Members Stories - Tim, Shirley, Natasha & Josh

PLATF9RM is by definition ‘an opportunity to voice one’s views or initiate action’, a place where ideas collide and people can collaborate with like minded forward thinking individuals. PLATF9RM would be nothing without it’s members, and we’ve had a wonderful eclectic mix of people join since we opened in December 2016. Let us introduce you to just a few.



Tim Fitzgerald, Travel Counsellors

Tim is a Corporate & Leisure Travel Specialist with over 17 years experience helping companies and individuals travel the world for business and pleasure. Tim started his own franchise business 6 years ago, with growing success. Since starting a family, and now his son and daughter are growing up, it was the right time to find a new work environment. Tim was our first Dedicated Desk user and got his pick of 8 permanent desks in our “Library” area.

Why the move to PLATF9RM?

"This will enable me to stay focused on work and hopefully allow me to take people on to support the business growth. It is brilliantly located in the centre of town, 3 minutes from my son’s school and only 5 minutes from my house – so it has been refreshing to make the move (and still able to work from home as & when I need) and enjoying the fantastic new space. Now I just need to convince some of my colleagues to come and join me."

Since asking Tim this question, he has since taken another desk for his colleague. We look forward to welcoming Dan from March.

Shirley & Jo

Shirley & Jo

Shirley Finlayter, Concorde Education Services

Shirley is an Education Consultant with extensive teaching, training and project management experience. She could be described as an avid teacher-traveller. Her work at The British Council has taken her to Libya, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Senegal, Jordan and Egypt to name but a few and she has lived across four continents. Shirley has many interesting stories to share, and can often be found in our co-working booths.

Shirley joined PLATF9RM as she was setting up her own company, Concorde Education Services, which collaborates with education professionals to improve teaching. As one of our first members, she has been a welcoming and friendly face to other members at PLATF9RM, a firm favourite at our socials too.

What do you enjoy most about working at PLATF9RM?

"My favourite part about working at PLATF9RM is being surrounded by creative people and having the opportunity to brainstorm ideas."

Shirley & Natasha

Shirley & Natasha

Natasha Worrall, neo design studio

Natasha worked as an interior designer in London before moving to Hove in 2010. After some time out to look after her young family, she was inspired by the creative and entrepreneurial vibe of the city. Natasha decided to take her passion for interior design and set up ‘neo design studio’, which has a particular focus on furniture and lighting. The main ethos behind neo is very simple; to design authentic, high quality products that are manufactured here in the UK by skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques for use on commercial projects. Natasha designed her own range of lights which have been fitted in bars, restaurants , hotels and offices in London.

What are the freelancer benefits to basing yourself at PLATF9RM?

“As a small business PLATF9RM has opened up a new world of opportunity. The creative energy of the office definitely inspires me to be more productive and the regular events held are really useful way to build up knowledge as well as my network of contacts, it’s really energising to be surrounded by other like-minded business people and have the chance to collaborate. The access to the meeting rooms and an event space is also another real positive."


Josh Harrison, Digital Designer/Developer

Josh is an experienced web designer and developer. Entering the freelance world at the beginning of December, he found PLATF9RM? at the perfect time, when we had our free co-working month offer. Having worked in several design studios for arts, culture and architecture clients previously, Josh is now working with similar clients but from our shared co-working space and for himself.

Why did you become self employed?

“In order to focus exclusively on making digital work, which is my passion. Working at PLATF9RM is fantastic. The space is inspiring, the location is perfect – and having friendly people around is a bonus too!”

We will be sharing stories from our members monthly, so watch this space.

If you would like to try life at PLATF9RM for a day give Emilie a shout, we can’t wait to hear your story.