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Dispace - growing a business out of the changes to our high streets and workforces

Dispace is at the centre of not one, but two revolutions. It has been able to think strategically about how to capitalise on these thanks to the Big House Accelerator programme at Nottingham Trent University.

First, there’s the work revolution, with the Office of National Statistics (ONS) predicting 50% of UK employees will be working remotely by 2020 and noting that up to 90% are keen to work remotely, at least part-time. Second, there’s the revolution on the high street. Shops may be declining in some areas but they’re being replaced by social hubs like cafes, restaurants, bars, barbers and beauty salons.

Dispace has come up with a simple way of providing the remote workspaces of the future, whilst supporting the new breed of small, independent businesses on the high street. They’ve created a UK-wide network of ‘worker friendly’ spaces where people work remotely whenever they want to. They have achieved this by teaming up with local venues keen to fill space during the day; from cafes and restaurants to bars and hotels. All of Dispace’s workspaces are free for individuals to use and come with exclusive discounts on things like food, drink and meeting rooms; helping venues to make a profit at times they’d normally be quieter.

Ross Cox, Founder, Dispace

Dispace received support from The Big House Accelerator, run by NTU for small businesses ready for growth. It helped the company take a step back and think strategically.

By delivering this service and understanding more about venues provision of its space to the public, Dispace has now extended its service in a couple of exciting ways. Firstly it is now supplementing its advertising of the venues it partners with beyond the provision of work and meeting space. This now includes social events like parties and Christmas gatherings. 

Secondly, it is in the process of putting the finishing touches on a piece of venue-side software that will transform the private hire sector by digitizing booking processes and venue workflows. The aim is to bring its consumer experience and systems into the 21st century.

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“The Accelerator programme really allowed us the thinking time and providing us with the tools to broaden our strategy. As a result, we’ve identified opportunities to take the business in a compelling new direction. Without this, we’d have carried on being blinkered in how we thought about our sector. Furthermore, the connections we made through the programme have opened doors to skills (UX expertise) and client prospects (professional sports clubs) that are giving us a leg-up in delivering our new product to market.”

Ross Cox, Founder, Dispace