What with the beta site going live, new facebook timeline and our first booking request (thanks Sarah!), March was a particularly eventful month for upmysport. And what better way to start off April than with a move into our first proper office.
Based very close to Farringdon station, the new upmysport HQ is a light and airy spot, perfect for the summer ahead – with the added bonus of having just enough space for our golf putting mat.
As seems usual for a startup, this is the 4th place of work in our short history:
1. August – September 2011: Steve’s front room, Kennington
Every startup needs a first office and Steve’s lounge proved ideal for forming our early strategy and working out what needed to be done. Bonuses included space for the putting mat, regular barbecues in the garden and a superb boules pitch in nearby Cleaver Square.
2. Last week in September 2011: Nicola’s apartment in Chamonix
An action-packed week in the Chamonix sunshine plotting our next moves was a highlight for the team – particularly as the UK Summer had failed to deliver in a spectacular way. We found time for some hiking, golf and a couple of morning runs – and many more boules competitions. Or is it pétanque? All to get the brain cells working…
3. October 2011 – March 2012: Clerkenwell Workshops, Clerkenwell
After growing out of Steve’s house, we moved into shared offices based in Clerkenwell which was great for mixing with other startupy type people and there are some excellent lunch spots at nearby Exmouth Market – we’re big fans of the Thai van and the mushroom risotto stall, and we love the coffee and porridge at Caravan. But it did lack in sports facilities.
4. April 2012 onwards: Saffron Hill, Farringdon
Our fabulous new office in the enticingly named Saffron Hill, just by Farringdon station!
The team have already met some challenges with a slight mix up in communication leading to Steve and Alex turning up to the new office with 4 sets of drawers and a sofa instead of the hoped-for 3 chairs. This was made ever so slightly worse by the 2nd floor position of upmysport HQ #4 and the locked elevator. So after a heavy lifting afternoon, we’re now thinking 4 long flights of stairs with a sofa and 4 drawers could be a new workout!
We’re sharing our wonderful space with another startup, Llustre. Check them out to discover beautiful design pieces for your home. We’re just hoping they like putting competitions…
P.S. we still live in hope of a kind chair donor. If you have any going spare, let us know! Otherwise, we’re off to Ikea…