Virtual Office client’s testimonial

Virtual Office client’s testimonial

Virtual offices have been growing in popularity over the past few years and are a perfect stepping stone for businesses who want to portray a professional image but are not quite ready to take the leap to a physical office.

Peter at Smile Carpet Cleaning has now been using the BusinessLodge virtual office service for five years.

He says:

“I came to see Kate, the Managing Director at BusinessLodge Bury for a meeting and I could barely get a word in – not because of Kate, I hasten to add – but because my phone wouldn’t stop ringing!

As small business owners know, customer calls need to be answered immediately and the result was a very disrupted meeting.

Kate suggested that we could benefit from a Virtual Office with a call answering service and it was like a light bulb moment. We handed call management to BusinessLodge and we’ve never looked back.

Instead of our answering our customers on the go, when we never had our diaries to hand, the new service was professional, efficient and meant customers never had to leave a message on a voicemail.

This gave them a better customer experience and freed us up to concentrate on our day to day job.

Now we’ve grown our business we have our own office and admin staff, yet we still use BusinessLodge to ensure that every call is answered.

We’re extremely happy with the service we receive.

Thanks, BusinessLodge!”

Should I set up a virtual office?

Should I set up a virtual office?

Virtual offices have been rising in popularity for a number of years are a great way of testing the water for businesses who are not quite ready to make the leap to taking on a physical office space.

Over recent months, virtual offices have become a lifeline for businesses who are now home based yet still want to give the right first impression.

So, is a virtual office for you? Ask yourself:

  • Are you unsure if you need a permanent office but need a receptionist service?
  • Do you want a professional “shop front”
  • Are you a start up business and want to keep your costs down?
  • Do you want to test the water in a new location?
  • Do you work from home but still want to be part of a thriving business community?

If you can answer YES to any of the questions above, a virtual office could be for you.

If you are still wondering if you should set up a virtual office with BusinessLodge, think about how your business will benefit from:

Business address – A business address will enhance your professional image on your correspondence and marketing materials. Through our service, we will not only provide you with an address, we’ll sort and forward on your mail to you.

Call answering service-First impressions count – and that often starts with a phone call. Our fully trained receptionists can take care of your calls and add a touch of professionalism, answering with your company name and transferring them directly to you.

Call forwarding if you are not around: The telephone service can also include a call forwarding option and we’re able to  offer an additional app to enable the client to make or receive calls using their landline number provided by BusinessLodge – which is proving particularly popular at the moment.

In addition, we offer a full virtual office service which we can tailor to your specific requirements, including:

  • Office space on an ad-hoc basis
  • Co-working
  • Meeting room use
  • Mail forwarding
  • We can also offer a business Registered address for an extra cost per year if the client is taking a postal, telephone service or both.
Virtual office space – now is the time!

Virtual office space – now is the time!

There is no dispute that times are hard – particularly for businesses. Companies are having to cease trading, staff are being furloughed and many teams are separated due to homeworking.

Yet amongst all the uncertainty, there is a glimmer of hope.

Many people who have had a business idea bubbling along for some time have suddenly had time to sit back, take stock and let their creative juices flow. For many, it’s the time they have simply never had before– and  a whole new generation of entrepreneurs is emerging.

These ambitious people are using their time to plan, ready to launch their big ideas when normal life resumes.

Getting you started

It’s great to have an idea – but how do you get your business started?

At BusinessLodge this is something that we can help with, through our Virtual Office Services – and in recent weeks, we’ve seen a real increase in enquiries about the services we offer. We can assist if:

  • You don’t want a permanent office but need a receptionist service
  • You want to a professional “shop front”
  • You are a start up business and want to keep your costs down
  • You are testing the water in a new location
  • You want to be part of a thriving business community

Our virtual office service office everything you will need to get started with the right first impression and includes:

Business address – A business address will enhance your professional image on your correspondence and marketing materials. Through our service, we will not only provide you with an address, we’ll sort and forward on your mail to you.

Call answering service-First impressions count – and that often starts with a phone call. Our fully trained receptionists can take care of your calls and add a touch of professionalism, answering with your company name and transferring them directly to you.

The telephone service can also include a call forwarding option and we’re able to  offer an additional app to enable the client to make or receive calls using their landline number provided by BusinessLodge – which is proving particularly popular at the moment. 

In addition, we offer a full virtual office service which we can tailor to your specific requirements, including:

  • Office space on an ad-hoc basis
  • Co-working
  • Meeting room use
  • Mail forwarding
  • We can also offer a business Registered address for an extra cost per Annum if the client is taking a postal , telephone service or both.

And the best bit?

We can get you up and running straight away – so you don’t even need to wait for life to get back to “normal”.

If you’d like to talk through the options we can offer you and your new business venture, give us a call today or visit http://www.burybusinesslodge.co.uk/virtual-office-space/

Collaborative Co-Working

Collaborative Co-Working

The landscape of business has changed, and it’s looking more and more like it’s going to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

Back in March, we were devastated to see many of our fantastic clients pack up their things after being ordered to work from home – and then when they gradually started to return in June, we welcomed them back with open arms.

As the pandemic rumbles on, many businesses still have employees working from home. While this is, quite rightly, in line with government guidance, it can present an operational headache for managers.

As the North’s independent leading flex space provider with almost 20 years’ experience, BusinessLodge wanted to help the business community- after all we’re all in this together. Through in-depth discussions with organisations across Stoke and Bury, we’ve enhanced our services with a fantastic new offering …

Welcome to collaborative co-working.

Customer demand

In response to overwhelming demand, we’ve started to offer Covid-safe working space in both of our high spec business centres for businesses to rent out for the day – or even by the hour. Our new scheme offers companies and workers the opportunity to come together and work in a safe, professional business environment.

Our new service is already proving popular, and our space is being used for a variety of reasons:

Home-working fatigue

Homeworking has many benefits – but there are also the downsides. It can be lonely and isolating. It can be difficult to separate your work schedule from the day to day drudgery of family and household chores. It’s all too easy to nip away from the laptop to “just pop on a quick wash” or catch up on your paperwork.  In addition, the to-do list left by family can end up making greater demands on your time than you need.

From a practical perspective, well-designed workspaces are created to facilitate productivity. On an ongoing basis, working in the box room of your house at a battered old desk whilst sitting on a dilapidated kitchen chair just won’t do.

Team-work makes the dream work

While anything is possible, some businesses are built on employee collaboration. Skype, Zoom and Microsoft Teams has proved a lifeline over recent months, but it’s not the same as being in the same room as colleagues – albeit socially distanced. Our working space gives businesses the chance to get key team members in a safe environment, whenever they require it, working effectively and productively.

A professional business environment – short term.

Our collaborative workspaces provide a professional working environment, with everything you need from internet and conference facilities to the all-important refreshments. The beauty is that businesses can replicate the environment they have back in the office – short term.

What’s more, with 20 years experience in providing flexible office space, this is what we do best. Our share workspace can be utilised by a single employee or a whole team, from an office to a conference room – whatever works for you we will endeavour to meet your requirements. For more information, please give us a call on:

BusinessLodge Bury & Stoke: Tel: 0330 024 9299  Email: info@businesslodge.co.uk

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BusinessLodge see surge in new enquiries following Covid-19 pandemic

BusinessLodge see surge in new enquiries following Covid-19 pandemic

Leading business centre BusinessLodge has reported a surge in enquiries from businesses that are opting to move out of the city centre and relocate more locally.

The flex-space provider, with sites in Bury and Stoke, reports that in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, more and more organisations are rethinking their model, and relocation has become a crucial factor in strategic decision making.

Managing Director Kate Holt explains more:
“In the early days of the coronavirus crisis, we saw a surge in budding entrepreneurs setting up their own businesses and taking advantage of our Virtual Office facilities.
“More recently, we’ve had lots of interest from larger businesses who are based in City centres and are now looking to relocate closer to home, in centres like BusinessLodge.”

Kate believes that there are several factors that play a key role in businesses choosing to step away from city centre office blocks and relocate more locally – with travel being top of the list.
Many businesses traditionally choose offices based on their proximity to train stations and airports with public transport deemed a practical, economical and environmentally friendly way to travel.

Kate continues:
“Post-lockdown, public transport is no longer as appealing as it once was. We’ve all seen the images of packed buses and trains, where compulsory face coverings are now the norm – and quite understandably, people are reluctant to take this option unless it is absolutely avoidable. While driving remains an option, city centre parking can be upwards of £25 a day for those who want to use their car – which can amount to a whopping £2,500 a year.”

Another key factor in the shift towards local offices is the reduction in commuting time. By basing  the business closer to where employees live,  travel time is cut right down, freeing up several hours a week that people can use more effectively, from spending time with family and friends to working out in on-site gyms. The research shows that this results in a happier, more productive workforce.

In addition, keeping local affords more opportunities to walk and cycle to work, healthier for both people and the environment.

She says:
Times are uncertain, there is no doubt about that. Yet many businesses who are currently based in the city centre who are considering a move have their hands tied. This can be particularly difficult for organisations who have been forced to downsize their workforce over recent months. There is also the uncertainty of a relocation at this time and so a more flexible tenancy agreement can be extremely useful.”

BusinessLodge has an enviable reputation for providing top-end office facilities combined with exceptional customer service and a true community feel. It’s four unique buildings offer a development of high spec, contemporary serviced offices with a free gym, catering facilities and ample on-site car parking, and it easily accessible for commuters in both Stoke and Bury.

Kate Holts concludes:
“There’s no dispute that the world of work has changed beyond recognition over the past few months. Many businesses have suffered while others have thrived, and we are experiencing uncertainty like never before. At BusinessLodge, it’s at our very core to #lovewhereyouwork and as the current crisis unfold, we’re also finding that more and more businesses are choosing to #lovelocal – which is great news for Bury and Stoke and the local economy”.