In this day and age, it is no longer simply an option to select the green choice for disposing of our unwanted office furniture and IT equipment; it is a corporate social responsibility (CSR). We as a society have become more and more aware of the consequences of our decisions regarding the disposal of waste in our domestic and working lives and the importance of sustainability, not only environmentally but also ethically. With the proliferation of businesses, charities and social enterprises dedicated to reuse and recycling, it has never been easier to arrange for clearance of unwanted office furniture in a socially responsible way.
There are a number of organisations in London who offer a comprehensive service including a survey, quotation, clearance and recycling or reuse of office furniture and goods. Where possible, most of these companies are committed to reuse and cultivate a network of organisations, charities and car-boot and Ebay sellers to repair, re-home and distribute the goods among charities, schools and businesses. Very rarely has office furniture reached the end of its intended life span at the point of disposal, as more often than not it has simply been replaced during a refurbishment or redecoration project. Reuse is by far the most ethically and environmentally friendly approach since the process of repairing, grading and re-installing reused furniture sustains jobs and creates 1000 times fewer CO2 emissions than the manufacturing of a new item. Where it is not possible to reuse, goods are broken down into separate materials to be effectively recycled. Waste goods that are not recycled end up in landfill which may contribute to air pollution due to methane emissions and contamination of water and soil.
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For decades, London has been a top location for the film industry. Hundreds of movies and TV series have been set in London, whether in famous studios like Pinewood, Ealing, Leavesden, or Shepperton, or in the city’s streets and iconic buildings. More recently, some of London’s most representative office buildings have drawn the attention of filmmakers, since their varied architectural styles lend themselves to becoming the setting of everything from comedy to action films. Let’s take a look at the London office buildings that are making it big in Hollywood.
1. The Gherkin
One of London’s most iconic buildings, the Gherkin has received multiple awards due to its unique design and futuristic architecture. This 41-storey high office building was completed in 2003 and its tenants include Regus, Standard Life, JDA, ION Trading, and Kirkland and Ellis (1).
The Gherkin has appeared in several Hollywood blockbusters, including:
– Match Point (2005)
– Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
– A Good Year (2006)
– Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009)
– Thor: The Dark World (2013)
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Clerical and desk-based jobs are a popular source of employment in London, although the type of roles available has evolved due to changes in the local and global economy. With the rise of the creative sector, many new and highly paid office jobs have appeared in London, and more specialised office jobs have been created in traditional sectors. Here’s an overview of the top 7 highest-paid office jobs in the nations capital.
1. Finance Officer
Finance officers are mainly responsible for budgeting, auditing, and defining financial policies at a corporate level. This role requires a detail-oriented and analytical personality, as well as an understanding of compliance and strong numerical abilities. This role is more common in large corporations and multinationals within banking, finance, insurance, consulting, but there are also opportunities in the public sector and in smaller companies.
– Entry level: £30,000.
– City average: £50,000 (approximately 15% higher than the average salary for all other London-based jobs).
– Late career: up to £95,000.
2. Cloud Architect
Cloud computing is one of the fastest-growth fields in IT, since an increasing number of companies are moving their operations to the cloud. Some surveys suggest that up to 77% of businesses interviewed plan to adopt cloud computing within two years, so there are plenty of openings in this area. Continue reading “The Most Highly Paid Office Jobs in London”
London tops the list of the 25 best meeting destinations in Europe, hosting hundreds of conferences, congresses, and professional events every year. The city’s venues cater to every industry sector and accommodate meetings of all sizes, from meeting rooms for small gatherings to large venues capable of accommodating thousands of delegates. Among all this choice, we highlight some of the most innovative and unique meeting spaces in London.
Plexal is an innovation centre and workspace built in 2017 to provide space for the development of cutting-edge ideas. The building is often chosen for hackathon’s, tech events, and meetups for the creative and tech sectors. Meeting space is suitable for events of up to 300 people, and stands out for the quality of its dedicated event technology. Cutting edge equipment like 3D printers come as a standard, as do large projection screens and monitors and bespoke lighting.
Another way in which Plexal stands out from other meeting venues is its indoor park. This unique space has been specifically created to host informal events, but can also double as a breakout area. Sitting is arranged in bleachers, loungers, deck chairs, even bean bags.
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Demand For Office Space In London
London is a premium office market at a global level, and as such, demand for office space in the British capital is always on the rise. Demand for office space in London is evenly distributed across three sub-market categories:
Established markets are in centrally located areas, like the City of London, London Bridge, Canary Wharf, Tech City/ Shoreditch, Aldgate, and Clerkenwell. In the West End, in-demand sub-markets include Westminster, Paddington, St James, and Mayfair. Other more recently established office markets are King’s Cross and Southbank.
Up-and-coming or emerging office sub-markets are mainly located in South and East London. In South London, demand is stronger in Battersea, Vauxhall, Nine Elms and the Greenwich Peninsula, where many new high-spec offices are being built alongside residential buildings. Continue reading “London Office Space in Strong Demand”
The Business Design Centre is located in a Grade II listed building that has a long history, originating in the mid 19th century. Inaugurated under the name of Royal Agricultural Hall, the building was created to host exhibitions and other large events until the mid 1940s.
This venue hosted a range of historical events, ranging from the 1867 Grand Ball to the annual Smithfield Show. Despite its initial success, it eventually fell into neglect during the post-war era, and for approximately 40 years the building was unused until it was re-opened in 1986 as the Business Design Centre.
Event & Exhibition Space
Nowadays, this is one of London’s top event venues, and is used for exhibition, trade fair, and conferencing purposes. Since its reopening, the Business Design Centre has hosted prestigious events such as the BAFTA awards, the New Designers exhibition, and was also used by a delegation during the 2012 Olympics.
Other events hosted here on a regular basis include The World Advanced Therapies & Regenerative Medicine Congress, Digital Marketing World Forum, Cruise Job Fair, Floral Art and Design Show, DX Summit London, and Connected Britain.
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London Workspace For Creative Companies
Since the creative industries emerged as a distinct sector in the late 1990s, they have been driving economic growth and helping promote employment growth across the UK. Their impact and rise have been so vast that there is now talk of a creative economy, which is expected to create up to 1 million new jobs by 2030, and also to drive up entrepreneurship to record-high levels.
The creative sector is at its most dynamic in London, known as the largest creative hub in the United Kingdom and one of the most important at European level. In 2017, this sector employed almost 1 million people in the British capital, and accounted for more than 11 per cent of the city’s total GVA.
The importance of London’s creative sector is also reflected in the city’s real state market. This growing sector needs suitable workspace, as office space take-up figures confirm: over the past few years, demand for office space in London has largely been coming from creative firms, especially those involved in technology, communications, and media. During the first quarter of 2019, creative sub-sectors like media and tech were behind a quarter of all workspace transactions in some London sub-markets (like Mayfair and the West End), surpassing those of traditionally stronger sectors like finance and insurance.
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West London is the city’s prime office market, and as such, it is also home to a large amount of shared and flexible office space. There are 2 million square feet of flexible office space in the West End, approximately 400,000 square feet in the West End Fringe (including Hammersmith, Kensington, and Knightsbridge), and a further 350,000 square feet in emerging West End locations such as Euston and Marylebone. All in all, the West End has the second largest percentage of flexible office inventory in the city, with approximately 3 per cent of all its stock and only surpassed by The City.
Some of the top coworking hotspots in London are in West London. For example, Soho’s reputation for being a creative hub means companies based here may be more inclined to try alternative workspace arrangements. Established coworking spaces in this area attract startups and firms in the growth stage mainly in sectors like design, film-making, media, and public relations.
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London repeatedly tops the lists of best European cities for startups, due to its vibrant entrepreneurial scene, business environment, support, access to skilled labour pool, and digital infrastructure. When it comes to digital startups, The City is quickly gaining status as one of the best places to be based in. While traditionally this part of London has been dominated by large finance and banking companies, the business landscape in the Square Mile is changing and new players are arriving and contributing to a diversification of the local economy and the real estate market.
The typical occupier profile in The City has been in a constant state of change for approximately 10 years. Many companies in the TMT sector (technology, media, and telecommunications) are setting up or relocating to this part of London, and this in turn is prompting office developers and landlords to rethink their space offer so that it accommodates the needs of new tenants. New occupiers tend to be smaller in size, with the vast majority of new tenants having fewer than 250 employees. This means there is a growing need for smaller office units that offer high specs without long-term commitments, and this is where flexible and coworking arrangements come into play.
Coworking hubs in The City
Recent campaigns have presented The City as “the original coworking space”, highlighting the collaborative spirit that helped position this area as one of the world’s most important economic engines starting as far back as the 17th century.
WeWork is the largest provider of shared office space in The City, and has almost doubled the amount of coworking space offered in just a year after acquiring more than 100,00 square feet in an iconic building on One Poultry. Other popular options include The Clubhouse, near Bank station; CoWork City in Cannon Street; and The Boutique Workplace, in Queen Street. Shared office space is also available in some of the area’s serviced offices, such as Landmark at The Royal Exchange, and Servcorp in Dashwood House.
While there has been an effort to create purpose-built accelerators and incubators in The City to attract high-tech talent and high-value investments, their number remains low when compared to other parts of London. However, things are expected to change as traditional office tenants in the area begin to realise the potential for collaboration with industry sectors that are typical shared space occupiers, such as FinTech, blockchain, and artificial intelligence. Along with accelerator space, other priorities include the creation of flexible space that allow tenants to scale up.
Coworking spaces are becoming ever more popular in the freelancer and telecommuting sphere. Startups are utilizing coworking spaces too as it helps propagate creativity and flow of free ideas among the like-minded individuals who find themselves in that environment. These work sanctuaries are popping up in droves in the cities across the world and people are embracing their arrival.
For those of us who are working from home, or are constantly on the road, a coworking area solves a lot of the problems we encounter daily. You have the option of flocking to your nearest coffee shop, but that too is littered with distractions that cannot be easily averted.
You may be asking yourself – “what are the extensive benefits a coworking space can offer me that no other alternative will?” You’re in luck, because that’s exactly what we’re here to talk about.
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