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Tec Marina does Children in Need 2018

Last Friday, Tec Marina fundraised for Children in Need with cakes, raffle prizes and a ping-pong tournament. We’re proud to announce that this year our fun and games raised a total of £966.71!

Children in Need kicked off early this year with a week-long ping-pong tournament. Ping-pong has always been a sure-fire way to get residents up from their desks. This year’s tournament had 41 sign-ups and ran from round one on Monday through to the big Friday final. This year’s winner was George from Famous Publicity, with an impressive score of 36-19, winning him the coveted title and Tec Marina trophy.

Ping Pong tournament

For those whose skills lay in the kitchen rather than the games room, our Children in Need Bake Off was the time to shine. Our bake stall proved a popular hang out throughout the day and featured delicious home bakes such as gingerbread Pudsey biscuits, millionaire shortbread and lemon Madeira cake – and not a soggy bottom in sight. This year’s bake-off winner was Adriana from Scarlet Design for her sell-out carrot cake. Well done, Adriana.

Cake selection

In the build-up to Friday, residents had been kindly donating prizes to our Children in Need raffle. Our table of wonderful prizes included champagne, chocolates and luxurious smellies. The draw drew quite a crowd and Tec Marina Manager, Beks, did a great job of calling out all 31 winners.

Raffle draw

We’d like to extend a massive thank you to all those who got involved with the fun and helped us raise such a brilliant sum for a very worthwhile cause.

Community events, like Children in Need, are just one of the many reasons we love working in our shared workspace. If you’re interested in finding out about office or coworking space at Tec Marina – get in touch today 029 2167 8391 / contact@tecmarina.com.

Tec Marina Bootcamp – Week 1

On Monday, we started the week off right with our very first Tec Marina bootcamp session. Personal Trainer, Matt Bowring, took a group of 14 Tec Marina residents into our gym for a lunchtime fitness fix.

As this was the first session out of 8, we partnered up and went through some tough fitness tests, including timed cardio, press-ups and sit ups. We noted down our scores and will be using these as a starting point to track our progress over the next 8 weeks. Fitness tests out of the way, Coach Matt then made the decision to inflict some serious pain on the Tec Marina bootcampers with a group squatting session, and we certainly felt the burn.

Squats

But the pain will not be stopping there. Each bootcamper has been set some weekly homework. 2 x 20-min workouts are to be completed by everyone before next Monday. No excuses are valid when you have a gym in the same building as your office.

Session over, high fives all round, and time to hit the showers. Despite the wobbly legs, the afternoon saw a peak in motivation with lots of post workout endorphins floating around the place.

With a full house already booked for next Monday, we’re looking forward to seeing how far we can progress as a group over the next 8 weeks – Go team!

Health and well-being are high on the agenda at Tec Marina, and that’s why we want to offer sessions like these to our residents for no extra cost. Follow our progress over on our Twitter page.

The Benefits of Co-working

What is co-working?

noun: co-working

The use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas, and knowledge.

“The whole idea of co-working is to bring bright, creative people together and let the ideas collide”

Co-working is growing ever more popular amongst the self-employed, freelancers and one-man-bands of the business world. There are currently more than 400 x more co-working spaces than this time 3 years ago. But what is it about this working environment that is pulling these individuals away from their home offices and into the world of co-working?

Community

When joining a co-working space you instantly become a part of a living, breathing community; “me” becomes “we”. Workers are no longer alone and isolated with just the cat for company, but they are out there immersed, interacting and learning from one another. The great thing about this community is that it is made up of talented individuals each with their own unique skills and talents. Need help updating your webpage? Stuck on a design for your logo? Chances are you will be working with someone who can help you or refer you to a trusted person they may use themselves.

Co-workers always seem to be in the know. If there’s a networking event or local award show, co-workers will always share this information with one another because they love to see each other thrive and succeed.

Working for yourself can be great but there can also be scary, daunting times for small business owners. Working in a co-working environment, chances are you are going to be surrounded by people who have faced similar challenges and survived them. Sharing solutions to daily problems and being able to ask for advice from a supportive group of people means your business can stride from strength to strength.

Culture

Co-working spaces do not tend to have typical office culture nor do they have the usual politics. In fact, 90% of co-workers stated that they felt an increased level of self-confidence after working in a shared space and felt they could be their true self.

There is a very collaborative culture within co-working communities.  Co-workers regularly work together on projects and spark ideas off one another for future projects. It has been reported that 71% of workers have experienced a boost in creativity since joining their co-working clan. Some larger corporations are actually providing co-working space to external businesses within their large offices to spur innovation and encourage the same collaborative culture within their organisation.

Routine

Working from home you may be able to wake up when you like, have as many breaks as you fancy and even stay in your onesie all day, but when it comes to getting things done is this really a good thing? When working from home, there are an infinite number of distractions that can keep you from staying on task. From chasing after children to cleaning the floors or even getting stuck watching some dull daytime television, there are many things in the home can make it near impossible to structure your working day. Over 60% of co-workers have reported that they have seen an improvement in the standard of their work and are better able to complete tasks on time.

Getting out of the house, dressing in casual business attire and having this change of environment will not only improve your efficiency, but will also better your work-life balance. Your home should be your haven where you can switch off and focus on things other than work. Co-workers are able to relax at home when they have spent the day in the productive atmosphere of their shared workspace.

Facilities

Co-working spaces more often than not, include a lot more than just a desk. Workers are able to take advantage of meeting rooms where they can meet with their clients in a professional, business environment. Most buildings will have a friendly reception desk to welcome any visitors and organise incoming post Tec Marina’s co-working space gives its workers free, unlimited access to premium hot drinks, meaning no more hefty bills after a day of working in over-priced coffee shops where you are guilted into buying something every 30 minutes to remain welcome on the premises. Our co-working desks also come with free access to our on-site gym facilities and any exercise classes that take place at Tec Marina, another reason to leave the house and come to work.

With more and more people taking the plunge into solopreneurship, co-working communities will continue to grow, thrive and achieve incredible things. If you are a freelancer, start up or small business owner looking to restore your work-life balance and get things done, get in touch or download our new brochure to find out more about Tec Marina’s inspiring co-working spaces