It had always been something of a dream for our branding agency to have its own base. We’ve longed for a home we can proudly host our clients in, a creative studio that would help our team thrive and a space that would reflect us as a company.
In our 4 years of business to date, we’ve had your typical small business experience of leaching off coffee shop Wifi or working from a desk in the corner of the living room. We made it work, steadily working towards our goal of owning something unique and something that would help us grow to the next level.
The acquisition of Arobase HQ was a real bright spot in a bizarre and challenging year. Having outgrown our shared office setup, we’d been on the look out for a new place to call home for some time. One random afternoon we discovered ‘The Former Chapel’ amongst a quiet residential area in Patchway.
We were instantly drawn to the building's character and potential as a unique working space. We booked the initial viewing on a whim, never really expecting to fall in love with the place. Following a couple more visits the vision was clear and our minds were made up - we were ready to seize the opportunity and start the next chapter of our business.
There was one small issue to overcome. Our contracts were finalised in March, slap bang in the middle of a global pandemic and with a national lockdown looming. Our business could have ceased within weeks, but our optimism wouldn't be overshadowed. This felt like an opportunity and a chance to build something positive in the midst of strange times. So we persevered with the decision.
In hindsight, we made the right call. Our business survived and has since thrived as we write this 6 months on, celebrating our fourth birthday in our fully furnished and renovated working space. This isn't a pat on the back for us but a massive thanks to our clients who are the lifeblood of our business and ensured that we made it through the other side.
Let’s show you around.
You enter Arobase Creative through the small foyer and into the main ‘studio’ space - currently fitted for two desks and a cosy breakout space opposite the kitchenette. The studio walls and shelves offer a myriad of inspiration with artwork, figurines, collectibles and knick-knacks from a range of cultures and time periods.
We've got it all: Polish movie posters, mid-century packaging, war memorabilia, local artists and the piece de resistance - our collection of craft beer cans. Accumulated over 4 years and stashed away in hope they would one day be dusted off and displayed proudly on our office walls.
In the adjoining room we have our meeting area. This space was designed with one thing in mind - hosting our client brand workshops (and the odd wine tasting). A darker room by design, creates a cosy working space in the evenings, illuminated by the industrial lamp above and the glare of our oversized presentation screen.
At the other end of the building we have our purpose built photography studio. The bespoke bench provides an ideal working space and the perfect backdrop for the product photo shoots that we carry out for our clients. This new facility is a game changer for our photography output as it opens doors for a more creative setup and creates space for our lighting equipment.
With our home in place our focus is on growing the Arobase Creative family. We are currently in discussions with local universities about student internships and placements in the hope that the next generation of design and branding specialists can help us do better and get bigger.
A final shoutout to all the people who helped pull the space together over the last 6 months. From the generosity of our partners who were duped into painting our hallway white to the high quality of service we received from various trades. We will credit all below as its paramount that we support small businesses and recognise the quality in our local community:
- Gary Bagstaff Exterior and Interior Signage - Print Sauce
- David Tabb Lighting - Vector Electric
- Matt Downes Broadband & Telecoms - Square One Network
- Shaun Baker Furniture - Randalls
- Gary Jay Alarms & Security - Red Technical
- Claudia Linton-Butt Floor and Carpet Deep Clean - A Cleaning Service
- Penny Avery Office Cleaning - Penelope's Pristine Home Cleaning:
- Zak Zabek Door & Window Painting
- Duncan Macaulay Repairs & Maintenance
- Chris Beddoes Office Equipment - BOSS Office
- Kristian Bale Covid-19 Sanitising Station - The IT Storeroom
- Chris Gray Prints - Blue Gecko
- Chris & Suzanne Carpenter Prints - Patternistas
Thanks to our clients, colleagues, friends and family for helping us achieve four years in business and here's to the future. #4MoreYears