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Coolest places to work in and around Exeter revealed
Posted on: September 20th 2018
Section: Member news

Shortlists for the Space Awards celebrating the best workspaces in and around Exeter have today been revealed.


Crowdcube, Liverty, Skypark, PKF Francis Clark and Thrive Hubs are amongst the companies in the running for the awards, which are part of the city’s new Future of the Workplace initiative.


Backed by Exeter City Council and Exeter Chamber, Future of the Workplace is helping to share best practice, celebrate and improve workspaces and employee initiatives in the area.


Crowdcube, Hilton Barnfield, Lightfoot, Liverty, PKF Francis Clark and Yello are shortlisted for the prestigious Best Workspace Award.


Devon Business and Education Centre, Liverty and Skypark are in the running for the Sustainable Space Award, with Chalk and Ward, Crowdcube, The Generator Hub, Liverty, Oneserve and WNW Digital all shortlisted for the Well-being Award.


Tim Wadsworth, Director of Exeter-based office transformation specialists Space, who are helping run Future of the Workplace, was one of the judges.


He said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to the awards which made judging so much harder than I’d anticipated, which is great! It shows how more companies than ever are embracing the challenge to develop brilliant workspaces to boost well-being of staff, productivity, showcasing their brand to customers and helping attract and retain the very best talent.


“Well done to all the companies who entered and of course those who have made the shortlist. The standard was high and it’s really encouraging to see the diversity of organisations, from very small one person companies right through to national brands, taking such positive strides.”


The awards have been backed by a host of organisations, with Grow, Motiv-8, Nettl, Old Mill Exeter, Signs Express, Situ and Venaspace amongst the sponsors and supporters, helping to make the awards happen.


Other awards up for grabs include Coolest Space, with Ashwoods Electric Motors, Crowdcube, Lightfoot, Optix Solutions, Situ and Yello all in the running. For Best Open Plan Space, Good Growth, Hilton Barnfield and Yello are shortlisted, whilst up for Best Shared Working Space are Devon Business and Education Centre, The Generator Hub and Thrive Hubs.


Liverty and Multi-Story-Thinking go head to head for the Best Public and Third Space Sector Space award, whilst Aptus UK, Ashwoods Electric Motors, Crowdcube and Yello are shortlisted for the Wow! Award.


There is also a fun Best Desk category, with entrants from Carousel Calenders, Clive’s Country Gardens and Love My Family in the frame.


The judging panel included Sally Basker, Chief Executive of Exeter Science Park, Maureen de Gori, Exeter City Council Inward Investment Manager, Jo Caine, Owner of Cathedral Appointments and Exeter Chamber Director, Tim Wadsworth, Director of Space and Dr Craig Knight, Doctor of Psychology, Chartered Psychologist and Registered Occupational Psychologist at the University of Exeter and Simon Scott-Nelson of Active Devon.


Exeter City Council’s Maureen Gori De Murden, said: “There are some outstanding examples across the categories of stand out creativity, design and use of space, with staff taking the lead on projects that are really making a positive difference in the workspace. It’s great that the Space Awards are showcasing just some of the brilliant brands we have in and around Exeter, which can only add to the city’s already strong reputation as a wonderful place to live and work.”


Tickets are now available for the awards ceremony, which is taking place at The Mount, on Paris Street, Exeter’s new virtual offices and co-working space recently launched by Venaspace, on Thursday November 22. The host for the evening is set to be announced in the coming days.


The full shortlists are at


Shortlisted companies receive two complimentary tickets. Extra tickets can be booked for £15 at

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