Goodbye and thank you......

When you know the time is right to hand the baton to the next person. This week I pushed the button on a goodbye to the troublesome child I absolutely love - GROW. I walk away on the 30th August but before then I hope someone steps up to take it on. It’s five years old this year, has incubated so many companies, seen a few failed projects but it’s been a home to so many. It has hosted students, allowed companies to hire apprentices, been a home for Meet-ups - we started the Reading Google Developer Group and a whole bunch of others but at its heart has been community. It’s printed the odd 3d 🎩 I’ve seen some great startups and also scratched my head with some of the ideas.

What am I up to next? Building on the digital skills and events I’ve been running for the last four years. Which includes opening a space in Reading town centre in the Autumn. It’s called The Curious Lounge and will be a place to listen, learn and meet. GROW was always my not for profit side hustle - my give back to the community.

Not a bad innings for a 3 month PR stunt to prove a point that nobody cared about startup & small biz in Reading. Has that changed? Not really, but hopefully it will soon - they are the future. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of our community - it’s been a blast albeit an exhausting one. Louize, Hub Mum

14 Reasons Remote Working is Here to Stay

14 Reasons Remote Working is Here to Stay

14 Reasons Remote Working is Here to Stay…

Discussions on the ‘Future of Work’, ‘Digital Transformation’ and ‘Diversity & Inclusion’ are now incomplete without a discussion on remote working.

While industry imagineers the ‘Future of Work’ - from up-skilling a workforce for jobs that don’t yet exist and exploring the many paths ahead to digital transformation - remote working as a concept is already here and gathering force…

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Reading (as in the town), BookCrossing, & The Curious World of the GROW Bookcase

Reading (as in the town), BookCrossing, & The Curious World of the GROW Bookcase

Reading (the town), BookCrossing and the Curious World of the GROW BookCase!

GROW is proud to have been Reading’s first coworking space, incubating a diverse community of start-ups by creating an affordable and supportive environment where they can flourish; we love to share ideas, collaborate and innovate!

What better way to do that than through our book-sharing bookcase? To better share our eclectic collection we’ve become an Official BookCrossing Zone on BookCrossing.com! Here’s a review of two of our books on Reading…feel free to get in touch and visit us, browse our bookcase and borrow a book!

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♪♫ I Want To Ride My Bicycle... ♪♫ ♩

♪♫ I Want To Ride My Bicycle... ♪♫ ♩

…I want to ride my bike ♪♫ ♩

Several of our residents cycle to and from GROW and love the ride; they tell us it sets them up for the day and is a great way to wind down before getting home. And of course, whizzing past traffic jams is always a joy!

Read more about the traffic free cycle routes to Green Park or how you can still enjoy the benefits of cycling by hiring (free) a Green Park bike to explore the beautiful park and trails…

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New GROW Startup AAATraq Launches Disability Compliance & Management Service for Website Accessibility

New GROW Startup AAATraq Launches Disability Compliance & Management Service for Website Accessibility

AAAtraq Service Helps Websites Cut Disability Compliance Risk

New GROW startup AAAtraq have launched a new offering giving website owners a low cost, fast track route to protecting their organisations from the risks of legal action with an easy to use managed service.

Poor accessibility compliance is one of the fastest growing problems for website owners, increasingly at risk of legal action and lost revenues from consumers; the value of the ‘purple pound’ in the UK is estimated to be around £249bn.

According to GROW resident Lawrence Shaw, AAAtraq’s founder and CEO, many of the world’s leading brands have websites that fail basic accessibility compliance checks. Non-compliance is becoming an expensive problem for website owners globally to deal with.

Find out how AAAtraq can assess current levels of risk and access free summary risk report…

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Charlotte Cummings, Marketing Manager at Donate The Change - Creative roles in the Tech Industry

Charlotte Cummings, Marketing Manager at Donate The Change - Creative roles in the Tech Industry

Charlotte Cummings, Marketing Manager at Donate The Change - Creative Roles in the Tech Industry

GROW is home to a diverse community of tech, digital and creative start-ups encompassing a broad range of talents, skills and services – and although women are underrepresented in the tech and digital industries (also coworking spaces!) we’re pleased to have our fair share.

Charlotte Cummings is Marketing Manager for Donate The Change, an innovative ‘tech for good’ start-up helping charities overcome the challenges of the digital era.

With a breadth of marketing experience from experiential and immersive events to planning digital and multimedia communications strategies, we caught up with Charlotte to find out what it is like to work in a creative, digital role in a forward thinking, fintech company.

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Why GROW@GreenPark is a Unique Coworking Proposition for 2019! (BTW HNY!)

Why GROW@GreenPark is a Unique Coworking Proposition for 2019! (BTW HNY!)

Why The Combination of GROW Coworking on Green Park is a Unique Proposition

GROW@GreenPark is a unique proposition – we’re a small, independent coworking space, situated on Green Park - an award-winning commercial estate set in 195 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland.

Green Park has a strong ethic to support both well-being and community, which are intrinsic to the Green Park lifestyle – we’re lucky to be here.

There are several great reasons to work from GROW@GreenPark.  We’ve listed them to make it easy for you… You’re welcome!

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Wojciech Rzadkosz - Cryptocurrency Expert, Runner and Cycling Enthusiast

Wojciech Rzadkosz - Cryptocurrency Expert, Runner and Cycling Enthusiast

Wojciech Rzadkosz - Cryptocurrency Expert, Runner and Cycling Enthusiast

Wojciech Rzadkosz is an engineer and cryptocurrency expert, developing autonomous trading algorithms to leverage the volatile nature of cryptocurrencies. Wojciech found GROW@Green Park when searching for a nest to base his company and was initially attracted by the amenities of Green Park.

As a fitness enthusiast, Wojciech takes advantage of the beautifully landscaped trails and health and fitness facilities on site – from joining the running club to taking part in the annual open water swim at Longwater Lake.

We caught up with Wojciech to find out what makes coworking at GROW an ideal place to work, keep fit and stay balanced.

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Chantal Cummings of Donate The Change – Pro-Triathlete and Fintech Startup Entrepreneur

Chantal Cummings of Donate The Change – Pro-Triathlete and Fintech Startup Entrepreneur

Chantal Cummings of Donate The Change – Pro-Triathlete and Fintech Startup Entrepreneur

GROW is as much a vibrant community of individuals as it is of startups and small businesses; some of our residents do amazing things the other side of work and we wonder how they do it all!

Chantal Cummings manages operations for Donate The Change, an innovative fintech startup with a social mission, at the same time as being a world class professional triathlete, regularly competing internationally in Challenge and Ironman events.

We caught up with Chantal to find out what it means to be a pro-triathlete and how the discipline of athletic training translates to running a fast-paced, disruptive startup.

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Where Are They Now? Tocabot - leading the way in AI and Robotic Process Automation

Where Are They Now? Tocabot - leading the way in AI and Robotic Process Automation

Several of our resident companies have scaled significantly over the last three years, so we thought we would bring you their stories and the show the important role co-working spaces like GROW, play in their development.

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