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Amazing Workspaces Wanted! - Deadline approaches for the Space Awards 2019
Posted on: June 21st 2019


The deadline for the Space Awards, which celebrates the amazing workspaces in and around Exeter is fast approaching. 

Grow magazine are proud to be the media partners of the awards which celebrate and showcase the most innovative employee initiatives and champion the best and ‘coolest’ places to work in and around Exeter. The deadline for businesses to nominate themselves or has been extended to Friday 5 July.

Last year’s inaugural awards saw over 200 business people pack into the RAMM for the ceremony to celebrate the city’s best workspaces and work initiatives from the likes of Lightfoot, Crowdcube, LiveWest, Hilton Barnfield and PKF Francis Clark.

Space, the Exeter-based workspace transformation experts who run the awards hope that by showcasing and celebrating the best workplaces in Exeter more people will be attracted to work and run businesses in the area, and other businesses will learn from best practice to recruit, retain and reward their workforce.

Tim Wadsworth, Managing Director at Space said: “We have received a number of strong entries to this years Space Awards and are looking forward to putting greater Exeter’s exceptional workplaces and work initiatives at centre stage to celebrate what they are doing. Whether it is an office designed to be sustainable, a workplace focusing on staff well-being or a particularly well decked-out desk, the Space Awards recognises and champions the best in class businesses in and around Exeter.”

Entering the awards is free and categories include Best Workspace, Coolest Workspace, Best Co-Working Space, Well-being Award, Best Sustainable Space, Best Desk, Best Office Feature, Best Employee Initiative and Best Corporate Workspace and The Wow! 2019 Award.

The awards, which are set to take place at the end of September, bring together businesses from across the city to learn from one another and showcase the creative ideas being introduced.

Jo Caine, Exeter Chamber Director and owner of Cathedral Appointments who sits on the judging panel, said: ‘’“With competition for talent running exceptionally high, any business that wants to attract and retain the best workforce will have to improve working environments and ensure that they create a great company culture, the Space Awards showcases best practice in and around Exeter. We’re looking forward to seeing what has been going on in Exeter this year and facilitating a space for businesses to learn from one another.”

Crowdcube won the ‘Coolest Workspace Award’ 2018. Co-founder, Luke Lang said: ‘’“People are at the heart of every successful business and their office helps set the tone of the company and is crucial when fostering a sense of identity and culture. To be recognised with a Space Award was really rewarding for the whole team, especially those who were instrumental in the office creation. The award has helped set us apart from other Exeter workplaces and encouraged us to continually develop our workplace offering.” 

The deadline for nominating a business for a Space Award has been extended to Friday 5 July to give businesses more time to take part. Judging will take place on Monday 8 July. The shortlist will be announced on Monday 15 July and the awards’ ceremony will be held in Exeter at the end of September.

All shortlisted companies will be invited to the launch of Space’s new office opening party on Thursday 18 July!

Organisations can enter the awards at spaceawards.co.uk

The judging panel includes Sally Basker, Chief Executive of Exeter Science Park, Julie

Hawker, Joint Chief Executive of Cosmic, Jo Caine, Owner of Cathedral Appointments and Exeter Chamber Director, Tim Wadsworth, Director of Space, Victoria Hatfield, Growth & Commercialisation Manager of Exeter City Council, Marie Turner, Group Facilities Manager of Livewest and Robert Chalk, Managing Director of Chalk and Walk

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