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Origin Workspace Member Q&A – Bud Systems

Rob Hingston

Head of Origin

23rd Apr 2019

We caught up with Amanda Clapp, Head of Service Delivery at Bud Systems, to talk about her role, working out of Origin Workspace and living in Bristol.

Tell us about Bud

Bud is an intuitive and simple to use Apprenticeship Management Platform. It has been designed as a complete solution for the management and delivery of apprenticeships and helps to drive best practice across our clients’ organisations. It supports all aspects of successful apprenticeship delivery, including learning, funding and management in order to overcome many of the challenges provider face across the sector.

What does your day-to-day role entail?

As the Head of Service Delivery, my focus is very much on the users of our system, both internal and external. We want to know that they are enjoying the benefits of using the system and that it is doing what we promised it would do. If things don’t go to plan, then we want to ensure that they are dealt with as efficiently as possible.

Being part of the Origin community has allowed me to meet people from different backgrounds and a variety of interests. I cycled 65km in the Tour de Bristol (For St Peter’s Hospice) because I learned about the event from a group of my fellow Origin Workspace colleagues.

What are the benefits of working in a coworking space?

There is a real energy around the place and that’s infectious. It creates a really positive working environment that makes work feel more like fun.

Have you made any good connections or has the space created any business opportunities for you?

I have met lots of really interesting people, including Emma Durkin who organises holidays to wild and remote regions of the world, and Francis Ondoro from recruitment agency TruePositive.

Being part of the Origin community has allowed me to meet people from different backgrounds and a variety of interests. I cycled 65km in the Tour de Bristol (For St Peter’s Hospice) because I learned about the event from a group of my fellow Origin Workspace colleagues.

Run Club is a really supportive group of novice and experienced runners who really enjoy getting together and encouraging people. If getting sweaty outdoors isn’t your thing, then there is always table tennis to get you active at lunch time – Jim and Mike have both given me lessons.

What goals do you have for the business?

Bud is all about reducing the administrative burden of apprenticeship delivery and creating more time for trainers to train and business leaders to run their organisations, thereby making the most efficient use of apprenticeship funding.

How do you keep a healthy work/life balance?

I am lucky enough to walk to work and so I am guaranteed a good start to each day. Because the office space is open 24/7, I have the flexibility to adjust my hours to meet other domestic and social commitments. I have just come back from a lunch time swim on Clifton Triangle and I am looking forward to moving across to the new office space next week when I can use the onsite gym without even leaving the building!

What’s the best thing about working in Bristol?

Bristol is a great city; full of caring and passionate people. It’s really great to be working for a purpose led business like Bud and there are so many opportunities to contribute to the community, volunteering, fund raising and generally raising awareness of the good work being done by organisations in and around the city.

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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