Has the Royal Baby boosted the Economy?

Despite predictions of doom, prophecies of gloom, and the never-ending austerity anachronisms bandied about by the British media, the British economy has edged into recovery. This recovery has leading financial pundits grasping for explanations, including the possibility Royal Baby George is somehow responsible for pushing macro-economic pounds around the United Kingdom.

The mystical source of rising GDP in the Northern Hemisphere’s seventh largest economy, is rumoured to be due to a chunk of benevolent circumstances, which fall outside technocratic economic models. Think-tanks have been out-thunk by the birth of a magical boy baby, whose Midas-touch upon arrival, blessed the London Stock Exchange with trading certainty. In the month leading up to the Royal birth the FTSE index rose by 59 points – equalling the highest net-rise for the market in 2013. This can’t be coincidence.

Alongside one of the biggest baby booms seen in England since the birth of the previous Royal singleton, Prince William, in 1982, more than an explosion in the coffers of Mothercare has led to the economic recovery Britain is experiencing. The spirited flame containing Olympic Gold, lingering from the incredible successes of the 2012 London Olympics, must have been passed to new Prince George – if the price of gold is anything to go by. Commodity traders cleaned up on July 22nd, 2013, as the COMEX indice shot up to 1315 from a slump of 1200 at the month’s start. Pop those champagne corks now – there’s a new Royal baby in town! Continue reading “Has the Royal Baby boosted the Economy?”

The 4 Office Personality Types – The Climber

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Continued from the Four Office Personality Types: The Nice Guy/Girl

All we can say is may the various gods help you if you ever have to deal with this one (and chances are you will, as The Climber inhabits nearly every office). This office personality type can be scary and intimidating, and chances are that it’s not just your perception. The Climber gets noticed, whether he / she wants it or not. They probably don’t care anyway. On your first day at work, they were the ones who were probably too busy to greet you, and well, we hate being the bearer of bad news, but The Climber was most likely busy analysing whether your position was a threat to them in any way, and if it was, they were already plotting how to turn the tables in their favour.

Needless to say, The Climber is not particularly happy to work with other co-workers, unless working together gives him or her the opportunity to gather valuable information that can be used to go up higher and faster. There is yet another reason why The Climber is not precisely what you would call a collaborative member of staff: they just do not have the patience to put up with others. For The Climber, work is all about setting and reaching goals that will take them to the top. This means that Climber-type personalities are massively driven and ambitious, and they really push themselves hard. The vast majority of staff can simply not keep up with their pace, so less ambitious co-workers are perceived as a hassle by The Climber.

One thing you need to know is that you must brace yourself when dealing with The Climber. Often, he or she will make sarcastic or blunt comments, and you only really have two options: either ignore them, or sink into depression. The Climber is the natural enemy of The Nice Guy / Girl, and after reading about both personality types we are sure that you can easily see why. Continue reading “The 4 Office Personality Types – The Climber”

The 4 Office Personality Types – The Nice Guy/Girl

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Continued from the Four Office Personality Types: The Fussy Perfectionist.

The Nice Guy or Girl is simply … well, nice! He or she is the one that welcomed you first when you started to work for the company, and who volunteered to show you around and tried to make you feel comfortable. You can spot the Nice Guy or Nice Girl a mile away, as their office desks are often decorated with pictures of peaceful landscapes and friendly family pictures. They might also be into yoga, massage, reiki, and every single alternative therapy that you know of (and some others that you don’t know of too). Nothing will make the Nice Guy or Girl happier than you accepting their invitation to join them in a yoga class. Seriously.

The Nice Guy or Girl speaks softly and tends to be an introvert, even though they talk to and try to get along with pretty much everyone. And here’s the thing: in most cases, the Nice Guy or Girl does not really want to do that, but he or she feels that they MUST. Nice Guys / Girls have a problem with conflict, and they will do absolutely everything that there is in their hands to avoid it. If that means being nice to co-workers whom they actually really hate, then so be it. What this means is that it is really difficult to get to know the real Nice Guy or Girl, as they are basically and essentially people pleasers. Continue reading “The 4 Office Personality Types – The Nice Guy/Girl”

Overview of London’s Commercial Property Market – 3rd Quarter 2013

According to the latest research data, during the third quarter of 2013 the commercial property market in the British capital continued to show signs of growth. These signs began to be evident earlier in the year, and in line with the forecasts, the market has continued to stabilise between the months of July and September.

Across all sectors take up figures have been on the rise, but particularly in the retail and office markets. With nearly 3 million square feet being taken up during this quarter, the availability of Grade A commercial space in London has recently hit a ten-year low. Following a period of generalised slowdown in economic activity caused by the recession, it finally seems that the commercial property market is on its definitive way to recovery. The positive signs are particularly striking when compared to the same period during 2012, as in the year to date take up figures for commercial property in London are 42 per cent higher than last year.

Despite the positive outlook, investors and occupiers remain cautious, and this has been reflected in the value of prime rents, which remain stable across the commercial property market in the capital. Other market indicators that are worth mentioning include the increased vacancy rates and supply indexes in the West End. This, along with low occupier demand and a very low volume of projects under construction, suggest that there is a clear preference for properties in The City and Docklands areas.

Key trends in the London office property market

During the third quarter of 2013, approximately 75 per cent of all the properties taken up were classified as office space were based in The City. The properties in this area of London continue to be favoured by firms who are looking to upgrade their office accommodation, despite the high cost of prime rents when compared to other parts of the capital. Continue reading “Overview of London’s Commercial Property Market – 3rd Quarter 2013”

The 4 Office Personality Types – The Fussy Perfectionist

The 4 Office Personality Types

Since most of us spend an average of 8 hours a day in the office and surrounded by our colleagues, it is not surprising that we end up getting to know their personalities pretty well. While most working relationships with office colleagues are pleasant enough, some days you just can’t wait to go home so that you do not have to deal with the quirks and eccentricities of your co-workers anymore. But as they say, knowledge is power, so by finding out more about the four most common personality types, you will be more prepared to deal with them. And who knows, maybe you even realise that you fit into one of these descriptions!

(Note: take these with a pinch of salt and with a lot of humour).

The Fussy Perfectionist

You surely know about this one: whether they have been working for the company for ages or have just been hired, they have a very particular way of doing things – and they insist that their way be respected! The Fussy Perfectionist usually prefers to work alone, probably because he / she really thinks that no one else would be up to the scratch. This office character has a strongly systematic personality, which extends to everything that crosses their path: from the office coffee machine (which has to dispense their preferred coffee just the way they want it – and don’t even dream about using their coffee mug or putting it away in a place other than its “designated” spot!), to their desks (which are invariably tidy and uncluttered).

You could say that the Fussy Perfectionist has some OCD-ish traits, and the most extreme cases will simply blow a gasket if anyone tries to “rearrange” their office space. The Fussy Perfectionist may have probably had a word with the cleaning staff, as there is nothing worse for this office character than coming back to work and finding that their computer screen is tilted a couple of degrees to the left, or that their strategically placed paper clip is no longer there!

Fussy Perfectionists are their own worst enemies and are highly critical of themselves, so avoid by all means questioning their work or the reasons why they do things in a particular way. Let’s put it this way: if you question their method, they will never forgive you. Continue reading “The 4 Office Personality Types – The Fussy Perfectionist”

How to Declutter your Office

How to Declutter your Office LondonOfficeSpace.com @officeinlondonGiven that on average we spend eight hours of our lives in the workplace, it is easy to understand why many of us try to give our office a personal touch. Objects like family pictures, your favourite mug, desk lamp accessories, and postcards from friends or relatives have become a common sight in many offices. However, it is also easy to see how an office can become cluttered in a very short time. In this article we take a look at the benefits of decluttering your workspace and we provide the best tips to declutter your office without having to sacrifice that personal touch that we all love.

The benefits of a decluttered office
There are several reasons why both managers and employees should seriously consider decluttering their workspace. The advantages go well beyond purely aesthetic reasons.

First of all, there are psychological factors involved. Whether at home or at work, when objects begin to pile up around you, chances are that you will end up feeling overwhelmed and disorganised. Efficiency and productivity can then be easily affected.

Moreover, a cluttered office gives a bad and unprofessional impression to clients and visitors, and more importantly, it could present some health and safety hazards and increase the chances of electrical fires or trips and falls.

By making an effort to declutter your office, you will feel lighter, more productive, and on top of things. A decluttering plan can save time and money and help increase productivity and efficiency in the workplace. So just how do you go about decluttering your workspace? Read on for some top tips.

Top tips for decluttering your office desk

When trying to declutter your desk, you might feel you don’t know where to start from. Your computer is a good starting point, as it is Continue reading “How to Declutter your Office”

Focus On: Highgate Business Centre

Highgate Business Centre

33 Greenwood Place, Kentish Town, London NW5 1LB

Highgate Business Centre is set in an imposing and characteristic warehouse built in the Victorian era, circa 1880, when the whole of Kentish Town went under huge development, both residential and commercial as a area for warehouses and the expansion of the UK railway network . More recently it has undergone a stage by stage renovation project to comprehensively overhaul each floor to create a modern and usable space. However, during renovation, specific focus has been directed towards maintaining the building’s historical features, character and style.

Refurbishments have included the fitting of fashionable up-lighting throughout; industrial elements are highlighted to create a modern, stylish feel; the external facade is maintained while multi-pane double glazed windows have been fitted with steel trimmings to sustain the theme. Floor by floor, the building has been upgraded and now provides spacious and economic office space and units that are stylish, bright, well-lit with natural light, spacious, airy and flexible in terms of use.

Current use

The building is currently used to provide contemporary studio offices, industrial spaces and accommodation. The majority of the office space has the versatility of demountable partitions which are used to change the layout of the internal area, providing office design flexibility for those companies wishing to rent space within the business centre. The on-site amenities include two lifts, disabled access and facilities, 24 hour access, a dedicated care-taker, an entry phone system and secure parking. The building is particularly popular with creatives including advertising, marketing, architecture, design and web-based companies. This type of clientele has played a large part in building the diversity and energy of the local area, which is now undergoing regeneration itself.

Getting there

Highgate business centre is easily accessible being situated on Greenwood Place, just off Highgate Road in up-and-coming Kentish Town. The centre is just five minutes walk from Kentish Town tube station which is served by the Northern line. Alternatively, Capital Connects over ground train line serves Kentish Town rail station. This mainline station has a direct pedestrian link to Kentish Town underground. From the tube station, turn right up Kentish Town Road and bear left as the road forks. Follow on to take Highgate Road, go past the HMV Forum music venue and turn left into Greenwood Place.

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Explore Fleet Street: History, Architecture, Business and Tourism

Explore Fleet Street London LondonOfficeSpace.com @officeinlondonFleet Street – The historic heart of Britain’s newspaper industry is Fleet Street. Given its past as a centre for publishing and printing, Fleet Street has become linked to some of Britain’s most notable literary personalities. A main thoroughfare throughout its history, Fleet Street is today connected with the rest of the city with nearby Underground stations, including Temple, Chancery Lane, and Blackfriars, as well as the City Thameslink and Blackfrairs railway stations.

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Focus On: Southampton Buildings Chancery Lane

Southampton Buildings Chancery Lane LondonOfficeSpace.com @officeinlondon Chancery Lane – Greater London – WC2A 1AL

Chancery Lane was originally made and used by the Knights Templar wishing for easier access between Holborn and the Strand. Along this lane, they went on to build their original Knights Templar temple, on the same site that now houses the Southampton buildings, a row of magnificent structures built in the early Victorian era. The buildings were purpose built and most famously used for the headquarters of the UK’s Patent Office from 1902 until late in the 1990’s. When the headquarters moved to bigger premises, the Southampton buildings undertook internal renovation work throughout. Whilst keeping the stunning exterior of the building in its original form, the inside of the buildings have been well designed, crafted and mix both modern design with Victorian grandness. The highlight of the building is perhaps the original galleried reading room, which remains as majestic as ever.

The building is now used as a provider of executive offices, meeting rooms and suites, all crafted and finished to a very high standard, with most offering flexibility and the opportunity to tailor the space to the specific needs of the business. The beautiful lobby provides an impressive entrance and welcome to the building, and the professional and stylish environment more commonly attracts corporate business interest. The Southampton buildings offer several services and amenities including: air conditioning, lifts, 24-hour access, CCTV and access facilities for disabled. Furthermore there is on site IT support as well as full network computer cabling across the building and wifi available throughout. The office spaces are unbranded, furnished (if desired), set up for video conferencing and finished to a high specification. Additionally, the reception provides a 24 hour greeter, answer phone and telephone service. There is also the option to use the address as a virtual office with all the usual services being available, including customised phone answering, email messages, mailing address and post forwarding. The buildings location is in easy walking distance to local amenities such as coffee shops, restaurants and bars

Getting there

The Southampton buildings are easily accessible by both London underground and over ground train networks. Chancery Lane tube station is just a 200 meters walk, with Holborn and Farringdon tube stops also only 600 meters away. Additionally, City Thameslink station, Farringdon and Blackfriars are all within 500 meters or so.