BCA criticises closure of EasyJet founderΓÇÖs Glasgow business centre
The Business Centre Association (BCA) has criticised the abrupt closure of a serviced office business centre in Glasgow, which was owned by EasyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou. Tenants were given just 10 days’ notice to find alternative workspace.
Business centres that are part of the BCA – the trade association body for UK business centres – are required to sign a code of conduct which actively demonstrates commitment to professional and ethical standards.
The code of conduct stipulates that office providers must follow 17 rules, including: “will at all times promote and maintain ethical standards of conduct, dealing fairly and honestly with their clients.”
The office in question, based on St Vincent Street, was owned and run by EasyOffice which is not a member of the BCA. As a result, the BCA has criticised the closure, and state that companies will experience better standards of conduct at its member locations throughout the UK.
At least 12 businesses are thought to be affected by the closure. Speaking to Scottish newspaper The Herald, business owner Neil Gilmour of NRG Technology said:
“We were given only 10 days’ notice to move, which is not acceptable. My firm was the first tenant here and I am not impressed at the way EasyOffice has handled its business. The reason I chose to rent from EasyOffice was not only the prime location but also the perceived security of being with such an established company.”
Jennifer Brooke, executive director of the BCA, says:
“We seek to give occupiers greater assurance that they will be treated fairly at our member locations through tight adherence to our code of conduct.
“Insufficient notice, as is the case in the EasyOffice scenario, would fall outside the framework of principles that we endeavour to adopt at all times. Any member that breached the code could be suspended and ultimately have their membership terminated.”
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