Interviewing hotdeskers at Innovation Space Portsmouth

Innovation Space is a multifaceted office space which aims to help startup businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them to turn clever ideas into brilliant profitable realities through a professional, creative environment, distraction-free but buzzing with the right connections, advice, and support. We've been promoting their events for a couple of years now, and recently, they asked us to shoot interviews with resident hotdeskers.

Web developer, hack event organiser, and University of Portsmouth student Zac Colley

Innovation Space work with the students to give this space for free for a certain amount of time. One of the aims with this building is to create more businesses in the area which are coming out of the uni. Hack Pompey is an event that we’ve run at Innovation Space for a couple of years now. Innovation Space is really good because we can move the furniture around and reform how the space works — you can move things around to suit the event. People can set up equipment, and it’s a nice airy place to be.
— Zac Colley

Caroline Sumners, founder and owner of Portsmouth-based marketing firm Fifty One Degrees

Running your own business can be really isolating for a one-person business. One of the key things is that you get a real feeling of collaboration. It is way harder to start and run a business than I ever thought it would be, and it’s a real benefit that there are other people here who are in the same position as you.
— Caroline Sumners

Naomi Johnson, founder and owner of Portsmouth-based LinkedIn copywriting firm The Profile Company

Being here, you have other people who are in the same position as you who you can talk things through with, telling them where you’re up to and what you’re doing and they can give you good, sound advice about a number of things, like chasing up invoices. You pick up a lot of great information and skills.
— Naomi Johnson

Kevin Gill, owner of Portsmouth-based app development company White Rhino Apps

There are opportunities to talk about business challenges and things like that, but also just a social chat. I attend the Wednesday evening events — there’s always something new I pick up, regardless of the topic.
— Kevin Gill