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Five ways a shared office space in Bristol can boost business

Rob Hingston

Head of Origin

23rd Aug 2018

If you’re running a business in Bristol, you will know it’s a very collaborative city. Here businesses thrive from meeting other business owners, having a selection of business networks to act as mentors not to mention the option to plug into some of the most respected business growth programmes in the country. And if as a business owner you are not aware of all the benefits available, you only need to pop to a shared office space to see just how the business community is thriving in the local area.

There is a misconception that shared office spaces are for entrepreneurs building a business on a shoestring, but from working with businesses of all shapes and sizes, we can see that a shared workspace can offer so much more.

Here are five ways your business can benefit from being in a shared office space:

1. Business partnerships – this could be anything from running joint events, to servicing a client, business partnership opportunities increase significantly when you’re in a shared space, meaning not only can you save on budget by partnering up on a project, but your business can also tap into a new community.

2. New business opportunities – the companies you share your office space with can be great brand ambassadors. Make sure to take the time to find out what each of the businesses do and showcase the type of audiences your product or service would be great for to help them recommend your business if they come across your target market.

3. Staff retention – no one likes to be stuck in an office with no one or just one other person to talk to. There is a sense of belonging in shared office spaces, allowing staff to interact with other employees and problem solve. A lot of coworking spaces have recognised this and have programmes in place to help businesses with staff retention. Here at Origin Workspace, we have our own Workout + Network events offering everything from free yoga, to skills workshops so members can network in a relaxed environment and meet like-minded professionals.

4. Scaling your business – as your business goes through the next stage of growth, a coworking space is a great way to reassure potential stakeholders that you have the foundations of an office space, and all the necessary resources under one roof to support business growth.

5. Shared knowledge – when sharing an office space, chances are businesses will have similar challenges and tried and tested methodologies you can learn from. Sharing business growth ideas and asking for recommendation is the best part of sharing an office because you can save time and money through collective feedback.

While a lot of people think shared office spaces are just a way to lower operational costs, it’s a great way to grow a business within a like-minded community and benefit from all the resources available under one roof.

If you want to find out more about how Origin Workspace supports business of all sizes, check out events programme and our bespoke Origin Startup package.

Rob Hingston

Head of Origin

The driving force behind everything that happens at Origin, you’ll find Rob taking on everything from helping new startups get off the ground through to making sure our events hit the mark. It’s Rob’s role to manage the £8 million redevelopment project of our property in Berkeley Square, transforming it into Bristol’s most contemporary coworking space. A skilled business and HR manager, Rob brings a wealth of experience to his role as Head of Origin. His senior position at David Lloyd Health Clubs as Group HR Manager saw him revolutionise employee turnover and engagement – the perfect pre-empter to building Origin Workspace’s collaborative community of coworkers.

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