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Future Space responds to the ‘new world of work’

September 7th 2020

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Future Space responds to the ‘new world of work’ with launch of connected member option and newly appointed innovation manager.

Future Space is redefining the workspace market with a new set of member packages and business support services, designed to meet the needs of SMEs for the post-Covid era.

With flexibility and added value at the heart of its new offering, the hub – renowned as a hot bed of innovation in the South West – will have a new affiliate membership option, called Connected, available from September.

The newly created connected membership has been designed to enable access into Future Space facilities and services for those businesses that don’t need a dedicated desk.

The package is designed to be a gateway to a more permanent presence at the centre. Members can take advantage of the networking spaces during the week, as well as the full range of Future Space business support services.

Businesses will also be able to make use of the valuable connection with the University of the West of England (UWE) community to benefit from academic resources and research functions. This will all be supported by a new member only website for firms to access the extensive list of opportunities available.

This member option is offered flexibly, from £150 per month (introductory offer), without a long-term contract making it ideal for start-ups, consultants and micro businesses which do not want the commitment of an office lease during these challenging times.

The connected membership will sit alongside existing co-working packages and dedicated lab, workshop and office space options.

Across all member packages, business support activities are being increased to support the growth of companies at Future Space.

The latest initiative from the centre is the highly popular advisory_space, a new virtual in-residence initiative where external experts offer tailored advice services in one-to-one online sessions.

Luke Venn from Spry Care is a Future Space resident that has taken part in in the programme and said: "As an early stage start up, the advisory programme has been invaluable. It's helping cover off vital business areas in which we simply don't have skill sets, such as intellectual property, legal advice and grant applications."

Aimee Skinner, Innovation Manager, Future Space

The new connected membership, member website and virtual in-residence initiative has been driven by Aimeé Skinner, newly appointed innovation manager for Future Space.

Aimeé joins Oxford Innovation, which operates Future Space on behalf of UWE, with several years’ corporate experience. Notably, she spent two years as innovation manager for Bristol Water where she was credited with developing and implementing the utility provider’s innovation agenda which included Robotic Process Automation.

As an alumnus of UWE she has a first-class honours degree in Environmental Science and was awarded an Honorary MSc in Environmental Science in 2019 for her ongoing commitment to UWE and Environmental Sciences.

She is an active member of the Bristol innovation community and co-manages the Bristol Innovators’ Group – a network of over 200 innovation and change experts in the local area which organises regular workshops, talks, and networking opportunities.

Commenting on her appointment, Aimeé said: “I’m truly excited to be part of the Future Space team. It’s a challenging time for companies and I am focused on establishing new ways to support the business community through pioneering and creative applications.

“I have also been further developing my close contact with UWE to build mutually beneficial links and access to resources for our member companies, to foster new ways of working and drive future innovation.”

Laura Crocken Stevens, Future Space centre director said: “Despite the huge challenges faced by businesses in recent months we have been focused on how best to support our Future Space residents. The creation of our new member options means we can support even more businesses to achieve growth.

“I’m delighted to welcome Aimeé to the team – her credentials are second to none and she’s already made a positive impact on our resident companies in a very short space of time.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the connected membership contact info@futurespacebristol.co.uk

January 12th 2021

Future Space Guest Blog: Jack Thompson, Founder of Ginkgo Business Development

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December 21st 2020

An interview with Thanh Quan-Nicholls, Lead for the Digital Innovation Fund at UWE

Lead for the Digital Innovation Fund at the University of the West of England (UWE), Thanh caught up with us recently to talk about her role, some of the work the team do to support start-ups and SMEs, and their plans to expand  the business support offering in 2021.

December 21st 2020

Future Space businesses joining the B Corp movement

Five weeks ago, three Future Space businesses joined the B Corp Business Impact Assessment (BIA) cohort with Andy Hawkins. They set out on a 10-week programme to complete their BIA, the first step on the journey to becoming a B Corp certified company. We caught up with Andy Hawkins (Chief Purpose Officer, Business On Purpose) to see how the first half of the programme has progressed.