Review 2018: Desklodge

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Review 2018: Desklodge (toddlers need not apply)

Desklodge Website

This isn’t your usual NorthHantsMum review. I can’t talk about play facilities, baby changing amenities, or whether you’re allowed to bring your own baby food. You see, this is a place for (whispers)…grown-ups. Yup. No bouncy castles. No gratis wet wipes. No fish fingers. This is dedicated to the grown-up world of work. But just because it’s for the big girls and boys, doesn’t mean it can’t be playful. So please feel free to hop, skip and jump into the Wonderland that is Desklodge.

Tucked away in Basing View, less than a 10 minute walk from John Lewis/Waitrose, Desklodge describes itself as “an award winning co-working space”. Which basically means it’s an office for people without an office. If you’re a freelancer, p/t commuter, or start-up entrepreneur, you know the agony of working from home. The crippling loneliness. The faltering Wi-Fi. The siren call of ‘Bargain Hunt’. It’s here that the appeal of Desklodge, the salve for the self-employed, becomes apparent. It offers a variety of working environments designed to suit all tastes and requirements, all under one roof. Fancy dropping in and grabbing a hot-desk for an hour or two? You can do that. Want a fixed desk to work on a longer project? No problem. Need a private meeting room to hold an interview? Not only has Desklodge got it, it’s got it with style.

It may be set beneath Belvedere House’s amazing atrium, but you step inside the surf shack themed doors of Desklodge, and you’re not in Basingstoke anymore. With playfully designed work spaces (including a Zen room), phone booths disguised as beach huts, and a high-spec kitchen complete with ‘New York skyline’, dropping in on Desklodge definitely beats working in the library. It’s buzzing with a community of people from across a spectrum of sectors and industries, and networking is actively encouraged through their free seminars, workshops and socials (or just by the good old-fashioned water cooler).

You can choose to drop-in and pay by the hour, take up a monthly membership or become a resident DeskLodger, with prices from as little as £3 an hour. That’s less than a fancy coffee in Starbucks. Oh, and superb 1GB fibre Wi-Fi, car parking (subject to availability) and tea/coffee is included in the price. How do they do it?!

We don’t have anything even close to being like this in Basingstoke, and I sincerely hope this is a sign of things to come. Festival Place can feel a little generic at times, so something as vibrant, creative and collaborative as Desklodge is incredibly welcome.

If you’re a freelancer looking for some space to focus, a business in-between offices, or even a stay-at-home parent needing a couple of hours to write an email, I would highly recommend giving Desklodge a look. And not a ball pit in sight. Bliss.

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Local Part Time Jobs for Mum’s!

Juliet contacted me asking if I can let you know about their part time cleaning opportunities

Above and Beyond Cleaning Solutions

*** We are recruiting ***

Above & Beyond is a friendly and growing domestic cleaning business aiming to provide not only outstanding service to our clients but to each person that joins our team and provide flexible working hours to suit your lifestyle.

We are looking for self-employed cleaners to clean private households in and around the Basingstoke area.

We will provide

  • Full training
  • Flexible working hours to suit you
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Reliable income
  • Fun and friendly environment to work in

All we require is

  • You are a driver and have a full clean driving licence and access to your own transport
  • You are reliable
  • You are a good team player and have great communication skills
  • You have a good eye for detail and can work to specific client requirements

By joining our team you will not only have the opportunity to earn extra cash to fit around your lifestyle but you will be a highly valued and supported member of our fantastic company.

If you are interested in what we have to offer, then please contact us on either:

Mobile: 07919 250047 (Andrea)

Facebook Page: Above and Beyond Cleaning Solutions

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Part Time Jobs: Have you thought about becoming a Water Babies teacher?

This is a fabulous role, who can resist teaching baby swimming?!

Plus you are able to earn a full time wage for just 16 hours a week of your time.

Please do get in contact with us if this is something you would be interested in.

No experience is required, all we ask is that you love children and babies and have a fluffy out going personality.

Please do call us or email us to apply.

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Part time job in Basingstoke June 2015: Bakedin job

Joe sent me a message asking me if I could publicise the following part time job below as it could be very suitable for a local Mum.

Dream Job – Home baking product developer

Bakedin is an early stage start-up based in Basingstoke. We have products stocked in over 100 shops, including Selfridges and Harrods. We are growing our team as we launch more products and grow our retail customer base.

This role will be challenging, diverse and exceptionally rewarding. You will be developing new baking kits, all the way from recipe development through to launch. Your recipes will be developed in conjunction with an A list celebrity chef so attention to detail and creativity are essential.

You will have input on packaging design, run focus groups and get involved in the marketing and promotion of the products. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend trade shows to speak to our retail customers as well as running tasting sessions in stores to get direct customer feedback.

Essential skills

– Passion for baking
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills
– Exceptional attention to detail
– Microsoft Office (or equivalent)

Nice to haves

– Photography skills

– Graphic design skills

Part time – 20 hours per week, ideally 10am – 3pm but negotiable for the right person. Based at our HQ in Basingstoke.

Salary £10 per hour. Possibility for full time role and share options in the future for the right person.

Apply with CV and covering letter to

Joseph Munns
Managing Director



Baked In Ltd, Registered company 08517657 registered in England and Wales
Registered address: Office 112, Slington House, Rankine Road, Basingstoke, RG24 8PH

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MAD Academy: Mini Franchise

Elaine sent me a message asking me to let you know about new opportunities with MAD Academy:

MAD Academy provide fun, funky, physical, and free-spirited sessions for babies, toddlers, and pre-school children. The sessions are jam-packed with a variety of activities including music and dancing, rhythm and listening games, activities to improve fine and gross motor skills, and a whole lot of fun. They also run children’s birthday parties which come in a variety of themes, and sessions for pre-schools and nurseries.

For the past 10 years MAD Academy has helped people make the leap from frustrated employee to successful business owner. Attracted by the prospect of working for themselves, these budding entrepreneurs have also valued the flexible style of working that a MAD Academy franchise can offer. There aren’t many career opportunities that enable work to be fitted around the school day or be confined to school term. This convenience, coupled with good financial rewards and the chance to do something fulfilling and fun, has drawn many to launch their own MAD Academy classes up and down the country.

MAD Academy have always believed in the merit of flexible working and the ability to fit work around the demands of family life. That’s why our franchises have long been a hit with working mothers who are looking for a challenging and rewarding career but with the ability to still prioritise family life.

To provide even greater flexibility, MAD Academy have now introduced a new ‘mini franchise’ option for those wishing to either operate a business on a part-time basis only, or perhaps to start small and grow later.  This option has the advantage of a lower initial investment whilst still providing all the benefits that franchising brings to anyone wishing to start and run their own business.

For more details call us for a chat and an information pack, on 07732 322540 or go to our website

Part Time Work in Basingstoke

I know a lot of Mum’s are looking for part time roles to support their childcare responsibilities. I’ve read a lot recently in the National news about how the Government is supposed to be supporting women at work and how big companies in the UK are looking to remove the “glass ceiling”. I find this quite ironic given that I’ve never seen a part time advertised, unless it’s for administrator, NHS worker or teacher. If the Government and UK companies were really looking to support women in the work place, then flexible working would be advertised and would be far more predominant in the work place. For those of you who can’t return to work for whatever reason (childcare costs, etc.) but are looking to make some money and keep working in some capacity I’ve been doing a bit of research looking into part time work that is available in the area. Below are a few of the things that I’ve discovered that you might be interested in.

Kasia, a NHM reader, contacted me asking me to share details about a part time opportunity for Mum’s in the area: Need to earn some extra money; looking for a change in lifestyle; want to save money on your own skincare and cosmetics; want “a hobby”; want to meet some new friends; looking to do something different; want a new job??? Whatever you are looking for in 2012 Oriflame Cosmetics can help you. Oriflame sells natural cosmetics that have never been tested on animals. You can see more information on the website and even see a catalogue. We are FREE to JOIN, you choose your own hours, and depending on what you are looking for you can earn yourself a few extra £’s a week, and at the same time, have the potential to start to have your own business. If you are interested, please contact Kasia on or click on her Facebook page “Oriflame Basingstoke” for more details.

If you are looking for a part time role, keep an eye on the local press (Gazette and Observer) and it’s always good to put the word out to other friends who might know of opportunities.

There are lots of websites that support working Mum’s looking for opportunities. These are some that I have found which look pretty good:

Mum and working. They also have a Facebook Page. Check out our new flexible work listings

Hope they provide you with some inspiration!

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The Perfect Capsule wardrobe

2 x basic tailored trousers in black, grey or brown

1 x pencil skirt in black (dress this up or down)

1 x pair of good fitting jeans

1 x jacket (short style)

1 x winter coat in black, camel, navy, charcoal or red

1 x rain mac in standard beige, camel or statement colour

1 x pair of leather gloves

1 x hat in statement colour of the season

1 x scarf in statement colour of the season

1 x pair of boots black

1 x pair of heels in black

1 x pair of flat shoes in black or brown

1 x pattern shirt/top according to latest trend

1 x cardigan long style in statement colour or black

1 x shirt top long sleeve in black

1 x shirt top long sleeve in white

1 x pattern dress in statement seasonal colour

1 x plain shift style dress in black

1 x pair of leggings

2 x jumpers in seasonal colours (polo, scoop, crew, cowl or round neck)

1 x woollen shawl in seasonal colour or black ( a great alternative to a coat and this look can be very stylish and sophisticated)

2 x tops in seasonal styles and colours

1 x basic white tailored blouse

1 x skinny belt in black

1 x wider belt in statement colour

1 x hand bag (larger style for day wear) in black

1 x clutch bag for evening in black, silver, pewter bronze or gold

Optional extras

Neck scarves in a variety of colours (these help you to co-ordinate your outfit and complete your look)

Statement trend jewellery (don’t be scared to be bold)

Opaque tights (come in a variety of colours these days and look fabulous with heels or boots)