The Office Providers Talking Office Space and Flexible Workspace

The Office Providers

Talking all things flexible workspace and office space. Whether it be the office space market, the future of the workplace, hybrid working and other post-pandemic workplace solutions, new developments, popular office locations, new hotspots, office design, office tech and, most importantly, who has the best coffee! read less
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Spotlight on Liverpool Office Space Providers
Feb 3 2022
Spotlight on Liverpool Office Space Providers
Our Spotlight on Office Providers series offers an overview of flexible office providers and operators in a particular location. In each episode, we randomly select three flexible space companies from a location giving a brief history and an overview of their flexible workspace products. Today, the spotlight is focused on Liverpool and the randomly selected flex space brands are ABC Offices, Big Yellow and Biz Hub. The companies provide flexible workplace options in Aintree, Anfield and other areas in Liverpool. Information about all flexible office space providers in Liverpool, including their social media feeds which give information about their latest products and ongoing responses to Covid-19, can be found in our ‘Liverpool Flexible Office Directory’ which can be found by searching online. We mentioned our free guide to flexible workspace course on the podcast a couple of weeks ago. It provides an overview of the flexible office space market, explains the differences between flex space and rented office space, it defines various forms of flexible workspace such as private serviced offices and coworking spaces, and explains how flexible offices are priced. It also signposts other resources with further information about flexible office space. The free Guide to Flexible Office Space course is now also available on the Adobe Education Exchange platform and can be found here: https://edex.adobe.com/teaching-resources/009gN54lb Please note: Due to isolation restrictions, this episode was recorded in a home office so we apologise for any reduction in sound quality.
Spotlight on West End of London Office Space Providers
Jan 21 2022
Spotlight on West End of London Office Space Providers
Our Spotlight on Office Providers series offers an overview of flexible working space providers and office operators in a particular location. In each episode, we randomly select three flexible space companies from a location giving a brief history and an overview of their flexible space products. Today, the spotlight is focused on the West End of London and the randomly selected flex space brands are Beaumont, Pasley Tyler and Signature. The companies provide flexible workplace options throughout the West End including Aldwych, Bloomsbury, Covent Garden, Fitzrovia, Leicester Square, Marble Arch, Marylebone, Mayfair, Noho, Soho, St Giles, St James’s, The Strand and Trafalgar Square. Information about all flexible workspace providers in the West End of London, including their social media feeds which give information about their latest products and ongoing responses to Covid-19, can be found in our ‘West End Office Providers Directory’ which can be found by searching online. As mentioned in the episode, we have recently updated our app which provides a streamlined office search service from a phone. It provides instant access to details of all available workspaces in the West End as well as all other locations in London, the UK, Europe and globally. The app is completely free, as are the services accessed from it, and users can access the details of all flexible workspace options from all office providers so it includes details of on-demand workspaces, coworking desk spaces, touchdown working spaces as well as longer-term options such as private office suites and managed offices. The app is available for instant download from the link below: The Office Providers App: https://theofficeproviders.beezer.com/ Please note: This episode has been recorded in a home office and not in a studio so we apologise for any reduction in sound quality.
Spotlight on Dublin Flexible Space Providers
Jan 13 2022
Spotlight on Dublin Flexible Space Providers
Our Spotlight on Office Providers series offers an overview of flexible office providers and operators in a particular location. In each episode, we randomly select three flexible space companies from a location giving a brief history and an overview of their flexible workspace products. Today, the spotlight is focused on Dublin and the randomly selected flex space brands are Digital Office Centres, Element 78, and Whitefire. These flexible space companies provide workspace solutions in Dublin city centre and throughout County Dublin. Information about all flexible space providers in Dublin, including their social media feeds which give information about their latest products and ongoing responses to Covid-19, can be found in our ‘Dublin Office Space Directory’ which can be found by searching online. We have included a link to our recently published short course that we mention in the show. The one-hour long course is available on the Udemy platform and is completely free. It provides an overview of the flexible office space industry, it explains the differences between flexible offices and traditional office space options, it defines different forms of flexible space including serviced offices, managed offices and coworking spaces, it explains how flexible office space is priced and signposts resources for further research and learning. A Guide to Flexible Office Space: https://www.udemy.com/course/a-guide-to-flexible-office-space/ Please note: Due to local restrictions, this episode is being recorded in a home office and not in a studio so we apologise for any reduction in sound quality.
Spotlight on Office Providers in London
Oct 15 2021
Spotlight on Office Providers in London
This episode is our second that is focused on London and the randomly selected flex space brands are Business Cube, Co-Work and Curve. Our Spotlight on Office Providers series gives an overview of flexible office providers and operators in a particular location. In each episode, we randomly select three flexible space companies from a particular location giving a brief history and an overview of the flexible workspace products that they provide. Normally, we focus on an area or district of London, however, we do find that many of our enquiries are for London as a whole due to companies being somewhat flexible in their positioning and just requiring a business base in the UK capital. Particularly those seeking hybrid workplace solutions where they would like to maintain a London office presence. The companies that we have selected today have created flexible workplace options throughout London in locations including Angel, Borough, the City of London, East London, Greenwich, London Bridge, Midtown and Soho. The types of flexible spaces operated by these brands include private serviced offices, offices with managed facilities and have inclusive billing, offices that are available on flexible contracts, and coworking spaces options that include both dedicated and floating desk options. Information about all flexible office space providers in various districts within London, and their social media feeds which give information about their latest products and ongoing responses to Covid-19, can be found in our ‘London Flexible Office Providers Directory’ which can be found by searching online.
50th Episode! - Spotlight on Manchester Office Space and Flexible Workspace Providers
Oct 1 2021
50th Episode! - Spotlight on Manchester Office Space and Flexible Workspace Providers
This is our 50th episode which is quite hard to believe! After a delay in launching, we recorded our first episode at the end of February 2020 – just weeks before the magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic was to be fully recognised. In the following weeks, lockdowns began to be enforced in Europe, and the UK went into its first lockdown in the last week of March. Of course, this made having guests on the various episodes somewhat difficult! So, we carried on recording episodes in-house – often just a solo voice on an episode. We thank you for your support and for the feedback that we have received – it has been truly appreciated! We look forward to recording the next 50, and we hope that as lockdowns lift, we will be recording with more great guests! Our Spotlight on Office Providers series gives an overview of flexible office providers and operators in a particular location. In each episode, we randomly select three flexible space companies from a location giving a brief history and an overview of their flexible workspace products. This is our 2nd SOP episode for Manchester and, today, the randomly selected flex space brands are Flagship, The Offices and Workplace. The companies provide offices and workspace on flexible terms on Deansgate, King Street, the Northern Quarter, and Oxford Street near St Peter’s Square and not too far from the universities. The forms of workspaces operated by these companies include private serviced offices with all-inclusive billing, and coworking space options that include both dedicated or designated desk options and floating or hot desk arrangements. Many businesses in Manchester, as in the rest of the UK, are availing of these various forms of flexible working space options to incorporate into their hybrid or blended working models that facilitate remote flexible working practices. Information about all flexible office space providers in Manchester, including their social media feeds which give information about their latest products and ongoing responses to Covid-19, can be found in the Manchester section of our UK Office Space Providers Directory that can be found below: The Office Providers – United Kingdom This podcast episode has been recorded in a satellite office and not in a studio so we apologise for any reduction in sound quality.
Spotlight on Dublin Office Space and Flexible Workspace Providers
Sep 22 2021
Spotlight on Dublin Office Space and Flexible Workspace Providers
The Spotlight on Office Providers series offers an overview of flexible office space options in a particular location. In each episode, we randomly select three flexible space companies from a location and provide an overview of their flexible workspace products and the variety of choices available to occupiers. This is our second Dublin SOP episode and, today, the randomly selected flex space brands are Arrow Serviced Offices, Iconic Offices and Officepods. This particular group of operators collectively provide flexible workplace options throughout Dublin city centre and County Dublin in areas including Blackrock, D2, D8, Dalkey, Dun Laoghaire, Fitzwilliam Square, Montrose, St Stephen’s Green, Silicon Docks and Tallaght. The types of flexible workspaces operated by these brands include private serviced offices, office spaces that are managed and have all-inclusive billing, offices that are available on flexible contracts, and coworking spaces options that include both dedicated or designated desk options and floating or hot desks. Many businesses, particularly in post-pandemic times, are availing of these various forms of business space to incorporate into their hybrid working models that facilitate remote flexible working teams. We hope that this brief overview is useful and if we can provide any further assistance, please do get in touch and we will be happy to help. Information about all flexible office space companies in Dublin can be found in our ‘Dublin Office Providers Directory’ which can be found by searching online.
Spotlight on Kensington Office Space and Flexible Workspace Providers
Jul 19 2021
Spotlight on Kensington Office Space and Flexible Workspace Providers
Our Spotlight on Office Providers series gives an overview of flexible office providers and operators in a particular location. In each episode, we randomly select three flexible space companies from a location giving a brief history and an overview of their flexible workspace products. Today, the spotlight is focused on Kensington and the randomly selected flex space brands are Kensington Office Group, Pavilion Offices and The Argyll Club. The companies provide flexible workplace options throughout the West London district in locations including Allen Street, Fulham Road, Holland Street, Kensington Church Street, Kensington High Street and Sloane Avenue. As businesses evaluate their post-pandemic commercial real estate models and their use of the office, many are looking to continue with a proportion of their workforce working remotely from home. This will look different for every business and will vary depending on the age of the company, the age of the staff and management board, the sector, the space the company operates in within that sector, the technological requirements, privacy and security considerations, and many other factors. The utilisation of a blended approach to working is being seen as a popular option for some companies that have not fully committed to a full return to the office. With these hybrid workplace models, the companies operate with some of the staff working remotely in a WFH setting, some will work in the headquarters offices and some may work in various satellite locations – possibly in out-of-town business parks and other suburban settings. Companies that take this approach may be able to downsize their headquarter offices and make financial savings. For this reason, premium office space districts such as Kensington are becoming increasingly popular. The flexible offices in locations such as these are often well-equipped with banking-grade networking and telephony, and create working environments that are safe and inviting for employees and clients.  These are highly productive and efficient workspaces that are conducive to facilitating work that simply can’t be recreated in a homeworking environment. Many of the flex space options in Kensington are also equipped with shower and changing facilities, too, making it easier for occupiers to travel to the office by bike or foot and avoid public transport. Information about all flexible workspace providers in Kensington, including their social media feeds which give information about their latest products and ongoing responses to Covid-19, can be found in our ‘Kensington Flexible Office and Workspace Providers Directory’ which can be found by searching online. Note: Due to pandemic restrictions, these podcast episodes are being recorded outside of a studio so we apologise for any reduction in sound quality.
Can We Vaccinate Our Businesses, Too?
Jul 15 2021
Can We Vaccinate Our Businesses, Too?
This is an audio version of a blog post written and published by Managing Director, Mike Gardener, on 29th June 2021.  Apologies for the newsjacking-style title, however, the mainstream press has been running with clickbait headlines such as ‘the office is dead’ and ‘will we ever return to the office?’ and so on, since the Covid-19 pandemic triggered lockdowns in March 2020, so, we thought it was fair game. In our last post, we spoke about how businesses are once again examining how they can best make themselves recession-proof and how adding flexibility to office space occupancy agreements may make businesses less vulnerable in the future. Making office space agile, to us, feels like the case for the inoculation program but there will always be disagreement. We can see on every social media platform that there are disagreements over how various governments have dealt with the pandemic, how they have or have not supported businesses, how they have removed individual freedoms, how they are responsible for the hundreds of thousands of closed businesses, the millions that have had their roles made redundant and, of course, we have heard the arguments against vaccines. There have been grand sweeping statements about how businesses should be run in the future, and there is a large contingent that believes that we should now WFH completely and forever. The thing is, this just doesn’t work for every business, nor for every employee. Every business is different, even businesses within the same sector or market vary significantly, as do the individuals within those businesses. This is due to so many factors including the age of the company, the size, the location, the legacy, the management structure, and many other nuanced elements within each company’s business model canvas. Covid-19 did not invent working from home – businesses have known about it for decades. Many had experimented with it and many had already incorporated it into their operations models, however, others had decided it didn’t work for them, their clients nor their employees. The pandemic saw many things grow – online workouts gained millions of views, however, it didn’t mean that people wouldn’t prefer to get to the gym or do a group boot camp session in the park when they got the chance. Peloton saw its subscriber numbers more than double to 4.4 million between Q1 2020 and Q2 2021, yet, surely, cyclists would prefer to be out on the road or in the forests when the lockdowns eased. We all started baking bread and cooking at home – recipe kit companies such as Blue Apron and Hello Fresh saw numbers rise significantly (excuse the pun). Founder of UK-based Mindful Chef, Giles Humphries, advised of a 425% increase in orders in the first few months of the UK lockdowns. Yet this doesn’t mean that we won’t return to restaurants when the lockdowns lift. Online alcohol sales increased significantly as more people drank from home but surely we’d prefer to be in a bar or country pub when we can be. We know that eating and drinking out is more expensive and slower than partaking at home. But it’s a lot better, isn’t it? Businesses knew all about working from home, too. The companies of Silicon Valley have, collectively, spent billions on physical office space in the last decade. We’ve all looked on with envy, or curiosity, at least, at images and videos of the Google and Facebook offices with their meditation rooms, sleep pods, cafeterias that put Whole Foods to shame, slides, creches, gyms and so on. Apple, alone, spent $5bn on creating One Apple Park in Cupertino. Silicon Valley, collectively, did not accidentally forget that there was an internet that could facilitate a remote workforce. (The full blog post can be found on the link above)