Commuting done right

Commuting to work has never been so easy. With 30 indycube spaces and counting, our aim is to get a coworking space wherever it's needed, be it a central city or a rural nook in the countryside. 

The image on the right was taken by Eifion Jones who works out of ic Swansea. Like many of our users, he cycles to work, saving precious time, petrol money and reducing effects on the environment.

There's a sharp contrast between this coastal commute and Eifion's old motorway trek, which could take up to an hour and a half in bad traffic. A shorter journey to work means Eifion can spend more time with his family in the mornings - a bonus money can't buy.

Want to see an indycube closer to you? Drop Dai a line on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know.

It's in The Big Issue, now it's time to make it happen

This week, we were featured in The Big Issue Cymru. In case you missed it elsewhere, we made some exciting announcements about our new partnership with Community Union. Pick up a copy from your local vedor to see the article in print - there's some great content between those pages.

indycube is an independent organisation which provides coworking spaces across Wales. They aim to supply a comfortable and productive working environment for freelancers and independent workers. indycube’s writer in residence, Mari Ellis, explains why they support The Big Issue and gives us an exclusive insight into indycube’s exciting news.

Q. Can you explain more about what indycube does?

A. indycube provides coworking spaces where people can come together to work alongside one another. We strive to facilitate everyone, from artists to designers and those in tech. We currently have 27 spaces, including make-a-space studios where people can build and create.

Q. What are indycube’s goals?

A. We’re focused on bringing coworking spaces as close to your home as possible. We believe everyone should be able to work in close proximity to their homes, families and children, and want to help freelancers and contractors say goodbye to long commutes. We want to put businesses back in the heart of their communities.

Q. Why is indycube a part of The Big Issue Big List?

A. We support the mission of The Big Issue, helping others to help themselves. Like The Big Issue, and its independent charity, The Big Issue Foundation, we believe in connectivity and independence. Since subscribing last year, we’ve had plenty of reading material in our offices!

Q. How does the ethos of indcyube fit in with that of The Big Issue?

A. At indycube, we’re all about people and independence. We supply the desks and the wifi, but encourage our members to make the space their own, in whichever way they choose. We’re always on the look out for new spaces, especially in rural areas, so don’t be afraid to get in touch if you have somewhere in mind.

Q. What are indycube’s plans for the future?

A. We’ve recently received some very exciting news. After nearly seven years in the game, we’ve partnered with Community Union in order to expand and mobilise independent workers across the UK. We’ll be crossing the border and opening spaces in England, Scotland and Ireland, as well as launching the first Freelancer’s Union.

Q. What does that mean for the world of independent workers?

A. We're pleased to announce that indycube is going to be doing even more for our members. We've teamed up with Community Union to develop the UK's first union for independent workers. It's main aim will be to level the playing field between the small operators that we support and their often bigger customers. Watch this space - we promise to tell you more when it launches officially in the summer.

Keep up to date with the development of these plans by following us on
Twitter, Facebook and  Instagram. You can also subscribe to our newsletter for regular monthly updates.

Grow your business with Business Wales Growth Week

Business Wales Growth Week
27th February - 2nd March

Across Wales

Business Wales Growth Week is all about helping businesses in Wales find ways to achieve that next level of growth. Four exclusive events hosted by flagship companies in Wales have been arranged for the benefit of business owners like you. The events will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the host company, a talk from a member of the senior management and a Q&A session where guests will be able to find out more about how these leading Welsh companies achieved their growth.  

Each location has space for 20 attendees to hear from some of Wales’ most successful businesses and network with like-minded businesses aiming for growth.

  • Bluestone, Monday 27th February, 11:45am
  • AerFin, Tuesday 28th February, 12pm
  • Toyota, Wednesday 1st March, 11:45am
  • Tinopolis, Thursday 2nd March, 14:45pm

For more info, see Business News Wales. To reserve your place, please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP.

For other networking opportunities, or to learn more about the independent Welsh businesses operating nearby, follow indycube on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up to our monthly newsletter.

Startup Socks Lottery

A lovely pair of socks and a chance to win £10,000


Startup Socks Lottery is a new competition for startups based in the UK. 

​One startup will win £10,000. Every other entry will be sent a custom created pair of socks curtesy of their sponsor Socks From Denmark. It's a win win. 

​Draw day is Friday 17th February 2017.

Here's how it works:

1. Choose the pair of socks you want and enter into the competition. 

2. A winner will be selected at random on the draw day.

3. Everyone who entered will get their selected pair of socks.

You can enter the competition here.

Groundbreaking new design from Powerfab Innovations has local man charged up

Run by Nathan John, Powerfab ® offers customers a range of plans and products as well as the opportunity to built their own excavators. After 30 years of experience, Nathan is making groundbreaking moves to improve the environment and cut cost for his customers.

Nathan’s father dreamed up the mini digger back in the 80s, and championed the self-trailering wheeled digger, before the better-known track digger overtook the market. Unfortunately, Powerfab ran into some difficulties during the 90s recession and was consequently sold, but not before providing customers across the world with the ability to tow their own mini-diggers to excavations sites at considerable speed. Nathan has recently made the decision to restart the business, and has even made the bold move of reverting to the classic wheeled digger, which he believes has a big future ahead.

Unlike the track digger, which ploughs the ground around it and causes disruption at sites such as cemeteries, the wheeled digger is a much more efficient piece of machinery. There are, however, improvements to be made.

Hy-Hoe, Hy-Hoe, it’s off to dig we go

Despite their small size, energy is expended while towing heavy diggers to their destination, while masses of fuel is guzzled in their operation. Nathan’s new concept, which he plans to name the Hy-Hoe, (Hybrid-Hoe), strips away cumbersome elements of the machinery, and even the need for fuel.

The new wheeled digger, which looks somewhat like the classic Spider Excavator, will have chargeable wheels, allowing the machine to generate energy as it is towed to the excavation site. This will lessen both operational costs and CO2 emissions, making it the most environmentally friendly digger on the market.

Approximately 10,000 mini diggers are sold in the UK every year, filling the environment with toxic carbon emissions and guzzling huge amounts of fuel. Nathan’s design, which includes a dynamo for each wheel that will convert energy to electricity and charge the lithium ion batteries, could have a huge positive impact on the environment, reduce the need for fossil fuels and even mean less smog in cities like London.

Tackling air pollution in major cities across the world is headline news - construction and demolition activity currently accounts for up to 15% of London’s air pollutants. Cutting emissions from building sites is essential if central cities are to comply with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) legal limits.

While the patent is pending, the search is now on to find companies who might possess the information that Nathan, and Powerfab Innovation, does not - knowledge of hybrid machinery.  

If you think you could help Nathan with his nifty towable design, get in touch with him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


About Powerfab:

Nathan John has been involved in the production of mini-excavators for over 30 years and has gone on to be involved in the commercialisation of mini excavators throughout the world selling thousands of wheeled and tracked mini excavators, loaders and dumpers. He is based in indycube Swansea.

Venture Cafe for small business support

Got an idea for a new venture? Looking for start-up support and funding?         

Date: Tuesday 14th February 2017
Time: 9.15pm – 12.45 pm
Place: The OpTIC Centre, Ffordd William Morgan, St Asaph Business Park, St Asaph, LL17 0JD     

UnLtd is hosting a Venture Café in Denbighshire, North Wales in partnership with Social Firms Wales and Purple Shoots.
 
Are you looking to start-up a new venture, do you have an idea for a business? 

Are you looking for support to start or develop a Social Firm (enterprise), to create employment for disabled people or those considered furthest from the job market?
Are you looking for seed funding or a small loan to try your idea or to grow it more?

If so join us at our Venture Café session. Come along to discuss your ideas and find out how UnLtd, Social Firms Wales and Purple Shoots can help you.

Hear from funders & inspiring case studies | Attend 1-2-1 surgeries to discuss your ideas in detail | There is no cost attached for the session, but places are limited so please book early.

For more information please telephone: 07900 991 077 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Is it okay to sleep on the job?

Research suggests that a quick nap can boost alertness and stamina, consequently improving your performance at work. Is it better to take 20 minutes out for a bit of shut-eye than to struggle through the sleepy afternoon lull?

More and more American companies are allowing work-space napping, with most incorporating nap-rooms into their work-spaces. NASA was among one of the first larger companies to recognise the benefits of napping, introducing naps to their work days back in the 90s. Although we’re all different, the science pits the optimum naptime at anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes – any more than 30 and sleep will be too deep, resulting in sluggishness and lethargy.

Should we all try napping at work?

As well as waking us up, napping could have increased benefits on anxiety levels. Slow breathing actively reduces heart rate, which lessens the physical symptoms of anxiety, much like meditation or yoga. However, unlike meditation or yoga, full sleep is the only process which can actually de-clutter our minds. (Check out the video below for more on this.)

Famous nappers include David Lynch and the Coen Brothers, who would nap in their writing spaces in order to work out problems and rifts in their scriptwriting. Creative work can be boosted massively by just ‘sleeping on it,’ so if you find yourself in a rut, try incorporating a short nap into your creative process.

If you find that a daily nap works for you, there are ways to train your body into falling asleep quickly, such as napping at the same time and in the same place every day, and incorporating a signal like a particular type of music or pillow. 

Of course, it’s not for everyone. Without a dedicated ‘nap-space,’ you might be embarrassed to snooze in front of others. Here’s what happened when Mark Malloy at the Telegraph gave office-based napping a go. Have you napped at work? Where did you go to do it? Let us know!

Christmas Opening Hours

ic Christmas Opening Hours

All indycube locations will be closed to the public from December 23rd to January 3rd as we celebrate the festive season. As always, full time members with their own fobs are welcome to use the spaces at their own discretion.

Mae'r Dolig Wedi Canslo / Christmas is Cancelled!!

Wel, dyna chi flwyddyn! Dyma’r band “Mas Tu Fas,” yn gynnwys Dai Lloyd o indycube, yn cymryd golwg yn ôl arni ac yn penderfynu bod Nadolig Wedi Canslo. Iup, Mae Siôn Corn ar streic. Nadolig Llawen! Gwasgwch ‘download’ yma er mwyn llwytho am ddim - https://soundcloud.com/rheidolrecords... neu ebostiwch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a danfonwn copi atoch! 

‘Mas Tu Fas,’ featuring indycube's Dai Lloyd take their sideways look at last year and decide that Christmas is Cancelled (Nadolig Wedi Canslo). Santa’s on strike and just can’t be bothered this year. Merry Christmas! Click on ‘download’ here https://soundcloud.com/rheidolrecords... for a present from us though or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll send you a copy!

YOUTUBE

@mastufas @rheidolrecords

Empowering Words Every Employee Wants to Hear

This post was brought to you by the folks at Find My Workspace

Employees thrive in environments where they have the authority and power to make the important decisions needed to produce quality products and serve clients efficiently. However, employee empowerment is a management skill few supervisors have mastered. While many managers say they would like to empower and motivate employees, few actually manage to do it effectively. As a result, employee empowerment has become a buzzword for the management in most organizations that is seldom practiced. Empowering an employee requires a certain amount of trust by the management. The employee must be trusted to accomplish assigned tasks and make decisions. This rule also applies to the manager.

Nevertheless, giving employees the power to execute tasks and make decisions is not enough; the boss must be able to put them in the right frame of mind for them to accomplish this. Good motivational quotes for employees have the power to inspire and empower them to make a positive impact on your business, your life and the lives of other people. They do not have to be cheesy clichés. Rather simple, ordinary words applied at the right moment and with the right intent. Here are the top 5 powerful words to empower employees and make them happy.

1. "I trust you"

When you let employees know you trust them, it directly impacts their day-to-day activities, their productivity increases as well as their contribution to the tasks at hand. Your trust fuels the workplace engine and encourages individuals to try new ideas. It allows them to develop better procedures that build a workplace culture that rewards success and accomplishments.

If there is an employee or leader you don’t trust, you can meet them, raise your concerns and ask for corrective action so that they can follow through on their part. If they take steps you feel will change their behavior, trust can be restored or established. Be sure to deal with employees you do no trust in a way that will not affect the entire workforce.

2. "Thank you"

These two words are known to make people happy, but for them to work, you only have to use them when the thank you is due, give them the reasons. This shows that you are giving them genuine attention.

For example, saying “Thank you for staying late to solve that software problem,” or “Thanks for completing the report earlier than it is due,” can go a long way in motivating and lifting an employee’s spirits.

Gratitude can also make your life happier and it could help further your career and professional relationships. Research shows that asking someone for help makes the person more likely to seek an ongoing social relationship with you.

Lastly, an employee who may not be experiencing positive recognition and appreciation in their personal and family lives but begin to experience it regularly at work often carry these new skills in thankfulness and appreciation into their home lives as well.

3. "I am glad to have you on the team"

Employees will definitely be motivated if they hear this from their boss. Your employees understand their jobs. They know their roles and functions within the organization, and you should let them do what has to be done to get their job done. However, taking this for granted often misses a critical point: it is not possible for you to “empower” them to be accountable for the decisions. Instead, you should encourage them and foster a good decision-making environment. Bad leaders have a tendency of shutting down or letting go off initiators instead of letting them know that they are valuable team members.

4. "These are our future goals"

Employees appreciate when they are informed of what is going on, and leaders in organizations need to communicate with the workers clearly before initiating programs or hitting final milestones. It implies that they are appreciated and trusted within the organization. It is good to meet employees, detail plans and ask for corrective action then follow it through on your part.

If you are making changes midways through a project or task, tell the staff why the change is needed. Make sure they know everything. You can make their day in this manner.

5. "Can you help me?"

When you need help from an employer such as putting the final touches on a PowerPoint presentation, it goes down well a lot better if you do not make it look like you are compelling them. Avoid using wording them seems to frame and signal your importance and protect your ego. When you say, “Can you help me” with sincerity and humility, it speaks powerfully to the employee’s instinctive desire to help other people and the most likely response you will get is “Sure,” “What do you need?” or “I can try.”

It takes the bass out of your voice, the stiffness out of your spine and the captain out of your industry. It conveys respect for the employee as it signals that you are comfortable with the fact that they know more than you do. It also conveys trust. You reveal vulnerability, admit weakness and you implicitly show that you trust them with that knowledge.

It also shows that you are a good listener. You did not try to tell them exactly how they should help you; you gave them the freedom to decide. By giving an employee this respect and trust, by giving them the latitude to freely share their knowledge and expertise, you will not just get the help you think you want. You will get the help you really need.

Think how powerful it is to create a culture of respect, appreciation, and recognition at the workplace. It gives everyone the opportunity to both hear and express positive words - words of commendation with specific details on why that individual and their efforts are important. For too long, these has been followed, but not actively encouraged as there is a false belief that “cracking the whip” or “hardness” can inspire employees to be more productive. When an employee realizes that their work is useful and someone is constantly making an effort to appreciate it, they will be more motivated to continue doing their best.

Author Bio:

Gemma Reeves is a seasoned writer who enjoys creating helpful articles and interesting stories. She has worked with several clients across different industries such as advertising, online marketing, technology, healthcare, family matters, and more. She is also an aspiring entrepreneur who is engaged in assisting other aspiring entrepreneurs in finding the best office space for their business.

Check out her company here: FindMyWorkspace




Get Set Film - film location marketplace

Want to make money using your home?

As a film studio and production company we were frustrated by problems on two fronts. Finding film locations and listing our own film location. Neither had a solution that was accessible and effective for today's burgeoning indie community. With the sharing economy reshaping how we travel and consume we felt that it could and should change the way we shoot. GET SET FILM is this change.

Get Set Film is a venture part-owned by Eifion Jones, the newest member of indycube Swansea.

The concept is twofold - filmmakers and photographers can use the catalogue to find their ideal set, while hosts can earn money from their extra space by hiring it out to filmmakers and photographers.

If you're looking for space to shoot your next film, or would like to hire out your living room, be part of Get Set Film. It's as easy as uploading a few photos.

@getsetfilm

Tech and Talk in the North

“Tech and Talk in the North”
*Free Event*
November 24th, 6:30-8:30pm
indycube Porthmadog

An evening of talks, stalls, exhibits, refreshment and craft beer will be hosted at the Hwb Arloesi in Porthmadog on November 24th at 6.30pm.

Hwb Arloesi is a new co-working space with hot-desking facilities which has opened in Porthmadog in partnership with indycube. It’s a project which is being piloted by Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig.

The coworking space, which is located in the Old Library on Chapel Street, has proved popular since its opening in early October. Organisers Rachel Roberts and Aaron Warren have decided to put on this event, which will be run in association wth North Wales Tech, to celebrate thesuccess of the venue and attract more potential coworkers in the surrounding area.

Gareth Harrison, a regular user of the service says “The Hwb Arloesi is a valuable resource for my work. The main benefit is the flexibility – I can choose which days to use the space and then pay for those days only, which really suits me. The internet connection is also very quick and reliable.”

Speakers will include indycube founder Mark Hooper, Carwyn Edwards from North Wales Tech and Dylan Searell of Elidir Health. Talks will focus on the impact of new technologies such as Virtual Reality and mobile healthcare, as well as connectivity and community in Wales.

Stalls around the venue will exhibit some inspiring projects by local individuals and companies, showcasing the unique talents that Gwynedd has to offer.

For more information about the project visit the Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig website or their  Twitter feed.

Sign up for this free event using Eventbrite.

To visit the venue before hand or book a desk for the day, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mike's Perilous Plunge

Mike Scott, one of indycube's directors and longtime member of indycube Swansea, is taking a life-threatening plunge, (or sky diving, as it's sometimes known,) for charity on Sunday, November 13th. He's aiming to raise £500 for The Safe Foundation in just two short weeks.

The Safe Foundation supports locally-led, people centred projects responding to hardship issues, increasing access to basic human rights like education, safe water and healthcare in the developing world and promotes socially responsible lifestyles in our own communities.

Mike is passionate about supporting The Safe Foundation, who assist in the provision of grants of money and materials that contribute to poverty relief in developing countries.

Jumping 14,000 feet from an aeroplane? We'd rather you than us, Mike! This adrenaline-fuelled jump definitely deserves £500 worth of sponsorship... You can sponsor Mike using his Just Giving page, then send him a message on Twitter to show your support! (Or goad him a little, whatever you prefer...)

Pop up showcase for Welsh creative businesses

Production 78 are coordinating a pop up showcase for Welsh creative businesses at The Red Dragon Centre during their busiest dates:

December 3rd and 4th
Mother’s day weekend
May Bank Holiday
Cardiff Bay Food and Drink Festival

They are currently hunting for professional creatives who would like the opportunity to showcase their brand and benefit from the marketing campaign their team will be running. Stalls cost £80 a day and include a roof canopy, chair, trestle table and branded floor length table cloth.

More information can be found via the Production 78 website or on the new PopUp Showcase site, which has been built specifically to advertise the upcoming events.