As more and more people are working remotely, especially in creative, digital and tech businesses, people are looking more and more for inspiring, unusual and exciting places to work. Meanwhile, there are lots of fun and interesting spaces in houses and other buildings throughout the UK. Vrumi plans to bring these two needs together, allowing people to rent out their idle space to busy professionals during the day.

“Bristol is well known for its creative and artistic culture, with almost 3,000 new startups registered in Bristol in 2014 – it’s obvious Vrumi would be a great fit”

 

Vrumi has just expanded into Bristol, and has plans to go fully UK-wide, we caught up with Vrumi co-founder and CEO, Roddy Campbell to find out more.

TechSPARK: How does Vrumi work?

vrumi-websiteRoddy Campbell: Vrumi is a marketplace for home workspace. It connects householders with empty space during the day to businesses large or small. Hosts can list the unused space in their homes, typically sitting rooms and dining areas, and earn money from them. Guests can search for, and book, a workspace that is ideal for them.

TS: How did you come up with the idea?

RC: 20 years ago, my neighbour rented his sitting room to a music teacher during the day. He was making money from something that would typically go unused during the day. The music teacher was able to grow his practice in an area he would otherwise not have access to. The ingenuity of this never left me.

Fast forward to 2014, and I was being treated for a broken femur by a physiotherapist in my sitting room. Remembering my old neighbour, I offered the physiotherapist my space to rent during the day, and he jumped at the chance. I called up my friends William Sieghart and Sophie Neary, and Vrumi began that very week, and the website launched in London in January 2015.

TS: What brings you to Bristol?

Vrumi in bristol2RC: After operating in London for the past year, we have found Vrumi to be very popular with creatives, freelancers and startups. Bristol is well known for its creative and artistic culture, with almost 3,000 new startups registered in Bristol in 2014 – it’s obvious Vrumi would be a great fit.

Not only this, but the homes and spaces in Bristol are a mixture of old and new, interesting, spacious, private and modern – we’re positive that many people would enjoy working in Bristol home spaces.

“With a variety of spaces already listed in Bristol – from sunny balconies to luxurious living rooms – it would be great to expand in the South West”

 

TS: Do you have plans to expand anywhere else in the South West of England?

RC: Vrumi launched nationally on the 6 June. With a variety of spaces already listed in Bristol – from sunny balconies to luxurious living rooms – it would be great to expand in the South West and see new hosts put their unused space to work during the day.

TS: What can people expect from a Vrumi workspace?

RC: Somewhere more interesting, more imaginative, where you want it, at incredible value

TS: What kind of properties are you looking for?

Vrumi in bristol1RC: We are looking for spaces that can be put to good use by creative, enterprising and professional people.

If you have a room, warehouse, garden shed, boat, or any other type of space that is beautifully designed, inspiring and ideal for working, thinking, meeting and creating in, you could be earning good money.

TS: What’s next for Vrumi?

RC: Vrumi will be launching its new website very soon. We will also continue to grow our community of hosts across the country and promote the service throughout the UK to businesses who need space to work, meet, think and create. Watch this space!

You can see more at the Vrumi website and keep up to date with their latest news by following them on Twitter: @vrumiHQ