Author Archives: Pete Keyworth

  1. New multi-million pound Grade A office development comes to West Bridgford

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    A new multi-million pound office development in the Nottingham suburb of West Bridgford is on the way, after contractors broke ground on what is being billed as the most exciting new Grade A office scheme to be developed in the city in some years.

    Edwalton Business Park – between Landmere Lane and Nottingham’s ring road – will, when complete, offer just under 24,000 sq ft over four self-contained offices. The two-storey buildings will be of high architectural merit, be set within landscaped grounds and provide ample car parking. The offices will feature full-sized receptions, raised access floors, air-conditioning, fibre broadband connectivity, mezzanine meeting rooms, photovoltaic panels and low-energy LED lighting.

    The new offices will be built to Grade A specification, and include impressive contemporary design with sustainability at its forefront. One of the four buildings at Edwalton Business Park is to be retained by the developer for their own occupation, while a second has been pre-let straight off the back of the successful planning consent, and a third is about to go under offer.

    Alongside Measures & Co, we were appointed as joint marketing agents for the exciting development, which is a long overdue addition to Nottingham’s office market, which has experienced a serious lack of Grade A office space over recent years.

    Richard Sutton, director at NG, said:

    “This exciting development is a long-overdue addition to Nottingham’s office market. Everything about the project is top quality – from the location, to the design and specification, all aimed at securing the highest calibre of occupier.

    “Brexit isn’t having any effect on businesses who are hungry for new, high quality office space. I’d urge all growing companies looking to make a real statement with their offices to get in touch before it’s too late.”

    James Measures from Measures & Co added:

    “These offices are being developed to the highest possible standard – and there’s no wonder they’ve already proved so popular. With the dearth of Grade A office space in Nottingham, we’re confident that we can seal deals with ambitious companies who want something a little extra from their office space.”

    Edwalton Business Park affords easy access into West Bridgford, in addition to Nottingham and the wider area, as a consequence of its proximity to Nottingham’s ring road. This affords superb access to the M1 motorway (Junction 24) via the A453 dual carriageway, and Nottingham Parkway railway station, which has regular trains to London, and East Midlands Airport.

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  2. NG on a hire level with 31,000 sq ft deal

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    As commercial property specialists, we’ve continued our strong start to the year after brokering a deal, which means that a Nottingham trading estate is now 100% occupied.

    Sunny Landa, director at NG, acted for landlords Logicor to let the 31,000 sq ft Unit 7-10 at the Eldon Road Industrial Estate in Attenborough, Nottingham to the fast-growing Hire Supply Company (UK) Limited.

    The Hire Supply Company (UK) Limited started life in 2001 as a small supplier to the tool hire industry; and now it has grown to be one of the UK’s largest tool hire industry distributors.

    The company sells industrial equipment and DIY tools, specifically for and to the tool hire industry.

    Sunny said:

    “Far from the property market slowing down, we’ve enjoyed a stellar start to 2019 and we’re now proud to say that Eldon Road is now running at full occupancy.

    “Brexit might be in the news on a daily basis, but it’s clear from our deals already this year that companies built on a sound financial base are still looking to expand. We’re here to help them, as always, and we welcome enquiries from landlords and tenants alike.”

    The Hire Supply Company’s new premises are located on the Eldon Road Trading Estate, Attenborough, adjacent to the A6006 Nottingham Road, which is the principal route between Nottingham and Long Eaton. It affords quick and easy access to the M1 motorway, with Junction 25 lying approximately three miles away.

    Find a property to buy or let with us, and let us act as your commercial property agent. Alternatively, head on over to our blog for the latest news.

  3. What Would Ant Middleton Do?

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    In early 2018, a new phrase entered my life – and that was “What would Ant Middleton do?”

    For the uninitiated, Ant is the magnificently bearded star of the Channel 4 shows SAS Who Dares Wins, Mutiny and more recently Extreme Everest.

    My son George got me hooked on the SAS series from the very start and off the back of this we jumped at the chance to go and see Ant live in February 2018 on his speaking tour. We went again in September, this time taking my wife along too. Guess what? We are all going again in September this year to see his new Mind over Muscle tour

    His CV is mind-bending and, to quote from his own biography, he “completed three tours in Afghanistan, one as a Royal Marine and two during his time in the Special Boat Service”. If you have only seen the TV shows you won’t have gotten anywhere close to seeing the full picture of the man; his incredible determination, his iron will, courage, support, empathy and, above all, his relentless positivity.

    It’s all of this that gave rise to our phrase: “What would Ant Middleton do?”.

    I’m a middle-aged 50-year-old old self-employed man working with a small team of people, I face challenges in my life personally and professionally every day – people rely on me.

    My son is 14 and still finding his way towards adulthood.

    It makes no difference. Ant’s advice, experiences and motivation carry across into both of our lives in different ways and different times. They encourage you on, push you beyond what you thought you could achieve.

    I have never been affected in a way like this by any other book, TV show or live tour. His concept of “fear bubbles” is pure genius in helping you live with and deal with pressure.

    Ant has written two books, the first is the one accompanying the SAS TV series, the second First Man In is his autobiography – a brutally honest read that will make you laugh and cry. It’s almost like a handbook in life for how you react and behave in difficult circumstances and when you are under pressure. You can take away the elements that work for you and build them into your own personal armoury.

    Look past the scary bloke on the TV, go see the tour, buy the books and immerse yourself in the concept of relentless positivity. And when you have the next time the sh!t hits the fan, before you do or say anything just ask yourself: “What would Ant Middleton do?”.

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  4. NG and HUUB in the Running to Support ‘Ultra-Marathon’ Teacher

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    As commercial property specialists, we’re throwing our weight behind a local teacher who is set to compete in one of the toughest events in the world – all with the help of Derby based HUUB – one of the world’s leading companies in the performance clothing sector. HUUB has four decades worth of experience gained in the field of endurance sports focusing wholly on the athlete .

    NG is sponsoring Guy Hope, an Assistant Head teacher at Trent College in Long Eaton, to compete in the infamous Marathon des Sables – a multi-day ‘ultra-marathon’ or ‘ultra’ run in six stages over a course of between 150 and 156 (254km) miles set in the Sahara desert – all in sweltering 120 degrees temperatures.

    Guy has teamed up with NG and Derby-based HUUB, a company with four decades of experience in endurance events and whose aim to create clothing that focuses on the athlete to maximise performance and comfort. He is competing in the endurance event in aid of the Hope for Children charity which helps hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children across the world to experience a happy childhood. Guy hopes to raise in excess of £8000 for the charity.

    Guy, a former professional rugby player, says:

    “I first heard about the Marathon des Sables reading through a Sunday newspaper some 20 years ago and the seed was sewn. I was sat at home with a glass of wine, and I just thought: the time is right to commit and take on this challenge. I’m under no illusions that the whole event will be brutal, but thanks to the help of individuals and companies like NG Chartered Surveyors I’ll be able to raise vital funds for Hope for Children to carry on their vital work.

    The Marathon des Sables includes six marathons over seven days.  The actual routes and formats change every year. The Race Director and his team spend a month meticulously planning routes that are held secret until the day before the event starts. There is a rest day after the longest stage, which is a double marathon, but it may well take you into that day before you get to the finish. Competitors carry all their own food and equipment with water rations distributed daily. Evening accommodation is comprised of ‘bivouac’ tents that sleep about eight competitors per tent.

    Richard Sutton, Director at NG, said:

    “While I think Guy is quite mad to even contemplate running those distances in that heat, he’ll become an absolute hero to his entire school and community. We’re honoured to be supporting him and wish him all the best in the Sahara desert.”

    Guy is teaming up with Derby sportswear company HUUB who are supplying him with all the kit he’ll need to complete the gruelling week in the desert.

    He said:

    “Richard put me in touch with the HUUB team and I’m very grateful he did. We share a common ethos and goal and there’s no doubt the company is at the cutting edge of sports clothing. I’d like to thank them for all their help so far.”

    Guy is warming up for the Marathon des Sables with a 5k and 10k fundraising event at Bramcote Park on the morning of Sunday 13th February. You can show your support and find out more here.

    Donations can also be made through Guy’ss giving page, which can be found here.

  5. NG Broker off Market Deal for New Wren HQ

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    A fast-growing financial planning agency has found a new flagship HQ in the heart of Nottingham’s business district, thanks to two local advisors.

    Wren Sterling will move into its imposing four-storey Derby Street building before end of Q1, which has just over 10,000 sq ft of office space, after the completion of a full-scale Grade A refurbishment.

    Finance Director Andy Moss is understandably delighted, as the move brings all iof his staff back under one roof – after rapid growth had forced some to move into temporary accommodation, away from the firm’s old offices on Castle Marina Road.

    “We see this location as being very attractive to new recruits, which will enable us to expand our talent pool, and this office also provides long-term capacity to enable us to continue our growth.”

    Landlord George Costa added:

    “We hope that Wren Stirling will continue to grow their business and prosper in our landmark building, located in in the centre of Nottingham’s financial hub.”

    The Nottingham office of property advisers JLL, represented the building’s landlord during the negotiations, led by James Keeton from the office agency team.

    “Our success within the office refurbishment market continues, and we are delighted to have fully let to a single occupier, yet another high-profile city centre building.” he says.

    “It’s a classic headquarters-style building in a high-profile location close to amenities with heavy footfall and great transport connections, so ideal for both Wren Sterling’s staff and their clients.

    “The deal was concluded off-market with NG Chartered Surveyors, with the two firms utilising their market intelligence to successfully bring together the building and occupier.”

    West Bridgford-based NG Chartered Surveyors were asked by Wren Sterling to identify a suitable new head office. Sunny Landa, director at NG added:

    “The new office is a very prominent building in the city centre, which is perfect for a rapidly-growing company.

    “It’s a superb refurbishment, making it into one of Nottingham’s best Grade A offices of this size. It allows Wren to make a statement of intent about their business, gives them their own front door and sets a real market down of their faith in Nottingham as a hub to recruit new talent.”

    To find your own office space, head on over to our property search today, or check out our blog for the latest news.

  6. B100 Takes off for New Tenants

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    On Wednesday 9th January 2019, MAG Property hosted a lunch event at B100 East Midlands Airport to showcase changes made in the building, in addition to plans for the next phase of work.

    Asset Manager Emily Speak, Estates Manager Jason King, and Senior Marketing Executive Jessica Jordan hosted the event with Richard Sutton of NG Chartered Surveyors. It was a great opportunity for the tenants to meet the team and network with each other, whilst finding out about the improvements to their work space.

    The completed first phase of work included the ‘B100 Hub’, a new social breakout area with soft seating and a café style environment for the sole use of B100’s tenants; whilst the next phase of work will include the full refurbishment of both the entire ground floor, and communal space.

    B100 is located on Beverley Road and forms part of the East Midlands Airport campus. East Midlands Airport is centrally located between Derby, Nottingham and Leicester and is approximately two miles from Junction 23 of the M1 motorway. Additionally, the East Midlands Park Way Railway Station is located just four miles away from the airport.

    If you’d like to find out more about available office space at Building 100, you can get in touch with Richard Sutton at NG Property Surveyors on the contact details below; or discover alternative office space to rent or purchase.

  7. Care Provider to Expand Services After NG Seals Park Lane Move

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    A growing care provider is set to expand its bespoke services in Nottingham after moving into new premises in a deal brokered by commercial property specialists NG Chartered Surveyors.

    Ambito Care, which provides personalised support to children and adults with a range of physical and learning disabilities, has moved into 5,568 sq ft of space at 121 Park Lane in Basford, Nottingham after a period of intense marketing from the team at NG.

    Park Lane has been leased by Ambito Care, who will continue delivering services for day opportunities and community based support in the Nottingham area. The service will provide people with a person centred package of support who have physical and/or learning disabilities with independence, activities, therapies and short breaks.

    The deal was completed by Richard Sutton, director at NG Chartered Surveyors. He said:

    “Ambito Care provide a vital service for the wider community in Nottingham and it’s great to have played a part in the company being able to expand its operations so that it can provide care for even more people.

    “We’re incredibly pleased to secure a tenant of such high standing as it will enhance the area considerably, as well as providing Ambito Care with a chance to deepen its roots in Nottingham. We wish them well in their new home.”

    Rebecca King from Ambito Care, said:

    “This property will enable Ambito Care to provide a high quality bespoke service for customers in a supportive environment. As the service expands there will be opportunities to recruit additional staff to compliment the present support structure. The property will provide the additional space needed to support more people with disabilities in the local area.”

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  8. NG bring the hammer down on job-creating Chesterfield deal

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    Commercial property specialists NG Chartered Surveyors has kicked off 2019 in style after brokering a joint deal that is set to bring 150 jobs to Chesterfield.

    Acting on behalf of a private landlord, Sunny Landa, director of NG, sold the 233,000 sq ft Spire Park on Pottery Lane West in Chesterfield to John Pye Property – a division of the wider John Pye Auctions group. The deal means John Pye Auctions will be creating 150 jobs in the Derbyshire town.  Knight Frank were joint agents.

    Sunny said: “This a great deal for our client, John Pye Auctions and the wider Chesterfield area. It’s always pleasing to work on a transaction that creates jobs and this deal was no different.

    “Once again, NG’s knowledge of the East Midlands market has proved invaluable for our client who is more than satisfied with the outcome. We wish John Pye Auctions well in their new home and look forward to watching the company grow further.

    Rebecca Schofield from Knight Frank acted jointly on behalf of the owners with NG Chartered Surveyors. She said: “The site has been unoccupied for some time and it is great to see it being reused for employment purposes and John Pye Auctions investing in the site and creating so many jobs for the area.”

    Richard Reed, head of property at John Pye, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the wider John Pye group with the acquisition of our new Chesterfield site. To be able to complete such a complex transaction in just four weeks speaks volumes about the great team we have here, and everyone at the company is very excited for the opening of the new facility.

    “The property is prominently located on the A61, adjacent to Tesco Extra and Chesterfield Football Club. It has superb access to close by Sheffield and surrounding towns, and is very close to Junction 29 of the M1 Motorway. We expect it will be a very busy auction facility.”

    Spire Park occupies a highly prominent position overlooking the A61 bypass, 1.5 miles to the north of Chesterfield town centre. It is an area under transformation with the adjoining site having been comprehensively redeveloped with the new stadium for Chesterfield FC, a Tesco Extra superstore and the 4-star Casa Hotel. Other notable occupiers nearby include Aldi, Stratstone BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi and an Arnold Clark car supermarket.

  9. How Your Office Setup Will Affect Wellbeing

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    UK employees work an average of 42.3 hours every week – the longest working week in the EU. When you spend so long at work, it’s important that your office environment is safe, collaborative and welcoming, designed to promote health and happiness – not stress and anxiety.

    Sadly, a recent report from the Health and Safety Executive found that 45% of all UK working days lost due to ill health, were directly caused by stress.

    Many UK employees aren’t happy with their current offices – 74% stated their workplace didn’t have spaces that encouraged them to relax, whereas 54% stated that no private spaces had been created, and 45% said that their workplace actively failed to promote collaborative work.

    The research has been done to back this up: according to Premier’s Workplace Wellbeing Appraisal survey, 75% of UK employers scored less than 50/100 in the working environment category, with just 5.5% scoring 75/100 and above.

    It seems that employees are crying out for collaborative, inviting workplaces that allow them to relax and be creative – two key factors that for many, are required to carry out their jobs effectively.

    We’ve looked at several ways in which office setups directly impact wellbeing, with both positive and negative effects. These factors include:

    • Open plan offices vs cubicles
    • The rise of remote working
    • Office dogs (and cats!)
    • Plants and botanicals
    • Fresh air and daylight
    • Office acoustics, colour and layout

    Open plan office

    Open Plan Offices vs Cubicles

    Cubicles have been disappearing in offices across the country for many years, in favour of open plan designs.

    Open plan offices were introduced for several reasons: one of the main ones being to encourage workers to collaborate and communicate. However, it’s not always worked out that way. For example, when two major corporations converted from cubicles to an open plan office, face-to-face interactions actually dropped by 70%, with employees switching to email and instant messaging instead.

    Why? Well, take a look around your office. How many people have their headphones in? A plea for privacy, a sign for do not disturb. When working in an open plan office, it’s highly likely you’ll be able to see the person you need to speak to. If they have their headphones in and are staring intently at their screen, then it may deter from going over and speaking to them face-to-face in case they don’t want to be disturbed. So instead, you end up sending them an email.

    Arguably this scenario wouldn’t happen if workers had cubicles, as you wouldn’t be able to see whether or not that person looked “in the zone”. Instead, you’d be more likely to walk over to your co-worker and have a conversation.

    So, there’s an argument that open plan offices can hinder communication, but do they affect wellbeing? In 2014, an international survey of 10,000 workers discovered that 85% of employees were dissatisfied with their open plan workplace, and were left unable to concentrate.

    95% of those surveyed said that it was important to be able to work privately, yet only 41% found this to be possible, with the average worker losing 86 minutes every day due to distractions – which ultimately, can cause stress levels to rise.

    Yet, if it’s not complaints about open plan offices being too noisy, then it’s that they’re simply too quiet. In 2011, two Harvard professors wrote an article titled “Who Moved My Cube?”, and raised the issue that for many employees, if they think they’re being overheard, their conversations were naturally shorter and more superficial.

    Unfortunately for open plan offices, they’ve had a lot of bad press for these reasons: bringing about stress and anxiety due to disturbance and distraction; not to mention the fact that they favour extroverted personalities over introverts.

    But does that mean we should bring back the traditional cubicles? Well, they raise issues in themselves: disconnect from the wider office, which can lead to feelings of isolation.

    Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer, as both offer benefits and drawbacks. Instead, a combination of set-ups are required to impact employees’ wellbeing, as collaborative workspace provider Werqwise found. With open plan collaborative desks (45 square foot allocated per person), private offices and “thinking yurts”, their office space allows plenty of opportunity for collaboration with others, in addition to quiet spaces for employees to get in the zone, distraction-free.

    The Rise of Remote Working

    More than 4 million people in the UK work solely from home, enjoying a greater degree of flexibility. This is a trend that’s increasingly on the rise (allegedly, by 2020 half of the UK workforce will be working remotely), because all that’s really needed is an internet connection.

    The benefits for employees are clear: commuting times are cut to zero, you can wear what you like, and have time to exercise (a jog around the block is a surprisingly efficient way to get your creative juices flowing).

    Working from home can also make employees much more efficient, as they’re not distracted from what’s going on in the office, leaving them able to solely focus on work. In fact, it’s been reported that remote workers enjoy increased productivity levels of 16%. This of course, is a benefit for employers, as it means that work is done on time, and to a great standard.

    For employees actively looking for flexible employment opportunities, remote working is a great alternative to a traditional office job. Even if employees don’t work remotely all the time, having the option to work from home when needed can be a great way to improve morale amongst the team, and give employees the chance to experience the benefits that remote working brings.

    However, it’s important to remember that in order to be productive, you need to be self-disciplined. With initiatives like Werqwise and Wework offering collaborative office areas to be rented out on a per person per week format, we predict remote working will merge with collaborative spaces, to benefit from all of the amenities found in a sophisticated office environment.

    Office pets

    Office Dogs (And Cats!)

    According to Reed, 8% of offices in the UK allow workers to bring their dogs in. One of these companies is Nestlé, with 56 of its 1,000+ workforce having undergone the “pawthorisation” process at their City Place headquarters, allowing their dogs to spend their days at the office.

    Nestlé has allocated 12 designated dog-friendly meeting rooms for pooches to relax in, in addition to the newly created Central Bark garden. However, mostly the dogs will lounge around on cushions dotted around the office.

    Employees at Nestlé noted they’d seen an increase in happiness at work, directly due to the presence of dogs. By encouraging communication between employees, a warmer, more sociable atmosphere was created in the office, with people taking the time to stop and chat to each other, and play with the dogs.

    At NG, we’ve had dogs in the office for the last six years, and they’ve become part of the furniture! Adding an element of fun to our environment, they help to relieve stress; and our staff volunteer to take them out for walks.

    For that reason, office dogs can help to encourage a healthier lifestyle too; as someone will need to take them for a walk. Getting out and enjoying some much-needed fresh air can help employees be more productive, and improve their wellbeing.

    Of course, with upsides come downsides – for anyone who is allergic to dogs, this environment can be extremely problematic, and may deter them from applying for jobs in offices that are dog-friendly.

    It also represents extra responsibilities for dog owners, to ensure their dog is safe and happy at work. Whilst many dogs are content sitting with co-workers whilst their owners are away from their desk or in meetings, for clingier dogs, it can be quite distressing.

    If you’re more of a cat person than a dog person, then the good news is, that office cats contribute towards employee wellbeing and happiness too. Ferray Corporation – an internet solutions company based in Japan – adopted nine rescue cats, who now live in their office. Free to roam about, cats will sit on desks and in employees’ laps, and are always up for a cuddle.

    Since the cats moved into the office, Ferray reported a notable increase in inter-office communication, and employees themselves said they felt less stressed, with the cats acting as a calming presence. In Tokyo, where space is a concern and many apartments prohibit pets, being able to stroke and play with cats in the office have had an extremely positive impact on the wellbeing of workers.

    Plants in the office

    Plants & Botanicals

    Biophilia describes the innate desire that we have, as humans, to be connected with nature. According to psychologists, offices devoid of pictures, souvenirs and other distractions are “the most toxic space” that humans can be put into.

    According to research conducted at Exeter University, employees were 15% more productive when plants were introduced into their office, with one plant per square metre substantially increasing productivity.

    It turns out that plants bring other benefits too: research by the University of Technology, Sydney, reported that for offices decorated with plants, tension and anxiety fell by 37%, depression by 58%, anger and hostility by 44%, and fatigue by 38%.

    More sophisticated space planners are building plants into their internal office designs – especially in collaborative spaces. These schemes are low maintenance, and plants are irrigated to prevent any accidents with watering cans.

    According to the 2015 Human Spaces report, 58% of workers have no live plants in their workplaces, but if they can bring about such benefits, then it seems a no-brainer when it comes to garnishing your office with botanicals.

    Exposure to daylight

    Fresh Air & Daylight

    A 2006 analysis on workplaces found that poor quality air lowered employee performance by 10%. Offices ventilated with a good supply of outdoor air reported a 35% reduction rate in short term sick leave amongst employees. When you consider the fact that 27 million working days were lost in the UK in 2013 due to coughs and colds, you can see the negative impact that poor airflow has on employee wellbeing in offices across the country.

    In fact, there’s a name for an airless office that makes employees ill: Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), with symptoms ranging from headache and fatigue, through to infections and respiratory issues.

    Fresh air and daylight go hand-in-hand, and a 2011 study found that offices with above average daylight and views reported 6.5% fewer sick days.

    Whilst it may come as a surprise to some, there are many offices that don’t have windows, meaning workers must operate under artificial lighting for eight hours a day. Understandably, the consequences aren’t great: employees that work in offices with windows (something which many of us will naturally take for granted), are exposed to 173% more daylight compared to those that didn’t, and as a result, enjoy an average of 46 minutes more sleep every single night.

    However, for offices based in major cities like London and New York, access to clean, fresh air isn’t always possible – and not just because of the pollutants. Open the window of an office in central London and employees will be distracted by the noise of cars and passers-by.

    So, how can you solve that? Heading back to our previous point, indoor plants can help to purify the air in offices through photosynthesis. By absorbing particles and taking in carbon dioxide before transforming it into oxygen, this helps to reduce poor quality air by purifying it.

    Of course, it goes without saying that employers should be encouraging employees to take lunchbreaks and go outside, so they can enjoy the sunlight and breathe in fresh air. A break away from your desk can improve your mood, concentration and productivity levels. However, a third of UK employees never leave their workplace for the working day, and 7,135 people surveyed don’t take their full lunch break. This can leave workers stressed, restless and frustrated, having a detrimental impact on their wellbeing.

    Werqwise go one step further, ensuring there is ambient lighting across their offices, in addition to natural daylight flooding through the office. Lighting is pointed up and down, to reach optimum levels, helping employees to feel relaxed and productive.

    Office Acoustics, Colour & Layout

    One of the main issues with open plan offices, are the noise levels, which can become unbearable for employees at times. However, as annoying as a loud office can be, silence is equally as bad – that’s why the key to office wellbeing is to have the right level of ambient noise.

    Music played at a low volume can be a great way to banish the silence, and stop employees from feeling too self-conscious to talk. However, carpeted floors and freestanding screens placed at the edges of desks can help to reduce noise travel, to lessen the disruption for everyone else.

    Flooring can impact noise levels too. At Werqwise, their floor covering is insulated, to reduce the echo of people walking past.

    It’s imperative that there are designated quiet zones for employees to retreat too, whether it’s for meetings, phone calls, or a place to relax when they need some peace and quiet. Think about how stressful it is, having an important call with a client or supplier and not being able to hear them, because the office background noise is drowning them out. To help reduce noise levels, it’s clear that there is somewhat a return of the traditional cubicle in open plan office environments.

    Noise isn’t the only thing that can impact on employee wellbeing: research has shown that depending on what colour you choose to paint your office, it will directly impact your employees’ moods and productivity levels.

    Are you a fan of the minimalistic look, opting for shades of white, grey and beige? It’s time to think of other options, as these colours can reportedly leave employees feeling sad and depressed.

    Green and blue are largely considered the ideal choice for overall wellbeing, as they’re the colours that are associated with nature (hence the need for plants in the office!), and can improve efficiency and focus. Yellow is also a good option, as it’s viewed as energetic, optimistic and fresh – ideal for offices that promote innovation and creativity.

    The use of red should be carefully considered. Whilst it can be inspiring, often it can increase heart rates and a feeling of panic, so should be used sparingly to quickly draw attention to something that’s urgent.

    After conducting research into this, Werqwise suggest avoiding bright, punchy colours unless they’re part of your brand’s colour scheme. The reason for this, is whilst they can have an initial positive impact, over time they can become jarring, and not conducive to productivity. Instead, they suggest that sophisticated colour and texture palettes are the way forward.

    In terms of layout, the word “collaboration” has been mentioned a lot, with many employees’ citing that they need a dedicated space for this. Getting away from your desk encourages you to think of ideas and be creative. From separate rooms to pods with comfy sofas, creating a collaborative space for employees to get together and chat about projects can directly improve productivity and wellbeing.

    To conclude, all employers should consider employee wellbeing as great importance, and ensure the office space is helping to increase productivity, satisfaction and happiness levels, whilst decreasing feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.

    We’ve identified many ways in which you can tweak your office to improve worker wellbeing. Whilst not all factors will necessarily be relevant, there will certainly be aspects that you can take away from this. For any business, its staff is its most important assets: they are the people who come up with the creative ideas, carry out projects and speak with customers. Considering the fact that the cost of recruiting one skilled employee is estimated at £100,000, can you really afford not to tweak your office, to help improve happiness, creativity and wellbeing?

    If you’re looking to rent or buy a commercial office space, we can help! Get in touch today and we’ll start searching for your ideal office space, that will promote positive wellbeing amongst your staff.

  10. NG Help Deliver New Jobs to Nottingham

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    We have recently brokered a deal to enable a fast-growing delivery firm to create a range of new jobs in Nottingham.

    Direct Express Logistics has moved into a 25,000 sq ft unit on Little Tennis Street in Colwick in Nottingham in a deal jointly delivered by NG’s Sunny Landa and FHPs Mark Tomlinson on behalf of a private pension fund.

    Direct Express Logistics began as a same-day delivery service back in 1997, with just one vehicle and a simple vision. Over time, the company expanded both organically and through acquisition, and now has three sites strategically located in Doncaster, Nottingham and Stockport.

    Gavin Taylor, Commercial Director of Direct Express said:

    “This is a part of our strategy, to expand our offering to our customers. We are now agents for TPN (The Pallet Network) thanks to this relocation and this has created 15-20 extra jobs with further new positions planned over the next 12 months. We are also using local suppliers, and the local Renault dealer has supplied a brand new fleet for our current expansion.”

    Sunny Landa of NG said:

    “Direct Express are a fast-growing company and it’s always satisfying to be able to work on a deal that will create jobs for Nottingham.  We wish Direct Express all the very best in their growth plans for the future.”

    The property is located on Little Tennis Street South, and benefits from easy access to Nottingham’s ring road, with convenient access to the A453 and A610 which lead to junctions 24 & 25 of the M1 motorway.

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