Helping you to #lovewhereyouwork

Everybody wants to be happy, especially at work. After all, most of us spend more waking hours with our colleagues than we do with our families. When we are happy at work, we are likely to also be happier in the rest of our life, and so at BusinessLodge we believe that Happiness at Work should be on the list of top priorities of all organisations, big and small, national and international. Our teams are celebrating this International Week of Happiness at Work, and here is what they had to say about working for BusinessLodge:

Emma, Bury
What makes me happy about working at BusinessLodge is the friendly, warm atmosphere. The community feel we have with the clients & of course, our gorgeous doggy visitors.


Yasmin T
I’ve been working here for nearly 4 years, and I honestly love my job. No working day is ever the same, different challenges arise.
I would say what makes me the happiest is the clients & my work colleges – they are the ones who keep a smile on my face daily. I’m very close to my work colleges due to us being a small team and it’s like my additional family – we are always there for each other whenever it is needed, and it just wouldn’t be the same without them.

Rebecca, Bury
The best part of working at BusinessLodge is we are one big team here – nothing is too much trouble for anyone. From cleaning staff to kitchen staff, to the team at BL, we all work really hard to make sure everything runs smoothly and work so well as a team. Everyone made me feel so welcome when I first started and everyone has been so supportive and really helped me grow as an employee. We all work hard and party even harder I really couldn’t wish for a better team!
I love the fact there is such a large amount of diverse businesses here as well. I love speaking to the clients and getting to know them and learning what each business does! All the clients are so friendly which equally makes it such a great place to work.

Esther, Bury
Business Lodge is a great place to work. One of the best things here is the support and encouragement of all the staff. Since having a job here, I feel the team have helped me grow in learning new skills. I enjoy the friendly relationship with clients and learning about all the different businesses we have based here. We are definitely kept on our toes with all the different jobs that appear daily. No two days are the same which keeps things interesting! I couldn’t ask for a better team and a better place to work!

Hollie, Bury
The best part of working at BusinessLodge is the team morale both inside and outside of the office! I have never been a part of such a supportive team, and I have flourished as a person since being here at BusinessLodge. It is definitely a place where you can thrive and I feel as though I have developed on so many dormant skills in such a short time. However, if I was going to be completely honest my upmost favourite part about BusinessLodge is that we are dog friendly! I absolutely love seeing all of our office dogs and it really is the best part of my day! There is never a dull moment here at BusinessLodge and I love it.
Dani, Bury
We have a fantastic team here at business lodge, we are all supportive of each other. I really enjoy working on reception and getting to know our clients. I have been with business lodge for 3 years and hope to have many more. Every day at business lodge is different . I have never been part of a close and supportive team before so to experience this has been amazing. Management are really supportive and a pleasure to work with.


Lisa, Bury
What makes me happy at bury BL is the full team, always positive, always going that extra mile for each other and clients and always make me smile ? #DreamTeam

Mairead, Stoke
Although I have only been working here a small amount of time, I have found everyone to be really friendly and welcoming, no problem is any bother and someone is always there to help. I feel everyone in the team are really helpful and happy people, which make it a warm atmosphere.


Lee, Stoke
I am happiest making others happy, especially our clients. The smallest of jobs for me to do could mean a great deal to them.
Creating a good relationship between myself, our clients and co-workers is key to a happy working environment.


Molly, Stoke
what makes me happy working for BusinessLodge is that we are the best team! Everyone goes above and beyond for each other and the clients.
I love spending quality time team bonding with everyone even if I was made to go into our gym 3 times in a day. My favorite part is we have fun singing and dancing every day – even if Mike hates every second of it.

So there you have it – the BusinessLodge Team really do #lovewhereyouwork – and their enthusiasm rubs off to make sure our clients do too.

Electric Vehicle Charging Points at BusinessLodge

Our customers asked – we listened! Electrical Vehicle charging points installed at BusinessLodge Bury and Stoke

 

At BusinessLodge, one of the North’s leading flex-office space providers, we’ve always been committed to two key things – excellent customer service and remaining at the forefront of technology.

As society as a whole becomes more conscious of our collective carbon footprint, we also strive to operate in as green a way as we can.

Over the past 18 months, we’ve had more and more requests from customers for the installation of Electric vehicle charging points  – and we’re delighted to announce that we’ve just completed an installation at both our sites in Bury and Stoke.

BusinessLodge is a contemporary flexi-business space provider, offering innovative office solutions featuring high-spec serviced facilities as well as providing virtual offices, meeting rooms and conference suites. We’ve always led the way with continuous innovation and it was the natural step to be able to provide a facility for clients to charge their electric cars on site.

As a business with a sharp focus on customer service, we wanted a comprehensive solution that would give us the option of multiple driver groups and charging rates, and the ability to tailor our EV charging pricing to allow clients to benefit from reduced rates, as well as using time-based pricing to encourage off-peak charging, in line with Government guidance.

After extensive research, we partnered with Manchester-based Charge-m8, who provided an impressive proposal which included many beneficial additional features and proved highly cost-effective.

From helping us with the OZEV grant application and holding on-site introduction and training meetings to explain the new system to our clients, Charge-m8 have made our introduction to EV Charging very straightforward.

We know all of our clients are super busy in their own business and so we wanted something that was simple and straightforward to use.

Using the new charging points couldn’t be any easier for BusinessLodge Clients, who are able to use the new 22KW 3-Phase Charge-Points by downloading the free Charge-m8 APP or by scanning a QR code on the charger display. We’ve also built in a system to ensure a fair use policy so that everyone gets the chance to charge their vehicle.

Electric Vehicle Fast Charging has now been installed to satisfy demand as the switch to EVs gathers pace across the UK and more tenants are changing their petrol & diesel vehicles.

With the UK Government widening the eligibility of EV Grant schemes to include landlords (residential & commercial) and small hospitality operators like B&B’s, the demand for professional EV Charger installation continues to increase. “As a vertically integrated charge-point manufacturer, installer and charge-point operator (CPO), with our own in-house fully qualified engineers, we can 100% guarantee the quality of each and every installation as we do it ourselves,” says Julian Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Charge-m8. “We offer a growing range of EV Charging options for the Home and Workplace and as an OZEV (Office for Zero Emission Vehicles) approved Installer for both Domestic & Workplace charge-point installations, we’re really focused on delivering affordable solutions for clients looking to make the first step into EV Charging or expand their current charging provision.”

The BusinessLodge charging schemes feature five Charge-m8 Delta Three-Phase 22KW ChargePoints at each site with dedicated electrical infrastructure to support maximum capacity charging, along with bespoke EV charging-bay signage and floor markings. 

Our clients are already benefitting from this additional facility we have provided – just another thing to help them #lovewhereyouwork.

 

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Leaving the city centre behind

 

There’s no dispute that the world of work has changed beyond recognition over the past few years, and.

Many businesses have suffered while others have thrived, and we are still experiencing uncertainty like never before.

 

We’ve recently reported that BusinessLodge is seeing a surge in budding entrepreneurs who set up their own businesses during lockdown, and take advantage of our Virtual Office facilities.

Over recent months, we’ve seen another trend emerge – companies who are based in City centres,  are now looking to relocate closer to home in centres like BusinessLodge.

At BusinessLodge, it’s at our very core to #lovewhereyouwork and as the world continues to change, we’re also finding that more and more businesses are choosing to #lovelocal.

We’ve put together the most common reasons that in the current climate, businesses are choosing to step away from city centre office blocks and relocate more locally.

 

Avoiding public transport

For many of the companies that we are talking to, travel is playing a huge role in prospective relocations.

Once upon a time, city centre access was pretty straightforward and many businesses would choose offices based on their proximity to train stations and airports. Public transport was a practical, economical and environmentally friendly way to travel.

Post-lockdown, it’s not so much, and while life is pretty much back to normal, people are reluctant to take this option unless it is absolutely avoidable. 

Likewise, customers are no longer quite so willing to jump on a train to attend meetings.

Of course, driving remains an option – however, parking in city centres 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.

Out-of-town offices with plenty of parking make far more sense in this respect.

Less time commuting

For most people, a long daily commute is a necessary evil.  By basing the business closer to where employees live,  that travel time is cut right down. That’s several hours a week that people can use more effectively, from spending time with family and friends to working out in our on-site gym.

And while keeping local, there are more opportunities to walk and cycle to work – which is healthier for both you and the environment.

 

A realigned workforce

Many businesses have had to make tough choices during the pandemic – and lots returned to work with smaller teams. Even businesses that have thrived are starting to operate differently, with many embracing homeworking going forward.

We’re seeing lots of interest from businesses in this position – and as a result, they are looking for smaller premises that, if necessary, they can grow into.

 

Flexible Terms, more for your money

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. 

There is also the uncertainty of a relocation at this time. Will it work out? Is it the right thing to do? How will staff adapt? – a more flexible tenancy agreement can be extremely useful

Another positive is that on the whole, at out of town premises your money will go further will additional benefits for customers.

 

Work-life made easier

For many business owners, anything that can remove the headache of day-to-day operations, leaving them free to concentrate on doing what they do best is a massive plus.

With our unique, community-focused approach, our clients benefit from a professional, friendly working environment including an on-site gym, catering facilities and chill-out zones, air conditioning and daily cleaning, along with ample, secure car parking.

It’s the reason that so many of our clients absolutely love where they work.

 

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BusinessLodge installs defibrillator to demonstrate commitment to client’s wellbeing

BusinessLodge installs defibrillator to demonstrate commitment to client’s wellbeing

BusinessLodge, Bury’s leading flex-space provider, is demonstrating it’s commitment to the safety of it’s clients and visitors, as well as the wider community, with the installation of a brand new life saving defibrillator. The new piece of kit, which will be installed at a central outside point at the centre on Barcroft Street, was chosen after consultation with BusinessLodge client the North West Ambulance Service. It’s location will mean that it will also be available for any member of the public to use in an emergency.

Esther Johnson, Health & Safety Manager at BusinessLodge explains more:

“When you look at the statistics, they are really quite sobering. Less than 1 in 10 people in the UK survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This has been partly attributed to two factors – there aren’t enough people trained to perform CPR when someone has a cardiac arrest and in addition, there aren’t enough defibrillators.”

“As a busy business centre that is open 24 hours a day housing hundreds of clients across 4 buildings, we felt it was our responsibility to be prepared should the worst happen, as well as giving something back to the local community alike. By having a defibrillator on premises and by training team members in CPR, businesses can play an important part in helping more people survive a cardiac arrest. In the installation of a defib at BuisnessLodge, the company is demonstrating to clients, colleagues, visitors and the local community alike that it is committed to taking people’s safety seriously.”

Businesses can play a big part in creating a nation of life savers. Having a defibrillator in your workplace and training colleagues in CPR means that more people will know what do when someone has a cardiac arrest.

Esther Johnson continues: “As life slowly returns to normality, we’re seeing more and more people come through the doors of our centres. We felt it was imperative to ensure that we had the means to offer the best form of support to these people should the worst happen.”

The LIFEPAK CR2 USB was purchased through the defibrillator accreditation scheme. All BusinessLodge first aiders will receive basic training in machine, however as at semi-automatic piece of kit, it is specifically designed to be easy for anyone to use.

In addition, during any calls relating to cardiac arrest in the area to 999, callers will be directed to the BusinessLodge defibrillator and given basic instruction over the phone to deliver potential life saving treatment using the machine.

 

BusinessLodge, based on Barcroft Street in Bury, 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, Minutes from Bury town centre and the M66/M60 motorways, BusinessLodge Bury is easily accessible for commuters.

Three years ago, the business fulfilled ambitious expansion plans with the opening of new premises in Staffordshire to offer innovative office solutions to Stoke’s growing business community. The new building, Trent House, has been finished to an extremely high spec and offers modern serviced offices, virtual offices, meeting rooms and conference facilities, along with catering and relaxation options. The Stoke centre also has a defibrillator.

Eat good food for a great mood!

Eat good food for a great mood!

Did you realise that one of the main ways to boost mental wellbeing is through the food and drink you put in your body? What we eat directly affects the way our brains work and ultimately, our mood. The good news is that clients at  BusinessLodge,  Bury and Stoke’s leading flex-space providers, we’re firm believers that a great, healthy lunch is really important for a productive working day.  

Clients at both centres can take advantage of our Grab n Go facilities which offer a range of sandwiches and snacks to ensure that you never skip lunch. Clients in Bury also have the additional bonus of onsite eatery Olive’s Kitchen,  an independent healthy caterer based in Bury, specialising in providing high quality, freshly prepared, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Their range of soups, one-pots, sandwiches, salads and pasta pots are all be freshly made with no need for preservatives, stabilisers, emulsifiers or additives allowing  customers to be rest assured that the ingredients that they are eating are natural.

 Food can be a real mood booster – and here’s why:

Eat regularly

Sounds obvious – but how many of us a “too busy” to stop for lunch? Your brain needs to be fed regularly with the right mix of nutrients for it to function properly. Your body’s central control centre, if your blood sugar drops through lack of food you might feel tired, irritable and depressed. Eating regularly and choosing foods that release energy slowly will help to keep your sugar levels steady. Which if course, leads to greater energy, more focus, and ultimately, a more productive working day!

Eat the right fats

Yes, your read that correctly – but the word “right” is crucial here! Your brain needs fatty acids (such as omega-3 and -6) to keep it  in top working order – but that doesn’t mean reaching for the fast food! Foods rich in omeg-3 and -6 are essential here for great brain function, and can be found in oily fish, poultry, nuts (especially walnuts and almonds), olive and sunflower oils, seeds (such as sunflower and pumpkin), avocados, milk, yoghurt, cheese and eggs. The healthy foods on offer at Olive’s Kitchen will tick this box for you!

Get your five a day

We know – you already know this! But how many of you actually stick to it? We all know that vegetables and fruit contain a lot of the minerals, vitamins and fibre we need to keep us physically and mentally healthy. We’re also all familiar with the “five a day” message – but the World Health Organisation suggests that up to 8 a day is best for optimum health.

Eating a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables every day means you’ll get a good range of nutrients – but not many of us have time to chop and prepare fresh salads for work every day, do we? Olive’s Kitchen will do the hard work for you, ensuring that you “eat the rainbow” and get the good stuff you need.

Drink enough fluid

Your brain is like a sponge, and if you don’t keep it regularly hydrated it will quickly dry out, leaving you tired, bring on headaches and low in mood. A brain contains up to 78% water so keep it topped up with six to eight glasses (about 1.5 – two litres) fluid per day.

Top tips

  • By the time you register you are thirsty you are already dehydrated – so avoid getting to that stage
  • Water and fruit teas are the best hydrators
  • Caffeine can affect your mood so try to limit your intake
  • Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it will give you a quick burst of energy, but then may make you feel anxious and depressed, disturb your sleep (especially if you have it before bed), or give you withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly.
  • Drinks such as coffee, cola, energy drinks, tea and chocolate all contain caffeine and should be limited.
  • Drinking too much alcohol can cause dehydration and can lead to B vitamin deficiencies, which may make you more depressed or anxious.

So what are you waiting for? We suggest our Bury client’s check out Olive’s kitchen as soon as they can!