CASE STUDY: THEBESTOFBURY
Thebestofbury have been based at Business Lodge for four and a half years. The company offers marketing support services to over 100 businesses across Bury and so has very specific requirements when it comes to serviced office facilities.
Thebestofbury had not used service office space before and so were taking a huge leap of faith. The owners had looked at various premises but said:
“As soon as we walked in to Business Lodge, it felt right. We just knew that this would be the place where our business would grow and flourish.”
As a company, Thebestofbury offer various marketing support services to many businesses across the borough. Due to the nature of the business, the need for conference and function spaces was as important as the office space itself.
Thebestofbury run lots of courses and sessions which have different requirements every time, including IT and refreshments. They also often needed meeting rooms at very short notice and several times a year they needed out-of hours-space for up to 70 delegates.
Business Lodge provided thebestofbury with a small office to get them off the ground and as the company has expanded the team worked closely with the owners to find suitable larger office space.
Debi Fellone, MD of thebestofbury said:
“ We can’t praise the Business Lodge team enough. They are always able to fulfil our requirements for meeting rooms and conference facilities – with great catering!
“The offices themselves are bright and well maintained and the communal areas, including the break out zones, kitchens, on-site catering facilities and Starbucks, are a real bonus.
“The Business Lodge team are simply incredible.”
The Business Lodge Community
At Business Lodge we pride ourselves on our community spirit. Debi Fellone says:
“There is a fantastic community spirit here at Business Lodge, both amongst the companies based here and the wider business community.
“The communal areas are very well designed and promote lots of social interaction. After 4 years, we know most of the companies on our floor and have made some great friends and even won some business!
“The Business Lodge management team encouraging networking and there is a vibrant Facebook group to keep us all connected and engaged. They also co-host Brunch, bringing together women in business from across the borough.
“The social side of Business Lodge is also very important to us – the annual barbeque is a fantastic opportunity to network with the local business community – and it’s a great party as well.
“Business Lodge are incredibly active in the local business community – they sponsor both the Made in Bury Business Awards and The North West’s Premier Business Fair. In addition, Business Lodge play a key role in local community events including Bury Pride and The Pride of Bury Awards, as well as actively supporting local charities.
Happiness at work
At BusinessLodge, we understand that being happy at work is absolutely essential to a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. Afterall, we spend a large percentage of our lives in the workplace and happiness not only has a huge impact on our productivity, but on our lives as a whole.
We asked the BusinessLodge teams in #bury and #stoke what they believe makes a happy working environment.
Molly Barber, Receptionist, BL Stoke
A happy work place to me is somewhere you look forward to going in to each day. It’s somewhere where you feel one of the gang – almost like an extended family, where you all support each other.
We try to extend this to all of our lovely clients and visitors – giving them a warm welcome every morning to help make their day a little bit brighter. #weekofhappinessatwork
Kate Holt, Managing Director
Happiness at work for me is seeing happy clients working together and chatting together around the building. We’re incredibly proud of the real sense of community that we’ve created here in Bury and also Stoke. #weekofhappinessatwork
Petra, Receptionist, Bury
Happiness at work to me is being able to head straight to the gym from the office after work. This part doesn’t make me happy – but knowing I have done it and I have extra time at home ion the evening makes me extremely happy! #weekofhappinessatwork
Paula Nadin, Centre Manager, Stoke
What makes me happy is seeing the furry faces of our client’s dogs! Parts of our Stoke building are dog friendly and several clients bring their pooches to work. It’s scientifically proven that stroking a dog can reduce stress, so having dogs in the office are great for staff wellbeing. #weekofhappinessatwork
Juliette Davenport, Centre Manager, Bury
Happiness at work for me is not having to bring a packed lunch! At both sites we have great coffee and snacks available and lunch is on hand at our grab and go. In Bury we have our coffee shop which provides great hot meals, so if I’m working late I can make sure I’m full of energy.
Benefits of Co-Working Blog
The concept of co-working – the renting of desks in a shared space – has been popular in the US for some time. Over recent years it’s also started to take the UK by storm, reflecting the changing nature of work culture.
BusinessLodge’s Trent House, a new flex-space in Stoke-on-Trent boasts a large, modern co-working area, which is already proving incredibly popular.
But just what do we mean by a co-working space? And who exactly is it for?
The term was coined by Brad Neuberg who started the space sharing movement in San Francisco in 2005. In a nutshell, this refers to a shared office space, popular with freelancers and start-ups, where a person can go to sit down at a desk and work among like-minded people in a structured atmosphere that fosters autonomy – without any of the workplace politics.
What exactly are the benefits?
When working from home 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.
In a shared office there are fewer distractions, so the temptation to undertake a ‘quick’ household task or two is removed.
Additionally, a shared office offers well-designed workspaces, actually 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.
The stats say it all. 71% of workers saying they feel more creative in a co-working space while 68% say they are able to focus more.
Over time, working from home can lead to feelings of isolation, loneliness and low productivity.
Commercial agent Cushman and Wakefield state:
“In recent years, remote workers have increasingly voiced a significant challenge to this workplace concept: loneliness due to a lack of human interaction. Providing a venue for the exchange of human capital by implementing innovative solutions for workplace interaction has set shared space apart from the idea of working remotely. Nearly 83 percent of respondents in an
Emergent Research survey about coworking indicated that they are less lonely as a result of joining a coworking space, further proving the growing desire to “work alone together.”
The social element of co-working also shouldn’t be underestimated. Trent House is kitted out with trendy chill-out areas and an on-site gym, giving our co-workers the chance to recharge those batteries which in turn promotes both physical and mental wellbeing.
Networking and Increased Knowledge
Let’s face it. Starting a business or going solo can be tough.
Where on earth do you get all of your customers from?
Networking is your secret weapon here, and a co-working environment provides the ideal opportunity to build your network, working side-by-side with others from different industries.
In this way, members can benefit from each other’s expertise, fostering a spirit of collaboration.
Business opportunities aside, you will benefit from always having someone on hand to bounce your ideas off – and there’s also the social side – what better place to get to know someone than over Friday afternoon beers?!
According to Jamie Orr, Founder of Tahoe Mountain Lab; “Coworking is about creating a better place to work, and, as a result, a better way to work. Coworking spaces provide more than just office space. They are community centers, friendly gathering places, think tanks. When you rent a desk or an office, you gain coworkers to bounce ideas off and that support you professionally in a way that you can’t find working from home or in the corporate office. Coworking connects you to a global network of professional peers.”
Often, people who want to start their own businesses have been hindered by initial outlay of office space and the ongoing costs.
This is another benefit of co-working – the costs of utilities, internet and maintenance are shared so each person only pays for what they actually need.
Many of our BusinessLodge co-workers start off with a desk in our shared space and then progress to offices as their business grows. It’s a great, risk free starting point.
It’s estimated that there are currently over 35,000 flexible workspaces in the entire world which represents 521 million square feet of flexible space!
10.7 million of those square feet are in Central London.
And by 2020, 50% of large companies will have some form of shared office space demonstrating that coworking as a concept really is becoming the new normal.