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Shoreditch: The best places to eat, shop and exercise

Shoreditch, located in East London, is one of London’s most distinctive and unusual areas, mixing contemporary with classic roots. An eclectic area that’s lively from early morning until late at night, it’s known for its diversity and fashion statements, which translates into trendy bars, traditional cockney butchers and exclusive delicatessens. Shoreditch is jam packed with a veritable…

The UK’s 10 most valued work perks – survey results

Flexioffices – one of the UK’s leading providers of serviced office space – has carried out a nationwide survey of 2,009 recipients to discover the UK’s 10 most valued work perks. The results act as an excellent pointer for UK businesses and business owners when deciding on their employee perks and benefits in kind. The…

5 key milestones for starting a business

Starting your own business can be one of the most liberating things you’ll ever do – your destiny in your own hands, working towards your dream rather than someone else’s. It sounds like Nirvana doesn’t it? With hard work and a laser focus on your business values and vision, it can be… but now to…

Workday hacks – how to make the most of your day

The modern office environment is fast paced and places many demands on us each working day. From your own internal deadlines, through to interactions with colleagues, knowing how to structure your day will allow you to be more productive. We’ve created a list of workday hacks to make you more efficient and – put simply…

Office design trends to look out for in 2015

Since we asked Paramount Interiors to look at the trends in office interior design for 2014 last year, we decided to get them back for their thoughts on 2015. If you’re considering a new office fit-out this year, here are the big interior trends you should look out for. The touchy feely office The smooth,…

What small businesses in the UK want from Budget 2015

Small businesses can be the driving force behind long-term economic prosperity, so we wanted to discover exactly what small businesses want from the upcoming UK Budget announcement on 18th March 2015. In collaboration with YouGov, we surveyed 818 senior decision makers from small businesses, asking them what they wanted to see from Budget 2015. The results – ranked…

The 6 biggest killers of productivity

There are lots of factors that can impact workplace productivity in a negative way, so we’ve called out our top six to help you identify potential issues and opportunities for change in your own company. 1. Impromptu meetings When meetings are booked into your diary you can plan around them, scheduling your day to make…

5 secrets to motivating your team

Most companies have some idea of how to motivate their employees, however many ignore the emotional and developmental needs of their staff. In this blog post, we highlight five key areas that you can use to make your team more motivated and happy in the workplace. 1. Responsibility Frederick Herzberg, famous for the Motivator-Hygiene theory,…

Success in meetings: How to be the most confident person in the room

Ever wondered why some people seem to ooze confidence and others… well, just don’t? We’ve created a list of quick-fix methods that you can put into practice to go from shy retiring wallflower to someone who commands attention. 1. Stop slumping In the next meeting you’re in, take a look at your colleagues sitting around…

6 online marketing tips for small businesses

Small businesses are often time poor when it comes to marketing their own business, with client demands frequently stretching internal resource to the limit. Therefore, it’s important that marketing activity is undertaken efficiently and delivers optimum return on investment. We’ve created some quick win tips to help you make the most of your marketing budgets…