Fired by a conviction that working for a collective purpose was not only more effective, but better for the planet, and loads more fun and interesting, Bloqs was founded by a group of friends as an experiment, a test of the proposition that sharing a resource would yield exponentially more benefits to themselves and anyone who cared to join them.
In 2012, they transformed a scruffy industrial Enfield warehouse into a pay-as-you-go workshop, filling it with as many machines as they could beg steal or borrow for as many disciplines as possible, to share with whoever needed them.
Soon a community of professional makers grew around this new open access resource, to make, manufacture, and design, helping each other as they went.
A decade on the community continues to grow every year, and now over 700 companies use Bloqs for their fabrication needs. It is a hive of creativity and innovation, powering makers across the city, and driving millions of pounds through the Enfield economy.
Bloqs is now a centre for innovation in manufacturing, an education hub, and a cultural destination, a replicable model for communities to grow their own sustainable futures.