I visited Dee to take environmental portraits of her inside MinorOak Nottingham Coworking, a creative hub and workspace located on Sneinton Market in the heart of Nottingham. Dee has been running MinorOak since 2016 after taking overt a bright and airy but very barren space in Nottingham’s creative quarter. Since then she has turned it into a extraordinary community hub.
Entrepreneurs, freelancers and independent workers come to MinorOak to escape the distractions of the home office or make use of the excellent facilities that include computers, printers and conference rooms as well as private space for phone calls.
However, MinorOak is more than just that. It’s not just an office but it provides a community and a network for people that would otherwise wind up working by themselves. Going along with Nottingham’s general Robin Hood theme, the coworking space’s website used the slogan ‘A merry band of outlaws’. For anyone who may not be up-to-date on their English folklore: Robin’s Merry Men seek shelter at the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest near Nottingham.
After receiving the grand tour and getting some insights into Dee’s designs and planning, I could quickly tell that she has poured her heart and soul into this business. Her professional background in construction engineering with different big names in the United States before moving over to England, means that Dee’s vision combines a beautiful, modern and open design while maximising on space. She is also driven to continuously improve the venue for its users and strengthening her member community.
Due to her careful planning, MinorOak is an ideal venue not only for hot-desk working but it’s wide open spaces and a projection area means it can also double up as a venue for presentations, workshops and even music classes! In fact, I loved MinorOak so much that we have decided to host my first business branding and headshot minis day at this venue next month. If you are interested, find out more here (spoiler: it’s an absolute bargain!)