officebroker.com Blog: October Round-Up
October Business Centre of the Month… October’s award-winner was Leigh House, a serviced office business centre located on the outskirts of Leeds within an attractive period property. The centre has clocked up some great feedback from its tenants, and impressed our MD with its supportive business environment.
Serviced Office Reviews… October saw the release of the third instalment of 2010’s Serviced Office Review series. The reports are fully researched and produced using officebroker.com’s stats of the UK serviced office market, and cover performance in all fields of the office process – including enquiry levels, placements, length of stay and average workstation price.
Central London, Greater London and the West Midlands were published by the close of October, with the remaining UK regions being rolled out this week.
Office Provider News… In October, Abbey Business Centres’ Glasgow office building set the scene for a new short film produced by Scottish digital and film agency 14C Studio, ‘Data Entry’.
We learnt that Serviced Office Group are set to expand their portfolio of 21 centres with the acquisition of Bourne Financial, and in keeping with the expansion theme, Garden Studios in London are currently adding space to their Covent Garden property by linking it with the adjoining building.
A serviced office building in Congleton, a former 1900s cigar manufacturing mill, is adapting to demand by launching shared space for start-up businesses. Operated by Magnus Limited, the property already offers flexible space for SMEs but has received numerous requests for shared space by the week, by day, and even by the hour. The option has only just been launched, but already the team are planning to expand the shared space onto another floor.
We also learned that Fort Dunlop (pictured), an enormous landmark building near Birmingham that is currently home to serviced office space, was presented with the 2010 Renaissance Award for its impressive renovation and redevelopment work.
ICON… In October, officebroker.com celebrated its first consultant to reach the challenging ICON status. Central London account manager Kirsty Lees smashed her targets to become the very first ICON – and has set the standard for a new level of performance within the team.
“I would have bet a serious amount of money on Kirsty being the first officebroker.com consultant to achieve the ICON status,” said Jim Venables, MD of officebroker.com. “She IS the barometer for success.”
Conventional office space news… Development of the Cheesegrater building – officially known as 122 Leadenhall – has once again come back to life thanks to a funding injection from Oxford Properties Group, with a planned completion date of early 2014. Similarly, work has also restarted on the Walkie Talkie tower – a top-heavy building at 20 Fenchurch Street that has been hampered by planning objections, fierce public refute and the recession.
Finally, Peel Holdings have submitted plans for their impressive ┬ú10bn Liverpool Waters scheme – an ambitious vision that is designed to create a world-class, high quality district in Central Liverpool.
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