DeskLodger of the Month - Bristol - September

Dan Simmonds from Omobono

Meet Dan, who is a video and motion designer with DeskLodge residents Omobono. Dan likes to DJ, binge watch TV series and is currently planning his wedding!  

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What do Omobono do?
I work in the Bristol office of Omobono – we’re a creative and technology agency for global business brands. We’ve got offices in Bristol, London, Cambridge, Dubai and Chicago. We do loads of great work for big businesses across the spectrum of digital, design, strategy and technology - my role is working in the creative team as a video & motion designer – I’m all about making stuff move.

How long have you worked at Omobono/DeskLodge? 
I’ve been working at Omobono for about 4 years now, and we’ve been in DeskLodge for nearly 3 years I think! We previously were in an office near the fountains and the hippodrome before we levelled up to DeskLodge. As we occasionally have people remote work away from our office, it’s great to be in a lively environment – and the spaces for team chats and client calls are very useful!

What's your favourite thing about your job? 
Working with people who are supremely talented and boss it in their roles, and generally creating stuff to (hopefully) wow clients. I have a constant itch to create cool stuff and also I learn new things all the time – for example I’m currently stepping into the 3rd dimension – trying to grapple the daunting land of 3D animation!

What's your favourite thing about DeskLodge? 
How close it is to my flat! Everyone is jealous of my 1 minute walk into work. Also, the people and fruit Wednesdays are pretty great

What do you like to do in your spare time?  
At the moment all my free time is devoted to planning my wedding in September - a particular highlight is making all the poor Desklodge staff walk across Desklodge to our office every day with never-ending packages of bunting/materials/bamboo screening/cutlery and other oddly shaped boxes! (sorry!)
Other than binge watching tv series I used to be into DJ’ing a lot – playing around my hometown of Worcester, Bristol and Birmingham and more – might pick it up again one day!

What’s your favourite tea or coffee?
Straight up builders brew tea – over milking is a sin and coffee still tastes weird to my child like tastebuds.

 Thanks Dan, have an amazing wedding! 

A Grand Summer Out with the DeskLodge Gromit Challenge       

We are so impressed with how many DeskLodgers joined in with the DeskLodge Gromit Challenge as part of the Grand Appeal for #gromitunleashed2 this summer!

We saw DeskLodger’s taking super cute selfies over this glorious summer with their kids, a quick stop selfie on bike rides home and a crafty snap on their lunch breaks, with the Gromit Unleashed 2 characters scattered around Bristol, either as part of a team or as lone competitors.

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DeskLodgers really got into the spirit of it with the main drive being to win money for their chosen charities! It was neck and neck at one point between DeskLodge resident teams from Quadrotech and Sparkol, who were battling for the prize of £250 towards their chosen charities or indeed to the Grand Appeal itself.

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The selfies kept rolling in and  the last week in August saw a group of DeskLodge coworkers collaborate to join the challenge. Team Freddie entered to win a donation towards the Freddie Dobson-Evans, Just giving page. Read more on Freddies story below.. https://www.justgiving.com/teams/Freddie-Dobinson-Evans

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With six days to go Team Quadrotech threw down the gauntlet to Team Sparkol and Team Freddie, graciously admitting defeat and declaring “it’s been cracking!”. With DeskLodger Robin (from Somo) one of our lone entries who, alongside his family, took part in his own Gromit trail crusade adding “I may not have got all 67 sculptures in time but it’s been fun trying”.

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With the deadline for the DeskLodge Gromit Challenge looming the teams became desperate to get their final selfies with the trickiest sculpture on the trail, that nearly defeated them all, the dreaded Puxton Park Gromit!

All finalists managed to bag themselves a Puxton Park Gromit selfie in the end, including Team Sparkol, even if it did take them two trips (on one occassion Puxton Park was closed) to get the shot and another entry, (who will remain nameless) may even of jumped over the fence to get their penultimate Gromit selfie.

Over the last few days the selfies kept coming in to our #instachallenge and just as we thought we may have two clear finalists, from nowhere came Tom Barrett (@tomhb0) from Blu Wirelesss, who in one post shared all 67 of his Gromit challenge selfies in the final hour, with a shocking 57 of the selfies taken in one long day! We were flabbergasted here at DeskLodge!

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“It was great to get out to parts of Bristol we wouldn’t normally see. It’s amazing seeing how different each sculpture is and how many talented creatives there are in the city”. Tom Barrett – Blu Wireless

In conclusion, we have been so impressed with the amount of effort that has been put into our first ever insta challenge by our amazing DeskLodgers, these colourful and fun selfies have made our summer!

So, who won?

We are pleased to announce that the team that managed to collect all of the Gromit Unleashed selfies first was……..drumroll please……….Team Sparkol!

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A massive congratulations to them for taking on the challenge with such enthusiasm, in what became a bit if a team bonding exercise with so many of the Sparkol office getting involved! Sparkol have won £250 towards their chosen charity the Grand Appeal which was a charity very close to their hearts.

“Thanks DeskLodge for organising the Gromit Challenge. The Sparkol team got behind it with enormous enthusiasm...we love to support a good cause and this was an incredibly fun way to raise some cash.

The guys really embraced the challenge and pulled together to successfully zap and ‘selfie’ every Gromit. It was a fabulous team building exercise which generated an awesome buzz and brought everyone together during what can be a quiet time in the office. 

All that on top of £750 going to the Grand Appeal. What a result!” Zoe Taylor - Sparkol

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DeskLodge were so impressed with the selfies and the extra two entries that managed to get all 67 sculptures that we decided to offer a joint second place prize to the last-minute entries from Tom Barrett and his chosen charity St Johns Hospice and to Team Freddie for the Freddie Dobinson-Evans Just Giving page. Both entries have won a £100 donation to their charities! Well done!

Thank you to everyone who joined in with the DeskLodge Gromit Challenge as part of the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail. It has just been amazing and we have loved every exciting minute of it!

It’s been a grand day out Gromit!

DeskLodger of the Month - Basingstoke - September

Jasbinder Gill an Independent IT Contractor

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What does your business do? 

I am an Independent IT Contractor, working mainly as a Solutions Architect, in mobile banking and finance. I help to articulate users requirements\needs into a design, and work with various software development teams to build and release the end product. 

How long have you been doing it? How long have you been at Desklodge? 

I've been working in software development for around 20+ years, and have worked as a Solution Architect for 10+ years.

I've been at Desklodge for approximately one month now.

What’s your favourite thing about your job? 

I like the multifaceted aspect of my job. Having to take an idea or requirement, and design the system, taking into account areas which on the surface may not seem obvious, such as security (how to prevent the software from being hacked), how the system is to be deployed, and strategies to deal with fail over, as well as any regulatory requirements.  

What’s your favourite thing about Desklodge?

I like the variety at Desklodge, I enjoy the decor, it gives me something different to look at when taking a break from my laptop. I've also got to meet some interesting people, who I probably would never had met, had I not joined. Just as importantly, I'm productive, its a nice, pleasant environment to work in.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy running, but do not get to run as much as I'd like to. Also enjoy playing squash and spending time with my family. I'm learning to create online animation, although at a particularly slow pace. 

DeskLodger of the Month - Bristol - August

DeskLodger of the Month
Emma Gorton-Ellicott from DeskLodge

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Meet Emma, who is a DeskLodge Host and writes our blogs. Emma is also our resident fashionista, a blogger and a musician to name a few things!

What do you do at DeskLodge?
I am one of the DeskLodge Hosts and have slowly got more involved with building our social media presence, promoting all of our events, spaces and the lovely DeskLodgers. I also write many of the blog posts and the monthly newsletter. I’m the annoying one following you around taking photos of what you are doing! As a host, I tour DeskLodge newbies, help run the main reception, fill the coffee machine and generally hang out making sure everything is amazing for all of our DeskLodgers. 

How long have you worked at DeskLodge? 
I’ve been at DeskLodge since November 2016

What's your favourite thing about your job? 
I love touring newbies around DeskLodge for their first time and seeing their faces light up as they wonder round our unique space, it's exciting for them and I like the element of surprise. I also enjoy the DeskLodge socials and have made some great friends here.

What's your favourite thing about DeskLodge? 
I love meeting so many amazing people each week and being able to work in such a fun environment, I am anti-corporate so this suits me just fine. The DeskLodge Team are a unique bunch and that reflects DeskLodge and what we stand for. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?  
Oh my goodness! I really like to cram stuff into my life! I work part-time at DeskLodge as I am also the Fashion Editor at Bristol 24/7 magazine, I write a fashion blog called No Debutante, I am a DJ at my club night Bang - which has been running in Bristol for 15 years, I am a singer/songwriter in the band Mono Dots, I am a fashion designer and have a label in progress named Fruit Salad AND I have three kids. So, not much on really….

Where is your favourite place outside of Desklodge?
I love to camp and recently we (me and the fam) have been going to The Gower a lot so we can go bodyboarding too. It’s a great escapism. If I can’t go camping and bodyboarding, I hide (from the fam) in my loft room with all the windows open for some peace and quiet, but they usually find me. 

 Thanks Emma, enjoy some camping and peace and quite in the wild!
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DeskLodge House  - It’s coming……

DeskLodge are super excited to announce our next location DeskLodge House in Bristol!

Following the huge success of DeskLodge - 1 Temple Way, DeskLodge House is set in the heart of Bristol's thriving business scene, with six floors of fun-filled, coworking spaces and is less than 3 minutes walk from Temple Meads station!

We are really looking forward to creating this inspirational new hub in Bristol for all the like-minded entrepreneurs, freelancers and companies to work, meet, collaborate and thrive together in our amazing spaces.

Get in touch with us for a tour and more info here

We look forward to meeting you!

DeskLodgers love coffee!

Coffee. Why is it so popular? Why are there so many coffee shops around the world?

Why do people lose it if there is no coffee? Perhaps they’ve had too much or just maybe, they like it and it helps them to stay productive! Whatever it is DeskLodge makes sure there is plenty of it. Lots of lovely free cups of coffee to help our DeskLodgers, wake up, remain alert and keep at it! It’s a hard slog running a business but coffee is always there when you need it!

Here are some DeskLodge coffee numbers, which may surprise you!

Out of the 300+ DeskLodgers who come to DeskLodge Bristol each day, between them they manage to drink a massive 319 cups of coffee a day, which is 1595 cups of coffee a week, approx 6380 cups a month and a staggering 76,560 cups of lovely coffee per year necked at DeskLodge Bristol! That's a whole lot of beans :)

Stay productive!

    “I have 10, maybe 9 cups              a day, lots!”

   “I have 10, maybe 9 cups              a day, lots!”

 “I enjoy the Desklodge coffee, I like expresso! The coffee table chats at DeskLodge are good for networking too!”

“I enjoy the Desklodge coffee, I like expresso! The coffee table chats at DeskLodge are good for networking too!”

  “It gives me a bit of a perk up but i only have one cup                   a day”

 “It gives me a bit of a perk up but i only have one cup                   a day”

*quotes not necessarily from DeskLodgers photographed!

Meet our new DeskLodge team member!

DeskLodge are very excited to introduce you to Sabrina the latest DeskLodge Host to join the Bristol Team.

Sabrina loves her new Audi TT sport, eating and playing pool with her mates!

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How has your first month been?

I have really enjoyed my first month working at DeskLodge, everyone is so friendly and helpful. I feel that It has been a challenging couple of weeks taking in all the information but I am really glad that I am working at DeskLodge.

What have you enjoyed the most?

The thing I have enjoyed the most has been getting to know the DeskLodge team and also the DeskLodgers. Everyone has been so helpful and it’s such a fun space to work within.

What were your first impressions of Desklodge?
When I first came into Desklodge I was amazed with how warm the welcome was from the staff.  I was so speechless with how the space has been designed! It feels so cosy to work within and I just love the overall atmosphere of the workspace.

Fave moment so far?

My fave moment so far has to be the Desklodge social because this is where I really got to know the companies that work within DeskLodge and what their companies are all about.

 

Thanks Sabrina, it’s great to have you here!

Make your coworking space a brighter place

Blog written by: Jessie Doughty (Huggg)

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We all know that a day at the office can be made a thousand times better if you’re surrounded by great co-workers. We’ve all got a ‘work bestie’ or a ‘work wife’, and they’re arguably the people we spend most of our time with through the week.

Just take a look at some of your favorite TV sitcoms; the main crux of why so many of them are so entertaining are because of the relationships between the characters in them. Would The Office really have been so heartwarming without the blossoming romance between Dawn and Tim? Or would Parks and Recreation have been so hilarious if it hadn’t been for the friendships between each and every member of the department? And what about the work-bromance between J.D. and Turk in Scrubs?

We rest our case.

Sharing your working habitat with other businesses is really no different to your regular office. You still build connections with like-minded people - just people from other walks of work. Forming good relationships in the workplace helps to create a positive and motivating environment and can have a huge impact on your day to day life.

Desklodge is brimming with bright, friendly people and it’s a literal hive of creatives, entrepreneurs, and growing businesses. There are so many perks to co-working here - we get free coffee, a clean, inspiring workplace, and not to mention all the other great things going on like massages and yoga.

So, how can you thank them for keeping you sane?

Well, with everyone doing their own thing, and with each business within the building being so different and varied, there isn’t much we can do except ask ‘Anyone fancy a coffee?’, as we pry ourselves away from our laptop screens for a brain-break at the coffee machine.

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But there is another way...

We at huggg have created a platform which allows you to show your appreciation for the people around you, and to make their day when the coffee machine is broken, the toilets are blocked, or your card doesn’t work.

And it’s called huggg.

It’s a platform (or series of apps) which allows you to put a smile on your coworker’s face from the comfort of your very own smartphone/desk. A little something to say ‘thanks for giving me a lift to the office’, ‘you make coming into work ten times easier’, or even ‘I know we’ve sat across the desk from each other for the past six months and only know each others first names, but I think I’m in love with you’... although, perhaps proceed with caution on that one. Might be a bit weird.

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It goes without saying that everybody loves a coffee, but when that coffee has been paid for and sent to you by a friend, it becomes that little bit more special.

Coworking in Bristol and want to make the most of huggg?

Download the huggg app and send your work bestie/wife/neighbour/crush a huggg before midnight on 8th July 2018. Once you’ve sent it, share a snap of your sent screen, tagging us @huggg_uk on social and we’ll ping one right back at you.

 

A tiny amount of time spent on your phone can have a huge impact on someone else’s day.

So, go on

Download the app and #sayitbetterwithhuggg

 

DeskLodger of the Month - Basingstoke - July

Kerrie Fraser from Chronyko..

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What do chronyko do?

chronyko provides immersive training events for organisations who empower their employees to solve complex problems. Our mission is to teach and exercise key business skills through innovative methods. We use a unique combination of storytelling, technology and challenges to create immersion and engagement with the learning outcomes. The events develop and exercise skills in a wide range of areas including leadership, team working and specialist technical disciplines.

 

How long have you worked at Chronyko/Desklodge?

I've only been officially at chronyko for the past 3 months, however, we have been working as a team on similar projects for much longer.

 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

No idea is ever too crazy! In fact, bonkers ideas for storylines, puzzles and challenges are encouraged! I love that essentially we use fun as a framework for learning.

 

What’s your favourite thing about Desklodge?

It's such a creative space! I just love all the little details that aren't obvious at first but the more time you spend here, the more you see. For an innovative business such as ours, being in this environment really helps get the creative juices flowing. It's also great being around other start-ups; having that network of diverse skills around you day-to-day is really helpful. It's a great community.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love cooking and baking (and therefore eating!) although I try to balance out copious amounts of cake with the odd yoga session :) I'm an avid reader, particularly psychological thrillers, although I read anything and everything. My goal is to read 52 books in a year but so far my record is 37.

Venus Awards - The National Finals

12 July 2018

Thanh Quan-Nicholls – Co-founder DeskLodge

There is something special about women’s events –and the Venus Awards Nationals Finals did not disappoint – colourful, glamorous and life affirming.  We were lucky enough to be sponsoring our first Venus Awards and I presented the Customer Service award to the marvellous Nikki Butler, a medical tattooist. 

Tara Howard, our host and creator of “The Venus” is vivacious, inspiring and fills the room with her passion to help celebrate and empower business women to succeed.  Tara has created a movement for women leaders and the room was filled with the most brilliant women.  There are too many to name here but check out the Venue Awards National finals if you want to find out more about the 2018 winners. 

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Tara asked everyone to share an inspirational “nugget”. And of course, with this calibre of women, we heard the most amazing stories. I laughed, I cried and most importantly I learned and was inspired. Life is grand!

The words of wisdom from these awesome women were too good not to share.  So here are my favourites:

1.       Not every day is good, but there is something good in everyday

2.       Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do it – believe in yourself

3.       Keep true to your values

4.       Dream, believe, achieve

5.       Know what you are good at

6.       Diversity of thought at the top

7.       If you don’t ask, you don’t get

8.       Magic happens when you take yourself out of your comfort zone

9.       Be flexible, be open: life is a river, so go with the flow, but be alert

10.   Try to understand before being understood

11.   Be happy

12.   Drink more wine

13.   Take risks

14.   Ensure that you care but do not be afraid to show your backbone

15.   Celebrate success

What did I say when it was my turn?  “Break the rules and have fun”! Oh yes, I think we live by THAT at DeskLodge".

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