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Community, Give and Take, Everyone's Adapting
Here is the third and final instalment of our COVID-19 response series. Our Communications and Social Impact manager Cleo talks to the The Melting Pot team about adjusting to a world in isolation and the impacts on coworking businesses. In this episode we will hear from one of The Melting Pot’s hosts, Anna Ciborowska. She tells us what the hosting team have done to hold and foster the community in the shift to online.
011: Coworking Through COVID-19: Quick Decisions, Project Plan, Consistency
Welcome to the second instalment of our COVID-19 response series. Our Communications and Social Impact manager Cleo talks to the The Melting Pot team about adjusting to a world in isolation and the impacts on coworking businesses. In this episode we will hear from The Melting Pot’s Operations Manager Sam. She will take an operational management perspective and talk about the key things that have helped her lead the team through this time.
010: Coworking Through COVID-19: Connect, Clarify, Capture
The first instalment of our COVID-19 response series. Our Communications and Social Impact manager Cleo talks to the The Melting Pot team about adjusting to a world in isolation and the impacts on coworking businesses.
Here, The Melting Pot’s Founder and CEO, Claire Carpenter, shares her experiences as a leader and her insights making decisions on a strategic level at such a time of disruption.
009: To Scale or not to Scale
Continuing with our series of scaling a coworking business, we chat with Shazia Mustafa from Third Door - a coworking space and nursery based in London. Ten years into running the business, Shazia laughs as she recounts the story of being new to parenting whilst needing to work, and how this sparked the idea and motivation for what became Third Door.
Listen in to the podcast to hear what happened next, including a tough decision not to scale after a year of prep, lessons learned from that and how this informs future plans for growing the business. Because the answer is “Yes, do scale - but do it right!”
We also hear about
- How values and integrity inform running a business
- Building foundations and ensuring longevity
- What to have in place and what to consider prior to scaling
- What makes for valuable marketing
- Why waiting with scaling paid off
- Advice for new coworking businesses
- …and what surprises Shazia about the coworking movement!
007: Lessons from Scaling
In this episode on the theme of scaling your coworking business, we catch Tajinder from the Lonon based charity Bathtub 2 Boardroom. She tells us about a journey which began with “falling into coworking” in 2012 and now involves running three spaces — with further expansion plans.
Give it a listen to hear about serendipity that made market research redundant, the unexpected idiosyncrasies of basing your coworking space in a college, and how to build a good reputation to help you as you grow.
We also hear about
- the way in which scaling aids adaptability
- the risks and negatives of scaling
- maintaining a culture across multiple floors and spaces
- how to manage a growing community when things go wrong
- what to consider when looking at a new location
- a potentially positive outcome of Brexit…
- … and Tajinder’s top tip if you’re wanting to open another coworking space!
Challenges of Scaling
Claire sat down to chat to Tori from Mainyard Studios about the challenges of taking over the world — or maybe just a small bit of London… Starting in 2012 and now with no fewer than seven work spaces across the city ranging from music studios to coworking offices, Tori looks back on the journey of scaling the business and tells us what got her started, what kept her going and what she and her partner(s) have learned along the way.
Listen in to this podcast to hear Tori’s story about windowless warehouses come designer work spaces, what it is like to set up a business with your life partner, and how doing much of the work yourself helps you find out what you’re really made of.
We also hear about
- the skill sets and attitude required to scale
- finding and investing in the right people for your team
- project and team management
- managing the budget and capacity
- balancing the needs of your community with those of the business
- culture shifts that may come with scaling
- Tori’s top tip when scaling a coworking business
… and of course, about the importance of community as you grow!