Back /  
View More Articles

Origin Workspace Events round up – June

Joanne Lunt

Community Host

14th Aug 2018

This month, the sweltering heat hasn’t stopped us hosting a whole range of Origin Workspace events for local businesses, Origin Startup entrepreneurs and our own in-house team. It has been a busy month to say the least.

Summer Business Orienteering

Our Summer Business Orienteering networking event was widely anticipated and a huge success. Suppliers we work closely with sponsored the drinks and we teamed them up with our first batch of entrepreneurs taking part in the Origin Startup package.

On the day itself, over 50 guests gathered at our HQ at 40 Berkeley Square and set off in groups with their Origin Workspace hosts. Some headed left along the harbourside and others headed right.

At each of the stops along the harbourside, the groups enjoyed refreshments and the chance to listen to the entrepreneurs’ 60 second pitches. After each pitch, the group got to ask questions, offer advice or simply enjoy the company and the stunning views across the waterfront.

The evening was hugely enjoyable for all concerned. Local small businesses and entrepreneurs appreciated the opportunity to give their pitches in a relaxed, supportive environment. Our suppliers had the chance to talk about their contribution to shaping and developing Origin Workspace and our guests enjoyed learning more about local businesses’ activities on a balmy summer’s evening in one of the most scenic spots in Bristol.

Our team barely had time to recover, before it was time for our monthly Workout + Network and Carl the personal trainer was taking no prisoners!

Monthly Workout + Network

The group started at the usual time of 7:30am at 40 Berkeley Square and headed to Brandon Hill where Carl kindly laid out eight circuits. For 50 minutes, the group split into pairs and tackled everything from kettle bells, planks, hill runs, boxing, and lunges to sprinting. Thankfully at that time in the morning, the sun wasn’t quite so unforgiving and we all got to enjoy the space and views of Brandon Hill castle.

Back at the office after the workout, Kevin Herbert talked about IP and the different ways a small business can get free copyright for their designs and/or products.

As well as going through how to get design prints for your business, Kevin also shared a few ways to report IP infringements if you’re selling on Amazon and Ebay.

LinkedIn Local Bristol

We closed the month with an exciting new business network run by Greg Cooper. The LinkedIn Local Bristol networking event, now in its third outing, has successfully enabled professionals in the area to put a face to the LinkedIn profiles they’re connected with.

The event was co-hosted by business editor Christian Annelsey and keynote speaker Julia Cawte who talked about the importance of our body language while networking.

We thoroughly enjoyed organising and hosting June’s series of events. If you missed any, make sure to check out our events section for things we have planned in the next few months.


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!

Book a showround