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Director, Winkley Studios / Cooks Yard / PlayPen
Managing Director, Third Door (Workhub & Nursery)
Head of Global Content, Sustainable Business & Communications, Unilever
Hostess Extraordinaire, TableCrowd
Director, Bloomsbury Beginnings CIC
Director, My OutSpace Business Centre
Head of Marketing and Communications, London Early Years Foundation
Executive Director, J.P. Morgan
Founder, Te Ora
Founder, Startup Mums
Founder, Mothers IT Help
Director - Global Head of Communications, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bank
Founder, Work & Wellness
Founder, Haven & Hive
Customer Engagement Manager, AXA ¦ Digital Health
We are hosting a TableCrowd dinner to start conversations flowing between anyone working in or interested by the unique concept of child-friendly coworking and business.
We hope that those few pioneers who have already established workspaces with flexible childcare will join us, and welcome anyone trying set up a similar venture or in fact any person who has any sort of interest in this niche but vital business concept.
Our dinner is the initiative of Ann Nkune, director of Bloomsbury Beginnings, a social enterprise who run parent workspace sessions at several locations, and Leo Wood, director of Winkley Studios and Cooks Yard coworking spaces and PlayPen, a weekly pop-up cowork&crèche session in Mile End, launching soon.
The lack of affordable and flexible childcare in the UK is an ongoing problem. More people (and often those who are parents) are choosing to work freelance and on a part-time basis. And although co-working spaces are popping up all the time across the country, there is still so much to be done to improve childcare options for parents, to enable and encourage them to work more flexibly and start new business ventures. Coworking spaces that offer childcare have the potential to be a brilliant solution to this issue.
We both, along with several other people we have met over the last year, are keen to build some sort of network between workspaces providers that offer crèche or childcare services. We hope that this will help expand the sector, by enabling people to share skills and experiences and by also raising the profile of this business concept to a wider audience. Perhaps our dinner can be an opportunity to discuss what such a network might look like and how it can best take shape.
We delighted to welcome Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council as our after dinner speaker. Sarah will talk about:
> flexible working for parents (particularly women) and how it can help individuals, families, businesses and the community as a whole.
> creating a network of parent friendly co-working spaces and how this type of approach might be replicated in a variety of settings.
> collaborations and will share experiences of trying to grow successful businesses and social enterprises in this field.
We hope you can join us.
P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett (Get Taxi!) on first download of the app. Details on the night
Sarah Hayward, Leader of Camden Council
After 13 years in the public, private and voluntary sectors, she used this experience to become anelected politician. She is now Leader of Camden Council.
Prior to being elected she worked in local government, the NHS, the civil service, as well as the HQ of a national retailer and the UK's leading equalities charity.
She used this breadth and depth of experience every day to help develop policies and deliver services that make a real difference to the lines of people in Camden.
This dinner is hosted by Ann Nkune, director of Bloomsbury Beginnings, a social enterprise who run parent workspace sessions at several locations, and Leo Wood, director of Winkley Studios and Cooks Yard coworking spaces and PlayPen, a weekly pop-up cowork&crèche session in Mile End, launching soon.