Archives for the month of: August, 2014

Following our dinner for founders and managers of coworking spaces in July, we wanted to find out more about some of the spaces that were represented at the dinner and share them with you. If you are looking for a home for you or your team, hopefully this will help!

East One Studios LogoWhat’s the elevator pitch for your coworking space?

We provide a productive, vibrant and cooperative environment in which to grow your business and flourish amongst other like minded people.

What were you doing before this?

I used to run a catering company and manage event bars predominantly for Secret Cinema.Head ShotWhat’s your biggest ‘hindsight’ moment?

Really obvious one but always write down any verbal agreement you make. People remember different versions of telephone conversations.

What will the rest of 2014 bring?

A little respite, a new business and holidays.

1 piece of advice for someone starting a coworking space?

Don’t do it, there are already too many, its not worth it. 

Explain why a startup might want to join your space in under 50 words.

There are a lot of different businesses at East One Studios which all benefit from sharing ideas and problems. By having a range of people from PR to music, fashion, events, travel and tech there is always someone who knows things that you may not.

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What’s your favourite London restaurant?

Currently Jose on Bermondsey Street – I want to own it.

You can see what happened at our dinner for owners and managers of coworking spaces here and here.

Following our dinner for founders and managers of coworking spaces in July, we wanted to find out more about some of the spaces that were represented at the dinner and share them with you. If you are looking for a home for you or your team, hopefully this will help.

What’s the elevator pitch for your coworking space?

Your Community to Create Impact.

One of 54+ locations, Impact Hub Westminster is your first step to connecting with a global community of more than 7000 inspired individuals.

We are a growing community engaged in creating sustainable positive impact on people and planet.

Launched in 2011, Impact Hub Westminster is one of the largest of a global network of locally owned collaborative working spaces. Our primary aim is to support organisations with positive social and environmental impact at the heart of their missions.

We believe early stage organisations struggle to survive in isolation. Our environment and services are designed to incubate the growth and impact of all our members through collaboration and support.

We provide flexible access to workspace and curate a supportive, collaborative environment for impact makers. Impact Hub Westminster also hosts a continuous flow of interesting and relevant events and programmes providing a stream of learning and networking opportunities for its members.

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What were you doing before this?

I’ve been supporting social entrepreneurs and the growth of social enterprise for the past 4 years. Running programmes for social entrepreneurs in the Impact Hub is a natural extension of this.

What’s your biggest ‘hindsight’ moment?

That it’s difficult to communicate the value of community.

What will the rest of 2014 bring?

New investment readiness programmes and parties!

1 piece of advice for someone starting a coworking space?

Find the community first, then help them build it.

Explain why a startup might want to join your space in under 50 words.

To connect to a group of shared-value individuals, who want to see you succeed. To stimulate your creativity, and make a positive impact on the world. To be part of something bigger.

I just wrote an article about 3 ways stimulate innovation, and coworking space was at number 1.

What’s your favourite coworking space (not including your own)?

The Escape School. Their new space is still under construction, but I like the sentiment!

What’s your favourite London restaurant?

Asakusa, Mornington Crescent

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Following last week’s Be The Change Journey dinner, we spoke to the brilliant hosts Rosie Walford and Hannah Smith and they told us all about it! We’ve included a few sound bites and photos below. If you missed it, you can meet Rosie and Hannah this week (21st August) – full details here.

“the diversity of people round the table – from an aviation consultant to an aspiring mental health nurse to former banker – where else does that happen?”

“how our ‘Conversation Menu’  (everything from ‘tell me about a meaningless moment at your current work’ to ‘do you act your age?’) got people into some gritty, cool, entertaining discussions from the get-go – way better than the usual opener of ‘so what do you do?”

“people said it was brilliant and comforting to meet others who want to explore fulfillment and purpose in their work – it’s not a conversation that everyone is willing to have, yet it’s an endlessly interesting one because it involves talking about who you are, and what you care about, as well as what you do.”

“it was wonderful overhearing Graham  (one of the Journey alumni) describing how he started the journey just knowing that he wanted to bring more happiness in the world, and left the journey with a clear sense of new areas he was going to pursue – and that’s what he’s now doing.  and wonderful too seeing how engaged people were in his stories of the trip itself.”

“several people were from banking and finance and had no idea of how their experience might be relevant to development and social change – in the city, it’s a bit of a velvet rut and people can’t see beyond – to worlds like philanthropic investing, microfinance, charity lending, ethical investing. It’s pretty exciting to watch their faces as these horizons open before them.”

“the energy in the conversations, people wanted more – and were making all sorts of plans to meet and support each other afterwards.”

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Dinner for London’s food startups to break bread, network, share experiences & contacts.

This dinner is invite only to food and foodtech startups and food bloggers and journalists. Please get in touch if you think you should have received an invite.

We’ve chosen The Green in Clerkenwell because the space is great for our networking dinners and the food is delicious. We’ll be taking over the upstairs private dining room.

You can see who went to the last dinner here and the one before that here.

£34 per person (includes private dining experience, 2 course dinner & all drinks plus highly curated and relevant networking). View the details here.

Let’s #MeetandEat

For all enquires please contact hello@tablecrowd.com or @tablecrowd

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