Monday, July 4, 2022

Interview with Nick Donnelly, Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of WorkClub

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1- Hello Nick, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
I have worked in the London real estate sector for several years. Before launching WorkClub, I was Head of Commercial Property for London’s leading online commercial broker, Hubble. One of London’s hottest PropTech startups.

2- What are your focus areas and why?
Our focus is on finding the best venues in London that already have our minimum required facilities and then converting these venues into hybrid co-working spaces, ready for our army of mobile workers. We are currently in the process of taking this one step further, as we start to launch our WorkClub Plus venues. These venues will only be accessible by paid WorkClub members.

3- How do you describe your “WorkClub” in few words?
WorkClub is a network of hybrid workspaces and private meeting rooms to work and meet throughout the week. We are the most affordable and most flexible workspace provider in the UK.

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4- Where do you think you are making an impact?
The flexible workforce is stuck in limbo between the home office and the crowded coffee shop. WorkClub wants to change this by offering the flexible workforce a membership that is as flexible as they are. WorkClub is the starting point for every mobile worker, giving this group of professionals somewhere to go and work from without being forced to sit in an overcrowded coffee shop, with unreliable WiFi or the lonely home office.

5- You are shaping the future of workspaces within London, are you planning to expand to other cities or even countries?
Of course, as soon as we crack London, we plan to expand to other cities across the
The UK and possibly into the US. We are quite fortunate as my co-founder and wife is an American citizen, which gives us the best opportunity to expand into this market.

6- What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered while working on “WorkClub”?
Launching the business has so far been the biggest challenge, simply because we are a small team of three with no outside funding. We have built and launched this entire business on our own with no outside help or loans within four months. However, we
will face challenges every day and I’m pretty sure our toughest ones are yet to come.

7- Where do you see the company in the next 5 years?
When you think flexible worker, we want people to think WorkClub. Our vision for the next 5 years is to see WorkClub venues across the UK. We also want to be the largest flexible workforce community in Britain.

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8- What can you tell young entrepreneurs who are pursuing their dreams?
Go for it! There is no better time than now.

9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
The growth of the flexible workforce is so exciting. Ten years ago the idea of being a flexible worker was completely foreign. Today there are over 4 million flexible workers in Britain and this number is set to grow to over 23 million by 2020. Whether this involves working from home, working parttime, job sharing or having another kind of flexitime arrangement, generally workers benefit from an element of freedom as it supports their lifestyles. The benefits of flexible working are well established, from increased employee engagement to better performance.

10- The last word or final thoughts?
We believe that the future of business is about attracting and retaining a happy and productive workforce. Employers need to think beyond the basic legal requirements around flexible working to modernize their workforce. This means running a business in an open-minded, modern and adaptable manner. Most jobs these days can accommodate some sort of flexible working arrangement and WorkClub is here to support that flexible cooperate workforce with our cooperate memberships.

Flexible working isn’t about being a parent anymore; it’s what the millennial generation of workers are coming to expect and it is something organizations should be embracing and seeking to embed wherever possible.


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Noelle Elia
Noelle Elia
is a Financial analyst at PSPC. Graduated from Telfer School of Management, Finance/Accounting with interest to Entrepreneurship and New Media.
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