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Commonly Made Office Design Mistakes for Management to Avoid

Commonly Made Office Design Mistakes for Management to Avoid

You may be an accomplished office manager with many years’ business experience under your belt, but how much do you really know about the office design process? For many management level employees responsible for overseeing the office design process, it becomes instantly apparent – to themselves and not necessarily to others – that they...

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Growing Pains: Commercial Agents to Facilitate Your Expansion Plans

Growing Pains: Commercial Agents to Facilitate Your Expansion Plans

A business that is growing is a healthy business but with growth comes a unique set of problems: obstacles that need to be overcome if the rate of expansion is to be successfully accommodated and the potential profits from such expansion maximised. The biggest of these problems concerns the workspace: a growing company will almost certainly have a growing...

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Commercial Office Furniture from Saracen Interiors

Commercial Office Furniture from Saracen Interiors

At Saracen Interiors, we believe your office furniture should never be just an addition to your work environment, and it should certainly never be an afterthought. Taking the time to select commercial office furniture that complements your workplace environment and layout, and meets your current and future business needs, is a vital aspect of ensuring...

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How to De-Stress Your Office Fit-Out

How to De-Stress Your Office Fit-Out

Relocating is stressful, to the say the least. Last year, the BBC noted that many survey respondents rank moving house right up there with dealing with a death in the family. While the article ultimately determined that there’s certainly some hyperbole to this sentiment, there’s also a notable takeaway here – moving is stressful. But...

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Adaptable Workspaces to Meet Changing Needs

Adaptable Workspaces to Meet Changing Needs

There is only one constant in life, which is change. This applies to business as much as to any other area of life, which is why employers in the 21st century need to provide workspaces that can be easily adapted to meet the changing needs of the company and its workforce. A complete office refurbishment may be desirable at certain times in a...

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Designing Office Interiors that Inspire Employees

Designing Office Interiors that Inspire Employees

It’s easy for business owners to overlook the importance of office design – particularly in relation to how it affects morale, productivity and creativity on behalf of their staff. While our team can help you create stunning office interior design that turns heads, wows clients and makes your employees proud to be part of the team, there are...

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Saracen triples orders from new clients

Saracen triples orders from new clients

Saracen Interiors is starting the New Year with a forward order book that is bulging with new business. With a high percentage of its contracts - traditionally 70 per cent – coming from repeat business, the workplace interiors consultant has announced that it has increased its orders from new clients up to three times when compared to figures collated...

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Office Fit Out Ideas for Small Workplaces

Office Fit Out Ideas for Small Workplaces

Many business organisations choose to manage their office fit outs in-house and take care of all the arrangements themselves. However, with leading London office fit out companies like Saracen Interiors providing a complete design, supply and installation service – our experienced office fit out contractors can manage every aspect of your project from...

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Implementing Flexible Design Maximises Space and Minimises Costs

Implementing Flexible Design Maximises Space and Minimises Costs

With experts overwhelmingly pointing to recent trends such as greater workplace collaboration and the need for private enclaves – two somewhat opposing trends – as the design trends of the immediate future, the ability to provide employees with greater flexibility in the workplace is something for all managers to think about. Office fit out...

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An end to 2015!

An end to 2015!

In a recent interview with online business news publication, Bdaily, I was asked about Saracen’s highlights during 2015. We celebrated our thirtieth anniversary this year and the interviewer was keen to know what our greatest moments had been. It was easy, in this instance, to answer without any considered pause for thought… The best bits of...

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Audatex appoints Saracen to create dynamic new workspace

Audatex appoints Saracen to create dynamic new workspace

Modern, energy efficient 'centre of excellence' to drive future innovation for the benefit of insurers and bodyshops Audatex, a global leader in the provision of risk and asset management software and services, has chosen leading workplace consultant, Saracen Interiors, to revamp its offices in Theale, Reading. The project reflects Audatex's commitment to...

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London's Best 'Startup' Areas

London's Best 'Startup' Areas

So much has been made of London's Tech City (around Shoreditch), but with rental rates escalating at a rate that even Google's boffins can't keep up with, how wise is it for tech startups to relocate to Silicon Roundabout or the areas adjacent to it? There are a lot of perks for tech startups that successfully relocate there, but what about the tech...

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Please remain standing

Please remain standing

Sitting comfortably? If so, now might be the time to stand up. In fact, move about a bit and stretch those legs as you read. Don't sit still because this topic is guaranteed to give you the urge to move about. In the time it takes to read this article, embrace it; flex those muscles and move those joints. I've avoided the topic of standing in the office as...

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Budgeting for a Corporate Relocation

Budgeting for a Corporate Relocation

Relocating your business, whether to another building in the same development or to a completely different part of the country, can be a very expensive undertaking. To make sure that you do not spend more than you can afford, you need to put together a detailed budget covering every aspect of your move. The biggest cost will probably be the office interior...

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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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