Broadband is the second service set up by individuals in a new home – only electricity is deemed more important. So why are many property developers and landlords still failing to ensure the quality and reliability of both broadband and mobile services in new buildings? In an era of ubiquitous mobile coverage, tenants are far from impressed to discover the use of modern insulation and tinted windows effectively blocks any mobile signal entering the building; whilst the lack of good broadband when speeds of 1Gb are now available, can only be blamed on poor planning.
After ‘location, location, location’ the phrase ‘the ripple effect’ is probably one of the most heard of expressions when it comes to making that crucial decision, where you should base yourself. And this decision is no less important for the commercial occupier than it is for the residential purchaser.
Posted on 19th May 2014 in Office Space & Management.
Governments, multinationals, SMEs – organisations worldwide are turning to remote working as a way to attract talent, retain it, and help their staff manage job and home-life more productively.
Sometimes it’s a response to specific events, like the recent London Underground strikes. More often, it’s a longer-term strategy.
It might surprise you to learn that one in every ten homes in the UK houses a business, with over 70% of new businesses in the UK now starting up at home. A recent study* by AXA Business Insurance and Enterprise Nation has revealed that people starting businesses from home are the new force in today’s economy.
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has recently reported that house prices are set to keep rising until 2020. The company is predicting that in London alone, the average house price will rise by 9.3% a year to £567,051 in 2020. In other areas such as the West Midlands, prices are expected to rise by 4.3% to £192,249 and in the North West by 3.2% to £165,133.
Posted on 14th May 2014 in Office Space & Management.
Are you one of the many self-employed people in the UK who works from their own home?
If so, then there’s good news for you: you’re entitled to include part of the running costs of your home in your accounts, which will save you some tax. But how do you work out exactly how much you can claim?
UK organisations now face a vast number of cloud options – private, public and hybrid, which is great if you know what to look for, but can spell disaster if you don’t. Izak Oosthuizen, consultant at Exec Sys, provides some expert advice on questions to ask a cloud provider to make the best choice – and avoid the pitfalls.
The well-known Environmental Management Standard (EMS) ISO 14001, which was first published in 1996 and revised in 2004, is undergoing a significant change to ensure it is fit for purpose for future environmental issues. Wolters Kluwer’s Croner Environmental Consultant, Mubin Chowdhury considers some of the key issues.
The pace of technological change in recent years has meant that we are now able to pick up emails anytime, anywhere. Andrew Christodoulou, author for Wolters Kluwer’s Croner-i Human Resources online product looks at some recent research into emails and stress.
David Saul, managing director for serviced office provider Business Environment looks at the upcoming flexible working laws and their implications for businesses
Since our earliest days, sound has helped us avoid predators and provided us with a depth of awareness about our surroundings that no other sense can match. However, it’s hard to argue that sound plays quite the same role in our lives that it once did — the buildings and structures that make up our cities and house us in our everyday lives are designed almost entirely using visual aesthetics, with sound coming in as an afterthought at best.
Posted on 30th April 2014 in Office Space & Management.