Clavering House Business Centre provides serviced office space in Newcastle city centre

How a Serviced Office Can Save Businesses Money

At Clavering House, we work with office brokers to help clients find their perfect new work space.  Free Office Finder specialise in finding businesses serviced, managed & co-working space for rent in the UK, and have recently published a blog post outlining reasons why renting a serviced office can be a fantastic money-saving option for businesses of all sizes.  They have kindly provided an excerpt for us, edited with Clavering House Business Centre in mind, to show how we can help you with your office needs:

"More companies are choosing Serviced Offices, and for good reason. They’re flexible meaning your company can grow naturally. They’re already furnished when you get there, meaning no stressful days and weeks of moving in and setting up. They are usually found in desirable areas, that otherwise might be out of the price range of some businesses, meaning companies can now find themselves in the city centre or near the important transport links. Clavering House is a great example, with impressive offices right in the heart of Newcastle, just a two minute walk from Newcastle Central Station.

With all the important stuff figured out as well as all the added bonuses of Serviced Offices, people often assume they must come at a hefty price tag. Yet, FreeOfficeFinder have compiled a list of ways that Serviced Offices can actually save businesses money.

 

  1. Less Space Needed

    Clavering House Business Centre provides serviced office space in Newcastle city centre

As opposed to renting a leased office, you only pay for the space you really need in a Serviced Office. Facilities like toilets, kitchens, meeting rooms and break rooms are communal, managed facilities. The Serviced Office provider takes care of these, so that you only have to pay for the desk space that you use. This can provide a large saving for businesses, who would otherwise have to pay rent on all the space they use.

On top of this, Serviced Offices often come with shared meeting rooms, like the ones at Clavering House. These you can use to your delight, without having to spend the extra costs for a larger office, which you would have to were you to rent a leased office.

  1. Already Fitted Out 

When renting a Serviced Office, you won’t have to worry about chairs, desks, drawers or filing cabinets. In addition, the space will be decorated and can be configured on request. When you rent a leased office, you will need to purchase furniture as the space is typically an empty shell.  Fitting an office out can also prove very expensive as build work isn’t cheap, so there is a lot of time and effort, in addition to cost, saved in the process.

  1. Outsourced Staffing CostsClavering House Business Centre provides serviced office space in Newcastle city centre

Serviced Offices often already have employed staff, such as Receptionists and Admin Staff. This means that you can benefit from in house staff who can perform any adhoc task you need (on site) without the need to employ and pay wages for a dedicated person/s for the role. Sometimes, you may need to pay an extra pay-as-you-go fee for support service staff, but this is minimal compared to an actual wage. Sometimes some of these services may even come at no extra charge, for instance Clavering House offer a telephone answering service at no additional cost to tenants.

  1. No Dilapidation Costs

When leaving at the end of a leased office rental term, you would normally be charged for dilapidations, meaning that you may need to pay to have the office space returned to its original format, as it was before you moved in. These end-of-tenancy costs themselves can sometimes catch tenants out, with landlords exploiting this. It's additional costs like these that make a Serviced Office seem like such a paradise. Serviced Offices don’t normally charge any dilapidations and allow you to leave without a big bill."

To read the full article you can visit the original blog post here.


Introducing… Life Saving Training

We have such a wide variety of businesses here at Clavering House Business Centre that we wanted to give them the opportunity to introduce themselves. Next to feature in our ‘Introducing…’ section are:

Life Saving Training

It’s a sad fact, but 6 out of 10 people who die through injury in the UK, die needlessly - because they could have been saved by basic First Aid. More than half of people who have ever completed a First Aid course in the past, don’t have the confidence to help.

Life Saving Training has been cleverly designed to combat this big problem by creating resourceful and confident First Aiders, who have the confidence and skills to help in real life emergencies.

There’s no point in simply going through the motions and completing a box-ticking exercise is there? It’s our mission to transform people’s experiences of First Aid training, save more lives and better protect businesses.

All our training is environment specific, practical, engaging and effective. Our qualifications are regulated and will keep you fully compliant with the Health and Safety Executive.

But don’t just take our word for it. Our customers agree that our modern approach to training is the best around - with the highest number of 5 star Google reviews of any First Aid training provider in the region!

We also offer Health & Safety training such as Manual Handling and Fire Safety and have a wide range of approved Health & Safety eLearning courses too. Something for everyone.

If you’re bored of the same old, outdated and ineffective training that’s around, please get in touch. We’d love to help and show you there’s a different way…

www.lifesavingtraining.co.uk

info@lifesavingtraining.co.uk

0191 5 808 808


Privacy Policy Update

We have issued our updated privacy policy today in line with the GDPR guidelines coming into effect from 25th May 2018.  You can review our privacy policy here. As has always been the case, we do review this policy regularly and reserve the right to make changes whenever necessary.  The date of the most recent change will always be displayed at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions regarding our privacy policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss this with you.

 


Work Smarter By Outsourcing Your Admin

A guest post by Emily Ballantyne, P.A. Pal

So, you own your own business. You've got a great a product or service and you know your market, but the problem is there never seems to be enough hours in the day to make the most of your business, sometimes the best use of your time is to outsource ... That's where a freelance P.A. comes in.

 

A freelance P.A. can do all the things that an office based P.A. can do (apart from make the tea!) but with only a fraction of the cost. You only need to pay a freelance P.A. for the work that you need doing, with none of the other associated costs like sick pay or holiday pay etc.

The kind of skills you can expect from a freelance P.A. are:

  • Traditional P.A. services - correspondence, report writing, quotes, invoicing, paying invoices, online banking, diary management etc.
  • Social media - this is often something that small businesses either don't have the time, or the knowledge to use fully. A freelance P.A. can prepare content, design and schedule posts for a number of social media channels in order to maximise your coverage, and generate interest in your business
  • Advertising and marketing - a freelance P.A. can work with you to put together an effective advertising strategy, including creative briefs/working with designers, content, media bookings and more
  • Project or event management - if you're struggling to coordinate everything for a project or event, a freelance P.A. can ensure that things run smoothly, on time and within budget
  • Research - searching out that elusive product or gift, travel, competitor analysis and market research all come under the remit of a freelance P.A.
  • GDPR - if you're unsure how to become GDPR compliant, a freelance P.A. can complete the whole process for you

Most freelance P.A.'s have skills above and beyond what I've listed here, so if your requirements aren't covered, just ask ...

I have put together a range of discounted pricing options for using P.A. Pal especially for Clavering House tenants, starting from just £10 an hour.

I’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch to discuss how I can help you and your business.

emilypapal@hotmail.com,
https://www.facebook.com/emilybpapal/
www.emilypapal.co.uk
07836 627084


Sanondaf logo

We Now Have The Most Hygienic Meeting Rooms In The City Centre!

Thanks to Sanondaf Newcastle an innovative ‘touch-less’ hygiene services company, Clavering House can proudly announce it has the most hygienic meeting room facilities in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne.

 

Sanondaf Newcastle business owner Christopher Traynor said when asked about the work being carried out:

“Sanondaf Newcastle are pleased to be a part of Clavering House’s continual investment into first class meeting room and office space facilities. It’s refreshing to see the great lengths Clavering House are taking to make sure the client experience is the best in the city”.

 

Sanondaf Newcastle have a patented environmentally friendly disinfectant that kills 99.99% of bacteria, viruses, yeasts and moulds yet poses no harm to humans, animals or plants – unique to the industry. They use electrostatic technology to charge the patented particles, making them attract to every surface providing maximum coverage (even on electrical office equipment and soft furnishings) and at a fraction of the time and cost it would take a ‘hands on cleaner to perform whole room disinfection’. 

When speaking about their new service, Christopher continued:

“Sanondaf Newcastle are the first of it’s kind. We are introducing modern technology to revolutionise the hygiene services market. Conventional methods of cleaning are scientifically proven to be ineffective, time consuming and thereby costly. While we are not replacing the need to clean, we are using science to take hygiene to the next level, resulting in fewer bacterial and viral outbreaks such as Staphylococcus, C-diff, norovirus and the Flu virus. Healthy environments, mean healthy people. We are currently working in sectors such as NHS Trusts, Care homes, Nurseries, office spaces, gyms, residential homes and many more. We are endorsed by the Institute of Specialist Surveyors & Engineers and the Healthy Homes campaign, a NHS backed charitable organisation aiming to reduce illness caused by inadequate home hygiene – an estimated £20 Billion cost to the NHS”.

Prices start from £50 + VAT

If your home or work environment needs a hygiene boost contact Sanondaf Newcastle:

Tel: 0191 364 3996 Mob: 07846178548 Email: centralnewcastle@sanondaf.co.uk


BigPicture Learning Limited helps put over 1000 employees in the picture for national client

 

Based at Clavering House Business Centre, BigPicture Learning recently helped Working Links to enthuse over 1000 employees about the potential for further growth and to recognise the need to move forward as one business, with no functional silos or barriers.

Working Links delivers employability, learning and skills and justice sector programmes to thousands of people in the UK and internationally, on behalf of a wide range of government and funding bodies.

Working Links had rapidly evolved since its inception, so staff had experienced a lot of change. The organisation had also recently taken over the running of run three community-based companies, so needed to needed to integrate colleagues from these organisations into the wider business.

BigPicture Learning working with Working Links

BigPicture Learning worked with the Working Links Executive Team to develop the narrative behind the story they wanted to tell to their employees.  We then created a bespoke Learning Map System for line managers to use with their teams to explore the shifting social and political climate the business operates within and everyone’s role in delivering the vision.

 

The impact of the Learning Map System amongst employees has been significant.

  • 97% said they now understood the drivers of change and volatility for the business.
  • 89% reported that they saw the value of better collaboration across the business.
  • Almost 9 out of 10 of those surveyed said that following the Learning Map System sessions they could now see a greater connection between the values across functions.
  • Almost 90% also confirmed that they now realised there were more things they can positively influence in their working environment than they had previously thought.

Working Links Chief HR Officer, Clare Davey, said:

“I think this has been the most powerful process Working Links has ever taken their people through. Everyone has learnt something new.  It’s been so motivating to see those light bulb moments, to see people engaging in the sessions.  We have a wealth of rich feedback and are working on plans to keep the momentum going.”

 To find out about BigPicture Learning’s work, please visit www.bigpicture-learning.com

 


Introducing... The Newcastle Shutter Company

We have such a wide variety of businesses here at Clavering House Business Centre that we wanted to give them the opportunity to introduce themselves. First up in our 'Introducing...' section we have:

The Newcastle Shutter Company. Where details matter.

We offer a wide range of stylish and practical plantation shutters that have so far transformed homes, hotels, and restaurants inside and out. We supply and install made-to-measure shutters across the North East of England.

About Us

We know how much your home means to you. That’s why we aim for two things; the very best plantation shutters and the very best customer service. It’s how we’ve approached every job for more than ten years and it remains our focus today.

As a result, based on our Customer Satisfaction Survey we provide at the end of every installation, 100% of our customers would recommend us.

Happy days.

Talk to us

Want to know more about our team, shutters or anything else? Please, just give us a call.

The Newcastle Shutter Company
thenewcastleshuttercompany.co.uk
0191 466 1325


HamiltonGold outside Clavering House Business Centre

A new source of investment is open for business!

Rivers Capital Partners, based at Clavering House Business Centre, and Hamilton Capital Partners are pleased to announce a new venture with the launch of HamiltonGold.

 

The collaboration combines the successful investment track record of Hamilton with that of the team in Rivers to raise capital for businesses in the North of England and Scotland.

 

With an active approach to investing, we work to manage investee businesses for growth and sale. HamiltonGold uses a range of equity, mezzanine and debt finance covering an investment range from £200,000 to £10 million. We are managing investments and syndicate deals as well as building a mezzanine fund, targeting significant returns.  The fund is raising £100 million and already has a cornerstone investment from Hamilton Capital.

HamiltonGold outside Clavering House Business Centre

 

Jonathan Gold, Founding Partner of Rivers Capital commented:  “We are delighted to announce this new venture with Hamilton.  It brings together our strong investment track records.  We are working up to around £10 million in individual equity deals while also tapping in to the real demand for mezzanine debt into established and profitable businesses that are at a transformational point in their life cycle.”

 

Andrew Lapping, Founding Partner of Hamilton Capital added:  “There is a natural fit with Rivers and we look forward to building on the foundations of our strong working relationship through HamiltonGold.  In addition, with the introduction of HamiltonGold Equity, we are able to provide private investors with a mechanism to invest with our expertise and experience in high growth opportunities.”

 

If you are an investor or company requiring more information, please visit www.hamiltoncapitalpartners.co.uk


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

http://www.hilaryflorekpr.co.uk/#contact

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


supporting newcastle start-up week

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 https://newcastlestartupweek.com/schedule/