A drive to support small businesses in the local community has resulted in the opening this month of Bloom Co, Tauranga’s newest concept in shared work, meeting and event space.
Founders Jade Maddox and Sheree Merrick said that Bloom Co provided a workplace home. In fact, it is located in a former show home in The Lakes.
The Bay had become a real magnet for entrepreneurs doing wonderful things, but many were also feeling the limitations and isolation of their working space, they said.
Bloom Co is a space to support them, a place where they can thrive individually and in the company of others, and an alternative to more traditional leased offices, they added.
“Bloom Co draws inspiration from the need for connection and collaboration amongst independent businesses,” said Jade Maddox.
“It also fills a local need for small, beautiful spaces for events, workshops and classes.”
Bloom Co provides options for full time, part time or casual office and meeting space, with all the expected professional resources included.
From glass whiteboards and ultra-fast internet to ergonomic chairs and standing desks, Bloom Co is fitted out to high standards, but it looks less like an office and more like a beautifully crafted day spa, according to Maddox.
Ideal for different businesses
The founders said the space is ideal for different businesses, community groups, and ventures to coexist and gain the benefits of collaboration. The workspaces range from individual rooms or offices through to open plan co-working spaces.
The larger break-out spaces are ideal for groups, catering for more than 30 people for meetings, seminars or community events.
“What makes Bloom Co unique is the unexpected – a zen garden surrounded by bamboo and a waterfall, indoor plants, essential oil diffusers, contemporary art and comfy chairs to sink into,” she said.
Bloom Co’s location in The Lakes, a community-focused suburb, was a deliberate move, said Maddox, in order to offer an environment that reflected the more serene, laid-back vibe of the region.
“The feel of this suburb, designed with the community in mind, completely fits our ethos. We are away from the hustle and bustle of the city, surrounded by homes, cafes, small businesses, and a whole lot of greenery.”
Jade Maddox said that Bloom Co is committed to making a positive difference in the community, supporting, mentoring and collaborating.
“Supporting local charities is also an important part of our culture,” she said. “When a new member joins, we plant a tree locally through Trees That Count, and have already funded the planting of over 100 trees.”
Bloom Co will be at the Smarter Business Event on 18 March, and can be contacted directly at: hello@BloomCo.nz, or Jade Maddox on 021 0616961.