Testimonial: Kieran Aitken, Orbit

News 3 years ago, Reading time: 2 min

Clockwise is the flexible workspace that works for its members. In the latest of a series of blogs, we find out from Clockwise members how the space in the iconic Savoy Tower is helping businesses to grow in Glasgow. Here, we catch up with award-winning young entrepreneur Kieran Aitken, founder of the social enterprise Orbit, about why Clockwise is the perfect fit.

Tell us about Orbit and the work you do

I launched Orbit three years ago at the age of 18. I had always had an interest in business and had run various entrepreneurial enterprises since leaving school.

Orbit is a social enterprise providing expert mentoring and exclusive workshops for secondary school students. With access to some of the most prominent business leaders in the UK, Orbit helps to nurture the entrepreneurial skills of teenage students and encourage them to start their own businesses.

Following the launch of Orbit, I was awarded ‘Young Entrepreneur of The Year’ in 2017 at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, which is brilliant recognition for the work I feel very passionate about.

What made you choose Clockwise for your business?

We moved into Clockwise in Glasgow in June 2017. When trying to find suitable workspace in the city, nothing else compared! Clockwise felt fresh, exciting and, above all else, had none of the corporate stuffiness that is often found in other co-working spaces. There is sense of community within Clockwise that is the perfect fit for Orbit.

What benefits does Clockwise provide for you and the business?

We have a fixed office on floor 10 which provides great views over the city. We can also use the breakout areas to hot desk and the soundproof meeting rooms, if needed. The rates for the services that Clockwise provide are very competitive, and all the staff are friendly and happy to help.

The scalability of Clockwise will match your ambition as a business, and this a great asset to Orbit and where we’re heading.

What would you say to other businesses or entrepreneurs thinking of working at Clockwise?

Yes, absolutely. The community spirit of Glasgow has been captured really well at Clockwise. I have already attended five social and networking events hosted here which help to bring everyone together. From a business sense it has been incredibly useful too, as I have already forged new professional relationships with fellow tenants. It’s a great place to work and a fantastic environment to meet like-minded entrepreneurs and businesses. Nowhere better.

For more information on Orbit, visit www.orbit-incubator.co.uk, or find them on Twitter @orbitincubator.