Welcome to Docking Station!

Explore more about us and discover what drives our passion to bring our community together – in business and in a social context.

If you are currently out of work or feel that you have some spare time to dedicate your talents to the operation of Docking Station, you may want to consider volunteering with us. Your contribution here would not go unnoticed!

Get in touch to discuss how we can best meet your needs: simply call 020 8560 6082.

Thank you for your interest in Docking Station, enjoy your visit!

Hands-on Archaeology at Gunnersbury Park Museum!

Having recently hosted an exciting and inspiring project centered around Hounslow’s archaeological past at Docking Station, our friends from The Museum of London are planning a wonderful event at Gunnersbury Park Museum this Sunday, 22nd July, taking place from 11am ’til 4.30pm.

The event will give you the opportunity to meet archaeologists and see local finds from the Museum of London and the Gunnersbury collections.

There will be hands-in activities and lots of fun! Including the chance to bring history to life by dressing ass a Roman legionnaire or Queen Boudicca, handle 2000-year-old artefacts, join in the quiz trail and see what archaeological finds you can dig up in sandpits!

More details for this event and many other local Museum of London goings on are available at – http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/London-Wall/Whats-on/Adult-events/Archaeologyevents.htm

Vacancy – Project Manager (p/t)

Six month fixed term contract.

Reporting to: Company secretary or Chair, Board of Directors – tbc

Job Description

The post comes with a lot of responsibility and requires hard work and dedication as the post-holder will be overseeing on a part-time basis (one day a week) an operation that is active to different degrees 7 days a week.  They will have one part-time staff member reporting to them, as well as a team of volunteers, and the back-up of a board of trustees and company secretary (all of whom are volunteers).

The Project Manager will need great organisational skills, excellent communication skills, the ability and knowledge to quickly problem solve, supervision skills and teamwork skills.  They also need to be able to rapidly build up a sound knowledge of the business’ product and service offer.

Background

At Docking Station we provide training and development opportunities by giving our volunteers the capabilities to offer our:

-          members tasty food and drink to enjoy in a comfortable and vibrant lounge and entertainment space.

-          members the opportunity to play the latest video games, go online, and drop in to listen to new music talent from our local area.

-          members serviced office space in which to non-profits and micro-enterprises can connect, work and innovate.

-          customers a space to celebrate events from kids parties to corporate launches.

-          other non-profit partners a platform for innovation: from running chess clubs, to pop-up shops, to a stage for new music talent.

In short, Docking Station is evolving into a 21st century community hub.

 

Responsibilities

The Project Manager’s activities will include:

Activity Hours per week
  • Management – Make day-to-day decisions in the business directing staff and volunteers towards common objectives and goals.  1:1s with staff and volunteers. To be successful you must have the ability to get staff motivated and have good social skills.

 

  • Finance and book-keeping oversight – Raising invoices out – and approving invoices that come in for the book-keeper to process and add to the payment run. Monitoring the financial performance of the   business performance (monthly management accounts) with support from the Docking Station’s accountant/ bookkeeper, as well as Trustees/ Company Secretary. Determining the correct amount to charge for products and services.

 

  • Customer   feedback – Greeting and talking with customers, getting feedback regarding products and services – and handling any complaints appropriately.

 

  • Human   resources – Train, schedule and motivate staff and volunteers for all work shifts – liaising closely with Hounslow Volunteer Centre. Assigning tasks to staff and volunteers and ensuring all required duties and responsibilities are   performed seamlessly for each work shift. Recruit positions at the right time with people that are right for the positions. This involves determining   staffing requirements, reviewing job descriptions and then recruiting and interviewing people for the position.

 

  • Training – Support Docking Station’s voluntary sector capacity programme, ensuring that all volunteers receive the essential   training that their job requires, such as Site Inductions and Level 2 Food hygiene.

 

  • Sales   and marketing – Drive sales and increase revenues on or ahead of agreed daily, weekly or monthly revenue targets. This will demand motivating staff to increase sales and ensuring excellent customer service is provided.  Advertise and market Docking Station and serviced office space, planning new campaigns to attract   customers and constantly expanding the client base.

 

  • Regulatory   compliance – Set the organisation’s policies and standards for performance, ensuring regulatory compliance (Health & Safety in relation to Fire and Food Hygiene).

 

  •   Purchasing – Ensure the proper types and amounts of supplies are ordered and stocked to maintain appropriate inventory levels (managed day to day by direct report). This includes communicating to staff regarding any new products or services being offered and meeting with salespeople and suppliers to identify new products and ensure good value supplies.
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Education and qualifications

  • Essential – English, Maths and IT capabilities to Level 2.
  • Desirable – A-levels (or their equivalents) and/or qualifications in hospitality, catering (including food hygiene) or business administration.

 

Skills

  • Sound organisational skills with an ability to handle multiple priorities and problem solve
  • Strong leadership and motivational skills with an ability to supervise and create a positive team-working environment – particularly working with volunteers
  • Financial management and marketing skills
  • Intermediate IT skills suitable for the maintenance of financial and management reports – familiarity with Sage, as well Microsoft Office, would be ideal.
  • Excellent customer service – Ability to be polite and friendly throughout your direct contact with the public on a daily basis.

 

Salary

Full time salary £25k/annum – prorated to one day a week

28 days holiday per annum (including bank holidays) – pro rated

Docking Station is an equal opportunities employer.

 

Applications

Apply to andrew.dakers@blueyonder.co.uk with cover letter and CV.  Deadline for applications close of business Wednesday 18 July 2012.  Interviews may be Friday 20 July 2012.

John Otway to play Docking Station

 

Docking Station’s next musical offering to Brentford High Street comes in the form of John Otway, with special guest Graeme Douglas. The event is brought to Docking Station by Helen Martin Productions next Friday, 30th March, with doors opening at 7.30pm.

From early hit “Cor Baby That’s Really Free” to the follow up hit “Bunsen Burner” some 25 years later Otway’s entire career is a stunningly original work of performance art in its own right. Expect ill-judged on-stage acrobatics, theramins and the stupidity of a great genius. Extra special guest is Graeme Douglas who is the songwriter, musician and arranger jointly responsible for such classics as “Do Anything You Wanna Do”, “Power and the Glory”, “Quit this Town”, “Ugly Guys”, “Tour de Force”, “Little does she know” and many, many more from the Eddie and the Hot Rods’ and the Kursaal Flyers’ songbooks.

Advance tickets are available for £10 (£12 on the door) and a sample of the music on offer can be found at John Otway’s Myspace music page.

Helen Martin Productions can be contacted through Twitter (@HelenMevents) for enquiries.

“The Bees Café” launches at Docking Station

In a unique partnership between Brentford Football Club, The Bridge (Developing People) Ltd and Docking Station, Brentford’s high street hub is to host “The Bees Café” every Thursday from 9am – 6pm.  The project has been supported by display signage specialist Octink, Hounslow Education Business Partnership and Chiswick Community School.

The Bees Café is a not-for-profit initiative allowing the people of Brentford to connect with their Football League club like never before. Through this initiative, young unemployed people who will staff the café will gain crucial skills and experience to better prepare them for work in hospitality and retail. As a ‘pop-up’ café, it will fit within Docking Station’s already extensive events programme that includes yoga, live music and Brentford Toy Library’s pop-up shop.

The café will act as a hub for people of all ages to immerse themselves in the proud history of Brentford Football Club. For people who have never experienced football as much as die-hard Brentford supporters; all are welcome to meet staff and players, enjoy freshly prepared food and drink, relive classic Brentford matches or create a piece of their own history by playing football video games on Xbox 360.

Brentford Football Club Chief Executive Mark Devlin said of the project:

“The Bees Café continues to put Brentford FC at the heart of the local community and we hope will also contribute to energising Brentford High Street.

“The Bees Café will help train young people and get them into work in these tough economic times, whilst offering our supporters and the wider public a great new venue to socialise and immerse themselves in Brentford FC’s proud history both on the pitch and in the community.”

Docking Station, now entering its second year as a community hub for Brentford, is an organisation comprised of almost entirely voluntary staff, something which Project Manager and Brentford fan Andrew Dakers is keen to stress:

“It’s through the sheer dedication of our volunteer team that this project is now in a position to launch. We’ve been working closely with our partners at Brentford FC, Octink and The Bridge since the project was conceived almost seven months ago and I’m immensely proud of the tenacity shown by all parties to deliver this new community café.”

Designing the look and feel of The Bees Café, local display specialist Octink worked with students from Chiswick Community School to create an environment both welcoming to customers and practical. Will Tyler, Chief Executive of Octink, said:

At Octink we continue to embrace innovative community projects through our Corporate Social Responsibility programme.  Our work in the community is central to Octink’s values.

“We were really impressed by the ideas that emerged in just a week from the Chiswick Community School product design studentsA number of these ideas have made it through to the final fit-out design.

The café will be staffed by trainees who are currently unemployed and striving for a career within the hospitality sector.  Marcia Wootton, Managing Director of The Bridge (Developing People) Ltd, who will operate the café said of the partnership:

“We already provide our trainees with exposure to professional catering in a number of environments, but this will be an experience unlike anything they’ve ever been a part of. To be involved in this brand-new concept for Brentford FC and Docking Station is very exciting.

“I would encourage everyone out there, football supporter or not, to see our trainees in action and enjoy the food and drink that they have spent weeks perfecting – especially our much loved ‘Bees Burger’ that went down a storm in taste testing.”

All surplus monies made through the Café will be reinvested in training and development of its staff.

Employment law workshop at 108 HIGH ST

The last of the FREE workshops for Brentford Businesses will take place at 108 HIGH ST on 8th March. The topic being: “Managing your employees effectively and in compliance with the law.”

A positive employer/employee relationship is always very productive and beneficial for both parties. However, there are a number of regulations and practices that need to be observed and complied with in order to ensure that the relationship is kept at an optimum level.

What you will learn:

  • How to handle sickness absences and other types of absences
  • What are the minimum legal holiday entitlements per year and how to manage them
  • What are the maximum working hours per week and what to do if these exceed limits on a regular basis
  • How to handle maternity and paternity rights
  • Dealing with underperformers or those that show behavioural problems at work
  • Handling employee complaints
  • Understand the different types of terminations of employment and how to handle them

Benefits:

  • Set a productive and positive working environment
  • Manage your employment relationships with confidence
  • Know when to take action and how to go about it

An advance delivery of the workshop is being held on 1st March at The Civic Centre in Lampton Road, Hounslow (Room 3, Ground Floor) for those who wish to attend.

Bookings for both workshops can be made by calling: 0845 330 9105 or via e-mail at admin@hounslowforbusiness.info

Both workshops will begin at 6pm prompt and will conclude by 8pm – light refreshments will be available.

Coming to Docking Station this Saturday…

UNDETECTABLE! plus support acts.

This Saturday – doors open 7pm

Licenced bar

£5 entry

All are welcome

Hounslow for Business customer care workshop at 108 HIGH ST – 31st January

The next instalment of workshops for Brentford Businesses facilitated by Hounslow for Business is due to take place at 108 HIGH ST on Tuesday 31st January at 6PM. ‘Nurture the customer-grow the profits’ is the second in a series of highly-focused, interactive workshops which are FREE to attend.

Attendees can expect to:

• Have a better understanding of how to define your specific customers´ needs and what is common to all customers and which are the features of your specific market group or groups

• Identify what you do well and what you could do better

• Raised awareness of how good customer care could improve your profitability

• Understanding of how the smaller enterprise can offer more to customers

The workshop is part of a wider business support programme for Brentford with further workshops to follow in the coming weeks.

Phil Martin album launch – 27th January at Docking Station

This Friday from 7pm, Docking Station is pleased to host Phil Martin as he launches his debut album “Before We Go To Paradise” in an event presented by Helen Martin Productions.

Before We Go To Paradise presents a selection of Phil’s own original songs, alongside the words of some of England’s greatest poets – Shakespeare, Coleridge, Hopkins, Blake – recast and reimagined against the emotive, occasionally quirky, background of Phil’s original music. Phil has set out to deliver a quintessentially English album dwelling on spirituality, resignation and humour in the modern world.

Having served time on the 80s and 90s indie-folk scene with Dr Millar & The Cute Hoors and The Shanakies (Blur’s support band of choice for the Parklife Tour), Phil has latterly been found among the ranks of Vic Godard & The Subway Sect, Jowe Head & The Demi-Monde, The Bitter Springs and The Men They Couldn’t Hang. Influenced as much by Jake Thackray as Marc Bolan, Phil Martin is – in the truest sense – both languid balladeer and punk demagogue.

Having hosted a number of events by Helen Martin Productions previously, Docking Station is proud to be able to act as a platform for Phil to launch his musical stylings to the masses.  It is anticipated that this will be another night to remember as live music once again comes to the heart of Brentford High Street.

Guest passes are expected to be in great demand for this event; so to secure your place for what is sure to be a melodious evening, please RSVP info@helenmartinproductions.com as soon as possible.

Jelly Week 2012 kicks off at 108 HIGH ST


 

Jelly Week 2012 has today commenced around the world and 108 HIGH ST has kicked off its involvement with the Seeds of Growth roundtable discussion. Local business people attended, along with representatives from Hounslow for business & Cultivate London, to discuss new and interesting ways to improve their business. Docking Station Company Secretary Andrew Dakers said of the launch: “Jelly Week got off to a fine start this morning. Discussions focussed particularly on e-commerce and IT structure. Great fun was had potting oregano with Cultivate London”

Following the discussion, Cultivate London kindly supplied seedling herbs for attendees to take away as a symbol of their ideas growing. Now, with one event complete, attentions at 108 HIGH ST turn to our Open House with Brentford Chamber. Anyone wishing to be a part of our second “jelly” can join us from 6pm tomorrow. More details for the remainder of our Jelly Week programme can be found at our dedicated page.

Jelly Week 2012 at 108 HIGH ST

Commencing on Monday 16th January, 108 HIGH ST will be taking part in the worldwide initiative known as Jelly Week.

A ‘Jelly’ is an informal co-working event where a group of independent workers can gather anywhere to work together. Jellies require no membership, cost nothing, and take place in a variety of locations. Find out more at the official Jelly Week 2012 website.

Here at 108 HIGH ST we will be putting on a number of free to attend events to inspire and promote the benefits of co-working. A taste of the events you can expect includes seeds of growth where you can plant your own seed of inspiration over roundtable discussion; discover the benefits of QR coding to reduce customer barriers; or enjoy a creative brainstorming session to the serene sounds of Brentford based musical artist Andrea Black.

If this gets your creative juices flowing and you want to be a part of these exciting events, check out the Jelly Week 2012 schedule at 108 HIGH ST.  Spread the word and be a part of Jelly Week 2012!