Birmingham Businesses Bigger in 2011
The amount of physical space taken in Birmingham has increased by 85%.
Based on the average prices (January-September 2010 vs. 2011) recorded by officebroker.com, the UKΓÇÖs leading independent online office search & consultancy service, it would appear that businesses entering serviced offices during this nine month period were paying on average ┬ú74 per month less than during the same period of 2010.
Despite knee-jerk assumptions that these lower prices are the result of price led competition amongst providers, additional data from the office search specialist could suggest otherwise.
According to the City Focus: Birmingham Q3 2011, a quarterly publication which tracks the trends and changes across the CityΓÇÖs serviced office market, the lower prices could have been the result of higher volume deals being completed by local office providers.
While in 2010 businesses entering flexible office space were presented as having a requirement of just over 3 workstations each, in 2011 the average amount of office space required had more than doubled to nearly 7 workstations.
ΓÇ£Larger occupiers will result in lower rates being negotiated with providersΓÇ¥ explained Chris Meredith, Head of UK Sales at officebroker.com.
Mr Meredith continued by explaining that: ΓÇ£Larger businesses with larger requirements, which were largely absent in 2010, would appear to have had an impact on the pricing levels being recorded across the city centre.ΓÇ¥
ΓÇ£And while the individual number of firms moving into serviced space has fallen, the amount of physical space taken has increased by 85%.ΓÇ¥
Looking forward to the remainder of 2011, the period of September ΓÇô December historically delivers an upturn in both enquiries and the number of businesses moving into BirminghamΓÇÖs serviced offices after a summer slowdown.
Shown in the year-on-year data contained within the report, this potential increase could lead to higher prices as supply begins to come under greater pressure.
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