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What are the workspace options available for new and small business owners?

Posted by admin on December 27, 2013 at 9:54 am. Filed under: office space

If you’re a new business owner you’ll already have had to make lots of decisions to get your venture off the ground. If your business is still in its infancy, or still in the planning stages, then one such decision that you’ll need to make is that of the dedicated workspace.

Many new businesses are small in size and have financial limitations to match. The current economic climate has put an increased amount of pressure on start-ups, making every decision an important one – and that certainly includes where you operate your business from.

If your business requires an office, you’ll need to think about what you need from your office space in order to ensure that your business is given every chance to succeed. There are a number of office options for small businesses, which include:

1- The home office
If you are running on a very tight budget then working from home can be a great solution – in fact many flourishing businesses began life on the kitchen table! To operate without restriction from home you’ll need to be comfortable conducting your business with just a computer, a phone and an Internet connection.

2 – The virtual office
The next step up is to take your home office set up and give it a little upgrade using a few innovations. You already may be using voicemail, video conferencing software and a laptop to enable you to conduct meetings away from your home. But there are other upgrades available that could help your business with regards to its professional appearance. These include a remote receptionist and a mail-receiving agency.

3 – The workstation
Your business may currently be suitable to be run from home but your home may not be a suitable place for your business! Perhaps you have young children at home during the day or just lack the space for a dedicated office within your house? A possible solution could be to rent a workstation in an existing office, where your weekly or monthly payment should include phone and Internet costs, and potentially other services too. This could be a good option while you consider taking on a rented office space.

4 – The serviced office
If your business is more than a one-man operation then it’s likely that you’ll need to look for an office space to rent. However, the idea of renting an office and equipping it with furniture, computers and other necessities can be daunting. Perhaps you just aren’t comfortable signing a long-term contract with you business still in its early stages?

The solution is to look for serviced offices within an existing business centre. A serviced office comes fully fitted and furnished and you won’t have to worry about business rates and energy bills or the security or cleaning of the office. Business services, such as receptionists, broadband and telephone, meeting rooms and video conferencing will also be available. Another other significant advantage of serviced or managed offices is that you’ll often be able to sign a short-term lease initially, rather than needing to commit to several years from the outset.


Ideas for creating a productive and appealing office environment

Posted by admin on December 20, 2013 at 9:45 am. Filed under: serviced offices

You may have already decided that serviced offices are right for your business. Perhaps you’ve even tied down the location. But once you’ve found your office space, how can you maximize it to best serve your business?

Creating a productive and pleasant working environment is essential to the success of any business. After all, you and your colleagues are likely to be spending a great deal of time between those four walls, so making it a great place to work is very important.

There are many factors to consider and the balance of elements that go into the making of a great office environment is somewhat subjective. Certainly, the nature of your business will dictate to some degree how your office looks and operates, as will the number of staff you employ. But what follows are a few general points to consider when setting up your new serviced office.

A reflection of your business
Your office space should be an extension of your business, helping to reflect your identity to both staff and visitors. Again, the nature of your business will guide you – if you were working within the creative industries for example it would make sense for your office to reflect your creative flair and interest in design.

Room to breathe
Creating a comfortable work environment means giving your staff ample space to do their job. This means creating a layout and desk configuration that offers privacy when needed, but also ensures that people don’t feel isolated from their colleagues and instead remain connected. One of the many benefits of serviced offices is that they often come fully furnished, but look for workstations that can be moved to suit your needs.

Are you sitting comfortably?
A well-positioned desk in a well-considered workspace needs a high quality chair to match. Back pain and related issues are a serious problem for many office workers. If your staff spend long hours at their desks, their lives and as a result the quality of their work, will be greatly improved with the aid of an appropriate chair. Make sure that you’re happy with the quality of the chairs provided in your serviced office.

Keep it flexible
It’s also a good idea to create a workspace that can be easily reconfigured to accommodate changes in your business. These could be permanent changes such as new staff members but also temporary ones, for example creating a designated work area for a specific project.

Creature comforts
If you get it right, your office will be a great place to work, helping to improve productivity and inspire you and your staff to great things. Think about maximizing the amount of natural light in the office. Use plants to add some colour. Provide bowls of fruit and drinking water. Perhaps install an espresso machine? Little details can make all the difference.

Keep it clean
A clean office is paramount to a productive working environment, keeping it free of dust and germs that can lead to illness. It’s also vital that your office is presentable to visitors and potential clients. A clean office is a reflection of you and your business and helps significantly in making a good impression on all those who set foot in your working space. Another advantage of serviced offices is that commercial cleaning will be included as part of your monthly payment.


Are industry-specific managed offices better for business?

Posted by admin on December 10, 2013 at 9:36 am. Filed under: business centres

Start-up businesses often struggle with one problem that perhaps they didn’t think about when they came up with their ‘big idea’ – business isolation. The reason that many small businesses are choosing to locate in managed offices isn’t just for the plethora of logistical advantages, but also to ensure that they don’t end up feeling isolated through a lack of human contact, which can be a problem for home-based entrepreneurs. That isolation can quickly drain the enthusiasm out of a businessman or woman, resulting in the failure of the enterprise.

But taking the idea a step further, it now seems that industry-specific office space for start-ups is really starting to take hold, spurred on by the success of Manchester’s creative hub, MediaCityUK. Alongside such luminaries as the BBC and ITV, it’s also home to a raft of creative types, ranging from app developers (which represent a disproportionately high 12% of the businesses) and webmasters through to animators, PR and film and TV production. So does it pay to have your friends close, and your (business) enemies even closer?

Industry-centric managed offices

It seems so, and MediaCityUK is just one example of more industry-centric managed offices. Head out to Cambridgeshire and you’ll encounter the wonderfully named ‘Silicon Fen’, full to the rafters with technology companies pushing the boundaries of next generation computing.

What these industry-centric complexes represent is an opportunity for start-ups to network with their neighbours and learn from more established companies within the same environment. Monthly meetings and business clubs encourage this networking, and particularly for any creative industry involved in digital media, the opportunities are really too good to be missed.

Those involved in managed offices think that we’ll start to see a trend developing, where industry-centric complexes become even more popular than the more generic office spaces available at the moment. This could have a number of benefits, not only for the businesses who take up residence, but for the local economy too. Expect this trend to continue in 2014.


Ventia to open its thirteenth central London site in City of London

Posted by admin on December 3, 2013 at 4:49 pm. Filed under: offices to let,serviced offices

Twenty Eight Queen Street, due to open at the beginning of December, is not only Ventia’s thirteenth central London site since the company started three years ago, it is also Ventia’s third acquistion this year alone.

Situated in the heart of the City of London, Twenty Eight Queen Street, has excellent transports links with Mansion House, Cannon Street and Bank tube just a stone’s throw away. Whilst most serviced office space in the area is modern and and lacking in character, Queen Street is rare find offering quite the opposite.

The two imposing Georgian Grade II listed buildings, part of the Queen Street Conservation Area, are connected by an impressive central staircase and retains many of its period features. The spacious 6,401 square feet includes basement, lower ground, ground and three upper floors spread across the two buildings providing office and ancillary accommodation.

The site has been restored and refurbished to the highest standard throughout, with carefully thought-through interiors that compliment the original Georgian style of the property. As with all Ventia offices, Queen Street is unbranded and fully-furnished, offering a bespoke space which can be tailored to meet individual business needs.

Director, Dan Wheble comments, ‘The City of London is an exciting area to be, and Twenty Eight Queen Street follows suit in Ventia’s desire to find and restore period buildings into serviced office space. It provides a great mix of character with new facilities and stylish interiors. This latest addition to our ever-expanding portfolio offers something very different to a prospective client.’

Will Kinnear of Green Kinnear acted on behalf of Ventia, its third transaction for Ventia this year. A 10 year lease was secured with a break option at five years, a cost of £23.00 per square foot rent, with nine months rent free.

Will Kinnear comments, ” The acquisition of 27-28 Queen Street brings up our hat trick of deals done on behalf of Ventia. We were able to find and negotiate a swift deal with the Landlord at this landmark building which provides quality period office space in the heart of the City of London.”

Clients at all of Ventia’s new properties receive high-speed broadband as standard, with industry-beating IT and telecoms packages provided by VTSL. This is alongside a dedicated on-site team who act as company receptionists, assisting with the day-to-day running of an office.

28 Queen Street