Moving to Deben House – Startup Serial Part #17

Moving to Deben House

Those avid readers out there might remember that Gleem moved offices a couple of months back into a building on King Street. Hopefully you weren’t too attached to the idea, as we’ve already packed our bags and moved on to another prospect!

Part of being a startup still in early stages seems to be not becoming too attached to aspects of the business: in our experience so far this definitely includes office space.

Once again thanks to the lovely folks at www.meanwhilecreative.co.uk, we found a brand new spot in an up-and-coming office building in Lawrence Hill, just past Old Market.

We know it seems like we’re darting all over the place in Bristol and it might be true that one of our reasons for moving is our own miniature tour of the city (we’re wandering souls here at Gleem), but the new office also comes with plenty of its own advantages.

Our beautiful new building

For starters, the space is more appropriate for the size of the business at the moment. We’ve been growing at speed and needed an office bigger than our old spot on King Street, so we jumped at the chance to move on.

Another advantage is that we have a second room in this office where we can conduct interviews or formal meetings, away from the hustle and bustle of the main desks. Although, confession time, it’s currently pretty full of cleaning supplies.

We’ve also got our own kitchen and plenty of open space for us to settle into and make our own. We’re at the stage of our development as a business that we need to figure out how we want our offices to feel, and how we go about achieving that feeling. It’s a fun challenge, and one that’s an exciting prospect to take on in the new office!

Additionally, just as we’re at a pretty crucial stage of our development, the building where our new office is, Deben House, is also building itself up.

In fact, Lawrence Hill at large is one of the developing areas of Bristol, having been approved for a pretty sizeable endowment fund in July. It’s nice to think of our business as being part of the change and contributing, in some way, to improving this part of the city. Or maybe we’re just being sentimental. Either way, hopefully we’re going to be staying put for some time to come!

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Your Workplace May Be Making You Sick!

Your Workplace May Be Making You Sick Clean

With the majority of us heading to work every morning, we make sure our homes are as clean as possible for trying to prevent common household illnesses and allergies like asthma, mould, mites, fleas and much more, we rarely think of our workplace being a cause of concern.

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How to get rid of flies

How To Get Rid Of Flies At Home Or Office

Flies, an unwelcome house guest

Last week, Gleem looked at a classic method to target those annoying flies hanging around your home. This week we will be looking at a more aesthetically-pleasing method to combat these critters.

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Investment Into Gleem – Startup Serial 18

Investment Into Gleem

Investment

When I started the business, I knew there was potential to grow something larger than just a local business. As a result of this, I applied to a variety of investment pitches, seeking investment.

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Search Engine Optimising Gleem Startup Serial (Part 17)

Search Engine Optimizing Gleem

Search Engine Optimisation

From Day 1, Gleem has focussed on being modern and tried to remain a business that represents itself well online. We built an intuitive website, had a vocal social media presence, but weren’t visible on Google when you searched for the services that we provide.

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Utilising the opportunity for interns – Startup Serial #16

Utilising the opportunity for interns

Gleem was growing but we had limited funds. I started researching apprentices and other ways to help keep costs low. I found that the University of Bristol had a fantastic internship scheme available.

the_intern

I set up some vacancies for ‘Business Development’ interns. Over the next month the applicants started rolling in.

I conducted some interviews and was amazed by the calibre of the applicants.

I ended up taking on 3 interns: Jay, who was an articulate and well rounded editor of the university newspaper, Khurram who was studying his masters in accountancy, and Pili, a graphic designer.

Myself and these three interns were Team Gleem. We moved into an office that was large enough for the four of us, and set to work developing the business.

The University of Bristol was invaluable in helping Gleem find interns.

Without these internships, Gleem would have struggled to grow in the early days, but the support of the University of Bristol was fantastic: it offset the cost of growing and enabled the interns to gain some fantastic experience working in a start-up.

Something that doesn’t happen too often with Universities relentlessly focussing on students applying for graduate schemes.

The internships were for a limited amount of time, so I decided the best thing to do would be to address these periods as ‘projects’, letting them focus on working towards achieving a specific goal instead of just using up hours ineffectively.

We talked about it and identified which projects would utilise their skills and interests the most, enabling them to really dig their teeth into something that they care about. 

This is the method I’ve decided to focus on in every job role and hire I make at Gleem.

Based upon their interest and skill set so as to make the most of the time available.

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How to Unblock A Sink – Cleaning Hacks

Simple Cleaning Hacks By Gleem
How To Unblock A Sink
Unblocking a sink: oddly a very satisfying task

Blocked sinks: a perennial problem impossible to ignore!

This phenomenon is extremely easy to cause but also easy to undo, particularly with the help of those cupboard staples: vinegar and baking soda.

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