Designing a startup office

As one of the leading office fit out firms in the South East of England we are contacted by a huge variety of businesses looking for guidance and advice on how to rejuvenate their office space. From established global corporations to small startup businesses looking at taking their first steps; we speak to them all.

Regardless of the size of the project, all of our clients get the same excellent levels of service and sound advice. So if you are thinking of making changes to your existing workspace or wondering where to start, make sure you get in contact with a member of our expert team on 01344 303504 or email us.

Starting up

Starting your own business can be a gamble, but it can also be the most rewarding of paths. You have to learn how to deal with a huge number of issues that larger companies have entire departments dedicated to. One of the most important things in the early stages of your business is to create a solid plan, and then stick to it.

Having an office in the early stages of a business is rare and we know of a great number of businesses which have been started in basements, garages and spare rooms in peoples’ houses. When it comes to getting your own office and bringing in members of staff, there are a vast number of things to be addressed in order to get the most out of your employees.

So how do you create an environment which promotes and nurtures the productivity and creativity?

Flexible Design

If the Coronavirus COVID-19 lock down has taught businesses one thing, it’s to be flexible with their work space. This is especially relevant for new businesses as they are prone to changing massively within their first few years; employees come and go, space requirements evolve and new working techniques and strategies are employed.

Open plan offices have been popular for a number of years but with distancing guidelines a bigger consideration than ever before you need to be able to customise your space on the fly – mobile partitions are just one way you can create new pods or open out the office as you need.

Communal Spaces

While the desk is still an important staple in the work place, businesses are increasingly using more remote solutions to help their employees to work comfortably. Desks are a great place to call ‘home’ but having break out spaces in which teams can come together to work collaboratively are just as important and will ultimately nurture that creativity you are looking for in a new business.

We’re only Human

Human beings crave natural lighting and social interaction. We’ve spoken about the importance of good lighting in previous articles and how it promotes productivity and well-being. Make sure your office space has access to as much natural light as possible. Comfort is also key, invest wisely in good quality office furniture, your teams might have to spend long hours in their chair so make sure there are facilities which will promote good posture and health; there are hundreds of ways of making your employees more comfortable, take a look into innovative furniture solutions.

Branding

Your office should be a solid reflection of your brand. Your brand is not just your logo, but your colour scheme, your tone of voice and your core values. Make sure your office space reflects these things. Having a strong brand presence will give your employees a sense of pride that they represent such a driven brand and they will become your biggest advocates.

Having a strong brand presence also helps any visiting clients understand what your business stands for and what they can expect from you.

Get in Touch

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about your workplace requirements make sure you give us a call on 01344 303504 or email us.

We are experts in commercial office fit-out so, whether you are looking for a major overhaul or simple alterations to your existing workspace, get in touch. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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