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The Great Tec Marina Bake Off

September only means one thing… The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. This year, Tec Marina managed to raise an impressive total of £265.20 for Macmillan Cancer Support!

Hosted by Wealthify, the event took place in our Tec Marina Games Room, where the cakes were beautifully presented with flowers and balloons. Bakes included everything from Chocolate Whoopie Pies to Almond Cake, and Elderflower & Lemon Cake to Banana Loaf – to name just a few.

“As many of our employee’s families or friends have been diagnosed or know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, it was a great opportunity to raise some money for a much needed cause and let’s be honest, any excuse for cake! This wouldn’t have been possible without the support from all the business’s within Tec Marina, and we’d like to thank all the keen bakers and cake eaters for contributing!” – Wealthify

Tec Marina Bake Off

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Wealthify for hosting, the bakers for baking and to everyone who came just to eat cake, we thank you too for your generous donations.

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

Tec Marina host the launch of Development Bank of Wales’ new ‘Angels Invest Wales’ platform

Today, we were lucky enough to host the Development Bank of Wales’ launch of the Angels Invest Wales platform, and its new £8 million Wales Angels Co-investment Fund. In attendance was Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates, who congratulated the Development Bank of Wales for showcasing this fantastic opportunity for inventors. Skates welcomed his audience and fellow speakers to Tec Marina, and stated how the Angels Invest Wales platform would help connect key investors to Welsh companies that show potential for strong economic growth.

Also at the event was Jenny Tooth, CEO of Business Angels, who spoke about the importance of connecting all players in the investing ecosystem. Jenny discussed the three main challenges facing Angel Investors. These included a lack of women engaging in Angel investing, the need to support scale-up and long-term Angel investing and not enough Angel investment happening outside of London, Oxford and Cambridge. Jenny also commented on the “fantastic” and “fitting venue”.

Nelson Gray, International Angel investor and Strategist, shared his experience on being an Angel investor involved in syndicates. In light of the Development Bank of Wales’ recent announcement, Nelson said, “You’ve got all of the things in place to make this a really thriving investing community”. He also said, “I urge everybody to get involved in the syndicate structure”.

Director of Angels Invest Wales, Steve Holt, spoke of the recent Development Bank of Wales Co-Investment Fund. Steve shared his excitement of the new project and let us know that him and his team are on the lookout for more investors looking to get involved in the Angel Invest Wales platform. Steve thanked us for the opportunity to hold the event at Tec Marina, and thanked owners, Chris and Gaile Griffiths, for the use of “a wonderful venue” – a successful afternoon all round!

If you’re interested in holding your next event at Tec Marina, give us a call today on 02921 678391 or email us at contact@tecmarina.com to find out more information.

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.

Innovators set sail from Digital Festival 2017 to Tec Marina

As part of Digital ’17, Tec Marina played host as eager digital enthusiasts and entrepreneurs were, in true marina fashion, transported by boat from the Digital Festival through Cardiff Bay to Tec Marina. There, founder and CEO Chris Griffiths spoke live from the London Stock Exchange about his company’s journey so far and how OpenGenius, the ones behind Tec Marina, is the first Welsh company to be accepted onto the LSE’s Elite accelerator programme. A unique experience for all, Chris spoke of what an exciting time it is to be at the company right now.

As Digital Dozen finalists, OpenGenius took to the Showcase Stage to dazzle digital enthusiasts with their productivity and creativity-enhancing software tools at Digital Festival 2017 this week. Alongside a number of other tech companies based in Wales, OpenGenius pitched their technology tools to like-minded thinkers and investors in the digital sector. The festival, one devoted to ‘Innovation, Investment and Industry’ was a fantastic opportunity to showcase what Wales has to offer the global tech industry, and to mix with other companies to show off their products, iMindMap and DropTask.

GoCompare boat

Boat arrives

Entrance

Guests gather in the atrium

Chris live from LSE

Tec Marina runners gear up for the Cardiff Half Marathon

Tec Marina Running Team Tec Marina marathon team pose before their training session.

On October 1st, a group of 14 runners from various Tec Marina companies will take part in a half marathon spanning the whole city of Cardiff, with the route taking them right passed our office space.

The team are aiming to raise £3,000 for Tŷ Hafan, one of the leading UK children’s palliative care charities based throughout Wales. The charity ensures that local children suffering from terminal illnesses and their families can make the most out of their time left together.

Louise Cornelius, a runner from OpenGenius, said…

We all voted to decide on which charity to fundraise for… and I’m delighted that Tŷ Hafan won the vote. It’s great to be running for a charity so close to home!

You can donate to their cause on JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/TecMarina

We wish them the best of luck on the day!

Tec Marina residents wrack their brains to raise money for charity

Tec Marina Quiz

The atrium of Tec Marina was packed yesterday as residents teamed up to test their general knowledge in a Battle of the Building Quiz and try their luck in a raffle. The event was a huge success with £225 being raised in aid of the Oxford Cystic Fibrosis Centre, which provides specialist care to adults with cystic fibrosis from across the Thames Valley. The resident responsible for organising the quiz, FRS Solutions employee Katie Hathaway, had this to say:

‘Cystic fibrosis is a medical and ethical nightmare at times, but the specialist doctors, nurses and emergency personnel who care for patients and make them feel as comfortable as possible are the real heroes. With a little extra funds and a little more awareness raised, we can be miniature heroes too.’

All of us here at Tec Marina are proud to have supported such a wonderful cause, and the winners of the quiz are no doubt proud to receive their fabulous prizes!

Prizes
Tec Marina Quiz
Tec Marina Quiz

Children in Need – Ping Pong, Cake and Prizes

Last Friday was a truly fantastic and memorable day here at Tec Marina, not least because we saw some of the finest Ping-Pong playing the world has ever seen, but because we raised a whopping £1000.00 for Children in Need!

The ‘Cake Off’ stall, where our residents got a chance to show off their exceptional home baking skills, proved a particularly popular hang out, so it was just as well we had our Ping-Pong-athon to help burn the calories…

In addition, we held a hugely successful raffle with wonderful prizes, including a coffee machine and a personal training session, donated by our generous staff, residents and friends.

We’d like to extend a massive thank you to all of you that got involved and helped to raise such a brilliant sum for such a worthy cause!

Pudsey cake

Ping Pong
Raffle prizes

 

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 serviced office and co-working space at Tec Marina

Deciding where to house your business is a big decision and can often seem like a daunting step. On the surface, serviced offices can seem like an expensive option. However, in reality serviced office space, like Tec Marina, can prove very cost effective for small, fast growing businesses.

Here are 5 reasons serviced office space can benefit your business:

One single monthly bill.

At Tec Marina, we provide our serviced office and co-working residents with one single monthly bill. This bill includes business rates, heating costs, utilities, building maintenance, cleaning, unlimited hot drinks and use of our gym. We pride ourselves on having no nasty hidden fees. Having one, inclusive bill delivered to you every month makes managing your finances simple, and gives you a clear view of your monthly outgoings. It just makes life that little bit easier and that’s what we all want.

The professional image your company deserves.

Sure, running your business from home can mean less overheads. However, one of the main benefits of renting serviced office space is that it provides your company with a real, professional image. No more meeting clients in coffee shops or restaurants. At Tec Marina, our friendly team will welcome your guest and you can hold your meeting in one of our Atrium’s relaxed seating areas. Or, if you are really trying to impress, you may want to hire our one of our meeting rooms.

We do all the housework.

Running a business requires a lot of energy and undivided focus. You don’t want to be washing the dishes or thinking about changing a lightbulb. Your time needs to be spent achieving your goals, not cleaning up after your team. At Tec Marina, our friendly facilities crew keeps the building looking spick and span so you can focus on what’s important – taking your company to the next level.

Ready-made inspiring environment.

Lots of business owners dream of working from an environment that inspires and spurs creativity. However, transforming your regular office into a productive and positive space takes time and money. At Tec Marina, we have done the hard work for you. We’ve created a workspace that makes our residents love coming to work. We’ve added perks like an on-site gym and a games room to give our residents the best possible working day. Our Atrium is the perfect break out area with live walls and ambient background noises. Running your business from a space like Tec Marina, will improve employee happiness and attract top candidates when you recruit for the next role.

Meeting rooms and event facilities.

We have 8 different meeting and event rooms at Tec Marina. From our creative Snugs to our large Deck studio, these spaces can be used for big product launches or relaxed brainstorming sessions. Booking is simple and each room can be hired by the hour, half day or full day. No more phoning around uninspiring hotels to book a lifeless conference room. Impress your clients without the fuss of cross-city travel and invite them to your business’ innovative home.

With the above benefits taken in to consideration, serviced office space is a great, cost effective and flexible option for any small, growing business. Tec Marina makes renting commercial space as seamless as possible and leaves you to concentrate on what matters most – growing your business.

If you are ready to make the move into serviced office space that’s as creative and forward-thinking as you and your business, get in touch with our team today.

 

 

 

Our live walls and how a bit of background noise can make you more productive.

“Getting into a relatively noisy environment may trigger the brain to think abstractly, and thus generate creative ideas.”

This week we switched on the three live walls in our Atrium. So far we have had numerous TedTalks, explored different themes from CreativeMornings and even projected a live Shark Cam – the possibilities for inspiring and creative content are endless.

However, it has been proven that what is being shown is not always the most important factor. The background noise that our live walls create are just the right level to spur creativity and keep residents focused and motivated.

Studies show that many of us find it a lot easier to work, spark ideas and take in information when there is the right level of ambient noise. At this noise level, which is around 70 decibels, our minds are able to wander whilst our brain stays focused on the task in hand, meaning fresh thoughts can arise and propel creativity.

Many creative types can find themselves producing some of their finest work in shared workspaces, not-too-busy coffee shops or anywhere with a bit of ambience. But what if you find yourself in a silent office? Based on the findings above, there have been many websites created that allow you to virtually transport yourself to a bustling environment with just the right amount of noise level. Check out Noisili, Coffivity and Soundrown and see if any work for you.

Our live walls show varied content and produce the right kind of sounds throughout the day. Residents can work from the Atrium and make the most of these noise levels. The key is balance. It’s important to allow your thoughts to wander, but not too far. Our Atrium is “a creative boost of distracted focus”. Come and find out for yourself – contact@tecmarina.com / 02038 188 245