Navigating the Future of Flex Space: Insights from the 2023 UK Market Report

Navigating the Future of Flex Space: Insights from the 2023 UK Market Report

Meeting Demand: Key Amenities

The report highlights the rising importance of amenities for workspace users. BusinessLodge Bury and Stoke excel in providing sought-after features like parking and 24-hour access, addressing our clients’ demands.

Furnished offices are a top priority, and BusinessLodge meets this need with contemporary serviced spaces, designed meticulously for the modern workforce.

Community-Driven Spaces

Emphasising a community-driven approach, BusinessLodge structures its buildings with communal spaces and unique features like a games room in Stoke and a cafe in Bury.

Client satisfaction is paramount. BusinessLodge has garnered many positive reviews, praising our friendly staff and vibrant community environment, reinforcing the report’s focus on service and brand differentiation.

Our Sustainability Commitment

Addressing the growing interest in sustainability, BusinessLodge integrates eco-friendly practices across its workspaces. The Green Champions program, led by individuals like Lee Arnold in Stoke and Polly, Esther, and Paul in Bury, fosters eco-consciousness.

Your Flex Space Partner

Our commitment to providing more than just an office aligns seamlessly with the insights from the UK market report. Choose BusinessLodge for a tailored, community-driven experience that anticipates and meets your evolving needs.

BusinessLodge Bury’s Triumph in Showcasing Local Artistic Talent

BusinessLodge Bury’s Triumph in Showcasing Local Artistic Talent

In a groundbreaking event on Tuesday, November 21st, BusinessLodge Bury, a leading office space provider transformed its premises into a vibrant display of art. With the support of Bury Art Collective and Bury Art Society, the occasion was more than an exhibition, it was a celebration of the artistic talent within the community.

An Immersive Event for All.

The exhibition unfolded as a captivatingly immersive experience within the BusinessLodge Bury offices. Stunning artwork, strategically placed, created an interactive journey for attendees. Beyond merely observing, visitors had the unique opportunity to engage with the artists, fostering connections between creators and the community. Complementary drinks added a delightful touch, elevating the atmosphere into a celebration of community and creativity.

A lineup of distinguished artists, including Nick Snape, Judy Turner, Roselle Aspinall, Sarah Golightly, Ranjana Rani, Dennis Markuss, Gill Pollitt, Lynn Cooper and Sarah Hill, showcased a diverse range of thought-provoking pieces. Each artwork told a unique story, contributing to the rich tapestry of Bury’s local art scene.

Art as a Catalyst for Well-Being and Community

The esteemed Mayor of Bury, Sandra Walmsley, graced the event with her presence, delivering an inspiring speech that emphasised the power of integrating art into unconventional spaces like offices. The Mayor also extended a heartfelt thank you to local artists and the entire BusinessLodge team, with a special mention for Lisa and Becky for their dedication to leading this project.

Mayor Walmsley’s speech underscored the power of art in enhancing the human experience. She emphasised how art serves as an outlet for local talent, fostering mental well-being, community cohesion and self-expression. The Mayor highlighted the positive impact of the project on the local economy, culture and overall well-being. A statement from the Mayor: “The important thing is that you appreciate the art for what you see and what you enjoy about it. We have tons of local artists in Bury, I know some of them here and we have done a few rounds of different exhibitions together, but I’m delighted that Bury BusinessLodge has taken this project up to nurture the local talent that we’ve got here in Bury for the betterment of the community with the support of the Bury art collective and bury art society.”

Our Commitment

As the exhibition concluded, BusinessLodge Bury affirmed its commitment to supporting the local arts community. BusinessLodge Bury would also like to thank everyone who attended the event and look forward to seeing you at future events.

Client Focus – First Fix Formwork Limited

Client Focus – First Fix Formwork Limited

Tell us who you are? First Fix Formwork Limited

Where did the name for the company come from? Formwork refers to the product produced by our designs, this is applied into concrete flooring usually at the first fix of the job, which is where first fix comes from.
What services or products do you offer? We design and sell steel formwork for concrete flooring in high rise buildings.

How many team members are currently employed – who are they and what do they do?

6 people currently Cathy, Managing director also takes control of the accounts and admin work while we are growing. JP, an outside consultant for First Fix, he is my right hand man and helps me through my first directorship. Alex, Design Consultant, Alex has worked in this industry for over 9 years, he is very knowledgeable on the products and the needs for this type of work. He is currently working on our tech and automation processing. Jack, CAD Draughtsperson, he liaises with customers and designs the formwork to the spec of the project engineer, creating production work to pass to our sub-contractors. Lakshan, CAD Draughtsperson, he quotes for the projects for our customers helping with designs. Steve, He is our delivery driver, he collects all our products from our sub-contractors and delivers to site. Starting in October is Gabriel, he is the Systems Manager, he will help implement and maintain a new CRM system moving onto marketing and website building.

What made you want to start your own business / or work for your company?

Saw a gap in the market where we have a lot of expertise.

Why was Trent House chosen as a location / how long have you been here?

We came here for a meeting with our accountant and really like the offices, we have been here now for 3 days.

Are you based in any other location?


Are you planning anything exciting in the near future… personal or business?

We are aiming to grow our business exponentially over a couple of years through the use of technology and AI.

What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?

That is a very good question, I have moved so quick in the last 2 years to get to where I am that I have had a lot of advice and a lot of it is great advice. What I can think at the top of my head is, it’s not that you make a mistake it is how you fix the mistake.

You’re on a team night out, where do you go?

Bowling, it is fun and inclusive, and all our team enjoy it.

Client Focus –  WTM

Client Focus – WTM

WTM Insulation are specialist thermal insulation contractor based in Greater Manchester and Liverpool. Our experience spans retail, healthcare, education, commercial and leisure projects.

Establishing close working relationships with clients large and small – including many leading UK brand names – we have built an enviable reputation for honesty, professionalism, readability and expert knowledge.

Our on-site teams of fully qualified thermal insulation engineers share our passion for excellent standards and a highly professional approach. We’ve built strong relationships with the industry’s leading manufacturers, enabling us to provide the very best tried-and-tested materials at heavily discounted prices. These include:

  • Mineral Fibre Insulation
  • Flexible and Rigid Foam Insulation
  • Nitrile Rubber Insulation
  • Ancillaries for Insulation
  • Fire Protection
  • Weatherproof Coverings

We fully understand the demands of the commercial contracts and can adapt our working practices to suit your unique requirements.

The duty of care for the health and safety of our people, customers and the public is of prime importance to us.

Our team are trained as follows:

  • Timed served Thermal Insulation Engineers
  • CSCS card *Construction Skills Certification Scheme)
  • SSSTS Certified Supervisors
  • PASMA card (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association)
  • IPAF card (International Powered Access Federation)
  • IOSH and Grad IOSH health and safety consultants
  • Asbestos awareness training (all employees)
  • Regular health and safety tool box talks carried our  by certified management

Some of our recent projects include:

  • Downtown Salford
  • Manchester Royal Infirmary, BMTU
  • Aintree Hospital
  • Manchester University, School of Digital Arts


Meet our fury friend

Meet Jake, a 7-year-old Border Collie who adores leisurely strolls and finds his greatest joy in playing around the backyard with the kids, whether it’s chasing a ball or a stick.

WTM doggy focus Jake

Exploring the Link Between Office Design and Productivity

Exploring the Link Between Office Design and Productivity


Believe it or not, your workplace’s design plays a pivotal role in shaping your team’s productivity. At a time where the average employee spends 36.4 hours a week at work (ONS, 2023), creating an inspiring workspace is essential for fostering a happier, healthier and more efficient workforce.

The Productivity Challenge

Productivity is more than a simple measure of output per input; it’s about creating an environment that enables employees to thrive. However, achieving this in the workplace is not always straightforward. The challenge lies in ensuring that your office space is designed to support the well-being of your employees.

The Impact of a Quality Workspace Design

A well-designed workspace contributes to a less stressful and more productive atmosphere. Employers must consider the physical work environment of their employees, as comfort and calmness are crucial factors in unlocking their best work.

Research consistently shows that an organised and ambient office space not only enhances energy levels but also reduces stress, ultimately leading to improved productivity. To put it in simple terms, employees happy in their work environment are more likely to be happy with their jobs.

Recognising the importance of office design, there’s even an international organisation, the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL), dedicated to establishing requirements for creating productive and comfortable indoor environments. While becoming WELL Certified might not be an immediate goal for every business, embracing its principles can contribute to a healthier workplace.

The WELL Building Standard focuses on seven key concepts of building performance: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind. Even without a substantial budget, companies can apply these principles to create a healthier and more conducive work environment.

BusinessLodge’s Approach

At BusinessLodge, we understand the significance of going beyond traditional office setups. Our spaces offer more than just cubicles; we provide collaborative zones, focus-driven work booths and social areas. Our diverse office designs aim to create an environment that fosters innovation, understanding and most importantly, enhanced productivity. From our on-site gym and outdoor spaces to our grab and go facilities and break out areas, BusinessLodge excels in meeting every principle of the WELL Building Standard.


In the pursuit of maximising productivity, don’t underestimate the impact of your workplace design. Whether you’re implementing principles from the WELL Building Standard or exploring innovative office solutions like BusinessLodge, investing in a thoughtful and employee-centric workspace can lead to a happier, healthier and more efficient team.