A World of Possibilities at Petridish

by Insiders Dunedin

When Scotsmen John Ross & Robert Glendining built their warehouse in Stafford St for imported clothing and blankets in 1866, the gold rush was in full swing, and warehouses and bond stores were clustered around the nearby wharves. Easy access to Europe and Britain by sailing ship gave them a head start.

Nowadays Dunedin businesses, entrepreneurs and freelancers gain an edge over their competitors with gigabit ultrafast broadband. And when renting an office is unattractive or working from home is losing its appeal, Petridish shared office space in the refurbished Ross and Glendining building at 8 Stafford St in the city’s creative quarter, where gigabit UFB is part of the service, is an option.

Offering a range of possibilities from shared desk space through to a private office, and with a year’s contract available plus many extras including access to the boardroom, kitchen and lounge, it’s an attractive way to become part of a thriving community of high-tech startups and creative businesses. Also on offer at Petridish is a data room where more than a terabyte of data a day can be uploaded and sent to most places in the world. Plus the support, networking and cross-fertilisation of ideas in a coworking environment is a huge bonus.  

Cheaper rent, fast access to the world via the internet and a thriving community of high-tech businesses are part of what makes Dunedin special. As filmmaker Jason Lindsey, co-owner of Petridish with his wife Kate says, ‘Everyone who is working in the building says they’re unbelievably productive in here compared with working from home and every tenancy is from word of mouth. Knowing we’ve got that speed has allowed us to bid for work in the US. We love it here’.


Post submitted by Suzanne Middleton



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