Raw Space was started by Joseph Edwards: when Joseph started his first business (Gleem Cleaning) he started from his dining room table. After 6 months of this the distractions of a home (cleaning, walking the dog…Netflix!) were taking their toll and Joseph found his productivity levels getting lower and lower.
He decided to venture out of his home to work and started frequenting coffee shops. This helped for a while, but the parents with their young children were quite a distraction too. Also, the need to always have a drink or some food with you on your table (so you weren’t asked to leave) was expensive: 4 drinks a day and lunch was costing about £20 a day.
Then Joseph found a coworking space: he immediately thought it’d be the answer to his problems, so he joined.
What was initially great actually created another problem. Joseph was working in a dark room, with old desks and a random assortment of tatty chairs…not exactly the environment to perpetuate a can-do attitude. On top of that: Joseph was working in a room with 14 other people, but all the tables faced the walls around the edges and hardly ANYONE interacted together.
Joseph thought to himself and realised THIS IS NOT HIS VISION OF WHAT COWORKING IS.
He looked around but couldn’t find anything suitable and eventually moved into his own, small, still lonely private office.
Flash forwards 3 years and Gleem was looking for a larger space to move into. Joe was looking around and found a run-down, old-fashioned, tired space on Gloucester Road. It was far too big for Gleem too! He saw straight past what it looked like now and saw what it could become: he was going to create a coworking space, and was going to do it properly!
Raw Space is now Bristol’s best co-working space, based at number 111 on the lively Gloucester Road. We are just 10 minutes walk from the Arches and 2 minutes from the Hobgoblin pub. With so many coworking spaces based in the city centre, but none past Stokes Croft we knew it was time one opened further North in Bristol. We are the North Bristol Co-working Space.