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Member Q&A – Bristol Media

Joanne Lunt

Community Host

21st Mar 2019

We grabbed five minutes to talk to Kirsty Phillips, Marketing, Events & Operations Manager at Bristol Media.

What is Bristol Media?

Bristol Media is one of the biggest creative networks in the UK. As an industry led organisation focussed on the creative industries, our purpose is to put Bristol on the map as a world-leading centre of creativity and innovation in order to inspire talented people to work in the city, as well as attract customers and drive growth.

What does your day-to-day role involve?

As Marketing, Events and Operations Manager, I wear many hats. On any given day I could be doing anything from meeting our members to discuss their needs, creating content for the Bristol Media website and managing the social channels, or planning our next Vision keynote speaker, training workshop or the summer party!

What’s the best thing about working in Bristol?

Bristol’s been my home for well over a decade and I absolutely adore how the city has evolved to become a thriving, bustling community full of character and grit. It’s so well connected, but one of the best things is being surrounded by beautiful countryside. One minute you’re in the centre of it all and the next you’re standing on a rolling hillside looking back at the city.

What do you like most about working at Origin Workspace?

The location is fantastic and the offices are full of a diverse array of local businesses. Being right on the doorstep of Park Street is a bonus too (I’ve taken full advantage of Origin’s Connect card discounts already – hello Pinkman’s 😉)

Why is it important for businesses to join an organisation like Bristol Media?

Collaboration and community. We have over 600 member organisations from the creative industries and wholeheartedly believe that we achieve more collectively than alone. A large part of what we do is to champion members outside of Bristol to raise the profile of the creative industries beyond the South West.

How do you keep a healthy work/life balance?

I walk everywhere, which not only keeps me mentally and physically fit but it helps me to discover the hidden areas of Bristol which you’d unlikely come across otherwise. I find it quite hard to switch off so I have recently started practicing mindfulness techniques after attending a Vision keynote we organised.

Which day-to-day tasks do you least like doing?

Making coffee (yes, that is a daily task!). I love drinking it but am terrible at making it.

Which day-to-day tasks do you find most rewarding?

I’m still loving every part of my role and it’s all been rewarding so far. I’m excited about being able to provide that connection for people who have similar needs, and getting to shout about a city I love and promote some of the amazing work that’s coming out it is hugely rewarding!

Interested in Origin Workspace membership? We will have over 400 desks including co-working, cellular office space and a members’ lounge all housed in our 42,000 sq. ft of newly-renovated space in a landmark building in Berkeley Square, Clifton. Facilities include an in-house gym, studio and a roof terrace with stunning views of South and Central Bristol. Get in touch to book a show round of the space.

Joanne Lunt

Community Host

Joanne is our friendly community host – the first person you’re likely to meet if you come for a tour at Origin Workspace and always ready to meet and greet members, visitors and guests. A key part of Joanne’s role is helping to connect businesses that are in the space to encourage and promote collaboration. Behind the scenes, Joanne is also responsible for dealing with membership enquiries and applications. She’s also busy developing the Origin Connect Card by finding new businesses to sign-up to the card and promoting it to members. Joanne’s love of travelling has taken her backpacking across the globe and working as a chalet host, giving her lots of experience of meeting new people and building relationships. Her passion for fitness means you’re also likely to find her at one of our regular Workout + Network events!

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