Loading...
Coworking and hospitality are not an obvious marriage but there are many overlaps evolving more and more organically but also as a means to survival.  Business can no longer stand still! Tourism, events management and restaurant/bar trades immediately spring to mind when thinking of hospitality so  a service based sector full of various communities and relationships . Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared workplace, often an office, and independent activity with the members usually from independent businesses e.g. micro-businesses and freelancers. But the whole ethos behind coworking is shared values and the incorporation of support, community and the happiness and wellbeing of it’s members so hospitality is a very important factor.

Although the role that hospitality organisations play in ensuring that their customers are happy and willing to return is vital in maintaining both profits, customer retention and reputation so is the same in a coworking space although not necessarily given such a monetary importance. Many of our  coworking members  have been with us long term, due to the affordability of pricing plans available, and the “craic” on a daily basis! Ensuring productivity levels are high, whilst maintaining the relaxed fun environment is something  we take great pride in at the Hub.

When we look at what new and expanding coworking spaces are offering there are two separate areas to think about:

Facilities – a shared space and community is longer enough, these models are now entering a new growth phase, it’s not just about the working day but more about incorporating work/ life together so coffee bars, entertainment areas, gardens, members’ clubs, co-living, exhibitions is all becoming more common within these spaces.

So coworking and hospitality is no longer mutually exclusive and both are working hand in hand with many hotels offering coworking areas and coworking spaces offering hospitality and co-living.

Community aspects a shared way of living in effect, the old co-op model, community groups, natural networks within and outside of work and sharing ideas, values and skills. Fundraising and community projects are a major part of our coworking ethos and we encourage our members to take part in all our activities. Taking the time out of our daily routine to share ideas, forge new working relationships and just having a good old chinwag incorporate the hospitality aspect within our shared collaborative office space. It is also a key part of our Mental Well-Being Pledge.

So certainly in terms of the hospitality and coworking industries diversification, adaptation and evolution are both organic and a necessity to survive, thrive and grow as a  business If you’d like to learn more on any of these areas then please give us a call on +44(302) 60122 or email info@thehubnewry.com

 

The post Diversification, adaptation, evolution -is this organic or a necessity? appeared first on The Hub Newry.

Read Full Article
Visit website
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
Being self-employed isn’t so much a job as a way of life, chances are you’ll be doing the work that you love but is it all a bed of roses and does it really bring continuity family life? Working for yourself clearly depends on your profession, your situation (where you’re based relative to home, family, friends support network, ages of children, are you juggling childcare in the school holidays), in fact there’s a whole host of things it can depend on! As the founder of The Hub Newry, a coworking-space in Newry, N. Ireland I’m lucky to get to peek into the lives of other entrepreneurs, freelancers and owners of micro businesses and see how self-employment actually pans out in real life scenarios not just in their pipe-dreams!

It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted! I see a lot of people come into our coworking-space who have previously been employed and just started up their own business as well as those who are currently employed and thinking about taking the leap out into the big wide world on their own. Being the master of your own destiny is a gamble that may or may not pay off in a variety of ways.

Let’s just define – what is self employment v employment?

“Self–employment is earning a living through doing something by yourself. … Self–employed people generally find their own work rather than being provided with work by an employer, earning income from a trade or business that they operate.” Wikipedia. As a result of this there’s also the big question of job security, having to win your own work as well as doing the work and running the business operations, having said that, does being employed these days give you anymore job certainty? As a parent or a carer, this is no joking matter!

With BREXIT looming and so many unknowns it poses even more questions about job security and indeed, any form of continuity for self employed families! 

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons for individuals and families in self-employment and by the way, I’ve either lived through or am constantly managing every one of these factors and so do most people I’ve spoken to about going out on their own:

Pros:

  • Set your own schedule
  • Work life balance (debatable)
  • Taking holiday when you need
  • Children off school sick, just take a day off
  • Flexible working base, work from home when you need to, cowork when you want structure and community
  • Claim business expenses
  • Get to pick who you work with & your clients
  • Adapt your abilities to your skills sets and develop your business accordingly
  • Get to set your own goals and targets (be-it income / productivity or happiness led)
  • Build your brand into something long term and leave a family legacy
  • Delegate or subcontract out things you’re not so strong at to other experts and concentrate on what you love doing
  • Take the kids to work in the holidays
  • Manage your tasks depending on what your frame of mind is that day
  • You get thanks for the work you do!
  • Wear what you want when you want
  • Be able to constantly evolve, adapt and improve both yourself and your business

Cons:

  • Having to be everything to everyone: marketing, sales, financial expert, operations front runner, delivery of actual work, Office Manager, HR Manager
  • You have to supply your own equipment, software, desk, car etc –
  • Working 24/7, long hours, irregular pay, if your sick you can’t just take time off if your mid project
  • Losing the division between work & home-life (walking out the door at 5pm doesn’t mean you just switch off)
  • Often lack of business support and start-up policies around the sector of work due to the niche nature
  • Often a family businesses so reliance of only one income
  • Taking time off for unexpected events isn’t always realistic (with client deadlines and meetings and no-one else to cover for you). Similarly, it’s very common to take calls and answer emails whilst on holiday.
  • Losing the division between work and home time – home working can also mean your home becomes an office
  • If you work alone, you can become isolated and jaded
  • Cashflow is what it is, if there’s no money in the bank then unless you have a magic money tree suppliers won’t get paid and there isn’t usually a finance department to help bail you out
  • Without at least 3 years accounting records and a solid track records of sales and success it’s not as easy to secure funding and credit with suppliers
  • No pension benefits/medical unless you organise one yourself
  • Get to have the delightful job of doing your own tax returns and assessments
  • The need to take constructive criticism and make sure your business constantly evolves and adapts
So is it for everyone? Well only you can decide that…..and by the way, it’s just like starting a family, there’s no manual that comes with it and educates you about everything from both sides of the story.

A great piece of advice was given to one of our coworking members by a businessman he really respected: “Buy a yearly planner poster, stick it on the wall and stroke out 28 days at the start of the year that you want to break off from it all”

“It’s hard to take time off when self employed, it can seem like wasting time but it is essential to rebuild and give your head space to figure out things in the back of your mind.”
The question is, how to manage balance the pros and cons? Becoming self-employed is a lot to take on but with support, structure, networks from various communities in place like coworking-spaces well then it’s a lot easier. Be open with others and make sure you’re communicating about how you feel, realise that everyone’s experienced or is experiencing the same things as you and learn to manage together. To learn more about how coworking and communities can help take a closer look at our website: The Hub Newry

The post Is being a self-employed with young children as flexible as it says on the tin? appeared first on The Hub Newry.

Read Full Article
Visit website
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
Founding and working within a coworking community for nearly 6 years now we realise how lucky we are to be so brilliantly located both for business and for life! Having moved here from London myself nearly 10 years ago and not really knowing a sole I also appreciate how important (as much as possible) a community and a balanced family life is and Newry has this in abundance. 

Here are just some of the location benefits to being in Newry whether you’re travelling a lot around Ireland with work, thinking of migrating back or relocating with family or perhaps expanding a business to this area:

  • Very central and accessible for remote-working / frontier-working (employees who work in one city and live in another  returning home daily or weekly so having long commutes) Frontier worker. Coworking memberships allow flexible working – it gives the benefits of less commuting, a better mental wellbeing and still within a business environment to keep a structured and productive workday! Many employers are now actively encouraging this as the overheads of increasingly expanding teams and leases in large cities e.g. Dublin / Belfast is becoming more and more difficult to manage. 
  • Perfectly placed right on the M1 corridor so very accessible.
  • Central between Dublin & Belfast (but far less traffic) and only 1 hour from either city with 3 international airports nearby & great infrastructure.
  • If you’re travelling a lot with work then Newry is a great place to stop for meetings, catch up on emails, grab a coffee and is central for a lot of business people.
  • An amazing place to relocate to / migrate back to with family, fantastic schools, amazing community of people, such beautiful surroundings!
  • Good for mentalwellbeing surrounded by the Mournemountains and coastal regions on the doorstep!
We’d love to show you around Newry and welcome you to our coworkingspace offering the perfect base for remote-workers / frontier-workers, meeting room hire and visitors needing a supportive business community. To learn more about coworking / frontier-workers have a closer look at our website: TheHubNewry Give us a buzz on +44 (0)28 302 60122 or email: info@thehubnewry.com

The post Location, Location, Location! appeared first on The Hub Newry.

Read Full Article
Visit website
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
This time of year, some of us are at a crossroads with our business or perhaps feel it’s time to reassess what YOU want to do and what you have to offer. Well, that’s fantastic, how exciting! We don’t listen enough to what we’re telling ourselves and to what others are telling us about how truly unique and talented we are, are you still passionate about what you do and the business you’re managing?

You probably still enjoy what you’re doing but may not be the same person as you were when you started on your journey. You’ll have grown along the way, met lots of people, learnt a whole lot more and learnt a lot more about yourself and so think of all the potential you have now.

“I’m King of the lough”!

Perhaps you’ve had a few knock backs and a few successes along the way and will have learnt a lot from those junctions too! You’ve evolved, grown and will have ‘more strings to your bow’ so now its time to match them up with that potential of yours!

Listening to a great #webinar on Womens inspire network – #WIN​ with Samantha Kelly​ and Finola Howard​ this week it opened my eyes to how we can use all of our stories, journeys, experiences (we learn from positive & negative experiences) to strengthen us and what we offer to others.

“Those who can’t change their minds can’t change anything.” George Bernard Shaw

Change your mind or couple your journey’s learnings together with what we’re already doing and wow, you have a powerful, unique offering! Don’t be afraid to share knowledge, no-one will ever do things the same way as you, you’ll always do something different or in a different way.

Who are you now? “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

The post Are you at a crossroads with your business, do you need to reassess your journey? appeared first on The Hub Newry.

Read Full Article
Visit website
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
Creating social media content that engages with your business’s audience, most importantly its members, is crucial, especially for a coworking space.  The challenge is to maintain & reinforce the standard of engagement that has led to the Hub Newry being included in the top sixty coworking blogs globally this year!

Awarded Top 60 Coworking Blogs Globally

Writers block can sometimes kick in, surely it can’t be that difficult to come up with different blogging ideas and topics to write about? In theory it should be relatively straightforward given the variety of businesses, members and happenings here, however, it can be easier said than done. There are constantly new learning experiences here at the Hub – trying to increase google rankings via S.E.O (Search Engine Optimisation), the constant evolution of the platforms for promotion, new algorithms & linking back to the main website. We also have to make sure that we get the right mix of social media, newsletters, blogs versus traditional media. So why is creating a relevant, interesting & entertaining content and using various marketing platforms so important for a coworking space?

  • Members and community are a coworking space’s most important gift and their free, independent and sometimes radical thinking lends itself to trying hard to replicate and share those thoughts and practices further afield. 
  • Relevant, topical content increases the opportunity to attract new members and to network. It actually enables us to publicise the concept of “what coworking is” – not everyone is aware that a flexible, shared business community environment is available and that we have a miriad of flexible working arrangements on offer.

    We’ve raised over £400 for PIPS this quarter!!!!

    Martin Geissler of ITV News interviewing our Hub residents on their views on BREXIT

  • The very nature of coworking enables people from all geographies, ages, backgrounds, industry sectors to make use of coworking facilities and community and therefore it’s crucial to use the correct social media and marketing platforms to reach these current and potential coworkers. It’s vital to understand your members, try and replicate the demographics.For instance LinkedIn may be used for professionals to discuss current industry related topics, wheres Instagram is a great marketing tool to publicise community events that may be happening through the use of posting images.
  • If you’re doing your marketing correctly then the response should determine which of your membership facilities are being welcomed and which are not so popular, often the engagement will also suggest new ideas!
  • Great content should be shared with other coworking spaces enabling collaboration and partnering through shared membership, shared practices.

The benefits of having a cohesive social media and marketing strategy include, free promotion, the ability to reach a wide audience, no location limitation, and allows feedback and interaction. 

Content creation involves offering compelling, contextual, consistent topics and posts to a targeted audience. Identifying and understanding the intended audience, resonating and focusing social media content towards them all helps create an authentic message, instead of generic material with no clear intent.

With the Hub opening two new sites in the very near future, events & hospitality shall feature heavily as the business moves forward. Promotion of these events will take place through all the Hub’s social media platforms, so keep an eye out for exciting events & blogs!

Please feel free to get in touch if you or your company have any community or fundraising activities that the Hub can get involved in promoting. Contact us on (028) 30261022 or email suzanne@thehubnewry.com 

The post Engage with your audience – coworkers and community are a gift! appeared first on The Hub Newry.

Read Full Article
Visit website
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
Community gives us a sense of belonging and being a part of a network helps us in all aspects of life be-it in a working scenario or not. A coworking environment with a ready made network can help alleviate loneliness especially for those usually working from home or moving around a lot. Sometimes, just having people around while working can be all that is needed to alleviate isolation. Having a structure in place be it renting an desk, office, or using a meeting room in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere can help build a sense of community and rapport among like-minded individuals. It can also improve productivity as outside distractions are reduced.

Using a coworking space even one day a week can be particularly beneficial to people who travel a lot and are looking a base to work from, meet a like-minded group of people in a friendly environment who often benefit from our shared skills network. This can help raise productivity levels, as well as providing practical support. There there should always be something happening in a coworking space from a community and collaborative perspective. We encourage our coworkers to take part in community activities, enhancing a sense of unity for all Hub members but nothing is ever mandatory, we appreciate that everyone is different.

Having an emotional support network around should never be underestimated. Give someone five minutes of your time for a chat & listen to them. We’re always reinforcing the Hub’s  Mental wellbeing pledge  and it’s commitment to ensuring all the members that use our facilities are “firing on all cylinders” as much as possible.

The Hub’s “hands on approach” to our community projects and fundraising initiatives including constant involvement with local charities allows for a spirit of collaboration between coworkers.

The ethos of uniting, giving  something back to the local community, promoting a sense of well being and the knowledge that vital funds are being raised, all allows coworkers to have a sense of satisfaction and reward in their work and life in general.

If you are interested in viewing our facilities here at the Hub or would like to find out more information please visit our website thehubnewry.com or contact us on:  + 44 (028) 302 60122  or email  suzanne@thehubnewry.com 

The post Community supports us in all aspects of life…. appeared first on The Hub Newry.

Read Full Article
Visit website
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
Let’s get into “best practice” mode and have a look at the benefits of a mailbox / registered office address facility.
One of our most popular services is our “Mailbox/ Registered Office Address Facility” and why is this?
What are the benefits to my business?
  • The use of The Hub Newry’s city centre location address most definitely gives a professional image to your business and an overall positive first impression were individuals are more likely to take the company more seriously.
  • Many people who are contracting & travelling often use this service to give them a central collection point to store & forward on their mail.
  • You have the professional image of a real business address without the colossal costs of paying office rental prices.
  • Improved search engine rankings on Google which consequently makes it easier to build an online presence and reach a larger target market.
  • A registered mailbox allows you to separate your business from your home. It potentially acts as a deterrent from unwanted callers/customers arriving/business people calling at your home. It furthermore ensures that all your mail and parcels are securely received, signed for and stored appropriately with the added addition of your parcels being monitored by 24hour CCTV.
  • If your business is of the nature where you are consistently on the road and mobile it’s important to have one central address for all correspondence.
So how does the mailbox facility work? Well it couldn’t be simpler
  • A same day set up can be facilitated for your business, providing there is the supply of sufficient ID.
  • Once successful registration has been completed you can give the registered address to all of your business contacts such as customers, suppliers, contacts and also to register with HMRC and Companies House.
  • Once we receive any mail, packages or parcels during normal office working hours, we can then action it accordingly.
  • When mail is received, we will inform you of its receipt & then either store for your collection, forward it on to your correspondence address, or open, scan and email to you.
  • Many people who are contracting & travelling often use this service.
For any more information on this facility please give us a shout on +44 (0)28 302 60122 or email @info@thehubnewry.com. You can also have a look at the Hub’s Pricing Page for some more info.

The post How Can A HomeBased Business Benefit From a Mailbox Facility? appeared first on The Hub Newry.

Read Full Article
Visit website
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Stephanie Clyde-Hub Team.

Coworking-what’s it all about? A pre-conceived notion of the office & coworking scenario as stuffy and impersonal could not have been further from the truth. The Hub has always something going on and a vibrant, lively atmosphere, where work and fun go hand in hand!! A sense of unity among the coworkers is highly evident on a day-to-day basis, and everyone I have met has been very welcoming. Realizing just what coworking itself is all about was also an education. Different types of businesses combined under a shared, sustainable office space, with the opportunity to rent an individual desk, an office for longer term use, or to have a business mailbox address for correspondence and mail forwarding facilities. Environmental and Green initiatives,are an indicator of the many other areas that coworking communities can get involved in. Having a sustainability policy in place is not only good practice in reducing carbon footprint, but also leads to good marketing and publicity for the Hub. The use of up-cycled materials in the building is evident throughout. After returning to study at degree level in International Hospitality&Tourism Management, the importance of Sustainable initiatives and how they can be implemented in a positive way, was a key learning outcome. The Hub are a great example of these values being implemented daily. The opportunity to further apply the theory learnt at Southern Regional College shall be put into action with various events scheduled over the coming days and weeks.  The first event that took place was  a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support  A great turnout and over £260 raised for an invaluable charity,  a great opportunity to network,make new and strengthen existing contacts, reinforcing the Hub’s commitment to collaborating with other businesses in the locality.

Coffee and cake for Macmillan!!


The ethos of participating in community projects is another string to the bow of the Hub’s coworking ideology. Again, in terms of promotion for the business and giving back to the locality, these projects have an added positive effect. Affiliation with local charities on a rotation basis is another way that coworking can play a positive role outside the office.   In conclusion, coworking for me has been a wholly positive experience so far, and with expansion and lots more events coming up, the future is exciting to say the least!!.  

The post Settling in a coworking business environment for the first time,the real story!! appeared first on The Hub Newry.

Read Full Article
Visit website
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
Join The Hub Newry coworking community with Love Your Lough helping to clean-up Newry’s Canal  & Lough Areas – Saturday 14th October 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

All the eco warrior community together with an enormous amount of rubbish. Over 70 bags of litter!

The Rampart is a beautiful green, wetland habitat for many different species of lough birds with the common seal also often spotted splashing about in these waters. Unfortunately, this area is littered with significant amounts of plastic & general waste which is putting at risk the flora & fauna that live & grow here, so we are hoping to encourage people to come along and participate in this clean-up to help protect the nature that lives here.

 The plan is to meet at 2pm on Sat 14th (meeting point at the end of the Greenbank Rd just beside the Rampart Walkway) and we will walk together to the clean-up point, following the embankment area along the lough. There is parking available at end of Rampart Rd, past Duffy Accident Repair Centre on your left & to end of the road.

Please ensure you bring appropriate clothing, water and sturdy footwear / wellies. Children are very welcome but please make sure they are supervised at all times. There shall be plenty to keep them occupied on the day!!

Following on from February’s successful clean up, the Hub are becoming actively involved again in this worthwhile initiative and would appreciate any help from our coworking friends and family in and around Newry. It has now turned into a bi-annual commitment and part of our “wellbeing pledge”. 

 With the Hub’s active participation in community projects, this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and do our bit to protect the nature surrounding this area.

Hub’s community projects & events!

Let us know if you have any questions/queries on this and we will be happy to discuss!

Love Your Lough – A Carlingford Lough based voluntary group who protect, preserve & promote the lough. The lough is for all of us not just some of us!

We do require anyone interested to register their names with Suzanne or Stephanie at The Hub Newry and you can register at: Email: suzanne@thehubnewry.com  stephanie@thehubnewry.com   or call +44 (0)28 302 60122

The post Let’s Get Green & Clean Our Canals, Community In Action!!!! appeared first on The Hub Newry.

Read Full Article
Visit website
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 
In our collaborative coworkingspace NI, we try our hardest to keep a check on  happiness and wellbeing levels! Here’s our mental wellbeing pledge to our coworkers and visitors: “The Hub is determined to be a front runner in providing a successful and supportive coworkingspace in Newry. To do this, The Hub aims to raise the awareness of many of the issues lone working presents, such as stress, loneliness, lack of networking, general well-being, and mental health. Through initiatives and community activities, we strive to continually improve business growth and employment in our coworkingspace as well as the mental and social well-being of the people we work with.

Hub’s coworking space

Our weekly gatherings, and communications strategies let our residents and teams know what is going on in the community environment and ensures that there is something for everyone to get involved with. We always aim to include community groups and other businesses outside of The Hub Newry in our activities whether it be fundraising or green, ethical or sustainable projects and events. We always work towards having a positive coworking environment, where people can work independently, while also having the support of like-minded peers. There is always someone to help in The Hub!”

Here at The Hub Newry, Northern Ireland we work hard to get the balance right as much as we can. ‪Community and ‪collaboration are massive aspects of our coworkingspace both within the ‪office and outside with the ‪local ‪businesses and community groups. Having recently completed a course on “Mental Wellbeing First Aid in the‪ ‎Workplace” and as a founding member of ‪NewryThrives we realise more and more that our health and sanity are so important.

We all know “balance” is not always easy or consistent. Yes, we need to work to pay the bills and some of us are very passionate about our work but if your ‪health is even slightly out of kilter, be it, emotional or physical then this can have a huge knock effect on productivity at work or happiness at home.

Arrange a weekly coffee & chat within the office, even just for 30 mins. Perhaps a monthly lunch / brunch / trip to pub or cafe. If you notice someone’s just not themselves then offer them 5 mins, just a shoulder, don’t ignore it, what if the tables were turned?

Diet & exercise are a big part so encourage things like a fruit bowl in the office, stick up little post its with healthy snack suggestions or even have a soup club / smoothie club or rota / weekly jaunt. how about bringing in your dog once a week?

EVEN JUST TRY ONE OF THESE IDEAS AND SEE DOES IT LIFT SPIRIT

If you have any questions regarding this article or are interested in learning more about coworking or coworking spaces in Ireland then email: info@thehubnewry.com or call us +44 (0)28 302 60122

The post Mental Wellbeing Pledge For Our Coworkingspace, NI appeared first on The Hub Newry.

Read Full Article
Visit website

Read for later

Articles marked as Favorite are saved for later viewing.
close
  • Show original
  • .
  • Share
  • .
  • Favorite
  • .
  • Email
  • .
  • Add Tags 

Separate tags by commas
To access this feature, please upgrade your account.
Start your free month
Free Preview