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What a difference a good coffee makes...

What a difference a good coffee makes...

Providing a decent cup of coffee for the staff is a relatively small gesture that can go a long way - particularly on a Monday morning when good rocket fuel is a prerequisite in order to get the week off to a flying start. A complimentary cuppa is more than just a perk for many workers. The provision of good coffee sets the tone for what staff can expect...

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Office Interior Design Trends 2015

Office Interior Design Trends 2015

Although the year is drawing to a close, office interior design trends for 2015 are still relevant and will continue to be relevant in 2016. Many wonder what the new year will bring, though many leading interior designers in London predict that we'll see a continuation of this year's office trends again next year. In case you missed last year's predictions...

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Startups and London's Tech City – Establishing Your Headquarters

Startups and London's Tech City – Establishing Your Headquarters

London's Tech City in Shoreditch, also known as Silicon Roundabout, has attracted quite a lot of attention in recent times. This is due not only to its rising numbers of local and international tech startups, but also because of the degree of funding that's been raised by some of these increasingly prominent tech companies. This trend has had a number of...

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Saracen Small Works Fast Tracks London Charity Project

Saracen Small Works Fast Tracks London Charity Project

Saracen Interiors has completed a fast turnaround office refurbishment project for international animal welfare organisation, The Brooke. The leading workplace consultant's Small Works division provided the London-based charity with a mix of services including space planning, furniture removal, refurbishment and furniture supply. The project was finished...

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Bar's open

Bar's open

A lot of companies are finding that it's the little perks - like a drink on a Friday - that resonate most with the team and go a long way to fostering a spirit of loyalty and community... I went into an office a few weeks ago to meet a couple of friends who I was having drinks and a meal with. They'd both worked for the same company for a good few years...

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Tight squeeze

Tight squeeze

There's a reason why companies within our industry aren't investing heavily in the latest technology and running their own apprenticeship schemes at the moment and it all comes down to margins... Margins are being tightly squeezed to the point that even some of the big contractor's margins are negligible as skilled labour continues to be in high demand,...

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Saracen appoints new project consultant

Saracen appoints new project consultant

Leading workplace consultant, Saracen Interiors has welcomed a new project consultant to its burgeoning team as the company looks ahead to continue its steady growth trajectory. Rob Lambell has a solid background in both business to business and business to consumer environments within the interiors sector and is expected to bring what is an exemplary...

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Changing demographics in the workplace...

Changing demographics in the workplace...

Although the world of work is, in a constant state of flux at any given time, the Government has predicted that it is the changing age profile of the workforce that will provide the most significant development in the UK labour market in the coming years. Note that a third of workers will be over 50 by 2020 and, within another 20 years, almost a quarter of...

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Overseas Investors Capitalise Upon London Property Market

Overseas Investors Capitalise Upon London Property Market

A number of overseas investors, predominantly Asian investors, have made a quick profit from the sale of some of the largest commercial buildings in the City of London as the commercial property boom, which has attracted investors from all over the world, shows few signs of abating anytime soon. After the credit crunch came to an end in 2009, the companies...

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The importance of the workplace study

The importance of the workplace study

The first rule of any commercial design is to do your homework. After all, what's the point in planning space when you have no real idea of how many bodies will occupy it and no understanding of the functionality that might be required of each square foot? It simply doesn't make sense... And yet more and more fit outs are going ahead without adequate...

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Securing the Perfect Commercial Space – Why Work with a Commercial Agent

Securing the Perfect Commercial Space – Why Work with a Commercial Agent

Not every workplace is equal. That's what many business managers have come to realise from experience, and should you embark upon a quest to source the perfect office space, that's exactly what you will inevitably come to realise after viewing a few properties. So, seeing that workplaces are so important for a myriad of reasons, how should you go about...

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Selecting Furniture for Your New Office and Why You Need To Get It Right

Selecting Furniture for Your New Office and Why You Need To Get It Right

According to many business experts, a mistake that many business managers have made is spending far more of their office refurbishment budget on new furniture than they should have, but is this really the major faux pas it is often made out to be? Certainly, if any business manager allocates more of their budget to furniture than they do office...

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Saracen celebrates its first foray into fitness and leisure property

Saracen celebrates its first foray into fitness and leisure property

Leading workplace consultant, Saracen Interiors has completed its first official fitness and leisure contract for The Wellbeing Space, a yoga, pilates and therapy centre based in Farnham. The complete fit out project was awarded based on the commitment and professionalism demonstrated by Saracen in the early stages of the tender process and the company's...

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Hot labour, cool offices

Hot labour, cool offices

I got asked this week if some companies use their office fit outs and office refurbishments as an opportunity to 'out cool' each other in a bid to attract the best staff... There's no doubt about it, the labour market is hotting up at the moment and there are certain sectors, and competing companies within the same, that are feeling the burn from the heat....

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Architecture Students Transform London’s Kings Cross Garden

Architecture Students Transform London’s Kings Cross Garden

London's Kings Cross has come a long way over the years from its humble, and rather industrial, origins as an area of notoriously dirty factories and yards, and has since become quite the fashionable area to work and reside. Nevertheless, certain areas, like Kings Cross Garden, missed out on the many gentrification and redevelopment processes that...

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Tata Communications – London Office Launch 2015

Tata Communications – London Office Launch 2015

The measure of a good party rests on the caliber of its guests and with former rugby union player and coach, Sir Clive Woodward in the mix at its new office opening earlier this year. Guest list aside, the spanking new designs that were officially unveiled to the group of colleagues, customers, suppliers and members of the media were, of course, courtesy...

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Conventional Work in a Very Unconventional Place

Conventional Work in a Very Unconventional Place

Weird workspaces are all the rage at the moment, or at least that seems to be the case with the rise of unconventional workplaces, not all of which are those of technology companies, though they do represent more than a few. The TREExOFFICE in Hoxton Square is good example of an unconventional workplace, one which is a combination of a tree and an office,...

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London Property Prices Go Sky High Once Again

London Property Prices Go Sky High Once Again

According to property specialists, the London housing market has once again gone bonkers, with many quick to point out the disparities between those who can afford to invest in new-build properties and those who've been forced to look farther afield, often right out of London. A prominent example of this trend is the new £15bn housing project...

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If you want to catch us on the run...

If you want to catch us on the run...

It's that time again ! There's a group of us running in the Bupa Great South Run on 25th October to raise funds for Saracen's regular adopted charity, Naomi House & Jacksplace. I'll be running again, along with Dave Browne, Petra Martins and Manuela Griogoras, and we are all hoping for, at the very least, a dry day to keep it as painless as possible....

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Optimising The Creative Design Process

Optimising The Creative Design Process

Designing a new office design is about much more than exercising creative flair and coming up with new and innovative ways to solve age-old workspace issues. As experienced interior designers in London, we have discovered that it is about working with end users to ensure that the whole process is focused on meeting their precise needs, both now and in the...

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In the workplace: Does size matter?

In the workplace: Does size matter?

There are a number of key differences that set apart larger companies from smaller businesses. The problem is, when starting out or looking for a change of scene and new challenges, it can sometimes be difficult to know which way to leap. We're all governed by our past experiences to an extent and some of us, (especially those slightly longer in the tooth...

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Saracen Interiors creates Tata's vision of a mobile & flexible working environment

Saracen Interiors creates Tata's vision of a mobile & flexible working environment

Saracen Interiors designed and delivered a full fit out for this global network provider at Vintners Place on the north bank of the River Thames by Southwark. The design, reflecting Tata's vision of a mobile, flexible working environment that encourages collaborative working, is now expected to be rolled out globally. "Saracen worked in challenging...

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New blood is flowing this way...

New blood is flowing this way...

Great news this week, post-exam results, new blood is flowing and it's coming our way. It appears that the number of students set to take degrees in construction this September is expected to rise considerably. University admissions body, UCAS has announced that 7,550 students have been accepted onto undergraduate degrees in architecture, building and...

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Has open plan had its day?

Has open plan had its day?

Open plan offices have suffered a bit of a backlash in recent times. Everyone's looking for the next big idea and the standard open plan environment doesn't really pass muster for a lot of us any more. Often viewed in the negative, open plan has been classed as stale, constricting, noisy and oppressive in the last few years. In an age where staff retention...

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Testing the links in the chain

Testing the links in the chain

The quality of the services that you provide, along with your performance and your delivery, firmly rests on your supply chain. You are only ever as strong as the chain's weakest link and that's why most businesses, who lead in their individual fields, take the management of the supply chain so seriously and subject it to regular and rigorous checks and...

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Fit Out Mistakes to Avoid at All Cost

Fit Out Mistakes to Avoid at All Cost

You've found the right office. Now all you have to do is fit the space out. Whether this is your first office fit out in London, or you have been involved in your fair share of new office openings, it never hurts to review the essentials. With that in mind, let's have a look at four critical fit-out mistakes that you should avoid at all cost: Not giving...

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All in the mind

All in the mind

Mindfulness - the Zen-like meditation practice of concentrating on the self and the current moment - has been practiced both independently and in some education institutions for some time. Now it's finding its way into business with some of the larger companies embracing this latest health and wellbeing trend - even offering access to it during the working...

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The Best Creative Co-Working Workspaces in London

The Best Creative Co-Working Workspaces in London

Freelancers have long been spoiled for choice regarding creative co-working spaces throughout the City of London. Whilst countless American cities are renowned for the numerous co-working spaces they offer freelancers and remote workers. London seems somewhat deprived of the attention it most certainly deserves. Flexible, shared workspaces aimed at...

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Is London becoming to expensive? Major Firms Eye Move North

Is London becoming to expensive? Major Firms Eye Move North

Is London getting too expensive to do business in? That's the question many major companies are asking as city rental rates skyrocket and making a move north becomes a more appealing prospect. With rents hitting £67.50 per square foot in the City and £125 in the West End, it's no surprise many major companies are eyeing moves north, most...

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Boosting Productivity in the Workplace

Boosting Productivity in the Workplace

From time to time on this blog, we allude to the important role that office design plays in fostering a creative and productive work environment. Most recently (June 2015), we reported on a study that found that the physical office environment has a significant effect on employee wellbeing. Even if this is something that many of us suspect on an intuitive...

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