Is your business being talked about?

Here at Clavering House Business Centre in Newcastle we're not exclusively about providing great serviced offices and meeting rooms - we're also  working hard to help our business customers to grow. So we've been talking to local suppliers of high impact business services and, even better, negotiating special offers and discounts to help our customers to take advantage of them.

We're pleased to now be able to introduce you to Gosforth-based PR and Marketing company HFPR, run by Gosforth-based Hilary Florek who has over 20 years of experience and a great track-record of helping organisations across lots of different sectors to get talked about.

Hilary explains "PR support can sometimes be thought of as a luxury, particularly for smaller businesses, so we want to make sure that, if you want it, you can get it.  To quote Bill Gates, 'If I was down to my last dollar I would spend it on public relations'. We're so pleased to be able to offer Clavering House customers a special package costing only £250 to get them started with PR and marketing, to make sure their business is being talked about!"

HFPR can support you to develop a PR strategy, either for you to then deliver yourself, or HFPR would be happy to get involved in implementing it for you. They'll help you to come up with lots of ideas around what you want to achieve from PR, to identify your stories, and to work out how to get your business talked about on social media. For a one-off fee of only £250 you will get:

  • Meeting to discuss PR objectives
  • Basic PR strategy document
  • Press release
  • Social media strategy document and help managing your social media
  • Plan and ideas on how we can help you on and ongoing basis

HFPRTo take advantage of this great offer just get in touch with Hilary direct at

To secure your special offer just make sure you mention that Clavering House Business Centre sent you!

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Special offers for Newcastle Start-up Week

When we were approached to support the first ever Newcastle Start-up week we were of course privileged to be asked, and it was a massive thumbs up from us! At Clavering House Business Centre we support hundreds of businesses every year, and as small business owners ourselves we know how much it means to have the opportunity to step outside of the day job to be helped and inspired!

Hats off to Paul Lancaster for getting this off the ground, and for what looks like a great programme of support for the Newcastle small business community.

Take advantage of free Clavering House hospitality

hot-desks Newcastle city centreMuch of the Start-up week activity is taking place at our neighbour The Boiler Shop. Clavering House is literally a stone's throw away, so we're offering Start-up Week patrons the chance to take advantage of free hospitality throughout the week. From Monday 15th May to Friday 19th May if you present your Start-up week ticket you can call in and use our hot-desks and superfast broadband *for free* as many times as you like.

You can book in advance or just call in any time to reserve your desk!

40% discount off NE1 mailing address for start-up week participants

For business owners with a Start-up Week ticket we're also offering you a huge 40% discount on  our virtual office mailing address service. If you sign up by 31st May you'll pay only £15 + vat per month   until the end of November 2017. After that you still get a great deal at only £25 + vat a month!

Find out more about our virtual office services here.

This is a huge benefit if you want the convenience and profile of a city centre office (Clavering House is a great place to virtually locate your business!) without the cost of hiring an office while you're getting started. You can also use our address as your registered office, removing lots of headaches associated with using your home address for your start-up.

Get in touch if you'd like to find out more.

Full details of the packed Newcastle Start-up Week schedule can be found here

***SOLD*** Train spotters will love this central office to let!

Truly a room with a view! This serviced office to let in Newcastle City Centre is soon to be vacant.

When we describe the location of Clavering House Business Centre we explain that our Grade II listed building is located right behind the station, which it is, but we don't often reveal that the track heading for the station is actually in clear view - we've had the privilege of waving at Orient Express passengers more than once!

This bright and spacious open plan office is available for immediate let

  • 600 sq ft office located on 2nd floor
  • Ideal space for up to 10 people
  • Superfast 100 mg broadband
  • Air conditioning
  • Easy access to kitchen and toilets


  • Optional parking spaces for tenants in a secure gated car park (subject to availability)
  • Access to pre-bookable visitors parking
  • Excellent city centre parking in the immediate vicinity

Flexible Terms

  • 12 months flexible licence agreement (can be extended)
  • Only 2 months notice


  • Superfast 100 mg broadband at no extra cost
  • Free WiFi for visitors
  • Easy access to professional IT and comms support

Business services

  • Meeting rooms for hire with tenant discounts
  • Friendly and professional reception service
  • Mail and parcel delivery handling
  • Telephone call handling at no extra cost
  • Promotion of your business to other tenants and customers
  • Admin support such as document scanning

Tenants services

  • Kitchen with microwave and fridge
  • Cleaning services
  • Utilities at no extra cost
  • Pay as you go car valeting service

Promotional video for Clavering House

Clavering House Business Centre may wish to commission a Newcastle-based video production company to produce a promotional video to showcase what we have to offer.

Here's what we need (and what we don't need!)

We're not looking for a Hollywood blockbuster (with a budget to match!) - just a simple, honest , well produced video of no more than 3 minutes that matches our branding, and that clearly illustrates the following:

  • Where we are located
  • The features of our beautiful Grade II listed building
  • Examples of meeting rooms for hire and service offices to rent
  • Very short soundbite testimonials from 6 customers (max 10/15 seconds each) filmed within the customers' office or the meeting room they hire
  • An interview with the MD, Helen Reed, to explain the features of our 4 core services - serviced offices, meeting rooms, virtual office services and hot-desks - partly to camera, but mainly as the narrative for the video (ie we want it to be real and accessible, avoiding elevator music).

If you're interested in pitching for this work can you please email by no later than 4 pm on Tuesday 7th February with your responses to the following questions, and we'll get back to you to let you know if we'd like to take it further.
(Please don't spend your valuable time attaching or including any additional information over and above what we've specifically asked for at this stage - if we want to know more we'll let you know - we'll make a short-list from the responses to the questions listed first - thanks)

To pitch please email your responses to the following 10 questions to

  1. Your Name / Company Name?

  2. Your Website?

  3. Contact Email address and phone number?

  4. Your Location?

  5. In one sentence what is your impression of Clavering House?

  6. Please list 2 or 3 links to examples of videos you've produced along the lines we've set out in our brief

  7. Based on the brief what will be the ballpark cost, and please state whether this includes VAT (we cannot shortlist any company that doesn't provide this information)?

  8. What is your usual lead-time for producing this type of video?

  9. In a couple of sentences maximum, what would be your usual process for producing the video?

  10. In one sentence, why should we choose you?

We'll look forward to hearing from you by 4 pm on 7th February

Thank you!

Helen Reed, Managing Director


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When we say flexible business space we really mean it!

Here at Clavering House Business Centre we provide space for just every type of business you can imagine, and we've always prided ourselves on being flexible, adjusting space pretty much to suit our customers' often exacting requirements. Well if you're paying for business space, it stands to reason you need it to be as near to perfect as you can get it!

So it was a real pleasure recently to receive an enquiry for the type of business space that, on the surface, seemed like a pretty unlikely fit for our Grade II listed building on the fringe of Newcastle's Stephenson Quarter, providing us with the ideal opportunity to show exactly what we're made of! When we say flexible business space we really do mean it, and as a result, alongside our resident lawyers, architects, pharmaceutical company and events organisers, we're now home to two professional make-up artists who have set up their brand new start-up small business at Clavering House.

Karina Bellfield and her business partner Lisa Dunbar chose Clavering House Business Centre as the perfect place for their new make-up studio, Dollicious Studio, because we were able to provide exactly the type of space they needed in the ideal location, just  a couple of minutes' walk from the railway station and metro, making us easy for their customers to reach.

We're so pleased to welcome Dollicious Studio, and our resident photographer Sarah Deane Photographic is also over the moon, as she sees our new addition to be perfectly complementary to her own portraiture business in her 'cave' studio in the Clavering House basement. We're now on the look out for a fashion business looking for premises to make the perfect set!!


Exciting announcement from our resident IT business

We welcomed hospitality IT experts Avenue9 as our newest residents in our offices at Clavering House Business Centre in Newcastle City Centre in January this year. Almost a year on, we are so pleased to congratulate them on the recent announcement that their rapid growth since start up will now accelerate even further following their acquisition by Hotel & Hospitality Group JLL.

Co-founders of Avenue9, Philippa Witheat and Kevin Edwards, have been making serious inroads into the leisure and hospitality sector with their growing team here at Clavering House, and this latest move really confirms that they are doing some impressive and innovative work that's really making a difference to the business performance of businesses in the sector. We're so proud to have such a dynamic company located here at Clavering House, and long may that continue!

You can read the full press release with details of the JLL acquisition here.

It's great to see a local Newcastle-upon-Tyne based company go from strength to strength and we can't wait to see what the New Year will bring. We wish them the team at Avenue9 the best of luck and look forward to seeing further growth for such lovely customers!

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Who rings your bell if you work for yourself?

As the Founder of Colleagues on Tap I've worked for myself for over ten years, and I've found that one of the best things about self employment is that if you achieve success it's down to you.  You don’t need to flag wave for the sales team, the customer services department, the marketing director or that person in operations that apparently made it all happen – because you wear all of those hats yourself, so success is down to you.

But the flipside has to be that when you work for yourself you're usually working by yourself too, so there's no one around to get excited for your successes - not just the huge ones that you might think about tweeting about, but just those day to day achievements that almost go unnoticed as you move on to the next challenge - every item ticked off the ‘to do’ list, each time you eat a frog (you know the phrase), the regular occasions you talk business with a new prospect, the emails and comments you receive to say thank you from a satisfied customer – these achievements all add up to making you and your business a success every day, so they need to be celebrated

So celebrate!

If you work for yourself, don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back, and do it regularly, and find someone (probably someone who also works for themselves) to celebrate the little successes with you too. When I set up in business I was bought a brass bell – the type you’d probably hear alongside a call for “shop”. Whenever something goes right in my business I ring that bell - it takes me back to my days in the recruitment industry when the bell would be rung whenever someone’s candidate was accepted for an interview, and you wouldn’t believe the chaos when there was a job offer! But that open expression of “I’ve done it” gives you such a buzz – it drives you through to the next challenge, and just importantly it just sets aside the moment that you’ve done something that makes a difference to your business – no matter how small it may seem.

If you're motivated by praise, find praise!

I know that endorsement and praise are real motivators for me. Some people are driven by money – I make money, but I’m driven by doing a great job that’s acknowledged. So I need those pats on the back – they give me energy and keep me focused. So a couple of years ago, when an Associate called me one day to tell me about something she’d achieved because she didn’t want to lose the moment, we agreed that we’d be the person each would call to have a ‘bell ring’ when we did something we were proud of. We still do it now, and ‘ring the bell’ has evolved into a metaphoric way of conveying that things are good.

If you keep your little successes to yourself you’ll get no acknowledgement, no praise or endorsement to drive you on. So why not talk about what you’ve achieved? We all have networks and peers around us – tell them what you’ve achieved so they can ring the bell for you. I’m not talking a press release every time you’ve received some great feedback, but if you have a network on social media, or amongst your business peers, actively support each other with endorsement and praise - for the small day to day achievements as well as the biggies.

Also it's important to remember that working for yourself doesn’t need to mean working by yourself all of the time.  Through the Colleagues on Tap Coworker Community (you could call that a network, but in the loosest sense), there’s a huge amount of support and camaraderie, and we’re all in the same boat. Talk about your successes – don’t be concerned that you’ll be seen to be ‘bragging’ (someone said that to me the other day) – just put it out there and we’ll get behind you. And if you let me know, I’ll ring my bell for you too.  Get in touch

Coworking Days for homeworkers every month at Clavering House

Since Clavering House opened as a business centre two years ago, it's been a really popular venue for Coworking Days run by Colleagues on Tap.  Up to 12 people who usually work from home are brought together by Colleagues on Tap founder Jayne Graham to work at Clavering House for the day. To anyone who usually works in an office that might sound a bit strange - but if you usually work at home it's a great opportunity to get out of the house, still get your work done but meet up with other business people while you work.

The Coworking Days have been run by Colleagues on Tap for over four years, and are now held across the North East, with between 8 and 10 events taking place a month.  The Clavering House Newcastle Coworking Days are usually sold out weeks in advance - it's a popular venue because it's right behind the railway station, the coffee's good and there's a tailor-made Coworking space that we take over for the day, so there's plenty of desk space and great WiFi to keep productivity high!  We also have a great supplier of lunches - made deli who let us pre-order online from a great selection of really delicious sandwiches, salads and baked potatoes, and when lunch is delivered we sit together and eat and catch up with coworkers after a busy morning's work.

Another key feature of Coworking Days is our after-lunch 'SpoT chat' - this is an hour-long group discussion about a topic that's useful to the coworkers present - helping them in some way with their businesses, from marketing to motivation.  These chats provide the opportunity for sharing knowledge and often lead to new relationships being formed - people have found suppliers, customers, mentors and have often form new friendships and business associations - you never quite know who you'll meet!

Dates for Coworking Days planned for the next few months at Clavering House can be found at and you can book and pay online. If you book 2 events at a time the cost is only £16 per Coworking Day for the full day including your lunch and as much tea and coffee as you can drink!

Tourism in Northumberland to get a healthy boost

STO Consulting (a Clavering House tenant since it opened) recently worked with Clare Blunt and the team at Hadrian Residential Bootcamp in developing a new business that will get groups of enthusiastic people involved in healthy activity in the beautiful surroundings of Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland.

The north east based company identified the opportunity arising from a combination of consumer trends, the fantastic resource of countryside that the north east has to offer and the evident demand for a new way of fitting in healthy activity within our busy lifestyles.

This will bring an important share of this growing market to the north east (£4.4bn is spent on sports classes and gym fees in the UK*) and the team are keen to emphasise that this is not just for fitness enthusiasts. It’s aimed at anyone at any level of fitness to come and learn about the range of things that go together to form a healthy lifestyle.

The service that has been developed is described as ‘The complete fitness and health experience’ because participants will be guided through a complete 5 day package of activities from fitness training to nutrition advice and ‘mental fitness’ workshops. This is all done in a positive, fun and supportive team environment.

The fact that this all takes place in luxury (4 star) accommodation within 98 acres of beautiful Northumbrian countryside by the river and the historic Hadrian’s Wall is an added bonus.

As if this wasn’t enough, a renowned local chef, Gez, with a string of successful north east cafebars to his name is also present to prepare a range of exceptional and healthy food throughout the programme. It’s all wheat, gluten and dairy free, so it’s very inclusive. Gez will be picking lots of local produce to provide the raw materials for his recipes.

Gez will also provide a workshop to share his experience of preparing and cooking nutritionally rich foods and to show how easy it is to incorporate this in to family life.


Clare explained her motives for developing the new bootcamp concept:

“My background is supporting mental fitness; understanding the importance of a healthy mindset. I see no better location to do this than the beautiful Northumberland countryside. I am also a fitness enthusiast and love the outdoor bootcamp option as it is so easy to motivate yourself to participate in this”


Head trainer Martin added:

“Having run outdoor bootcamps for several years now, I know how popular and effective they are. We wanted to provide an opportunity for people to either kick start a new healthy regime or challenge themselves to do things they never thought possible.”

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The Front Room

Having access to a Boardroom away from your usual office is something that you might wish you had, but until now it wasn't available. Clavering House are delighted to be able to offer you our Boardroom for hire by the hour or day, and because it's located in Newcastle City Centre, only a couple of minutes away from the Central Railway Station, it's ideally located for easy access by your colleagues.

Boardroom for hire for up to 10 people

This Newcastle City Centre Boardroom with WiFi is located on the ground floor of Clavering House, and the room can comfortably seat 8 to 10 people. Delegates have easy access to bathroom and kitchen facilities, with refreshments served in the room and included in the room hire cost.  Additional catering can also be provided if required.

Click here to book this Newcastle City Centre Boardroom now

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Photo by Sarah Deane Photography