The Advantages of not Commuting if you live in Angel, Islington.

 

Standing on the tube this morning as I had someone’s armpit in my face, I could smell other people’s breath and someone was balancing their Newspaper on me- I started to think about the impacts of not commuting and how it could benefit our day to day life and wellness.

 

As a fan of people watching I sometimes find commuting wildly interesting (in a non creepy way). What’s their story? Where are they going? Are they married? Happy or sad?

 

However, according to this article from the Independant commuting for more than 20 mins increases stress- having an direct effect on your work and social life.

 

So why do we do it?

 

Well unfortunately, we don’t all have the luxury of being more flexible with our working day and dictating who, where and when we work. The exception are my Coworking superheroes at BDCWORKS.

 

Many of our members in BDCWORKS live or work for larger organisations in Angel and need to get out of the house or office for productivity purposes and to surround themselves with like minded people.

 

A lot of our members also Cycle and blimey- if you thought we had it all already- BDC also has secure cycle storage.

I am personally slightly terrified of the roads (since a bus reversed into my car with me in it- but that’s a story for another day).

 

But, I shouldn’t be, this article by The Guardian highlights the benefits of cycling and quotes a study of 264,377 people from the UK Biobank who were asked to record how they commuted found that during the five years of the study, those who did their commute by bike were less likely than any other commuters to die of anything.

 

So if you want to ‘reimagine your commute’ and improve your quality of life get on your bike to BDCWORKS, unless you live here in Angel Islington, then you can walk.

 

At the time of writing this Blog it is National Happiness Day and that’s what you get everyday here in BDC.

 

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Member Mondays: Eleven Hundred Agency

This week we decided to interview the lovely, Claire Ayles, co-founder of Eleven Hundred Agency. Having recently, in the last ten weeks, started her own business with business partner, Mike King, we decided to find out more about what the two of them have been working so hard on since launching! Happy reading.

What are you working on while you are here at BDCWorks?

In January, Mike, my business partner, and I launched a new company, Eleven Hundred Agency. We are using BDC Works as our base as we get things rolling. Eleven Hundred is a PR consultancy which specialises in helping technology companies and professional services firms such as lawyers and accountants, boost their brand awareness in the market via the press, by creating marketing material and over social media platforms. So, that’s how I’m spending my day.

[Angeliki: How has it been since January, has it been going okay?]. Yes! We launched in January with two clients and in the ten weeks since then we have won two further clients so we have doubled our business! Our work is split between client servicing – helping our clients get in the press and raise awareness – and pitching for new business.

How did you get into this field of work? Give us a brief history of your journey to where you are now.

I have been working in technology PR for about 18 years. I’ve worked with Mike all that time, indeed, I used to work for his company. Eleven Hundred Agency is our chance to do it again and start a new brand company. It’s all about being our own bosses! When I graduated, I really wanted to work in communications so I started off working at BT in one of their communications teams and then I left that and went and worked at a University and helped with drafting brochures, organising events and that really steered me into working for PR. In 2000, I applied for a job in a PR agency, which I happened to get, and happened to be for Mike. Here we are 18 years later! At the time, the technology scene was massive and I haven’t turned back since!

Why did you decide to join a coworking space?

We wanted a proper business address with high quality facilities because we have clients who want to come in and meet us. We didn’t want to be a completely virtual organisation so BDC Works allows us to have an office and all the trimmings that come with it but with the flexibility of not having to sign a long term lease. That kind of commitment is a massive risk when you are just starting out; you don’t want to plunge yourself into debt from day one when you don’t have to. We looked around lots of coworking spaces, including the big, well known ones. We found they were very corporate and although they had fantastic facilities, when we came to BDC Works, it just felt different. It felt much more informal, people were friendlier and we felt it was a place where we would be happy. We based the decision on happiness rather than commercials. Also, I love being in the Business Design Centre – I find it to be such an interesting facility and I love Angel too!

What is your favourite thing about being in this coworking space?/What is your favourite story/memory/experience of being in BDCWorks?

That’s quite difficult because I haven’t been here for very long! But I think just the general vibe, everybody is very friendly but not in your face friendly or distracting you from doing your work. People can get on with work and team that runs BDC Works can’t do enough to help us.
What is something you are extremely passionate about?

I’ve just started a business so there is no room for anything else (laughs). At the moment, I am even dreaming about work. Apart from that, I am a massive sports fan, I cycle and run quite a bit. I have two fabulous daughters and a very supportive husband, so I try to spend as much time with them as I can.

Give one quote that you try and live by on a daily basis?

If you work hard, you will be rewarded. I truly believe that you get out of life what you put into it and you can’t expect things to just land on your plate and you will be successful if you keep plugging away!

Thank you Claire for the opportunity to interview you and congratulations on the success of your new business! We love having you in the space and look forward to watching you grow.

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Member Mondays: Sukhi Anand

This week we interviewed the lovely Sukhi Anand of Ska Content. Although she isn’t in every day, when she is, there are always laughs and giggles from her side of the room. Sukhi is the owner of her own company focusing on copywriting and content creation and we just love her spirit and energy when she is the space!

What are you working on while you are here at BDCWorks?

It depends on what projects I have got going on, whatever I have in my diary. I treat this space as a normal office and schedule my time accordingly.

How did you get into your field of work? Give us a brief history of your journey to where you are now.

I am a copywriter and content creator, which basically means I write anything and everything. Copywriting is the art of selling through words so basically I write blogs, website content, articles and social media posts for other businesses. That’s all the online stuff, then offline I do brochures, marketing material, leaflets etc.

I set up my business, Ska Content, in 2016 because I hated working for other people, I hated being told what to do! I have always had a real issue with having to be up early to be somewhere for someone else. As I had ten years of experience as a journalist and a years’ experience as a technical copywriter in a construction firm I decided to set up on my own and been doing that ever since! [Angeliki: Amazing! So would you call yourself a freelancer?]. So, right now because I am still in the initial stages, I would consider myself a freelancer but hopefully, as time goes on, I will be more in more of an editor position, but who knows!

Why did you decide to join a coworking space?

So, I was very, very fortunate to be offered six months free in this space. I applied for a startup loan through the government when I started Ska Content and through that you get lots of offers and discounts. So, this popped up in my inbox in August last year – it was four questions, I answered them and then I was offered this free space. I couldn’t actually start until around September so I lost a month but I have been here ever since.

Some weeks I make better use of the space than others but I just needed to get out the house. I had been working at home for a year and unlike a lot of people, I didn’t like going to coffee shops because I felt a bit under pressure to keep buying coffee! I was just getting very lonely at home, finding it very isolating and by the evening, I was desperate to be out and about and to see people. If somebody called me, I would talk their ear off because I hadn’t heard anyone’s voice the whole day (laughs).

What is your favourite thing about being in this coworking space?/What is your favourite story/memory/experience of being in BDCWorks?

I think it’s the people. I know that’s really cheesy but from the first day that I came in, Leanne was really friendly, really warm and it was great because I was actually a bit nervous! You know when you work on on your own for a while you lose your confidence a bit! You start questioning things like, do I wear pyjamas in public, do I not? (laughs). Should I brush my hair when I leave the house? So, I was very nervous but everyone was very warm and very smiley. It’s a really nice environment, it’s gotten busier and it’s grown and you make friends, which is great.
If you are looking for a copywriter or content creator, look no further than wonderful Sukhi. To contact her or find out more about the work she does, have a look at the details below:

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Member Mondays: Andrew Fleet

Another Monday, another wonderful member! This week we decided to interview Andrew Fleet, a member of ours who is always in and out of our space busy on the shows and busy doing what he does best. We sat down with Andrew (over a warm cup of tea) and found out all about who he is and what he does! Happy reading.

What are you working on while you are here at BDCWorks

Basically, I am just covering the logistical movements on the events which the BDC handle in the venue. So technically, I am making sure all the clients are happy, making sure all the freight arrives at the right time, liasing with the clients, seeing what their requirements are at the end of the show and then at the end of the show, we pack it all up and ship it to anywhere in the world it has to go. [Angeliki: Is it difficult dealing with all the different clients?]. To be honest, the easy bit is dealing with the clients, it’s the fun part really. It is very difficult when the client isn’t happy but if you do a good job and you do the service, it’s all about word of mouth, that’s how we get business at the end of the day.

How did you get into this field of work? Give us a brief history of your journey to where you are now.

I grew up in the shipping industry. A lot of my family were in the shipping industry and I decided I wanted to do something different that put my knowledge within the shipping industry out there. I joined a company called Beck and Pollitzer and at the age of… very young with a full head of hair (laughs) – I ended up in Beijing and never came back. I spent a year and a half in Beijing doing exhibitions. That’s how I learned the business and got into the industry. It’s one of those industries where you either love it or you hate it. If you love it, 30 years go by but if you hate it, you are out within a week. [Angeliki: What was Beijing like?] It was different. Compared to now, you wouldn’t recognise it. Total culture shock but very interesting.

Why did you decide to join a coworking space?

Mainly because I moved to London and we needed a place to work here. We joined the coworking space because we handle all the exhibitions and freight for the shows here. I was a bit unsure at first – we usually have our own offices. Our main office is in Cambridge and actually I quite enjoy it. I can float in, float out – the best thing about it is how flexible it is. For me it’s good, we may actually consider bringing another person in. [Angeliki: Yes, I see you are on your own here]. Yes, that’s because I live here. Everyone else lives out in Cambridge where the offices are. For me, it’s great in London, I can run around and have meetings here. The BDC Works unit works well, the office space is great, especially for us. If you on site, people can find you and believe me, people do find me (laughs). Im able to generally keep an eye on everything and make sure it all runs smoothly.

What is your favourite thing about being in this coworking space?/What is your favourite story/memory/experience of being in BDCWorks?

I find it quite interesting, especially the chatter you hear. The sales pitches from the one guy, the other guy is keeping very quiet and whispering, it’s quite fun really. It’s very different. [Angeliki: I guess it’s interesting to see how other people do and run their business?] Yeah, it’s very interesting. We all learn from each other which is great.

What is something you are extremely passionate about?

I sail. I sail big boats. I have sailed from Fiji to the South of France. My passion – I would like to do the Oyster sailing around the world but that’s not going to happen for a while. [Angeliki: That’s amazing, why not now?]. Unfortunately, I don’t have time. I’m probably going to do it in stages. I’ve done the Med as well, it’s cool and it’s fun. This is why I work hard. [Angeliki: I guess it’s work hard, play harder]. Laughs. The harder I work, the luckier I become.

Give one quote that you try and live by on a daily basis?

Oooh. That’s a difficult one. I think it changes every hour (laughs).

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, don’t settle as with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” ~ Steve Jobs

Thank you for a fantastic interview, Andrew and for giving us some insight into what it is that you do!

For anyone that is looking for a professional logistic service for exhibitors, broadcasters, sports events and music touring – see their website and contact details below.

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Member Mondays: Jay Diamond

With our International Womens’ Day event coming up THIS THURSDAY! We thought it would be great to interview the lady we have collaborated with for the evening, Jay Diamond. Jay has not only helped us put the evening together but is one of our three inspirational speakers! She is also a member of the BDC Works family and so we thought we would find out more about what it is she does while she is working here. Jay is such an interesting lady and we love having her energy in our space and can’t wait to hear from her on Thursday night!

What are you working on while you are here at BDCWorks?

As a result of working me, my clients get juicer relationships and a more orgasmic life and soul level success! I spend my time at BDC Works to work on my upcoming women’s retreat in Portugal, the promotion and design for my Aphrodite Yoga classes, to plan my workshops and talks and build the back end of my online course. Basically everything that isn’t my one to one healing work with clients; and there is a lot of that.

How did you get into this field of work? Give us a brief history of your journey to where you are now.

I started practicing Reiki when I was 18. I kept it as a sideline for many years, taking the occasional training along the way to reduce my own stress levels and help others. About 3.5 years ago I was awarded business development support from Ogunte, who help women have an impact in the community. I decided to take the bull by the horns and move my healing work as my main focus rather than a sideline, I also qualified as a yoga teacher.

Why did you decide to join a coworking space?

People think working from home is great. That’s because they don’t do it everyday. It gets boring, tiring and a bit lonely. There is something really valuable about getting up and getting out of the house to work, having a few work friends to have a laugh with and bounce ideas off. I found I was working all the time because there was no separation between work and home. I needed to change that, so I joined a coworking space – and I love it.

What is your favourite thing about being in this coworking space?/What is your favourite story/memory/experience of being in BDCWorks?

Everyone is really friendly and doing interesting things. The staff that run it are great and really make an effort to create a fun and harmonious place to work. I’m co-creating an event at BDC Works for International Women’s day with the fabulous Katie Purchase and it’s been so much fun!

What is something you are extremely passionate about?

Helping people live the best possible version of themselves, and seeing them break the chains of the past to create a better future. Lights me up.

One quote that you try and live by on a daily basis?

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”.

I think just after reading this, we are so excited to hear more from her when she speaks on Thursday and we hope you are excited too!

For more information or to buy tickets for our International Womens’ Day Event this coming Thursday 8 March, click here. A night of bubbles, stalls and inspirational speakers.

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Coworking: A Newbie’s Perspective

Before I share my story with you all, I thought it would be best to give some context. My name is Angie and I am the new intern at BDC Works. Having never stepped into a coworking space, walking through the doors of BDC Works was an interesting experience for me. Coming from South Africa, the idea or concept of coworking is quite foreign and new to my ears.

My initial perspective on a coworking space was simply just a place where you come in, work at your desk and go home at the end of the day. A place that is simply just away from home and allows for the ability to be more productive.

Boy, was I wrong. This space is so much more than that. I have only been working here for a few weeks and I have found myself in a world of coworking that I didn’t even know really existed. Not only is this space a place to work but it’s a space to network, collaborate and be apart of a much larger community. Friendships are even formed – this was recently shown to me on a night out for drinks with the BDC Works members (felt like I was part of a family).

So, although I am still new to all of this, I thought I would write about my experience of how to make the most of being in a coworking space – especially as a newbie.

The most important thing I have realised is that a coworking space is a community. It is a space in which members interact, share their stories and experiences and most importantly, share their skills with one another. This was something that fascinated me the most. How incredible must it be to work in an environment with so many different people that are able to teach you things that might benefit your own business? This is exactly what a coworking space offers. Not only can they teach you things but you could possibly be involved in a collaboration. Whether you need a new website to be created, advice on your social media or need a photographer – there is someone here who you could collaborate with. They say the world is your oyster – I like to think BDC Works is your oyster, if you are a member of course.

However, that’s not the only thing. The Majority of the individuals that work in this space run their own companies, work on their own and are self-employed. Most of whom if they weren’t here, they would be working from home. Instead of working from home by themselves, they come into this space and meet new people, make friends, have people to chat to during their coffee break and like I mentioned earlier, a visit to the local pub is a bonus too.

Although a foreign concept to some, the idea and vision behind a coworking space is one that is far deeper than what meets the eye and I feel so lucky to have been introduced to my first coworking experience through BDC Works.

Fancy seeing for yourself? Pop in for a visit or have a free trial day – we love welcoming new people.

Email katiep@bdcworks.london for more information.

Member Mondays: Clare Herriot

Sitting in a coworking space is one of the most interesting places to be everyday. Each desk is filled with individuals from different fields, different industries and all getting on with their daily work. As a new intern at BDCWorks, I decided to get to know the members in our space by interviewing them and I started with a very interesting lady, Clare Herriot. An entrepreneur, freelancer and an incredibly fascinating women.

What are you working on while you are here at BDCWorks

Anything really. While I’m here, I like using this space because I can concentrate. So, for example, I have a regular client who is a dentist and I do work for doctors too, I do their marketing for them. This is a really good place to concentrate and prepare for things for them. I am also working for Briffa, the law firm within the Business Design Centre (BDC). I produce video content for them once a month or every few months. I do this to try and build their social media with video content. So, this space is a creative space – a space I know I won’t get distracted, unless I need a cup of coffee and some chocolate (laughs). If I know I can get a good two hours of work done here, I will get more done here than I will at home.

How did you get into this field of work? Give us a brief history of your journey to where you are now.

So, the reason why I decided to go into media consultancy, photography and video – more video than photography, is because I used to run a charity shop for ten years and I was trying to raise the profile of the charity. This led me on to working with the other businesses in the area, working together with people to set up their website, the community branding and building a business group. I enjoyed raising their profile by, initially, just going with my phone and taking videos of them and then I was running their social media.

I probably did about 100 videos in my own time while I was doing the community website and I liked the fact that they were small businesses and haven’t really got the time to promote themselves but then I can come in and actually, reassure them that it’s not as hard as they think. They can put some simple things in place to do their own social media. I know what is effective and what works but also, I can provide the video content myself so I can do it from start to finish.

So, I did that and realised how much I liked it, got really excited and passionate about it and thought, well, maybe I can utilise the skills that I have learnt and go off on my own. So, with Briffa, I came in as a consultant and just looked at what they were doing, helped them set up a bit of a plan for their social media and looked at what manpower they had to do the different elements. I looked at who is going to work best with Twitter, Instagram and came up with a plan and then I like to look at what is beyond that – what are they selling to their clients and is the brand consistent. I love that part of it. I then started doing videos for them and I was able to advise them on how to use the video to boost their brand. I like that wholesome approach. On the other hand, I have other clients where I would go in and do a basic review. I am more into the content than advertising itself and I try and encourage businesses to look at themselves as a whole and how they are coming across.

Yesterday I spent the day with an entrepreneur, a start up, he has his own company and he needed help with social media for three different personas of his own. So, I practically just went through and discussed the in’s and outs’ of social media, made sure the platforms were working, that they look consistent, that he’s filled everything in. I will probably meet with him once a month until he is up and running and make sure he knows what’s going on, how he can look at the insights and just, all the basics really.

Why did you decide to join a coworking space?

Really, because of Briffa. Briffa have a space down here and this is a great space for me to work for them because I am on site. For example, next week I have a video coming up that is going to be on site.I can film it in the morning, edit it during the day and then I can go up and show them. That’s the beauty of the space, especially for my work with Briffa. But obviously, while I am here, I can do other work as well which helps.

What is your favourite thing about being in this coworking space?/What is your favourite story/memory/experience of being in BDCWorks?

There are so many things that are good about this space. This is what the BDC needed, not just somewhere for small businesses and startups, but also a place for the other businesses to connect centrally. That’s what’s so lovely about the meeting rooms – all the community members can use it and I am a real strong believer in community and working together. I don’t like working on my own so the fact that Katie, is a really warm and friendly person, makes a huge difference. If she isn’t here, you notice a difference in the atmosphere. You need someone like Katie who is warm and welcoming as she makes the space. I also like the fact that I’m right in London, so the people that are working here, are very different – different skills and different businesses and you can actually hear how they do their work, so, I’m already inspired by sitting next to people and hearing how they do calls and basic things.

The other wonderful thing about coworking is that you can have an issue with something, something that someone else finds really easy and you can ask for help. That’s what community is about isn’t it? [Angeliki: It’s amazing because you building on each other’s skills]. Exactly, I suddenly feel like a real business. When I’m here, I feel like I’m a person with something to offer other people. [Angeliki: I can imagine, especially compared to being alone at home]. I find being at home is really isolating. I can’t be here all week because I travel a bit but a few times a week, this is what I need to give me energy, to motivate me and to make me realise that I do have something to offer other people.

“When I’m here, I feel like I’m a person with something to offer other people”.

What is something you are extremely passionate about?

Coffee shops (laughs). I really like visiting new coffee shops, and new places, but mainly a coffee shop. I have actually written a number of blog reviews on places I have visited and also, probably why I like being here, I like it when you go to coffee shops because of the whole ambience, how it looks, how you feel – I think because I associate that feeling with being comfortable and comforted and of course – the coffee is very good too. I am probably the happiest when I am going out on my own and visiting a new coffee shop. So, my passions are video (the creative and content) and coffee shops.

Give one quote that you try and live by on a daily basis? 

One chunk at a time. That’s basically it. Small achievable chunks.

A huge thank you to Clare for sharing her journey with me! For more information on Clare’s work or to contact her, see the details & links below to all her profiles:

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Angel Delight

With the rise of Coworking spaces in London and the industry being completely saturated in the nearby area of Old Street, it seemed like a good idea to explore Angel and all its delights.

As you step out of Angel Station you have two spaces right on your doorstep — Rocket Spaceand The Office Group, so if it’s convenience you want you can’t get much more convenient than this.

With Rocket Space being the hub of Tech, there is really no better space to be in if you are all about TECH. They offer you speed and direction to accelerate your tech business.

Tech is all around us, but if like me you find it a little scary- then check out TOG.

Being one of the biggest providers in London they do things right.

They are design led and beautiful, have memberships allowing you to roam around London, great events and even a new APP.

On the flip side there are also some very cool, smaller independent spaces.

Check out Hunky Dory DesksCowork Angel and desks in the Plug and PlayMedia hub on White lion Street. Each are designed in their own individual ways with Plug and Play being a little quirky with a fried egg meeting room table- it’s cracking (sorry….I couldn’t resist!).

So why BDCWorks?

That’s a very good question, but one I can definitely answer.

The BDC is oozing with history, character and a buzz like no other.

With 500,000 peeps coming through the door each year who knows who you will stumble across.

Our new Coworking space, BDCWorks — is perfectly situated at the back of the building so disruption is kept to a minimum and is a little piece of ‘Shoreditch’ you won’t want to leave.

We have attracted all sorts of businesses but if you are in the design or events industries the benefits of being within this space are next to none.

We are flexible and fun but also a great working environment that will increase productivity. Oh and one more thing — If you are tired or just had one too many at lunch or the night before don’t panic- you can nap on our day bed (don’t worry this is a no judgement zone).

Want to know more or find out what all the fuss is about?

Contact me Katie P — katiep (at) bdcworks.london