Desk Union wins £48,700 at the Scottish EDGE awards

Former Just Started set to increase desk space availability for small businesses across the UK

Glasgow-based mobile workspace start-up Desk Union has secured an investment of £48,700 from the Scottish Enterprise Dynamic Growth Entrepreneurs (EDGE) Fund, backed by the Scottish Government.

Launched in June 2012 by Victoria Arnold, the desk-renting company matches small businesses and entrepreneurs with larger organisations that have spare workspaces.

The workspaces are available on a monthly rolling basis for an average fee of £200 per month. Currently providing desks to rent within 40 offices in the Scottish cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Arnold claims the winnings will be used to expand the business’ available sites on a national level.

She added that the funding will also be used to recruit new staff and to develop the company’s booking system software. Desk Union was one of 18 small businesses to receive finance from the £1m Scottish EDGE Fund as part of its aim to support start-ups that demonstrate high growth potential with up to £50,000 funding.

Commenting on the win, Arnold said: “I was absolutely delighted to win the award in the face of very stiff competition. There were 217 applications for funding out of which 30 companies were shortlisted to pitch their ideas in person.

“As a start-up business the funding is invaluable to us.”

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