Welcome to Third Door
Come on in. Grab a cuppa, get comfy and take a look at how Third Door could help make your professional and family life work together better,
If you are a freelancer, self-employed or employed and work from home, you’ve probably at some point thought about how nice it would be to work alongside other people. After all it helps with creativity and enables you to build on ideas with others, increasing productivity.
That’s why working in cafés and coworking spaces have become so popular over recent years. And it’s even harder working from home if you are a parent with children whose needs you have to tend to as well as trying to do your work! It’s a real challenge!
Third Door is a simple but brilliant award-winning concept. A place that’s not your home or your office, but a new environment to suit everyone, all under one roof.
Whether you’re a professional looking for a place to work that’s away from home, a parent looking for a flexible nursery for your child or you’re a working parent and need both, Third Door is the place for you.
If you are a professional, you can book our upstairs Workhub and meeting rooms…
If you are a parent, you can book your little ones into our downstairs Nursery…
What’s more, you are free to spend time with them at any point in the day in our communal area on the ground floor.
As attractive as the notion of working from home is, sometimes you just need to get away from your own four walls! (Please click on each link to expand).
Beneficial for professionals…
Beneficial for parents…
Third Door provides a space for you upstairs to work alone or meet with colleagues in one of our meeting rooms productively, whilst your child can enjoy playing and learning in our onsite nursery downstairs. There is also a lounge area where both parents and children can spend time together at any point in the day, have lunch or coffee and socialise with other co-workers.
Beneficial for children…
Beneficial for businesses…
Please meet three of our members and how Third Door has helped them strike a work-life balance.(Please click on each link to expand).
Kirsty Blair, Business Development Director, Inmarsat, mum of Lexi
That was certainly the case for Kirsty Blair. Realising that returning to full time work in the City would result in her missing out on precious time with her young daughter, she was keen to find an alternative solution.
Whilst on maternity leave, she attended an NCT meeting at Third Door and inadvertently realised that she’d found the answer to her dilemma. She could still work full time and spend time with her daughter.
Kirsty and her husband, Jonathan starting using Third Door three days a week and are now full-time members. Kirsty explains why the solution works for her: “It’s perfect. I only live 10 minutes away which means I get to spend an extra two hours in the morning with her. We get to enjoy lunch together and have an extra hour in the evening, as she’s right there when I finish work. I also get to sneak a peek at her throughout the day and I am on hand should she need me.”
Kirsty has worked as a Finance Manager in Business Development for five years. As her role is predominantly project based and doesn’t necessarily require her to work from a specific location, she approached her employer to suggest that she work from the office three days and Third Door twice a week to enable her to spend more time with her daughter. Understanding that balancing work with family commitments had become a priority, her employer agreed to the change, knowing that Kirsty was still able to deliver a full day’s work and see her young daughter.
And, it’s not just Kirsty that benefits, her self-employed husband Jonathan, also works from Third Door on Thursdays so he gets to spend time with Lexi too. Kirsty added; “I couldn’t be happier with the arrangement. My employers are happy, I’m happy and most of all Lexi absolutely loves coming to nursery here. The staff are great and she’s progressed leaps and bounds! The flexibility afforded us is terrific. We are able to change our days if necessary and it doesn’t matter whether Jonathan or I use the workspace. And as it’s a fully Ofsted registered nursery we can also leave the premises if we have or want to.”
Talking of the workspace, she added: “The workhub is a fantastic place to come and work. Everyone is supportive and interested in what you’re doing. If I need privacy to make a conference call for example, I can do that from either one of the small meeting rooms or a privacy booth. It’s a great environment – I love it! We have a great work-life balance and that’s thanks to Third Door.”
Rosie Nottage, Garden Designer, mum of Lola
Although it’s a half hour drive from her home in Tooting, Rosie immediately felt the benefits of using the space. She could fit more work in as there was no rush to collect Lola from nursery. She could now simply walk downstairs when it was time to go. What started out as a 60 hours a month contract quickly moved to 90 hours a month to full-time.
Rosie explains why it suits her so well. “My job sees me spend 60% of my time at a computer, 20% of my time going to nurseries and looking at plants, and the remaining time on site with my build team in people’s gardens. With Third Door, I can get my office-based work done productively and efficiently – I feel far less distracted than I do when I work at home. And because I can leave Lola on site, it means I can head out to my meetings knowing she is well taken care of. Best of all, there is none of the stress you feel when you’re late in picking up your child from nursery.”
Rosie shares her Third Door membership with her husband Roger Jones, a digital marketing consultant. While Roger mainly works from home, he is able to work on site at Third Door on those days that Rosie can’t be there to pick up Lola.
“It’s the flexibility that we love about Third Door,” Rosie explains. “A regular nursery just doesn’t allow for changes in hours/days and has none of the convenience of being able to work in the same building that your child is being taken care of. Lola loves the staff here and I love the networking opportunities I get with other members. So we’re all happy! Third Door has given me the freedom to work the way I want to work and still ensure that our little girl is taken care of.”
Emma Insley, Charity Consultant, mum of Thomas
The problem Emma had was that while most weeks she needed three or four days of childcare, some weeks she didn’t. The nursery couldn’t offer her ad hoc days when she needed extra cover and would charge her regardless of whether she sent her son in or not, including if she was away on holiday or if Thomas was sick. This meant she was paying for childcare when she didn’t always need it and trying to work with her son at home on days when she had extra work.
When she heard about Third Door opening up in May 2010 and with it just ten minutes walk from her home in Wandsworth, she was thrilled. Emma became one of the first Third Door members, initially using the space on a pay-as-you-go- basis when she needed additional child care cover while keeping her son at his existing nursery.
But she quickly realised that Third Door offered her a better solution altogether and took Thomas out of his nursery, opting to use Third Door as a regular monthly member. She now uses the space on average four days a week.
She explains why she made the shift: “Third Door offers me the flexibility I need in my line of work. I can work as much or as little as I need to, with very little notice in booking a space. What’s more, I don’t have to stay onsite, so on those days when I need to go see clients, I can drop Thomas off knowing that he’s well looked after.”
And it’s not just Emma who’s a Third Door fan. Her son is a fan too! “Thomas has loved it at Third Door from day one. In fact there are days when it’s difficult getting him to leave! The staff are fantastic and I know he is well cared for. Plus I’m just one minute away should they need me,” she says.
But it’s not only the ability to work well and have a happy child that has made Third Door a great option for Emma. There are a number of fringe benefits too, as Emma explains: “I never realised just how lonely it was working at home on my own. Coming to Third Door is like being a part of team with the chance to have a gossip and catch up with work colleagues. You get a cheery smile and the chance to socialise with other people, rather than just staring at four walls. It is great for networking and I have met other business parents whose services I have used like a personal stylist, photographer and even getting coaching from one of the Third Door founders.
“It also makes economic sense. By coming to Third Door, part of the cost can be recorded a business expense, which results in tax savings,” she continues.
“In short, I’m really, really pleased I found Third Door!”