Unique Coworking Spaces

Bored of reading blogs about ‘unique coworking spaces’ that look more like annoying hipster hangouts in Shoreditch? Fear not, we’ve come up with a list of TRULY unique coworking spaces and rated each of them, so you can compare and decide which is best for you. 

Unique Coworking Spaces Woman On Phone

Your local coffee shop

Ideal for: The Opportunist

Free WIFI? Check

‘Coworkers’ for company? Check (ish)

Access to slightly overpriced coffee? Check

Why bother forking out for a coworking space in London when you can just abuse your local Starbucks and work from there? A fair question and based on our research, it seems many people have the same idea. But, this approach does come with a few drawbacks.

First of all, when we tried to ‘network’ with our new ‘coworkers’, they gave us menacing ‘Londoners-on-the-tube’ type looks before grabbing their Grande Frappomacchiatocinos and stalking off to the opposite end of the cafe. 

Also, do you know how expensive coffee is these days? We tried bringing our own from home but apparently that’s not allowed either! And the sound of a milk frother screaming in labour every 3 minutes makes it difficult to concentrate. 

All in all, not a great success.

Coworking Suitability Rating: 5/10
Portugal Coworking Space

Ideal for: The Commuter

Village Underground in Lisbon, Portugal

So, if you’re based in London this one might be a bit of a commute.

But Village Underground in Lisbon is a truly unique coworking space and definitely deserves a mention, even if only for a bit of inspiration!

Made from shipping containers and double decker buses recycled into office spaces, this unique coworking space features a recording studio, a restaurant and a conference room and has become something of a landmark for Lisbon locals who are looking for a beautiful business base.

We’ve had to mark it down slightly thanks to the slightly lengthy commute from London, but this one scores highly on the suitability scale across all other criteria!

Coworking Suitability Rating: 7/10

Kensington Coworking Space

Ideal for: Coworking without the coworkers, Ocubis, Kensington Pavilion

Coworking need not be basic, as the stylish Kensington Pavilion proves. 

Pavilion is actually a private business members’ club in the heart of West London. This very unique coworking space features luxury meeting rooms, private office suites and office pods, with relaxing lounges set over five floors. 

But choosing to work with the wealthy comes at a hefty price – a single desk hire will set you back £1,000 per month! We’re also not convinced that this high end habitat is well suited to networking and the collaborative spirit that most other coworking spaces in London lend themselves to.

Coworking Suitability Rating: 6/10

Unique Coworking Space Garage

Ideal for: The Frugalist

Your business partner’s garage

“This is how Facebook started out” you tell each other excitedly, ignoring the smell of paint thinners coating the air and the fact that it feels like it’s minus 3, even though it’s Summer outside.

If you’re a brand new start-up or low on capital, it can be tempting to ditch a coworking space in favour of your mate-turned-business-partner’s home garage. And provided you’re not going to be surrounded by bin bags full of rubbish and risk stepping on rusty nails or unidentified slippery objects, this can be a good short-term solution. But it’s not really feasible (or sensible) for the long-term.

Just the two of you. In a confined space. With minimum airflow, low light and a cold, hard cement floor. Doesn’t scream ‘inspiration’ or ‘growth potential’ for your business! And, let’s be honest, you’ll probably end up falling out with each other.

Just club together and hire out a coworking space for a month. It’ll be worth it!

Coworking Suitability Rating: 4/10

BDC Works Unique Coworking Space

Ideal for: Contractors, freelancers and start-ups

BDC Works in Angel

We know, we know, of course we’d try and plug BDC Works! But when it comes to unique coworking spaces in London, this one is really hard to beat.

Much more than a place to work – BDC Works is a unique Coworking space based in the heart of Angel, London. The coworking area has been professionally designed and has been used to its full potential, offering specific areas depending on the way you want to work. You can choose from floating desks, fixed desks, standing desks and even a daybed, all at a mere £375 per month.

There’s a restaurant and coffee shop on site and, as it’s situated within the Business Design Centre, you’ll gain exposure to over half a million people who visit the venue to attend shows and exhibitions throughout the year – a gift for networking and attracting new clients! 

You can even book a free tour to check out the space before you commit. 

Coworking Suitability Rating: 10/10

BDC Works is a unique coworking space located within the Business Design Centre in Angel, Islington London. Call us on 0207 288 6421 to find out more or book your free tour today!

Coworking Memes

So, you’re considering renting out a coworking space but not sure if it’s right for you?

Fear not! Our extremely SERIOUS and PROFESSIONAL coworking memes are guaranteed to help you decide whether a flexible coworking space beats hiring an office or working from home…

(hint: it does!)

Replace annoying office colleagues with a creative coworking community

According to a highly intelligent digital source we consulted (aka Wikipedia) the definition of coworking is “a social gathering of people who are working independently, but who share values and are interested in the synergy that can happen from engaging with people who value working in the same place, alongside each other.”

 

In simple terms, this means, “Escape a boring corporate office filled with multiple colleagues whose names you can’t remember and the threat of annoying fridge thieves, so your almond milk will finally be safe!”

Re-discover the joy of human interaction

Working from home comes with many perks. You can work from your sofa, dressed in your pyjamas with only a giant bag of Doritos and Homes under the Hammer for company – magic! However, working in isolation day after day can become rather lonely and can even stunt your creativity without anyone else to bounce ideas off or share ideas with. A coworking space will provide you with a group of like-minded professionals who are ideally placed for trading knowledge and trade secrets, as well as providing some company on those dull days.

Flexible, comfortable desk space when you need to lay low for the day

One of the greatest aspects of coworking spaces is that they cater for however and wherever you like to work. Some coworking spaces such as BDC Works offer sitting, standing, floating and fixed desks and even a daybed to work from when you’re feeling particularly horizontal but need to ensure maximum productivity.

You can finally afford to buy a boat!

Ok, maybe not quite. But hiring a coworking space is a really affordable and flexible option for freelancers and contractors who don’t want to work from home but can’t afford to hire an office. You can join a coworking community for as little as £375/month. So you’ll at least be one step closer to buying that boat!

Trust us, they’re nice.

Coworking spaces are designed for cool, creative, collaborative professionals. So they’re nice.

Some of them have built-in bars and restaurants, funky artwork and a selection of modern furniture and equipment. Most offer water coolers and coffee machines. Warm, ambient lighting sets the mood. The one in the coworking meme above this text has a nice looking rug! You get the idea.

Network and grow your business.

People use coworking spaces to work from. But they can also provide a really good opportunity to network and potentially find new customers, either directly or through some of your new coworking BFFs. Working from home is great but you’ll have to work harder to seek out new business, actively attend networking events and advertise your services to attract new clients. A coworking space could provide networking opportunities without your even needing to leave your daybed!

Here’s a magnificent idea!

We hope you enjoyed our coworking memes! If you’re keen on the idea of coworking but need further convincing, why not book a free tour of your local coworking space and check it out for yourself? You don’t have to commit to anything but a free tour will allow you to get a feel for the space and assess whether it’s right for you. So, switch off the telly, hand over the Doritos and get in touch for a free tour

How To Boost Your Start-Up : Top Tips

You’ve had a brilliant idea.

That idea has become the basis of a business and you’re now a real life entrepreneur, running a start-up company with a handful of employees. This is a hugely exciting time and there’s a lot to do to ensure your business is a success! Whether you’re at the very early stages of inception, or if your company has been running for a while, here are our top tips on how to boost your start-up business.

  1. Focus on quality, not perfection

Regardless of whether your start-up sells IT solutions or contact lens solution, your customers will expect a certain level of quality.

It’s very important to deliver products and services that satisfy customers and deliver real value. BUT, there’s a big difference between spending 6 months creating a basic product that customers can use with ease, and spending 6 years refining that product to the point where you launch, only to realise you’re too late to the party and customers have gone elsewhere.

Don’t spend all your time perfecting the product, processes, teams, systems or anything else. Communicate with customers constantly to find out what they want and expect, and design your products with that in mind. You can absolutely keep refining your products and services on an ongoing basis, but this shouldn’t be at the cost of keeping everything hidden under a cloak for years because you’re fearful about launching anything that’s less than perfect.

  1. Find the right workspace

It may not seem important if your start-up is simply you and a partner creating code in your living room, but your work environment can have a big impact on the success of your business.

If you’re serious about growth, you should consider a working environment that will allow you to expand, with minimal disruption and cost to the business. These days, it’s very easy to find a co-working space where you share your office with other individuals. This offers a significantly reduced cost to your business than renting out a full office. It also allows you the flexibility to grow and expand your workforce without having to move to new premises.

What’s more, co-working spaces provide a brilliant opportunity for knowledge sharing and networking with like-minded entrepreneurs. Who knows, you might stumble across your next big idea during an insight sharing chat with a co-working colleague!

  1. Be picky with recruitment

As a small business, recruitment can be one of the most challenging aspects of growing your start-up. It’s critical to find colleagues who share your vision and passion for the products you create. It’s equally important that your employees are able to adapt and change as the business evolves.

When recruiting for a new team member, it’s sometimes more important to hire based on personality than skills. Experience can be gained on the job if an employee has the aptitude and attitude to learn. But a difficult or disruptive team member can derail your business before you’ve even got it off the ground. Be picky.

  1. Speak to customers as much as possible

This one cannot be stressed enough. Speaking to customers should never be a one off, box ticking exercise. Without a doubt, the best way to boost your start-up is by creating an ongoing dialogue with customers.

The better your relationship with customers, the more open and honest their feedback will be. Don’t be afraid of angry customers, they’re a useful indicator of what needs to be improved! Gaining continuous insight is your best tool to making sure you create products and services that clients love.

There are many ways to boost your start-up but we believe these 5 top tips are a great place to begin. If you’re currently on the hunt for a fantastic co-working space, BDC Works in Angel, Islington offers flexible monthly contracts, meeting rooms, WIFI, 24hr security, 7 day a week access, permanent staff support, parking and even discounts for bars, restaurants and shops in the local community. We look forward to hearing from you!

Networking Tips For Coworking

If you’ve landed on our blog because you’re looking for networking tips, we’ve a hunch that you’re trying to grow your business, get more clients on board or look for opportunities to learn and develop your skills.

And these are all excellent reasons to engage in some professional networking. By its definition, the term ‘networking’ refers to the exchange of information and the concept of developing one’s professional or social contacts.

But it can be hard to do. Some people like the idea of networking but don’t know how to get started. Others may be shy or introverted and feel daunted by the prospect of having to meet and talk to people they don’t know. Perhaps you’re not convinced of the value of networking and need to understand more about whether it’s worth your while.

Whatever your knowledge of networking – our top 5 networking tips will give you a few points to think about.

  1. Networking may not benefit you immediately

Sometimes, the term ‘networking’ can be a bit off putting to some professionals. If you re-frame the concept and think of it as ‘future opportunity creation’, it can help you assess its value more clearly.

Networking doesn’t have to bring rewards immediately. Sometimes you’ll meet a contact who can’t provide anything to you right now, but may be someone who is ideal for giving you advice or assistance sometime in the future.

You may attend a networking event and meet a handful of people who are nice enough but work in a very different industry or business type. Hold on to their details and don’t be afraid to call on them in the future if you’re recruiting, developing your client base or need fresh perspective on a project – this is the power of building a strong network.

 

  1. Know where to look

You don’t need to attend a specific networking event to be able to meet people who could help you professionally or socially. Any environment in which there are other professionals or like-minded individuals can become a networking opportunity.

Conferences, shows, awards evenings, meetups, even shared offices and co-working spaces can provide an opportunity for networking.

Event websites like Eventbrite are a great place to start as they share upcoming listings in your local area and you can search by date, event or location. For large scale networking opportunities, you can also visit event venues’ websites and take a look at any shows or exhibitions they have coming up that might be relevant to you.

 

  1. Tap into professional networking sites

Networking doesn’t have to take place face to face. Professional networking sites like Linkedin and Meetup allow you to create and join groups, meet people and share knowledge and content with contacts without ever needing to meet in person.

Also don’t be afraid to use your own personal social media network to help boost your professional profile or expand your knowledge. Often, friends can be extremely valuable sounding boards or advisors, especially when they’re the kind of friends who will be brutally honest with you. They may know of someone who is perfect for a role you’re recruiting for, or perhaps have connections who could turn into clients for your business.

 

  1. Don’t burn bridges

The world of business is a rich melting pot of personalities, characters and emotions. People sometimes post inflammatory content or opinions on networking sites, or you may meet someone at a networking event with whom you just don’t click. Stay professional, be polite and if they ask to connect, remember that networking is about opportunity – you don’t need to become lifelong friends!

Being rude or condescending can have a knock on effect on your networking reputation. Be nice. It’ll benefit you a lot more than you might think.

 

  1. Make a great first impression

You’ll need to be memorable for all the right reasons! When meeting new contacts, be genuine and warm, ask questions and seek to learn and engage. Handing out your card and introducing your business is fine but don’t try to sell your services directly.

Offering help can also be a great way of networking. If you’re engaged in a conversation with someone who has a real business challenge that you believe you can fix, offer to connect with them outside of the event and explain how you might be able to help. Your skills, knowledge and personality are all key assets when it comes to networking – so be yourself, take a deep breath and go for it!

If you’re interested in finding out how to grow your network through renting shared office space, check out our co-working community to see whether this could be your ideal new work environment!

 

Coworking Ideas – Ideas To Get The Most From Your Coworking Life

If you are new to the scene and looking for coworking ideas then you have found the right place!

BDC Works is a unique coworking space dedicated to innovation, creativity and above all empowering ideas and collaboration between members. If you are thinking about moving into a coworking space or looking to get more from your existing space then we have the following recommendations.

Idea 1: Network With Your Fellow Coworkers

Networking is one of the real benefits of working within a coworking space. From cultivating new business opportunities to simply making friends; networking with your peers is a great way to boost your productivity and explore new and exciting opportunities.

At BDC Works we have a fantastic community of both full and part time coworkers. From lone wolves to small teams like the fantastic Eleven Hundred PR Agency, it provides a fun and interactive space to call your work home. We regularly promote networking with various events and opportunities to get involved with to meet fellow peers and make the most of coworking experience.

Idea 2: Refer Your Friends!

While coworking alone can be extremely productive, wouldn’t it be a lot more fun with one of your friends? A lot of coworking spaces have referral schemes to encourage you to share the love and BDC Works is no different! So not only do you get your friend to work alongside you, but you get a nice bonus to enjoy a cheeky pub lunch with!

To learn more about our refer a friend scheme you can email Katie at KatieP@bdcworks.london

Idea 3: Personalise Your Coworking Space

To really get the most from your coworking experience we recommend giving it that personal touch. Some of our residents choose to don their green thumb and install a mini rainforest at their desk, while others go for the more familiar family touches with photos and personal items to keep them motivated! If you choose a private desk at BDC Works you can call it home and are welcome to personalise it however you please. (within reason!)

Idea 4: Learn To Take Power Breaks

One of the best coworking ideas is around learning how to take productive work breaks. To avoid the overwhelming feeling of procrastination we installed a breakaway high-top desk where workers can get away from their desk and sit down to enjoy a drink or relax and have a chat with others. Taking a 10-15 min power break is the perfect way to get your brain revved up and ready to go again before sending an email that’s been bothering you all morning!

Idea 5: Suggest/Implement Your Own Coworking Ideas

The key ethos of any coworking space is to promote innovation and creativity. Creating your own coworking ideas and sharing them with the team is an amazing way that spaces grow and benefit from exciting new ways of working. Ideas we have put into place over the last twelve months include!

  • BDC Works Christmas party in Soho!
  • An International Women’s Day celebration and photoshoot
  • A coffee and cake lunch event

If you join our fantastic coworking space we’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions to help us grow and enrich our coworking community!

BDC Works is located in the heart of Angel, Islington at the iconic Business Design Centre. To learn more about our unique coworking space or to get more coworking ideas from the team – send us an email at hello@bdcworks.london or call us at +44 207 288 6421to book in a free, no obligation viewing!

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.

To find out more or if you are interested in Eleven Hundred Agency, see their contact information below:

Website: 

Phone: 020 7688 5202

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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:

Mobile: 07970 715618
Email: sukhi@skacontent.com

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5 Facts You Need to Know about International Womens Day 2018

Before I even begin, a very happy International Womens’ Day to all the beautiful women out there from the BDC Works community. Since today is such an important and progressive day, we thought we would bring you five facts (with a bit of history) that you need to know about #IWD18.

  1. Why do we celebrate it?

The day is largely aimed at inspiring, motivating, recognising and celebrating the achievements of women across the world. However, the origin and purpose of the day is to create awareness and motivation around the movements of creating gender parity, campaigning for women’s equality and creating a fair and equal nation.

  1. What is the theme of 2018?

This years theme is #pressforprogress. Although we know that gender parity won’t happen over night, women all over the world are making positive changes every single day. The idea of this theme is that we can’t give up on this movement and therefore now, more than ever, there is a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. As the website says: ‘There is a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive’.

  1. When did it all begin?

The first observance of a Women’s Day was actually held on February 28, 1909 in New York (over 100 years ago)! It first emerged from the activities of labour movements in North America and across Europe. Since then, it has become more and more recognised and has (obviously) become an international celebration worldwide. Some countries even make it a public holiday – amazing right?

  1. In 1910, a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the Womens Office for the Social Democratic Party In Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She suggested that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day to create awareness and motivate a movement. (Go Clara!).
  1. In 1917, the day was declared a national holiday in the Soviet Union and was celebrated mostly by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted by the United Nations in 1977. For a more detailed chronological timeline of how it all began, click here to read all about it on the United Nations website.

So, there you have it ladies (and gents), a brief fact sheet on #IWD. Join us tonight for our very own celebration for #InternationalWomensDay2018 at BDC Works inside the Business Design Centre. Three incredible and inspirational women speakers, lovely stalls and of course, free bubbles.

To find out more or buy tickets, click here.

Fun fact: The two highest IQ scores ever recorded in the world were both women (wooh!).

Happy Women’s Day ladies. 

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!

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