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Blog Blog: May Round-Up Blog: May Round-Up

Our monthly blog round-up is back with a summary of the key serviced office news and views from May 2011.

Business Centre of the Month Award… In May we awarded our Business Centre of the Month Award to The Executive Centre’s Cardiff-based location, Temple Court, which is a former synagogue dating back to the 1800s.

In office provider news there was certainly plenty going on throughout the month of May. First off was the announcement of a new business centre in Latvia, which marks a brand new destination for the EMEA arm of The centre is located on Terbatas Street in the heart of the UNESCO-certified capital city, Riga.

We were inundated with exciting news of high demand and new placements, such as Basepoint’s announcement of early demand for its latest addition in Camberley which has just been officially opened following a full refurbishment.

Adding to this was news that the first clients have started moving in at Orega’s new Bristol centre, Anvic Developments have expanded with a new floor at Piccadilly House, and i2 Office have introduced a fifth location by acquiring space at Leeds’ acclaimed new office development, No 1 Leeds (pictured left).

We also blogged about a newly refurbished building near Liverpool – Anfield Business Centre – which has recently been listed on, and covered news of Business Environment’s fantastic recognition by Investors in People.

bca news… Another highlight in May was the 21st annual conference of the Business Centre Association (bca), which took place at the Hilton Hotel in Canary Wharf and was well-attended by industry representatives.

In news, our very own Simon Jones (Research & Project Manager) jetted off to New York for his 30th birthday treat, but couldn’t escape the fuss bestowed on him by his colleagues. Unfortunately for Simon, the ratio of women to men in the Marketing and Finance office leans very heavily towards the former, which resulted in Simon’s desk being smothered in an array of pink balloons, shiny confetti, multi-coloured streamers and a bright pink ’30’ badge. We enjoyed every minute of it – although the same couldn’t really be said for Simon…

Workstation prices… On a more serious note, our MD Jim Venables believes that Central London workstation prices should return to 2008 levels by the close of 2011, and confidently predicted that these peak prices will be exceeded during 2012.’s Central London Account Manager Jade Edwards received a ringing endorsement from Dean Withey – Managing Director of London Stone Trading Ltd – after she helped him find new premises for his expanding firm.

“Jade struck the perfect balance between sales, professionalism and rapport,” Dean said, commenting on the search process. “She went above and beyond what I believe her normal duty to your company would be to find me the space I required.”

Account Manager Daniel Mcleod shared the limelight with Jade for his work on finding a new office in Dartford for entry systems and security specialist, Doorentryonline Ltd. Managing Director of the company, Kev Rainsbury, said that he was pleasantly surprised with the help he received from Dan, resulting in an office that is “exactly what I was after”.

Jog on… Gareth Smith, who handles office space enquiries for Greater London, made our headlines in May for slightly different reasons.

He is set to join the locals of Sutton Coldfield and 6000 other runners this Sunday (5th June) in the annual Great Midlands Fun Run, to raise awareness for the rare cancer condition, Sarcoma. He hopes to complete the course and raise sponsorship money for the Sarcoma Trust, in memory of his friend Gemma Boland who tragically died from the condition in February.

You can help Gareth raise money for the Trust by donating online at Just Giving.

Good luck Gareth!

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