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By Courtney

Zoya Street

What will you be doing at Union St?

I use Union St as a space to work on writing, community management and research for my projects in the games industry — I love the creative, focused atmosphere and I like seeing people milling about. I am Senior Curator for the games writing curation site Critical Distance, Editor-in-Chief of games history publication Memory Insufficient, and a Japanese-English translator, as well as a part-time PhD student at Lancaster University. I also do consulting work in games, primarily assisting with world-building and constructing fictional languages.

How did you get into this area of work?

I first started researching games in 2011, while studying History of Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum; my plan had originally been to study Japanese ceramics, but the idea of writing a paper on video games crossed my mind and I ended up on a different path altogether. I soon started working freelance for games publications and games developers as a writer, editor and translator (Japanese-English). I have been combining academic research with an embedded critical writing practice ever since.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The creative boundaries of games as a form are constantly being pushed in surprising ways. Often the most promising terrain is in the opposite direction to where everybody has been looking, and so incredible work can come out of left field. I love making sense of it all and grappling with the interpretive and creative challenges that a relatively young field brings.

What type of individuals / organisations are you looking to work with in the future?

As a writer, consultant and translator, I like to work with anybody who is creating media that connects audiences with other cultures, be that international connections, outreach with subcultures within the UK, or by immersing people in fictional worlds. I develop concepts, conduct historical research, construct languages and translate content, to help creatives to integrate their work with a cultural context.

What are you looking to get out of Union St?

I’d like to work from an uplifting space and get to know interesting people who are working on positive things. There is always something exciting happening from Union St and it is great to be able to feel connected with that.

For more information about Zoya and her work, visit rupazero.com and follow @rupazero on Twitter.

By Courtney

Ben Cooper

What will you be doing at Union St?

Working with other ‘remote workers’, drinking coffee and generally being sociable. As for the work, providing remote SAP Payroll consultancy for a range of public / private sector clients.

How did you get into this area of work?

I studied Computing (Business Information Systems) at Sheffield Hallam and graduated back in 2005. I then managed to find a job working in consultancy and have been busy ever since.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

It’s a varied role that involves a lot of problem solving and a broad range of skills, so it is rarely dull.

What type of individuals / organisations are you looking to work with in the future?

I already work with a range of public / private sector clients, but it would be good to build up some local contacts with similar skills. Like so many industries, contacts are key.

What are you looking to get out of Union St?

I’m looking for similar individuals to work / socialise with. If also make some industry relevant contacts along the way then all the better.

By Sarah Sharp

Rachel Stockton

Rachel Stockton is a consultant for the charity sector. She is currently providing project management support to a London-based charity for the implementation of their Lean programme, as well as looking to help Sheffield charities and voluntary groups with their business strategy. Her experience is diverse, encompassing financial management, governance, and Resources Director roles. This breadth of experience enables her to engage with charities in a number of ways including creating business plans, strategies for people management, and promotion via social media.

Union St provides Rachel with a space from which to work, but also a place from which to rediscover Sheffield. Having commuted to Leeds for the last few years, and now balancing a role in London, she finds Union St an excellent hub to plug into all the many activities taking off around the city. Rachel is passionate about the voluntary sector, is a trustee for local charity Sheffcare and volunteers for the Real Junk Food Project. She has also provided free business planning workshops to the small voluntary start-up organisation Men At Work.

I love working with people, particularly to help improve or introduce new systems and ideas.

Follow Rachel on Twitter @RachelStockton7 – or catch her at Union St to talk business plans and strategy advice.

By Sarah Sharp

Luke Richardson

Luke Richardson is a marketing consultant specialising in the food industry, with a focus on shopper marketing and category management. Over the past 12 years he has worked with leading food manufacturers such as Nestle, Gu Pudding, and Kettle Chips, and has now set up freelance for large food manufacturers and brands.

Union St offers Luke not just a central workspace from which to grow his freelance business, but also a place to meet like minded individuals – especially those with experience or interest in food trends and research. Variety is a key component of his work, which brings to ether his passion for food with his love of research, with a range of businesses across different markets.

Every day is different. I love the balance between being creative and being a bit geeky with data – and I really enjoy food and researching new trends.

If you have an appetite for food trends and data, why not drop Luke a line at luke_rchrdsn@yahoo.co.uk?

By Sarah Sharp

Sue Cook

With over 15 years’ experience as a consultant in the voluntary and public sectors, Sue Cook is an expert on charitable funding.

She is Comic Relief’s grants advisor for Yorkshire and the Humber, and works for a number of funders across the UK. She helps organisations both devise funding strategies and review their current approach. Her key skills include quick and astute analysis, and connecting people and projects. This collaborative spirit has brought her to Union St, which not only serves as an efficient city-centre base, but also offers constant new opportunities for meeting a wide range of people and of igniting new ideas.

What I most enjoy about my work is the constant variety, I learn something from every new project. And knowing that I may change things for the better – it feels socially valuable.

To see Sue’s full client list and find out more, head to her Linkedin profile  https://uk.linkedin.com/in/suecooksheffield or follow her on Twitter @suecooksheff.

suecookwork@btinternet.com

By Sarah Sharp

Bev Shephard

Bev Shephard is a freelance Finance Director for charities, social enterprises and SMEs. She has worked with non-profit organisations for 15 years, most recently for the children’s charity The Mighty Creatives. Her varied experience has given her a creative, entrepreneurial approach and a broad skill set: from strategy and business planning, to finance, funding, HR and governance.

Bev’s love is for collaborative work and for this reason Union St is the perfect hub for her to broaden her freelancing network and develop ideas with like-minded people. She is especially interested in working with individuals and businesses with a creative or socially-minded focus, and is happy to offer a free initial diagnostic for members.

I love working collaboratively to bring other people’s ideas to life.

Find Bev’s full portfolio on her website:

www.bevshephard.co.uk

bev@bevshephard.co.uk

@BevShephard

By Sarah Sharp

Doug Banks

Doug Banks is the founder of Kandoo Events, a company organising the Round Sheffield Run and other sporting events across the UK. A passion for sports and experience in events management brought Doug into this field of work, and at Union St he looks forward to working with a broad spectrum of people and organisations from a range of different backgrounds. The creative potential of a collaborative workspace is conducive to his working method, which focuses on others as much as himself. With some experience in mentoring for start-ups, Doug is happy to offer consultancy services to members in exchange for potential help in the future.

Doug says: ‘What I enjoy most is delivering high quality events and seeing the enjoyment of those taking part.’

Find out about the Round Sheffield Run and other events online: www.roundsheffieldrun.com
Kandoo Events
www.roundsheffieldrun.com
@roundshefrun
doug@kandooevents.com

By Matt

Caolan McMahon

What’s your business name?
Ground Computing Ltd.

What do you do?
I build offline-enabled web apps for use in remote or difficult environments. I can also provide expert JavaScript, Node and CouchDB consulting.

How did it start?
Most of our work is available as open-source, meaning anyone can run, study, share or build-upon the software. Non-profits have found this invaluable when building tools for use in developing countries or remote areas, and Ground Computing provides the infrastructure to support them.
It started with collaborative dictionary for the Dené Nation in the Northwest Territories, helping to preserve their native language. Now, we have code running all around the world with uses ranging from healthcare to environmental monitoring.

What are you working on at the moment?
A platform for offline form collection, data synchronization and reporting currently in use in Africa for monitoring maternal health outcomes.

What are you looking to get out of Union St?
I’m looking for a relaxed work environment and a space to bring people together and share knowledge.

www.caolanmcmahon.com
@caolan

By Matt

Glen Mailer

What’s your business name?
Stainlessed Ltd

What do you do?
Development, Consultancy and Training for Modern Web Software.

How did it start?
I’d been working in similar roles within large organisations and I wanted to continue working on the same sorts of problems – but with the increased power, flexibility and freedom that comes from being independent.

What are you working on at the moment?
In my day job I’m working with SkyBet to build up a new office in Sheffield City Centre to manage their upcoming international products – making sure they get off on the right foot and are well set up for future expansion. Outside of that I’m heavily involved with the local tech community’s “User Groups” – informal monthly meetups where people come together to freely share knowledge and experiences.

What are you looking to get out of Union St?
Union St have been great for giving us access to space for our User Group meetups, and we want to pay that back by bringing more and more experienced technologists into the space to collaborate and co-operate on the interesting things that are going on here.

stainlessed.co.uk
glen@stainlessed.co.uk
@glenathan

By Matt

Riccardo Fumagalli

What’s your business name?
Travel Like a Local

What do you do?
I help people planning their holidays, providing all the necessary information and going beyond the standard Lonely Planet tips, thanks to my local connections. I’m working on an extensive network of independent local enterprises to rely on, to help the visitor know the most exciting realities and to avoid large associations and retail chains.
Aimed to those who don’t have time to plan and don’t have local connections but want to live a unique experience.

How did it start?
It started out of passion for the smaller independent ventures and out of frustration for a lack of accessibility to them if you are a foreign visitor.

What are you working on at the moment?
Currently I’m working on the content and layout of the mini-site promoting this service, while working on a network of reliable partners and doing too many other things.

What are you looking to get out of Union St?
I’m here to escape the distractions and the isolation of my home studio, to find inspiration and interact with other people.

travellikealocal.org
rick@travellikealocal.org

Zoya Street
Ben Cooper
Rachel Stockton
Luke Richardson
Sue Cook
Bev Shephard
Doug Banks
Caolan McMahon
Glen Mailer
Riccardo Fumagalli