BubDesk Announces Growth and Support

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Thanks to corporate support, Perth’s first co-working space with childcare solutions, BubDesk, has announced plans to expand, at an event yesterday.

Individuals, small business owners, entrepreneurs and freelancers have been making the most of the workspace with an on-site early learning room since February and now the corporate world is coming on board.

BubDesk – the co-working space with on-site childcare solutions – was the brainchild of Meg Burrage, who, like many women, after having her son and returning to work, faced challenges with the misalignment between childcare, the business world and being a mother. She saw the need for a service that supported parents to thrive in both their work and family lives. Ms Burrage and BubDesk co-founder Asha Stabback came together to provide parents with a solution. BubDesk allows people to rent workspace in a centrally located office as well as providing an on-site early learning room where children up to the age of three are catered for.

BubDesk hosted Minister for Women’s Interests Liza Harvey and a number of well-known business CEO’s yesterday afternoon to launch its service on a larger scale.

Members of staff from a number of companies, including ANZ Bank have been trialling the use of desk space in recent weeks with a view to their companies offering the flexible work arrangement to staff. In addition, two more BubDesk sites are currently in the works, one in the CBD and one south of the river. The CBD site, expected to open early 2017, will be opened as part of a corporate partnership.

BubDesk co-founder Meg Burrage said the space allowed parents to return to work earlier if they wanted to and in a greater capacity. “Parents tell us that knowing their little ones are just upstairs, being cared for in a nurturing environment, they are better able to focus on work and have a productive day,” she said. “For the businesses it means they are able to attract the best talent because they are offering flexible work policies and they are also able to reduce turnover and recruitment expenses, so it’s a win-win situation.”

Property management company Hawaiian is currently exploring possibilities to establish the second of BubDesk’s future branches in Melville.

Photo: Tash Drummond-Hay.