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So often we organizers of events can say such great things about them, but it’s the words of those who attended that carry the most weight, so I’ll shut up and let them share!
As a new entrepreneur in the Barrie region, the Creative Space TrepMixer was a great event. I got a chance to extend my network and meet interesting people pursing new businesses in the IT and digital tech sectors in the region. Everyone was extremely friendly and the venue was amazing. The sponsors did a great job – not only did they provide the funding for the event, but they showed up and mingled with the ‘treps as well. It was a fantastic event and a great way to meet people, learn more about what others are pursuing, and to connect with members of the entrepreneur support network in the region. I encourage other entrepreneurs to come out for the next event and I’m looking forward to spending more time at the Creative Space office in the fall to further develop these connections and to meet even more small businesses.
Duane Homick of GYMNEXT and inventor of the FLEX TIMER APP and Clock.
Becoming a member of The Creative Space has been one of the best decisions I’ve made so far, but it’s something you have to experience to even begin to appreciate. Since Tandempark moved into The Creative Space, I’ve made more progress and have been more productive than in any coffee shop or corner at home. This is a space where ideas erupt and things happen.
On top of it all, The Creative Space Team is always going out of its way to encourage and facilitate collaboration with industry peers. TrepMixer was an awesome night of IT connectedness, a great way to hear what other Barrie entrepreneurs are getting themselves up to and a perfect example of how The Creative Space is bringing Barrie Entrepreneurs together! Great food + great drinks + great door prizes + great company = yet another great idea from The Creative Space! I’m looking forward to the next one!
Liam Squires of Tandempark
Sir Thomas’s note to the city:
“The Creative Space was a fascinating place and Chad and Sandra Ballantyne impressed us with their enthusiasm, inspiration and determination. That place is a real asset to the City and will turn out some of the brightest young entrepreneurs of the future: the way they make their premises so accessible and nurse the fledgling businesses on the way is admirable. They are also performing an important social role, taking young people and allowing them space to exercise their drive and vision, in company with other like-minded individuals. They are clearly putting an enormous amount of personal effort into keeping it going, I suspect at some personal financial sacrifice, especially during the winter months when they acknowledged that things went quieter. It’s an excellent use of an old building and they are using every square inch that they can. If you haven’t been there, Jeff, it really is impressive and would be well worth an hour of your time. It’s an initiative that the City can be very proud of, it ticks lot of boxes – and it just needs a bit of help.”
A direct note to us:
“We greatly enjoyed our visit to the Creative Space and thought that the whole project had a really good feel to it. There is a high mortality rate in young companies but you have found a way to reduce the risks by creating very low rent space where budding entrepreneurs can share their experiences and get the help that they need from older, wiser hands when they need it. It was particularly impressive to see how every square inch of the building had been put to good use: the partners running the digital support service upstairs have got a fantastic creative space to work in. The Design and Technology area in the basement provided a great environment for some of the younger occupants – an area where they could learn about their chosen field of study in a social environment, and enjoy the whole experience.
I hope that my ‘good word’ to the Mayor produces some support for you. Even if the only help they can offer is a grant, rent support or relief from local taxation, it has got to be a win / win situation for the City and yourselves. The City is seen to be helping its budding young entrepreneurs – people who will be building the successful businesses of tomorrow and future years, employing other young entrepreneurs and bringing wealth to the city and its people. You will hopefully get the support that you need, so that you can make the Creative Space even better, enabling you to invest in new technology, facilities and training. If you can spend less time worrying about how you are going to survive the winter and more time developing the project, it will also be much less stressful for yourselves. Let me know how you get on!
I don’t have any formal capacity with Harrogate Borough Council but I will certainly push what buttons I can to get something similar going here. I am also in touch with several of our other, larger, councils and will mention it to them. “
Sir Thomas Ingilby
Ripley Castle Estate
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Okay, so the topic of coworking versus rental office has been a hot debate in the world of independent work. We’ve heard from freelancers, solo-entrepreneurs and location-independent businesses who’ve crossed the floor to work alongside their comrades, and are sharing their secrets after finding success with coworking.
If you’ve ever been trapped into the oppressive cubicle-farm or have had to scramble to get the best seat in a noisy coffee shop, this is old news. For those who are hardlined about their fantasy of the impervious office of solitude, here are some excellent reasons to consider trying out coworking, before signing that 100-year office lease.
#1: Grow your network faster
In a coworking space, networking is a constant activity, and a way of life. Regular interactions lead to building of trust and relationships; sharing knowledge, collaborating on projects, and even the random conversations over coffee can bring new and valuable connections.
#2: Find talented people to work with
Coworking spaces are a central hub for talent. Seriously.
With the rise of freelance and remote work over past years, we’re seeing an unprecedented rise in top talent relocating to coworking spaces. It’s a no-brainer that hiring a great designer or programmer would be easy with a desirable project opportunity.
#3: Immerse yourself in a creative environment
Humans are sensory creatures who feed off their environment. So, a dull office box or messy home office will simply not do. Not to mention the day-to-day interactions with other creative folks will surely amplify your creative and cognitive capabilities. Coworking spaces pay special attention to design and aesthetics; paint colour, decor, furniture and lighting are all essential in stimulating our minds and catalyzing a creative mindset.
#4: Improve your social life
One of the biggest drawbacks of segregating yourself in a private office is that you miss out on social interactions. Many who have worked a 9-to-5 job cement friendships over the water cooler; a place of employment provides us with a bountiful source of new friends, and once you leave your work this source is depleted. Joining a coworking place allows you to fill in the gaps and start friendships with likeminded people.
#5: Get and give mentorship
For entrepreneurs, having access to not only shared space but resources like mentors and peer-to-peer support is invaluable. You may choose to arrange regular mentorship meetings to talk through your business challenges, confront obstacles, and set attainable goals. Having someone to support you through your journey and to be accountable to, is one of the biggest benefits of being a member of a coworking space.
#6: Lower your costs
Coworking pricing is driven by value, whereas office space rentals are driven by profit and physical dimensions. Members of coworking spaces enjoy flexible pricing, while being provided with a huge array off incentives to make their experience more satisfying. Depending on the space, coworking plans can cost as little as $10 per day. Compare that to the cost an office lease and the choice is quite easy.
#7: A huge array of shared amenities
If a fully-equipped professional office space is important but you don’t want to take on the responsibility of a lease, a coworking space will provide a viable solution. Because you are working within a shared environment with shared resources and amenities, the costs will be far less than a private office.
#8: Develop good work habits
Coworking helps maintain a healthy work-life balance and sense of consistency, or rhythm within work. Being immersed in a coworking space with other driven workers, makes productivity prevalent, and creative thinking contagious. In stark contrast, the alienation of a private office doesn’t inspire any positive work traits, just loneliness.
#9: Flexibility and adaptability of use
Coworking spaces promote a culture of flexibility, openness and innovation, by their very nature. You are not tethered to a desk or a set schedule, allowing you to work how and when you want, with the freedom to react quickly to changing needs and conditions. The supporting functions of a coworking space offer an adaptable arrange of tools and resources to complement your growing business.
#10: Coworking gets better and better all the time
This is a fundamental truth of coworking. Due to the social nature of coworking, it changes, adapts and improves constantly to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Even in the recent years since the rise of coworking’s popularity, massive innovations and improvements have been made in how spaces support their members; while at the same time, rental offices have remained almost unchanged.
The wonderful thing about coworking is that it can be designed to complement many work styles; part time or full time, open or private, it can all happen in a coworking space. If you haven’t experienced coworking yet, it’s about time you visited your local space and tried it out!
Original Post from okcolab.com
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