Even the dogs get along. “I bring my puppy Percy to work,” admits Hobbs. “Sometimes it feels like there are more dogs in here than people!”
Reflecting on the past two years, Hobbs says he is excited by what he sees: “Some of our businesses started with two employees and now they employ eight people – it’s amazing to watch those companies grow.” In fact, the Lab space has now had around 3.5k visitors – and its members have raised over £32 million.
Daniel Fitzhenry is equally optimistic. “In my opinion, everyone has a business in them. It’s the support they get, and the people around them, that affects how they translate that idea into something. My job is to get this city moving and it’s a pleasure to be working with Barclays Eagle Labs.”
Gayle, meanwhile, believes that it’s the space’s ability to facilitate new business relationships that makes it so valuable. “Without Network Eagle Lab, Shogun Social would be in a very different place. We definitely wouldn’t have the same level of connections, we wouldn’t have had the same exposure to business coaches, and we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn from other high-performing companies. For any new business, connections are one of your biggest superpowers.”