This month we're delighted to introduce guest blogger, Marie Boulton, explaining exactly why Jerram LOVES working at GROW!

We LOVE working at Grow.

For some, walking into their work office space is like walking into the grey end of the shade scale. It’s all a bit bleak and lifeless and because of the lack of stimulation, so are the employees. But at Jerram, we LOVE our workspace and our employees are anything but bleak and lifeless. We are lucky enough to work in one of the Grow Offices, a co-working space with ‘a beating heart and a vibrant eco-system’. Where once you would walk in through the door and be greeted by a lonely secretary and a pile of business cards, at Grow you’re welcomed by hot pink and spearmint green walls. Granny’s old cupboard acts as a welcoming desk full of sweets and notebooks and there’s a porcelain head with a plethora of funky sunglasses in case you decide to have a ‘dress up’ day. There is random artwork sprawled everywhere and books on anything and everything dotted across the desks. Not only do we have tea and coffee on tap but we also have a range of inspiring companies surrounding us – there’s everything from an architect to a 3D printing company (whose incredible creations are scattered around the office).

Grow at Green Park’s Slogan “Hang out and it will happen!”

 

Then there are those lime green meeting pods that suddenly transform your boring morning meetings into an exciting way to break up your day. This vibrant and inspiring workplace gives us added energy and passion to continue to do what we do. We thrive under the general hum of keyboards typing and ideas being thrown about in the air. Whilst you’re making yourself that cheeky mid-afternoon coffee, you get talking to the guy from the analytics company about whether you have milk or not and next thing you know, you’re collaborating on something huge. It’s not just the different companies that make Grow an inspiring place to work. It’s the people! There is such a huge array of different age ranges, backgrounds and experiences right there at your disposal. On our own, we make up over 60 years of experience in Digital Agency work. Grow’s purpose is to inspire and connect passionate, like-minded people who want to make a difference through their business (aka. Us! J).

We thrive under the general hum of keyboards typing and ideas being thrown about in the air. Whilst you’re making yourself that cheeky mid-afternoon coffee, you get talking to the guy from the analytics company about whether you have milk or not and next thing you know, you’re collaborating on something huge. It’s not just the different companies that make Grow an inspiring place to work. It’s the people! There is such a huge array of different age ranges, backgrounds and experiences right there at your disposal. On our own, we make up over 60 years of experience in Digital Agency work. Grow’s purpose is to inspire and connect passionate, like-minded people who want to make a difference through their business (aka. Us!).

Louize, the Hub mum, organises the most amazing ‘talks’; one of which we attended this morning. If listening to four successful entrepreneurs isn’t enough to motivate you to get up that little bit earlier and attend a talk, the coffee and pastries definitely will be. Louize brought together four of Thames Valleys most exciting and game-changing entrepreneurs, to discuss how to scale a consumer business. We were joined by Nick Coleman, founder, and CEO of Snaffling Pig, Suzie Walker, founder and Chief Fire Starter of The Primal Pantry, Joe Munns, MD of Bakedin and Kyle Turner, CEO, and co-founder of Fungry. The entrepreneurs shared their lightbulb moments, their back stories, their lessons learned and their missions. It was both informative and inspiring to listen to four successful business people talk so passionately and humbly about their incredible businesses. All whilst enjoying the delicious coffee from Tamp Culture.

The delicious pastries, smoothies, and coffee supplied by Tamp Culture (Marie’s favourite coffee!)

 

It’s great that at Grow we get given the opportunity to attend such talks, all for free. Because it can be easy for a business to find themselves in a rut – sitting in the same chair, in the same office with the same people. And that can keep a business from fresh thinking and coming up with new ideas. The lack of inspiration from their surroundings constricting their creative blood flow leading them to be harboured in the same old routine. But at Grow (as I mentioned earlier) you’re surrounded by creative, free-thinking people and the talks are a good example of what an inspiring workplace it is. Although we’re a successful business in our own right, it’s great to listen to other business explain how they overcame pitfalls with creative and innovative solutions, even if the business has nothing to do with our own. Attending the talks can ignite an idea or a solution to a problem you’ve had or like Kyle Turner asked, “does anyone know where we can find a kitchen?” – the audience can also help the entrepreneurs. And that’s where working at Grow really does accentuate what a fantastic work environment it is.

The crowd listening to the fantastic talk being given by our Thames Valley’s four very inspiring entrepreneurs.

 

As if the actual office wasn’t enough; there are the surrounding grounds. There is nothing more beautiful than a pond full of Lillie pads. During the sunny weather, the deck chairs get popped out and you can enjoy the sunshine, the picturesque waters and a coffee (you can see a theme here…). And now that it’s moving into autumn, the leaves on the trees are turning beautiful reds and golds and the office feels cozy and warm against the cold crisp wind.

The surrounding grounds round Grow at Green Park

 

Add to that that we’re an awesome company in our own right! We’re a small business (with a big heart and a LOT of enthusiasm) that delivers technical expertise to support designers and agencies with website development and support. We also deliver integration with third-party apps and data to enhance customer websites and as if that wasn’t enough to keep us going, we help clients deliver marketing campaigns with creative assets (such as landing pages, emailing marketing templates, microsites and full-scale enterprise websites with all the bells and whistles).

This article was written whilst listening to:

Dido – Thank u
Alicia Keys – Fallin’
Mary J. Blige – Family Affair
Janet Jackson – All For You
Shaggy featuring Rayvon – Angel
Crazy Town – Butterfly
U2 – Beautiful Day
Destiny’s Child – Survivor
Uncle Kracker – Follow Me
Enya – Only Time

Thank you, Marie. We work really hard to create a vibrant community which welcomes and supports a diverse range of start-ups and scale-ups. We're very glad to have Jerram with us!

 

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