On Friday 5th May, The Oval cricket ground played host to one of Workspace’s brand new networking events. With the historic stadium serving as the backdrop, and the Surrey and Middlesex teams providing the on-field action, Workspace clients flocked to this famous corner of SE11 to end the working week on a high.

This was the first Workspace event of its kind and brought accessible networking opportunities to a relaxed and informal setting. Tickets were free for all Workspace clients and granted admission to The Oval’s exclusive Corinthian Roof Terrace, one of the premier cricket-watching locations in the country.

 

Stefan Duda, Corporate Development Manager at Workspace, was one of the event’s key organisers and explained its aims: “We’re always looking for new ways to reach out to our clients and help them get the most from being part of our network. With so many thriving and diverse businesses working in our offices, we’re in a really unique and privileged position to bring people together and help them create new opportunities.”

The perfect way to make new business connections

Attendees started to arrive from 2:30pm and steadily filled the terrace throughout the afternoon. Though the sun was more reluctant to make an appearance, with more grey than blue overhead, cricketing stalwarts and Oval first-timers alike had plenty of action to enjoy between the teams out on the wicket.

Up in the terrace, the bar continued to do a good trade as colleagues spread out and mingled. The large and open space offers unparalleled views of both the cricketing action and London’s landmarks so it was fitting that new business relationships were being formed with Canary Wharf framed on the horizon.

The Oval’s location made this a particularly popular event, with two Workspace offices nearby. Kennington Park, a vast business estate with studio, office and workshop space offering superfast connectivity, co-working space, a total of eight high-spec meeting rooms and an on-site gym, is just a seven-minute walk away.

Even closer, just north of the ground, sits Vox Studios – Vauxhall’s newest business hub, home to over 80 of London’s newest studios. In fact, Vox is so close that it could be easily seen from the Corinthian bar. Another reason why The Oval was such an obvious choice for this event, as Stefan explained:

“We know how tough it can be, for businesses of any size, to actually have staff out of the office for any length of time. Also, networking events can sometimes have a sedate stigma attached to them. With two of our hubs and over 300 of our clients within walking distance from The Oval, it seemed the ideal place to host the sort easy-to-access, informal networking event we wanted to organise.”

 

Matthew, from The Oval’s corporate hospitality team added, “These are exactly the sort the events we really love to put on. It helps us to bring cricketing fans closer to the game they love and welcome some soon-to-be converted fans to the game too. And Workspace’s unique network brings us a brilliantly enthusiastic and varied clientele to our door.”

The lure of the cricket and the chance to meet other businesses still meant Workspace clients from across the capital came along. Samiya from Clarion Communication Management, based in Workspace’s Canalot Studios in Westbourne Park, explained she was there because “it’s a great, innovative networking event at a lovely and, for me, unusual location.”

Archie, from Rawside Furniture based at Kennington Park, echoed those sentiments: “It’s not every day you get a chance to watch cricket from such a privileged vantage point and meet like-minded professionals who believe in the power of collaboration and shared learnings. All in all, a great way to end the week.”

 

Expect more of the same later in 2017...

With such a positive response, Stefan confirmed that there will be similar events throughout the year, all designed to help Workspace clients make new business-building connections from across the network.

And for the local sporting aficionados there was good news to end the day. Surrey, with Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara in the line-up, eventually proved too strong for Middlesex and eased to a 7 wicket victory.

Sounds like a win-win all round.