Saving The Children at Ugli

Saving The Children at Ugli

Christmas jumpers have been knocking around since the early 80s, when uncle 'WhatsHisFace' would turn up every Christmas wearing some abomination of a sweater in the vein hope of getting a few laughs. Said sweater would then get stuffed into the back of the wardrobe until the same day of the following year, never daring to make an appearance beforehand. Oh how things have changed! Dare we say it, but Christmas jumpers have quite possibly become fashionable. The uglier they are the better the reception they get. What sort of world are we living in? How did this happen? Who ...

A Sustainable Alternative to Fundraising...

A Sustainable Alternative to Fundraising...

In this day and age do we really need all the stuff that we get given for Christmas? Is it time to start thinking about more worthwhile actions instead?

The recent economic downturn has seen a significant proportion of society take a differing view towards what it means to spend money. The days of mass consumerism feel like they were left behind in the last decade. We're now looking towards a future, where sustainability is a priority, recycling is commonplace and up-cycling has become a new trend that's hopefully here to stay. Buying brand new products is no ...

The Ugli Collaborators 2013

The Ugli Collaborators 2013

If you're lucky enough to work in the Ugli building, you'll be well aware of the benefits on offer from working in such a community driven environment. Perhaps the most beneficial, however, is the fact that you're working alongside neighbours and fellow members, who are likely to work in a similar industry or one that could benefit from your expertise. How do you know who these people are though?

Here at Ugli, we're constantly conjuring up ways to help you to get to know your fellow Uglies, with the hope of forging successful business opportunities as ...

The Ugli Xmas Schmoozemas - The Aftermath

The Ugli Xmas Schmoozemas - The Aftermath

Christmas has officially arrived at Ugli and what better way to kick off the festive season than with a good ol' fashioned Christmas Party.

All the usual Christmas cliches were present: cheesy music, silly hats, drinking games and plenty of festive cheer. Spirits were high as guests filtered into The Big Room, which had been transformed into an enchanted forest, something akin to a Tim Burton movie. That is, however, where the gothic chic ended, as Uglies turned up wearing all manner of silly headgear and Christmas jumpers.

The obligatory cheesy Christmas music was the soundtrack to the evening, everything ...

Cut Down On Paper, Not Trees!

Cut Down On Paper, Not Trees!

So as you may be aware, the meeting room is going to be booked online as opposed to the old school paper format on the front of the door.

This will be make your lives much easier and ensures that we're catching up with the 21st century. Apparently the Internet is all the rage these days. It also means that we're cutting down on paper usage and hopefully saving a few trees in the process, considering it's National Tree Week we thought this tied in quite nicely.

Although switching to an entirely paperless office might be a ...

HMTV Loves Ugli!

HMTV Loves Ugli!

Hot Minute Magazine brought a slice of glam to the Ugli Campus last Friday as they were on location to film the Christmas edition of their online entertainment show, HMTV.

Hot Minute is the capital's freshest online magazine, showcasing all the hottest spots of culture, counter culture creation, collaboration and events that London has to offer. Since winning Brand Amplifier - the non-profit branding masterclass programme for female entrepreneurs to turn their startup dreams into business reality - Hot Minute's founder Lesley Brewster has honed her vision to develop and adapt a finely crafted media outlet that caters to the ...

Ugli Presents...A Short Film Showcase

Ugli Presents...A Short Film Showcase

The scene was set - the lights were dimmed, the audience were seated and the technical difficulties were eventually overcome (thanks to  Dave from N3RD for your technical expertise aka hitting a button). The second Ugli Presents... was officially ready to roll.

We always expected the quality of shorts to be high but nothing prepared us for the sheer excellence that was presented by five very talented filmmakers. The future of British filmmaking is in safe hands if these guys and girls continue to make such stunning films.

First up was Sophie Venner with 'Room 8'. This film was part of ...

The Ugli Network is LIVE!

The Ugli Network is LIVE!

Ugli have always been ones to innovate. Introducing a co-working space to White City has been incredibly successful for the regeneration of the area and has created a sense of community for all those that are a part of the Ugli family. Ugli members can expect to collaborate and share ideas in a buzzing, creative environment which has been lovingly designed by advertising agency and Ugli founders, JP Creative.

Never ones to miss a trick, Ugli has now moved onto phase two of the community building project. As much as we want our members to interact with each other in ...

Ugli - The Blueprint For The Future?

Ugli - The Blueprint For The Future?

West London is fast becoming the capital's hub for business, technology and enterprise. It may lack the glitz and the glamour of East London, however it more than makes up for it with its roster of multinationals and startups alike. With the likes of eBay and Paypal setting up shop in leafy Richmond and L'Oreal and Coca-Cola settling in Hammersmith, businesses are realising the true potential of an area that may have been overlooked in the past. Invaluable links to Gatwick and Heathrow airports provide a fast route for overseas multinationals to access London and the multitude of ...

Explosive Moments at Ugli

Explosive Moments at Ugli

To celebrate Guido Fawkes' unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King James and blow up the Houses of Parliament 400 years ago, we've been asking the Ugli Campus:

"What has been your most explosive moment in business to date?"

Jonathan @ Knickerbockerglory - "Meeting the cast of our show, Boomtown, has to be up there. Take a look for yourselves and you'll see what I mean" http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01fjmk0

Kate @ KDOTonline - "Team Kdot got a phone call recently from someone to whom we had been recommended. It turned out to be the CEO of Virgin Games and a ...

Halloween "BOO"ze Schmooze - The Aftermath

Halloween "BOO"ze Schmooze - The Aftermath

Well well well...what can we say? A huge thank you to everyone that made it to our Halloween "BOO"ze Schmooze last night. From what we can remember, it was a frightfully fun-packed evening with lots of ghoulish antics taking place, although unsurprisingly, there are a few sore heads on Ugli Campus this morning. 

The shenanigans kicked off at 6pm with DJ Funk Daddy Funk manning the wheelz of steel, bumpin' a selection of disco house and 80s funk classics with the odd Halloween tune thrown in for good measure. Think Ghostbusters and Thriller. The walls of The Big ...

The Big Room Round-Up

The Big Room Round-Up

The Big Room has been a hive of activity recently with a range of events catering for the whole Ugli community. Hotminute magazine launched their hip new bi-monthly web show, HMTV, dedicated to London's events and entertainment scene, introducing their presenters, producers and devoted fans. We got stuck in ourselves and can confirm it was a fab event, definitely a highlight, so we'll definitely be popping by when filming for episode two gets underway in November.

Think Tall Films hosted a YouTube Marketing talk as part of the ever-popular Social Media Week. Expert You-tuber, George Aliferis was drafted ...

Ugli Intern.

Ugli Intern.


COMMUNITY MANAGER/SOCIAL CONTENT TRAINEE PLACEMENT

West London's flagship creative incubator and co-working hub Ugli is delighted to announce an opening on its community relations team, offering invaluable on-the-ground work experience across community building, social media management, content creation and internal communications. And more! The 3-month, trainee role will welcome a bright, media-savvy, design-loving and gregarious individual to work alongside the Ugli management team from the heart of campus headquarters in White City.

Housing the next generation of media entrepreneurs, Ugli is more than just a building - it’s a living, breathing place of collaboration, co-operation and creative startup ...

The Lovely Insiders

The Lovely Insiders

The past couple of months has seen the launch of the Lovely Insiders committee, a small but punchy group of ugli residents who have committed their time, creativity and overall chutzpah to dream up really good ideas that will help Ugli's creative culture stay fresh, vibrant and just the right side of irreverent.

A shout out to: Kdot, Sooqini, K&F Design, N3RD, ThinkingBob, Ugli Kitchen, Nylon, Knickerbockerglory, Stamp Productions, Jen X Films, Finiks, and Newsflare, who have generously agreed to steer our cultural development by taking occasional temperature checks and helping to foster our open doors, sky's ...

Ugli Presents...

Ugli Presents...

Our very first FILM EVENT!

We're hosting a film screening and networking event on 11th July. Come and mingle with industry professionals, directors, animators, producers, DOP's, editors, actors, extras...You name it! So come grab a beer, watch some awesome shorts and expand your network. Drinks start at 6pm, with the first screening at 7pm. 

Screenings so far:

"All in the Family"- From the award winning writer / Director Michele Fiascaris. Nestled in the heart of Chelsea is Al Santo's, a friendly neighbourhood Italian Restaurant renowned for its culinary delights. But they regulars aren't what they seem ...

Has your brand strategy got soul?

Has your brand strategy got soul?

Consumers are seeking authentic brands. Brands with soul. Soul needs to be naked into your brand identity. Gone are the days when marketing was about having the biggest, shoutiest brand, being 'revolutionary' or being the first to launch stuff into space. To today's hype-weary consumer, flash brand strategies, such as celebrity endorsements and high-budget campaigns are seen as the swan song of desperate 'me too' brands trying to eek put market share. They're often a clear sign that the products behind them are lacking in quality and most importantly, soul.

Brand awareness:

A brand identity with soul thrives ...

Booze Schmooze.

Booze Schmooze.

The 1st of May marked the end of those cold winter months, so we decided to celebrate and welcome the sunshine the Ugli way... with a Booze Schmooze. Check out our Flick page for more images.

W12 gets a facelift.

W12 gets a facelift.

So, you may have heard that you're all going to be getting some new neighbours across the road and that the BBC is (mostly) moving out of Television Centre. The site is known as the spiritual heart of the BBC, where some classic programmes were filmed, such as Strictly Come Dancing, early series of Dr Who, Monty Python's Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers.

The big question-mark (do you see what we did there! If not, look it up) is what will become of it?

Stanhope plc (a company with some serious pocket money!) will be redeveloping the site ...

Ugli Evolution

Ugli Evolution

Like any living thing, Ugli evolves and changes. We grow and we develop. We adapt and we restructure. 

Darwin would've been proud to see his theories come to life in community and business!

So what's with all the new faces in the corridor? We've opened our doors on the 3rd floor, and are happy to welcome our newest members to the Ugli family. So If you've got a whiff of paint coasting down the corridors, or bumped into someone in the hall ways with dusty clothing and that ruffled look we've all experienced during our ...

Ugli Kitchen

Ugli Kitchen

Hi, I'm Mark Readman and I'm very excited to announce that I'm the new owner of the Ugli Kitchen!

I have a background in quick service restaurants and a passion for good food so it was only a matter of time before I took the plunge and mixed the two by starting my own business. The Ugli Campus and Kitchen ticked all the boxes for me and I believe there is so much potential for the Kitchen and the Big Room with such a great vibrant group of members as our customers. I'm looking forward to ...

Things the Bunny didn't tell you.

Things the Bunny didn't tell you.

  • If you were standing on the equator during either the vernal or autumnal equinox, you would see the sun pass directly overhead, the only two times in the year when that is true.
  • The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka (origins from the Ukranian word pysaty, "to write").
  • 76% of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first.
  • In medieval times a festival of egg-throwing was held in church, during which the priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choir boys. It was then tossed from one choirboy to the next and whoever held the ...

Cheap & Creative Office Spaces available

Cheap & Creative Office Spaces available

Act fast - it won't be there for long!! Are you looking for a West London office space to which you can add your own creative flair? A home away from home? A space that not only offers competitive rates, but also allows you to join a community of like-minded companies encouraging the growth of each other's business?

Ugli provides a truly communal space dedicated to open dialogue, open trading, sharing, meeting, a true melting pot of integration (without the meltdown). Private office spaces, fantastically located 5min from both White City and Wood Lane tube stations, and directly opposite ...

Smarty pants eh?

Smarty pants eh?

Do you have a random fact up your sleeve? Share it with us and we’ll tell everyone how knowledgeable you are... You know, that foxy member you’ve been eyeing up in the Ugli Big room? Or that awkward silent moment as you set up for an important client presentation? Well now you have what you need to spark up that conversation!!

Ugli Xmas Party

Ugli Xmas Party

And all through the campus, not a creature seemed to be stirring. But wait - as we crept further in, the hallways filled with the sweet smell of mulled wine, and the soft subtle notes of a christmas tune, as it slowly danced through the corridors. Our frozen insides warmed as we entered the Big room, greeted by tinsel and a snow globe alight. The room was bouncing with Ugli party delight! A music mixer, an Elodie elf look alike, our very own Sexy Santa offered his lap all night, have you been naughty or have you been nice?  It was ...

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