Coworking – Spotlight on Impact Hub Westminster from Richard Brownsdon

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

Richard Brownsdon

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