Local entrepreneur Sadek Ali has taken a business idea he had at sixteen and created a successful business. His customers praise his “efficient, flexible and friendly” services – and that is why he is such a perfect fit for Chrisp Street Exchange – a new coworking space managed by London Small Business Centre opening in May 2016 in Poplar. We intend this space to be all those three things and more to the entrepreneurs who join as members.
Sadek Ali and Furnishings of London
I was born and bred in the East End, worked at Whitehall and for Fortune 500 companies, but then it was time to do something for myself as its more rewarding for all the effort I put in. I like to be challenged, improving myself, thinking up new ideas, building something from nothing.
My business, Furnishings of London, lets you furnish your property in a few clicks – we deliver the next day, assemble, install, plus recycle the rubbish and the old furniture you don’t want! Perfect for landlords and tenants who want to furnish a property fast, efficiently, and at an affordable price.
Why move to a coworking space?
I need to be based locally and have easy access to facilities where I can hold meetings with suppliers and customers, network with other businesses, and be part of a business community where we can swap skills and ideas and share resources. Regular workshops on topics for small businesses will help me keep my skills up to date.
Where have you been working up to now?
Bedroom, not ideal! I have explored shared desks, and am now looking for some dedicated desks in a local business community so I can continue to grow my business.
What is important for you in choosing the right workspace?
High speed internet is vital as my business is online, value for money, flexible jump in/jump out terms, and location.
Why Chrisp Street Exchange?
Chrisp Street Exchange is 5 minutes from Canary Wharf so you get a prestigious convenient address for an affordable monthly fee.
The fact that there is also 1-2-1 business advice on site is great as that will help me keep my business on track financially.
About Chrisp Street Exchange
Working in partnership with Poplar HARCA and supported by the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund, London Small Business Centre is managing a brand new coworking space in the heart of Chrisp Street Market, situated between Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park. Join a vibrant community, connect with other businesses, and discover unique experiences with real people that share the same challenges and successes as you.
London Small Business Centre will provide on-site free business advice, free workshops on a wide variety of practical business topics, as well as access to affordable finance for start-up and growing small enterprises.