is a day to spread generosity across Bristol through fun charity events fundraising to support local community causes from women’s refugee groups, organizing trips out of the city for inner city kids to supporting people with mental problems and isolated older people in our communities.

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With donations also going to the HPC Bristol Community Fund who support disadvantaged young people with education and training opportunities to the Bristol City Funds ‘No child goes hungry’ campaign or even contributing to Bristol Giving Day with your own charity-based groups and ideas. All money raised goes to supporting our community to help everyone thrive in our ever-growing and successful city!

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Bristol Giving Day is run by the Quartet Community Foundation who bring together like-minded people who want to improve and support their local community. 

On Wednesday 10th October, dressed up in our Bristol Giving Day t-shirts, the Bristol DeskLodge team held the Great DeskLodge Bake Off event. Each baker donated money to enter the competition and all DeskLodgers were invited along to become part of our judging team at £2 a pop, tasting the fabulous cakes and judging them on both creative appearance and most importantly, taste!

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We also welcomed along BBC Coast presenter Miranda Restovonikoff, who joined us for some guest cake judging alongside the Quartet Community Foundation team. It was great to meet Miranda and the team behind Bristol Giving Day.

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Following the cake fest that was the Great DeskLodge Bake Off judging event and a few extremely over-excited sugar rushes and the inevitable sugar crash (hey, don’t judge, there were a lot of cakes to taste) we found our first ever Great DeskLodge Bake Off winner, drumroll please……….

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For her amazing and truly scrumptious Chocolate and caramel cake (smothered in caramel Swiss meringue buttercream with homemade honeycomb bites, covered in chocolate!) yes, it was as heavenly as it sounds – Hayley Yates from Nudge Digital took first place!

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Coming in at a close second with her gorgeous and super sweet cream filled layer cake tower was Hannah Grenfell from Sparkol! Well done ladies!

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It was so great to see so many DeskLodgers getting involved whether as bakers or judges and we are very proud to say that we managed to raise £257.27 for Bristol Giving Day! Go DeskLodge!

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We would also like to give a great big thanks to local cake makers Deocraft who kindly donated an amazing cake with an edible image of the Bristol Suspension Bridge and balloons with a layered velvet and lemon sponge and beautifully piped cream! Our DeskLodgers have really enjoyed the cake and donated even more money for Bristol Giving Day! Well done Bristol!

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DeskLodger of the Month - Bristol - October

Chris Lock  - a Freelance Application Developer

Meet Chris, who is a hotdesker at DeskLodge. Chris likes to play board games, is an improv performer, a writer and is a self confessed Geek! 

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What do you do as an Application Developer?
I mostly work on contracts for companies who need help with whatever their current goal is. I do this mostly with web technologies like PHP and Javascript. Currently, I'm working for a Financial Tech company based near Frome, who are currently integrating their tech with a much larger firm who allow me to work remotely from time to time.

What's your favourite thing about your job? 
It allows me to be creative and satisfies my engineering biased mind. Being a contractor I also get a lot of flexibility, but with that comes the uncertainty of having a job for any length of time.

What's your favourite thing about DeskLodge? 
It gives me a space that I can have no distractions and just get on with stuff. The people who run the place are awesome, they have tea and are based 15 minutes cycle from my house. I've been coming here since 2016.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  
Quite a bit...
I write articles for a website GeekOutSW that is also a meetup group. They meet once a month, play board games and basically get to "Geek Out" amongst other geeks. No judgement, no expectations, just a safe space for geeks to be geeks.
 I am an active member of the Bristol Improv scene and you might also see me doing random poetry nights and generally trying to get on stage. 
I  love board games! I write reviews about them and I'm actually trying to design a card game with a friend of mine.
My new project is due to launch (officially) at the end of September 2018. I am starting a Podcast called Rough Sketch the aim is to merge the world of Improv and the Artist sketchbook together and ask artists to create something with someone who can't draw.

Trick or Treat?
Can't I have both?

 Thanks Chris, good luck with the new project!

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