There are many indicators that the recession is over and a recovery is well under way – meaning the time could be right for your business to look to the future with an office refurbishment. Companies in Central London and the South East, in particular, are among those showing the way forward.
Companies that have made it through the recession have often had to tighten their belts over the past few years and avoid unnecessary expenditure. Now, as those hard times recede, firms must instead get in gear for growth. This means banishing the recession mindset and embracing expansion.
However, after years of treading water, it can take time for a workforce to switch into growth mode. One means to encourage confidence among both staff and customers is to invest in an office refit, showing that your business is looking to the future. Thames Contracts has many years of experience in fitting out office interiors, so we can advise you on how best to plan your space and can take charge of the whole project for you.
Deciding on an office refurbishment for your central London premises can help to revitalise your company or organisation in three ways.
Win New Clients
Now that the recovery has arrived, the main focus for many companies is winning new business – and that will often mean lots of meetings with potential new clients. There’s no doubt that it is a competitive environment at the moment, and you may find business rivals vying for contracts. This means it is important to give yourself as many advantages as possible.
Bright and attractive office space gives a good impression to prospective clients, putting across the message that you are successful and mean business. Changes which can make a strong impression range from installing new carpets and furniture to refreshing the reception area, or improving meeting space with updated décor and facilities.
Office partitioning can also be used to give workplaces a more modern feeling and create private space which is ideal for client meetings. Glass partitions will make the most of available light and can also feature manifestation including the company logo, to help put across the personality of your business.
While making all these changes, it is worth remembering that confidence breeds confidence. If your management and sales people feel positive and assured about the space in which they are meeting clients, this will be conveyed in their interactions with customers, helping to win new contracts.
Attract New Talent
With employment levels generally rising, there is a shortage of some key skills. This means that in some areas of business companies are finding it hard to attract the talent they need to drive growth forward.
Carrying out an office refurbishment to make the workplace more appealing and efficient could help the talent you need decide to work for you. Competition for staff can be especially fierce in central London, where there are more employment opportunities than in most other parts of the country. Attractive workstations, modern workspace and good lighting and décor can all help to persuade new recruits that this is the company for them.
Motivate Existing Staff
Your current staff may have been through a lot over the last few years – and, if they’ve stayed with you and helped keep your business going through the lean times, they deserve to reap some of the rewards now that better times are ahead. Part of that could involve improved working conditions.
An office fitout or refurb might include a general refreshing and brightening of the workplace, to improve the atmosphere. It could also mean addressing issues that will improve the quality of working life but that were perhaps put off during the recession, such as replacing tatty furniture or refurbishing washroom and kitchen areas. Cutting down on noise is another area which can help to improve staff morale and productivity, for instance by installing soundproof office partitions.
How Much Office Refurbishment Do You Need?
At Thames we understand that businesses always need to work within a budget. With clever design you can achieve a fresh new look for your office without major outlay. We can advise on options and costs need to achieve different results, such as rearranging existing areas or using frameless glass walls to make the most of the space available.
Our team will start by visiting you and discussing your priorities in detail, before drawing up an office space planning brief, including computer-generated images. Once our office design is drawn up, we will give you a detailed quote and agree the timescale and plan of work with you. Thames will project manage the office refurbishment throughout, as we have already done for many organisations in and around central London. We are proud of our record for completing projects to time and within the agreed budget, frequently winning repeat business as a result.
Office Refurbishment Central London – Follow the link for more information.