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Mixology 2017 Shortlist - Fit Out Company of the Year !

Mixology 2017 Shortlist - Fit Out Company of the Year !

The shortlists have been announced for the Mixology17 Awards and we’ve just found out that we’re down for Fit Out Company of the Year. It’s a great honour to feature in this category. It’s one of the most prized lists to make in the industry and so, (it probably goes without saying !), we’re delighted and we’ll be doing...

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It’s all in the mix

It’s all in the mix

Having recently considered the UK’s coolest offices and the role that they play in recruitment and retention, it’s interesting to give UK office culture, per se, a pause for thought. Our current obsession with providing the most engaging spaces is, of course, inextricably linked with office culture and how we interact with each other during (and...

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NEW OFFICES: SARACEN ARRIVES IN MANCHESTER’S MEDIA CITY

NEW OFFICES: SARACEN ARRIVES IN MANCHESTER’S MEDIA CITY

Leading workplace consultant, Saracen Interiors has committed to growing its business in the North West with the announcement that it has opened an office in one of Manchester’s most vibrant and dynamic, mixed use spaces, Media City. Initially a South East concern, Saracen has made an impact across the whole of the UK in the last decade. In recent...

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After Shock - The coming general election...

After Shock - The coming general election...

With Labour sinking rapidly in the polls perhaps it shouldn’t have come as quite the surprise it did when Theresa May announced an early election last week. Now in countdown mode to June 8th, and with parliament in agreement, what remains of the big guns are taking to the campaign trail once again.  If this will strengthen any Brexit activity...

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Britain’s coolest offices

Britain’s coolest offices

Glassdoor’s list of the UK’s top ten coolest offices found its way onto the Mailonline last week – a PR victory for the recruitment website and an acknowledgement for all (from the voice of middle England) of how far some companies will go to in order to ensure that their offices and facilities stand head and shoulders above the rest. The...

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Why the fit out expert makes the best FM provider

Why the fit out expert makes the best FM provider

An interesting article, authored by the editor of workplaceinsight.net, this week compares the relationship between office design and facilities management to sex and parenthood. This is a great analogy to make as it, quite rightly, suggests that the two are inextricably interlinked. The facilities are born of the design and the management of them goes on...

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Sensing a difference

Sensing a difference

Retail has a history for being ahead of the curve when it comes to ‘pimping up’ environments, providing a destination guaranteed to stimulate and engage in a bid to create better footfall. It has long embraced the idea of building a prime sensory environment and, over the years, shoppers have been invited to indulge the majority of their senses...

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Saracen wins contract for landmark office fit out in Scarborough

Saracen wins contract for landmark office fit out in Scarborough

Sirius Minerals Plc has awarded leading workplace consultant, Saracen Interiors with a contract for the complete fit out and refurbishment of its new company headquarters at Prospect House - the iconic, former Scarborough Building Society building which stands at the town’s southern gateway. The fertilizer development company, which is developing its...

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Move Office or New Office

Move Office or New Office

There will come a time for most businesses where you feel that undeniable need to move on to pastures new. Maybe the atmosphere in your current workspace is getting a little stagnant. Perhaps, as your business has evolved, you’ve outgrown your office that was perfectly suitable not so long ago. A lot of organisations may even get to this point more...

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Powering ahead in the North West

Powering ahead in the North West

Various members of the team have been burning rubber on the motorway in recent weeks, clocking up the miles between Manchester and the South East. Look out for a specific announcement about that soon but, in the meantime, it was the turn of our business development manager, Carly Chandra and marketing executive, Jordan Fredericks to head North, last week,...

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Green Fingers - Expanding our Facilities Management Service Offering

Green Fingers - Expanding our Facilities Management Service Offering

Saracen Interiors is extending its facilities management offering to include a complete selection of exterior and landscape services, to ensure all of its customers’ needs are seamlessly met. The new services, which will sit under the banner of Saracen Facilities, will include hard and soft landscape design, planting design and installation, bicycle...

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Building Relationships - Putting it out there

Building Relationships - Putting it out there

We’ve decided to announce the events that we’re taking part in this year – charitable events and team building exercises, all in the mix – as a form of commitment. We’re putting it out there so we can’t back out, basically – especially on the ones that require a degree of bravery ! Starting right there, we have six...

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Bouncing along: The path to Brexit

Bouncing along: The path to Brexit

The post-Brexit bounce, reported by the construction industry towards the end of last year, has confounded all critics and naysayers of the EU exit who warned that the industry, and its supply chain, faced impending doom. I don’t think any of us anticipated the immediate difficulties that would follow June’s result (just as we hadn’t...

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Trends... Looking Ahead

Trends... Looking Ahead

The easiest way to second guess the design inclinations that will ride the crest of the wave over the next 12 months is to look at the trends that were gaining some momentum in the previous year and consider the longevity of the most popular; the concepts that generated the most requests. Breakout areas seemed to appear on most lists last year. I...

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Building Relationships - Our new Business Development Executive!

Building Relationships - Our new Business Development Executive!

Melissa Chandra is joining Saracen Interiors in the role of business development executive as the leading workplace consultant further establishes itself across a wider range of sectors and continues to grow its new business team. Melissa’s appointment will support the company in its bid to grow its burgeoning portfolio in the commercial sector, while...

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Looking forward to 2017!

Looking forward to 2017!

With an increase of almost 30 per cent on our forward order book, compared to this same time last year, and with almost five million pounds worth of orders coming in during the last few weeks of 2016 alone, Saracen’s prospects have never looked so good at the start of any single year. The last 12 months provided us with an unnerving year, thanks...

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Encouraging an environmentally-friendly office space

Encouraging an environmentally-friendly office space

Considering the environmental impact of the workplace is one of the most pressing expectations placed upon companies. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can “greenify” your office space. Recycle Encouraging your employees to recycle is perhaps one of the easiest and most sustainable ways to reduce office waste. Placing small waste bins...

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Employee Wellbeing

Employee Wellbeing

In the UK arriving to work early, skipping lunch breaks, and leaving late seem to be normal and - sometimes even expected - aspects of working culture. Stress is therefore extremely typical, and is often seen as an indicator of how hard people are working or how committed they are to their jobs. This is perhaps why wellness has become such a welcome concept...

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Tackling the Monday BLUES...

Tackling the Monday BLUES...

If you work in a 9-5 environment chances are you’re familiar with the Monday blues. Whilst we won’t pretend we can completely alleviate the feeling completely, these techniques should help ease the gloomy feeling of a new working week. Use Sunday night to prepare yourself Use a bit of time on Sunday evening just to get yourself ready...

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And the nominees are…

And the nominees are…

Black tie at the ready, it’s coming up to award season and, once again, Saracen has made the list. This time it’s over to our facilities management division, Saracen Facilities. The division has been named as a finalist in the Tomorrow’s FM awards 2017 for its strong track record in improving workplace efficiency and its fast response and...

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Top Trump

Top Trump

If Brexit wasn’t enough for you, the shock results of the American presidential elections have certainly set the bar for what has turned out to be an unforgettable year in politics. It seems that 2016 is the year of the populist revolt and these extraordinary times, with their unexpected outcomes, are leaving our countries divided. The UK was the...

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Stressful Work Environment...?

Stressful Work Environment...?

Working in a negative atmosphere can affect all levels of your working life. It can make you less productive, less happy at work, less motivated and also can leads to you looking for a way out as soon as possible. To help tackle these toxic, negative feelings we’ve put together a simple list of changes you can be making to improve your work...

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Let the sun shine: Daylighting in offices

Let the sun shine: Daylighting in offices

“Daylighting” is the modern term for the strategy whereby shelters, in a world without artificial light, were designed to benefit from the maximum amount of sun possible.  Today, it relates to the positioning of windows and skylights to optimise the natural light which reaches a building, cutting down the need for artificial...

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Location Location Location - Office Fit Out Costs

Location Location Location - Office Fit Out Costs

When you are attempting to estimate the cost of an office fit-out in the UK, there are so many variables that need to be taken into account. The logistics of running a project can vary greatly depending on a number of factors. In this post, we’re going to shed some light into what those factors are and how they can affect the overall cost of your...

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Technology and the work life balance....

Technology and the work life balance....

We’re at a stage now where it’s the norm for many of us to be glued to our gadgets at all hours of the day and night. We’ve most definitely become more reliant on the technical world and it appears to be a multi-generational phenomenon, crossing business and pleasure and making no differentiation for personality types. In short,...

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Saracen fast tracks CarWeb

Saracen fast tracks CarWeb

Saracen Interiors has completed work for vehicle registration search and technical data supplier, Carweb, at the company’s new offices in West Malling, Kent. The full fit out followed on from a project that the leading workplace consultant completed for sister company, motor claims processing expert, Audatex at the beginning of this year and has taken...

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Your Office Reception Area: the Public Face of Your Firm

Your Office Reception Area: the Public Face of Your Firm

For businesses that welcome customers to their corporate headquarters on a regular basis, the reception area really is the public face of their firm. It is the first thing that visitors see when they arrive and the last thing they see when they leave. If you want to ensure that your customers leave with a good impression of your organisation, you need to...

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All for one - Team Saracen!

All for one - Team Saracen!

So, we did it. A team of eight from Saracen completed the London South Tough Mudder last month and it was memorable… It was tough and muddy (no surprises there then !) but it was also exhilarating, challenging and, most of all, a lot of fun.  It brought us all together as well. We trained together, we spent time outside of work together and...

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Trump vs Clinton: It’s all in the management

Trump vs Clinton: It’s all in the management

The first presidential debate has been broadcast and pollsters have Mrs Clinton as the champion of round one, following a confident performance, with CNN declaring her the winner of the debate - at least according to 62 per cent of viewers. As the dust settles, CNN’s view seems to be shared across all media outlets. For now, at least, Clinton is the...

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Feeling the chill

Feeling the chill

Our ‘Great’ and very ‘British’ weather is a constant source of conversation across all seasons, with many of us becoming fixated on its peculiarities, particularly when those seasons appear to act out of character, or seemingly merge, as is often now the way. The only constant with the weather is its unpredictability and winter is no...

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