By David Alberto

Despite it being in the middle of the school holidays, there seems to be a lot going on at Avanta this summer which was highlighted by us booking in a record number of viewings only a couple of weeks ago. Our brand new direct sales team broke all company records by receiving almost 300 serviced office enquiries and then booking in 84 new client viewings in just one week. The City of London is proving to the most popular location, closely followed by London Victoria and Manchester. It is a staggering achievement and no mean feat for the end of July and I believe it’s a sign that, in these uncertain times, business has barely paused for breath this summer.

We have also recently launched a ‘Refer a friend and get rewarded’ programme. The aim of this scheme is to reward anyone who refers someone looking for either serviced office space or meeting rooms at any of our 19 UK business centres. We know how important word of mouth is when it comes to spreading the word, and we’re so confident in our great product and service that we want to encourage it as much as possible. If someone referred rents office space from us, then the referrer will receive up to £250 worth of House of Fraser, John Lewis or Selfridges vouchers. If someone books a meeting room, then the referrer receives meeting room vouchers, redeemable at any Avanta centre. For more information, please visit www.avanta.co.uk/refer-a-friend

I am also delighted to announce that work at our newest business centre, One Fetter Lane, is progressing at such a pace that we have just opened a show office. We have received a high level of enquiries for the building, which is located on the corner of Fetter Lane and Fleet Street, and have carried out a number of viewings already.

Fetter Lane will be the first building that we have opened in 2010. It’s a 19,000 sq ft building which will provide high quality serviced offices, a range of meeting rooms as well a fantastic virtual office address. Its completion will bring the number of Avanta business centres in London to 14 and increase its overall portfolio in the UK to 19 centres.

We’re delighted to be part of Fresh Business Thinking Live! and are looking forward to the event on Wednesday 08 September. With the SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) market making up around 80% of our client base, and being an SME ourself, we understand what small and medium sized companies need in order to become successful. Our aim is to give our clients more than just the four walls of their office so that when they move to Avanta they can hit the ground running and focus on running their core business, not their office.

We know that the day will be incredibly helpful to everyone attending; please do come and visit our team on stand 36 and see how Avanta can benefit your business.