Adopting an eco-friendly attitude is not just beneficial for your own energy bills and bank balance, it also helps to decrease your carbon footprint in the workplace. With highly influential celebrities such as Leonardo Di Caprio recently speaking out about how we need to change our approach to become more sustainable, it is not a surprise that it is now top of our agenda in all aspects of our lives.
The concept of a ‘green’ office can often seem a long way down the list of priorities when consumed by running a business. In a world ruled by profit margins and ROI, the idea of environmental awareness can feel woolly and unprofitable. However, the arguments for energy efficient, low carbon and environmentally friendly offices are numerous.
Posted on 13th October 2014 in Office Space & Management.
Sit–stand work — alternating between sitting and standing during task performance — has been proposed as an intervention to reduce chronic health disorders associated with prolonged sitting or standing, writes Croner author, Robert Stuthridge.
Owning a business property is a doddle, right? After all it’s only bricks and mortar and that can only be an asset surely? Yet, in the wrong hands, acquiring and owning a business property can be at best, a headache and at worst, an expensive nightmare. Let’s take a journey that outlines some of the roadblocks and potholes waiting for the unsuspecting…
Posted on 29th August 2014 in Office Space & Management.
Is your home also your office or is your office also your home? A survey by Direct Line for Business last year revealed that eight million people in the UK are operating as an online business from home. This covers a wide range of business models, basically everything from a techy start-up to a financial consultancy, or to someone selling hand-made bracelets on Etsy. One thing they all have in common is that, to be successful, they need to be managed seriously and efficiently.
Posted on 20th August 2014 in Office Space & Management.
With its continuing pessimism about the housing market, the press offers little reassurance to those looking to gain a foothold on the property ladder and secure their place by re-mortgaging. In this article, we assess the property market to see whether there is some positivity amidst the doom and gloom for freelancers and contractors.
Posted on 15th August 2014 in Office Space & Management.
Senior executives have waited almost a decade for the tide to turn and for fresh opportunities to achieve real business growth. Growth is great but it also brings its own challenges, such as expanding the operation to cope with increased demand.
Posted on 8th August 2014 in Office Space & Management.
When commercial property goes wrong the financial shocks can be devastating — and SMEs are particularly vulnerable. Yet investment in sound, professional advice is often mistaken for extravagance. Here I chart how a trusted advisor can help SMEs navigate the risks to enjoy the business benefits.
Posted on 28th July 2014 in Office Space & Management.
Relocating a business to new premises can present something of a headache. Keeping the business trading whilst orchestrating the move might seem like an insurmountable task. But with careful planning you can reduce downtime and be up and running again with minimal disruption.
Small business owners are always looking at ways of boosting productivity. As we know, pressure to do more with less frequently leaves business owners or employees feeling stretched, stressed and sometimes overwhelmed.
When you’re crammed sardine-like on a commuter train, heading for a 9am start in the office, working for yourself can seem pretty enticing. But it comes with its own pitfalls – especially when it comes to your working environment. Gabriela Hersham, co-founder and CEO of shared workspace Huckletree, talks us through her top tips for making working for yourself a breeze.
Security breaches are on the rise. Yet as security experts face ever more complex and challenging threats, is there a risk some of the basic components of IT security are being overlooked? As recent breaches have revealed, not only are many security experts guilty of focusing on the bright shiny new products while overlooking the more mundane evolutionary upgrades of traditional defences, but they are also failing to comply with the most robust global data security standard available, namely PCI DSS.]
Posted on 11th June 2014 in Office Space & Management.