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How to Transition from a Coworking Space into Your Own Office

How to Transition from a Coworking Space into Your Own Office

Coworking spaces provide small businesses with the opportunity to work in an office environment, without the financial commitment of a long-term let. However, despite the benefits of coworking, it’s impossible to ignore the perks of having your own office space: increased privacy, dedicated facilities, space to grow and an environment that reflects your brand and […]

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How to Build an Office Space for a Growing Business

How to Build an Office Space for a Growing Business

If your business is expanding rapidly, you’re likely to be feeling cramped and restricted in your current workspace. If you are considering an office move then there are several key things to consider that are especially important for a growing business. To help, we have put together a key list of office design tips that […]

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Finding the Right Office Space for Your Business

Finding the Right Office Space for Your Business

Finding the right office space for your business may seem like a daunting prospect, especially if your business is just starting out. From location to amenities, leasing options to future growth, there are plenty of things to consider. Whilst this can seem overwhelming, an office move should be treated as a brilliant business opportunity. If […]

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How to Successfully Move Office in London

How to Successfully Move Office in London

London is an international hub for investment and trade, and dominates the UK economy. Over half of the UK’s top 100 listed companies (the FTSE 100) and over 100 of Europe’s 500 largest companies have their headquarters in central London, according to the London Stock Exchange. Relocating your workplace can be very beneficial for your business; […]

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A Quick Guide to an Office Move

A Quick Guide to an Office Move

Relocating your office can help you meet financial objectives, as well as motivating and inspiring your team. An office move is a large-scale operation to which you should allocate 12 months advance planning per 10,000 sq ft. We have broken down the planning process into 6 key steps to get you started on your office […]

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How to Budget for an Office Relocation

How to Budget for an Office Relocation

Relocating and enhancing your workplace can innovate your company and drive real business results, but sticking to a budget on your office move can be challenging. An office relocation is a significant investment, and so it should be if you want a high-quality office environment that will continue to reward your business for years to […]

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Top Ten Tips to a Successful Office Relocation

Top Ten Tips to a Successful Office Relocation

An office relocation may be due to practical circumstances, such as a lease expiry or outgrowing your current location. Moving office can become an exciting opportunity to innovate your brand, renew business, and lift staff morale and productivity. Upping sticks and moving your whole operation may seem like a daunting prospect, but as with anything […]

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Is Your Office Sustainable?

Is Your Office Sustainable?

With the increasing expectation that organisations have sustainable initiatives, and the potential competitive advantage this could provide, it is inevitable that you will be looking into ‘going green’ in the workplace. Running a sustainable office can be cost-effective, increase productivity levels, and be utilised as a strategic device to boost business. But as you turn […]

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Office Design Trends to Look Out For in 2019

Office Design Trends to Look Out For in 2019

Now that we are approaching the end of 2018, we think it is the perfect time to consider the emerging design trends that look set to exert their influence on the offices of tomorrow. In an economic climate whose uncertainty is compounded by the spectre of Brexit, British business people are thinking carefully about how […]

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How Long Does an Office Move Take?

How Long Does an Office Move Take?

Moving offices is one of the most important decisions a business can make. It affects every facet of the business – from staff and client perception through to long-term profitability. When there’s so much to consider on such a small timescale, the earlier you can begin considering the potential timetabling; the easier the move becomes. […]

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Workplace Futures: 5 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing New Tech

Workplace Futures: 5 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing New Tech

The technological innovations achieved in the last few decades have formed a revolution in our profession and home lives and recently, it can feel like these disruptive advances are being introduced on a weekly basis. Although these new technologies offer a variety of solutions and services, they seem united by a singular intention: to increase […]

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Our 10 Favourite Pieces of Breakout Furniture

Our 10 Favourite Pieces of Breakout Furniture

One area that’s becoming increasingly popular – both in offices and the furniture market – is the breakout space. Typically, this was an area to escape the prosaic activities of the workstation, but in recent years there’s been a move towards the ‘third space’ where workers can collaborate, hold meetings and touchdown for their daily […]

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How Much Office Space is Needed per Person?

How Much Office Space is Needed per Person?

When calculating how much office space you need, there are several important factors which will have an extensive impact on the productivity of your employees and your business. Too much space will have residual effects on your profitability; too little space can limit performance, demoralise staff and restrict your abilities to grow as a business. […]

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Need Help Choosing a Commercial Property Agent?

Need Help Choosing a Commercial Property Agent?

  On the surface, it can seem that buying a commercial property is similar to a residential real estate investment. On finding the property (generally through an estate agent), an offer is made and if accepted, legal and due diligence is carried out before exchange and completion. However, finding a property that works for your […]

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6 Pieces of Office Tech You Can’t Live Without

6 Pieces of Office Tech You Can’t Live Without

We’ve all seen the meandering all-night queues outside Apple stores waiting for the release of the Next Big Thing, but there’s much more to gadgetry that having Siri finding the closest bar or the next bus home. We take a look at some of the must-have technology for the contemporary office that have a great […]

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How to Create an Irresistible Workspace

How to Create an Irresistible Workspace

A better economy creates more opportunity for skilled employees… That means a higher staff turnover and shorter average tenure of employees staying put. So how can you make your employees fall in love with the office? What can you do to not only attract the best-of-the-best employees, but retain them so they are happy where they […]

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The Power of Colour in Office Design

The Power of Colour in Office Design

Can an injection of colour power-up a workforce? Can colour inspire healthy minds and bodies? Absolutely… And we are not just talking about a lick of paint here or there. Colour psychology is a significant aspect of modern interior design. In essence, it is about creating a space which both reflects your business and values […]

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Can an Office Fit Out Motivate Your Staff?

Can an Office Fit Out Motivate Your Staff?

Nearly a third of UK employees are not motivated at work. An all too easily overlooked factor when considering productivity levels, is office design. The right office fit out can do more than empower employees, it can change workplace culture and boost business. Office design can play a part in switching unproductive, disenchanted employees into […]

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Exciting Office Design Trends for 2016

Exciting Office Design Trends for 2016

The workplace landscape seems to be an ever changing one. What’s new on the horizon this year? What are the workplace trends that matter in 2016? At the cutting edge of office design lies innovation and intelligent thinking. Trends evolve over time… For them to turn into influential concepts, it’s critical to be mindful of […]

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Design Ideas for a More Productive Office

Design Ideas for a More Productive Office

As you plan ahead for the New Year, now is a good opportunity to take stock of how your office has performed in the past 12 months. Are your employees working at optimum level? Are staff happy and productive? Or could the office environment itself be killing productivity? Far fetched?  Not according to a recent […]

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Five Signs it is Time to Move Office

Five Signs it is Time to Move Office

When you’re busy with the day to day, it’s easy to miss the clues that it’s time to relocate office. Because your staff is good at adapting to environments, you might not see there’s a problem unless you look closer. What are the tell-tale signs that your current office isn’t fit for purpose? Here are […]

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Humanscale Profile: Design Talk

Humanscale Profile: Design Talk

Earlier in October, we went to Humanscale’s newly refurbished showroom for a chat with Tamsin Grosvenor, acting Marketing Manager for the UK, for a catch up on the latest from the pioneering ergonomic furniture manufacturer. Humanscale have gone from strength to strength in the last 10 years, releasing a wide array of tools and solutions […]

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How to Banish End-of-Year Stress?

How to Banish End-of-Year Stress?

It is almost the end of the year which means company budget targets are looming, deadlines and year-end reviews are on the horizon and heaven forbid you get sick at this time of year. It goes without saying that employee stress levels are on the rise as the festive season draws near. In order to […]

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Moving Office? Beware of These Hidden Costs

Moving Office? Beware of These Hidden Costs

With any office relocation here in London it’s essential to do your homework before you up sticks. In the first instance, read your lease. As a legally binding contract, it makes sense to read the small print – carefully. Keep an eye out for the following hidden charges and costs you could encounter: 1. Service […]

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The Ultimate Office Relocation Checklist

The Ultimate Office Relocation Checklist

Your ideal workspace is not as hard to find as you might think, but you need to be clear about what your criteria are from the outset. Establishing what your requirements are from the get go, and planning accordingly, can make it easier to find the perfect space and save incurring further expenses down the […]

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Office Trends: London Design Festival 2015

Office Trends: London Design Festival 2015

With London Design Festival just behind us, we take a look at 3 of the major developments that are changing the shape and contents of the workplace. 1. Mass Customisation The entrepreneurial surge in tech startups, SMEs and micro-businesses has changed the way many new companies look at their real estate requirements. Project teams are […]

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Is Your Office Culture King?

Is Your Office Culture King?

The global giant Google is the undisputed king of innovative office design. It’s not just about looks, either. The epitome of Google’s success is that it knows how to keep staff happy. This is certainly true given its new American headquarters under construction. Truly ground breaking… What’s the secret of creating an office culture which […]

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How to Choose the Right Fit Out Company

How to Choose the Right Fit Out Company

For well over two decades, we’ve seen what the best fit out partners look like – and the worst. Let’s face it, choosing the right team for your office refurbishment is instrumental to its success. Aside from guiding you through every step of the way, your fit out specialist must also ensure the project completes […]

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Out with the old, in with the new?

Out with the old, in with the new?

The world of office design is ever-changing… With evolving technology, new trends and attitudes to the office environment, businesses don’t want to be left behind. London, of course, is a global city. With office development on the rise, investment in Crossrail and residential redevelopment, London is once again at the forefront of commerce. That’s why […]

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Is It Time For An Office Innovation?

Is It Time For An Office Innovation?

How would you define an office refurbishment? Is it simply about rearranging the furniture, updating old IT systems, or giving the office a lick of paint? Not these days. In truth, an office refurbishment is taking on a new shape. Rather than simply updating what’s obsolete, London companies use a commercial fit out as an […]

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Who Wants a Multitasking Office?

Who Wants a Multitasking Office?

Nowadays, a commercial office must tick several boxes to keep everyone happy. In essence, it needs to be a brilliant multitasker! Creating a diverse, versatile environment is no mean feat. Yet with creative thinking, this challenge makes office refurbishment an exciting arena… The goal is to create an intelligent infrastructure to enable staff to work […]

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Is Standing the New Sitting?

Is Standing the New Sitting?

Office design is constantly evolving. It literally never stands still… New research and technologies offer us fascinating new perspectives in interior design. In today’s office design landscape, employee wellbeing is a crucial consideration. The impact of design on people’s health is something that is without question changing commercial fit outs… Sedentary lifestyles have long been […]

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Has Workplace Culture Overtaken Branding?

Has Workplace Culture Overtaken Branding?

For many companies in the past, branded stationery, a logo (perhaps) emblazoned in the carpet, or company colours splashed across the office was a fast way to create a recognisable brand. What’s fascinating, however, is how contemporary office design is steering a new age in brand identity. The focus today is to create a design […]

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Is your office fit for purpose?

Is your office fit for purpose?

A commercial office has to have it all to be a successful workspace these days… It must be functional, practical, efficient – plus inspiring and relaxing. On top of this tick-list, it needs to be the face of your business too. So the question you could ask yourself now is whether your office ticks all […]

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How Long Does an Office Fit Out Take?

How Long Does an Office Fit Out Take?

Time is always of the essence when it comes to an office fit out. First there’s the issue of office space availability. Vacant commercial space in Central London has fallen by 20% in the last 12 months – putting even more pressure on companies to secure suitable offices. Plus, with commercial space in the City […]

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How Much Does an Office Fit Out Cost?

How Much Does an Office Fit Out Cost?

Now there’s a question! And an important one too… As ever, though, it’s difficult to pluck a ballpark figure from thin air since office fit outs are so diverse. Office size, structural elements, space usage, finish quality, furniture choice, technology and building location impact on cost – making it impossible to hazard a guess. That […]

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What are Your Office Etiquette Pet Peeves?

What are Your Office Etiquette Pet Peeves?

  Office etiquette rules! Yet when bad design, bad manners and inconsiderate behaviour break all those rules, life in the office can turn into a nightmare! Usually, when small irritations build up into major grievances over time, it can stop others from getting on with their job. That’s when it’s time to do something positive. […]

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How Much Office Space Do I Need?

How Much Office Space Do I Need?

As one of the most asked questions here at Strategy Hat, you’d expect a definitive answer, wouldn’t you? The truth is every company or organisation is different. Every business has different needs to the next. That said, instead of randomly guessing how many sq ft you need, why not plan it out step by step? […]

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Can an Office Refurbishment be Built to Last?

Can an Office Refurbishment be Built to Last?

An office fit out seems on the surface to be a costly outlay for any business. However, by choosing the right design, it can be a lucrative investment – leading to business growth. Of course, there’s a lot to weigh up. How long could an office refurbishment realistically last? Can tradition blend with contemporary elements […]

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How to Cut Down on Office Noise

How to Cut Down on Office Noise

Sound affects us profoundly. It travels, permeating space – reverberating off of every surface. As an irrepressible presence in a room which can never be switched off, it can lead office workers to distraction. Irritating office distractions can impact on productivity levels – with constant office noise leading to frustration, stress and eventually absenteeism. Your […]

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Can Your Office Design Retain Top Talent?

Can Your Office Design Retain Top Talent?

Just how important is your office design in both attracting skilled staff and retaining them? Essential! Losing key personnel is an ongoing problem in business. That’s why it matters that companies meticulously plan their office fit out or refurbishment with staff in mind. What drivers, then, are at work when it comes to attracting and […]

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What Does Contemporary Office Design Look Like?

What Does Contemporary Office Design Look Like?

Social Media giant Facebook recently moved into its brand new offices in California. And what a space it is!  Though it’s the largest open plan office on the planet, it’s a down-to-earth workplace where people can connect. Mark Zuckerberg remarked how he wanted to create a ‘sense of community and connection among our teams.’ Plus, […]

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How Important is Technology to Office Design?

How Important is Technology to Office Design?

IT is advancing at a rattling pace these days… The scenario of staff chained to dedicated desks with immovable computers is also changing. We’d be so bold as to say that a digital revolution is happening across office interiors… Consequently, IT is no longer an afterthought. How we work is now just as important as […]

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7 Golden Rules of an Office Fit Out

7 Golden Rules of an Office Fit Out

Are you embarking on an office interior fit out this year or next? If so, it can be all too easy to lose sight of the bigger picture when immersed in nitty-gritty detail. Whether you’re relocating to a new London location or refurbishing the workspace you have now, see your workplace fit out as an […]

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What’s on Your Office Relocation Checklist?

What’s on Your Office Relocation Checklist?

A London office move can be a daunting journey fraught with pitfalls along the way – if you’re not careful. From the initial planning to moving-in day, there’s a bundle of essential decisions you need to get right from the start. Opportunity and risk sit side by side in an office relocation. However, by planning […]

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Is Brand Identity Essential to Office Design?

Is Brand Identity Essential to Office Design?

Make no mistake. Google’s new London headquarters set to open in 2016 will once again set the company apart. Its worldwide offices are synonymous with pure theatre. Usually based on a theme, a Google office is awash with zany designs, bright fixtures and fittings, and the highest-spec tailoring. The aim? To create vibrant, buzzing workspaces […]

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What’s the Difference Between a Category A and B Fit Out?

What’s the Difference Between a Category A and B Fit Out?

The Construction and Property industry’s are full of jargon. Sometimes it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. To keep things simple, here’s an explanation of what a typical Category A and B fit out means for you. Category A fit outs – usually carried out for developers and landlords – turn […]

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Office Design Ideas to Get Business Buzzing

Office Design Ideas to Get Business Buzzing

Just how important is your working environment? Is yours making or breaking your business? Think about it… We spend our lives in the office. That’s why it matters to create the right working environment – one that inspires staff morale and increases productivity. The world of office interiors is certainly a dynamic place. It’s ever […]

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What’s the Art to Moving Office? Timing!

What’s the Art to Moving Office? Timing!

How do you relocate your office without your plans falling apart? Without doubt – in any relocation project – it’s never too early to consider timescales. In fact, it’s a pre-requisite! Moving office smoothly doesn’t happen by accident or guesswork. It needs meticulous planning to reduce disruption to your business, and keep downtime to a minimum. […]

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3 Must-Ask Office Space Questions

3 Must-Ask Office Space Questions

Just how important is office space? If you are considering relocating your London office, space planning must be in your top 10 essentials list. Without question… When it comes to office space, one size does not fit all! In this age of open-plan offices where cellular workspaces are in decline, it’s more important than ever […]

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3 Business Benefits of an Office Relocation

3 Business Benefits of an Office Relocation

In modern office design, space isn’t a luxury commodity; it’s an essential. How you work in that space has a direct impact on what you do, and how productive you are. Fact. That said, ‘now’ is only part of the story. What about the future? Is it time to: Reassess how your company operates now, […]

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Office Interior Design Ideas Fit for 2019

Office Interior Design Ideas Fit for 2019

If you are considering relocating to a new office or refurbishing your current space, it is important to consider current and future design trends. This does not concern aesthetics, so much as a modern, functional workspace that supports the productivity of your team. Different generations have different expectations of their workplace, and a successful office […]

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