Hello all. Wanted to share our great news with you all. As of today, The Guild in Bath is full. We have 150 monthly paying members, alongside a thriving room hire business and event programme, and while it’s always tricky to pick a number to cap memberships at we think 150 is right for the moment, particularly as in January we know a lot of people will be in who haven’t paid us a visit for some time. We want to focus on making sure our member experience is even better next year- increasing our already crazy fast internet speeds, getting even better coffee, adding even more cool stuff, and also considering non resident memberships for those who want to be part of what we do but love working from home.
We also had our 3rd Christmas party earlier this week, and had 90 diners, which blew me away (photo attached). It was great to see everyone together, and we enjoyed a festive quiz from the hub management, including such gems as “to the nearest 500, how many coworking hubs are there in the world according to the most recent Deskmag survey”.
I’m so humbled that this thing I built from nothing has become such cornerstone of the creative and tech scene in the city, and I’m very much looking forward to growing operations both here in bath and across the UK in 2016. The Guild (a not for profit) is sustainable (and actually makes profit which is reinvested into the community), and my own company which set it up, built it and now operates it is also profitable- and due to economies of scale that profit should only be going one way as we open more spaces. We are overwhelmed with interest from other cities, developers and landlords, and next year we’ll be straight into our next big hub project.
And finally- we’ve decided to counter the irritating growth in local busybodies coming into The Guild as a result of seeing our ‘coworking’ sign, and complaining that we’ve spelt it wrong, that coworking isn’t a word, and that the ‘whole city are laughing at us’. I decided last week to buy our very own coworking cow, and we now have this sitting in our foyer, ready to shut up (OK, wind up) any complainers. Picture also attached.
Have a great Christmas all