Atomic Smash has announced it is sponsoring a desk at Spike Island Workspace, the same creative co-working space where the WordPress and WooCommerce studio first set up shop.

In a move that takes co-founders Piers Tincknell and David Darke back to where it all began, Atomic Smash will sponsor a creative professional or pair who would benefit from basing themselves at Spike Island Workspace and taking advantage of the creative and commercial opportunities it presents.

The announcement comes ahead of Atomic Smash celebrating its eleventh year in business in October 2021 – make sure to get in your application before Monday 18 October!

Piers tells us more about how Spike Island has helped Atomic Smash: “When we moved in, it instantly felt like home, and coming from a University background, the space just felt right. It was creative, spacious, quiet, and it felt like people in there were getting work done and making progress, which was exactly what we wanted. It also felt very inspirational and vibrant. We couldn’t wait to move in!

“It accelerated our growth because we instantly were part of a network of people who needed help with digital and we were eager to get stuck into some work. Without Spike Island Workspace, I think we would have really struggled to get off the ground.”

The sponsorship is open to all creatives who would benefit from the opportunity and we welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. Through your application, you will be able to tell us how this opportunity could make a significant difference to your future. Please also describe any access requirements you may have within your application.

Sponsored desk space will be made available at no cost to a creative or creative pair for 12 months, with the option but no obligation to continue using the workspace after the sponsorship ends.

Piers outlines the benefits of being based at a creative co-working space as:

  • Gaining an instant network of professionals
  • Being inspired by the stories and moments shared around you
  • A place to bounce ideas and meet people who have already been on your journey… even if they are just 3 months ahead, there’s a lot to learn
  • A chance to make real friends with people you would never get to meet otherwise

On coming full circle to sponsor a desk, Piers says, “It feels right to give back to the community and help inspire the next wave of creative businesses or small business owners in the city. We love being part of Bristol’s creative scene and want to do everything we can to help make it accessible to as many people as possible.

“I’d love to see someone who otherwise would not have had this opportunity take it and benefit from all the value that being part of a creative hub gives you.”

Further details can be found here. You can apply online now – the deadline is 18th October.