8: Lessons from Scaling - With Tajinder Lachhar from Bathtub 2 Boardroom

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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!

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7: Challenges of Scaling - With Tori Bravery from Mainyard Studios

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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!

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