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Blog Blog: June Round-Up Blog: June Round-Up

Catch up on all the serviced office news and views from June 2011. If you’ve got office or business news that you want to share, get in touch with the Marketing team on or 0870 112 3667 (opt 2).

Business Centre of the Month Award… June’s title was awarded to City Spirit St Pauls in Birmingham, an independent business centre operated by a professional on-site management team. Quality facilities, top-notch service and stacks of positive client feedback proved that City Spirit certainly ticked all the right boxes.

Features… Taking a sideways look at office life, we delved into a number of different issues surrounding the modern workplace. Firstly, we asked the question: ‘Is the office making us fat?‘ – before challenging a number of theories around how to create a happy office, the ergonomics or our workplace, and what happens at work when an office romance is in the air.

Business matters… Office romances and diets aside, June saw a number of business issues take to the fore, led by the hotly debated case surrounding HS2 (High Speed Two) – a proposed new rail route between London and Scotland, which plans to introduce new links for the West Midlands among other locations. As demonstrated by the sheer number of comments received in response to this blog post, public feeling both for and against the new line is strong – and the debate is only expected to intensify in the run-up to the conclusion of the public consultation on 29th July.

In other business news, we looked at the possible effects of the Olympics on London office space, challenged the worth of business networking, investigated the latest ‘business bling‘, and had a good chortle over some seriously cringe-worthy website URLs. It certainly pays to take a step back from time to time and look at your chosen website names with fresh eyes!

A Closer Look… Our ‘Closer Look’ series is a collection of case studies, that places a new building in the spotlight on a regular basis to illuminate the building’s history, how it came to be a business centre, and any weird or wonderful facts that we think make good reading. Last month saw Baskerville House (Birmingham) and The Gherkin (City of London) take centre stage. To nominate a building or to put forward your centre for our ‘Closer Look’ series, email Jo on

Provider news… If the blog is anything to go by, June was clearly a busy month for office providers all over the UK! To start with, Basepoint have been promoting local networking for their clients by holding regular events at their locations, while networking (of the social kind) was also a hot topic for Regus – who released data suggesting that over 40% of UK businesses are now using social media in order to win new business.

Airport House in Croydon appeared on our blog along with an overview of its fascinating history; Orega’s award-winning Beehive business centre had a well-deserved mention for continuing to impress clients, and Landmark made our headlines for their support of the Wimbledon College of Art.

In expansion news, Bruntwood are on the brink of opening a new floor of serviced space at their Old Hall Street location in the city centre, and i2 Office announced the appointment of Bobby Van Wyk at their brand new serviced office location in Leeds.

In addition, a newly opened centre on Melville Street in Edinburgh made headlines for its intriguing history. The property provided the backdrop for Richard Jobson’s film New Town Killers, and also appeared in Bollywood movie The Season of Love.

Conventional office news… Finally, we picked out the cream of the conventional news crop – most of which seems to be happening in London. The latest news included construction work resuming on the stalled Pinnacle tower in the City of London, St Katharine Docks selling for ┬ú156m, and news of planning permission secured for the City’s ┬ú350m London Wall scheme.

To find out more about these stories and to stay up to date with news and views from the serviced and conventional office industries, visit or connect with us on Twitter for a regular feed.

To see your news published on our blog, send your stories to or call Jo or Simon for more details on 0870 112 3667 (opt 2).

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