officebroker.com Blog: August Round-Up
Catch up on all the latest goings-on throughout the serviced office industry with our August news round-up…
Business Centre of the Month… Our August award went to Lester House Business Centre in Bury for their excellent customer service, supportive business environment and superb interior fit-out. The centre has only been open for six months and already it is 100% full, with the next phase ready for completion in December.
Birthday news… It was birthday central at officebroker.com in August, with plenty of wonderful cakes doing the rounds and even a special visit (or two) from our resident beast, The Bear, who dropped in to sample the birthday cakes on offer from Chris Meredith (Head of UK Sales) and our MD Jim Venables. Our health and safety expert Iris definitely topped the cake charts with a fantastic array of homemade delicacies.
Office provider news… As ever our news inbox has been swamped these past few weeks with exciting developments, new appointments and charity fundraising stories.
The Beehive, an airport terminal-turned-business centre in Gatwick, received an Aeronautical Heritage Award for the building’s fascinating history; MWB announced the expansion of their corporate team, and Basepoint reported a healthy improvement in turnover from SMEs based within their buildings.
There was plenty of good news on the occupancy side of things, including i2 Office‘s new Leeds business centre which opened recently with an impressive 22% occupancy. Also in Leeds, another property on Kirkstall Road reached the 70% level while a popular building in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, had a record month recently with fourteen company relocations – equating to a move nearly every two days.
In charity news, as ever the serviced office sector has been busy fundraising and coming up with ever new ideas of drawing in the cash for much-needed causes. Basepoint’s Hampshire based teams have clubbed together to support Smile, a local charity that provides help to families with disabled children and young adults, while Avanta once again made headlines in aid of children’s charity Sparks.
Avanta MD David Alberto raised a whopping ┬ú9,000 by entering the gruelling, gritty and downright ridiculous Lakeland 100 Ultra Marathon – a 105-mile fell race which sees runners going at it for hours on end, often without sleep or rest. Sadly David suffered an injury en route which saw him retire early, but he already has his name down for next year’s event.
Finally, Derbyshire-based DBS Managed Offices reported their upcoming launch party for their newest client, me&dee – a charity that raises funds for days out and special memories for people with life-threatening illnesses. An online reservation form is available via our blog link.
New additions… August was a busy month with dozens of new buildings added to the officebroker.com portfolio. Among the new arrivals, we singled out two very interesting and historic properties to write about on our blog. The first is a 19th century former town hall in Leyton, which served as a town hall and wedding venue for years before it was renovated and transformed into a business centre.
We also welcomed a wonderful historic building in Upshire onto our books. The centre forms part of a Grade II listed property set in its own grounds which are part of the Upshire Conservation Area within Epping Forest – an area of ancient woodland and heath covering over 6,000 acres.
Features & analysis… Also featuring on our blog in August was the importance of taking a lunch break, a sideways look at the Olympics (and how to play along in the office), and a round-up of past winners from the popular TV programme, The Apprentice.
BCA petition… Finally, we helped to raise awareness of the BCA’s plight to gain 100,000 signatures on a petition to remove the Empty Property Rates threshold from ┬ú2600.00 and reinstate the ┬ú18000.00 threshold. Sign the petition here!
Catch up with all the other news and views from August and stay up to date with more news from the flexible office industry online at www.officebroker.com/blog.