What was the idea behind the Workplace?
The Workplace grew from the knowledge in 2016 that start ups and small companies had no flexible place to call home in Cheltenham. In large cities the likes of WeWork had arrived, but Cheltenham had similar demographics, without any good quality provision.
Who’s behind the Workplace?
Claire, an ex-teacher had the original idea and still leads the company everyday. She’s normally found at Star lodge, with Lisa (one of Claire’s neighbours looking after Frogmore House!)
How did it start?
Like most businesses we started small….very small. We had just 9 desks above The Find cafe in Regent Street to test the waters. This soon filled and we were lucky enough to be able to expand into Frogmore House opposite, with 30 desks.
Of course the pandemic wasn’t great, we closed for 10 weeks, enjoyed the sunshine, but then bounced back. Before the end of the pandemic Star Lodge in Montpellier became available for rent. It was love at first sight, Claire really likes great architecture, and that space has it all; Regency splendour and a stunningly well designed new block in a leafy part of Montpellier a few moments from the shops and cafes.
Star Lodge opened it’s doors in November 2021….just before Boris told everyone to work from home again…..
Current staff – meet the team
Claire – Company Director, designer and general dogsbody. Nobody said being a director would be glamourous….but if a roof leaks or the toilet blocks, Claire will be there.
Lisa – Right hand woman. Lisa looks after Frogmore House, organises socials and looks after the accounts.
Maya – Creative Director. She’s normally found at Star lodge and does everything apart from unblocking toilets and climbing on roofs.
Lewis – Lewis is more frequently seen in the skies than at The Workplace. He is training to be a commercial pilot, and works part time at Star lodge. When he’s not at work he is clocking up his hours in the sky, and is able to take people on private flights.
Future plans – We are on the look out for a new space……