Location, Location, Location… It’s key

Looking to rent office or studio space? Ensuring you’re in the best possible location for your business should be a top priority.

If there’s one criteria that shouldn’t be overlooked when hunting for a new office or studio space, it’s location. Price, square footage and facilities are all important details to consider, but top of your list should be procuring a central, accessible location, and a workspace in the city can fulfil this.

Central work locations can mean a boost to business – cities are often hubs for start-ups and other small to medium sized businesses, meaning a potentially untapped client base is on your doorstep. If you’re working in the city, chances are you’ll be better situated for access to networking events and business exhibitions; all important for raising awareness of your brand and making connections.

Regardless of the type of business you own, it’s likely that at some point you’ll need to meet clients or suppliers. Whether you’re travelling to your contacts or they’re visiting you, a central location guarantees better public transport connections, particularly if you need to travel further afield to Cambridge or London.

This can also be advantageous if you have staff that commute: employees are far more likely to have a better range of options for travelling to work, particularly if they use public transport. For example, businesses located in Norwich city centre are rarely more than a 15-minute walk from the train or bus station, and travel to and from the city usually means faster, more frequent services. For those that drive, there are plenty of options for parking, varying from spaces that are rented monthly to multi-story car parks where employees can pay on the day.

Lastly, let’s not forget lunch hour; everyone can benefit from time away from their desk to refresh and reset for the afternoon. We’re fortunate enough in Norwich to have a number of green spaces, including the Cathedral and riverside areas, which are great places to pause in the middle of the day. Working in the city also means easy access to the plethora of independent cafés, restaurants and pubs that thrive within Norwich’s excellent food and drink scene, so midday meetings and post-work plans are sorted.

In short, a central location simply offers more choice and better access for colleagues and clients alike.  

Looking to rent a central office or studio? Why not get in touch today to find out more about our available space or book a viewing.


How Your Office Environment Can Affect Employee Productivity

Are you a business owner? If so, the productivity of your employees is probably very important to you. It is no secret that the environment your employees work in has a massive impact on their productivity, though many employers fail to recognize just how much of a difference it can make. Many employers feel that employee productivity is the sole responsibility of the employee i.e. getting enough sleep and eating breakfast. This is true, to an extent, but there are many things that an employer can do to boost productivity.

Some of the common factors that affect an employee’s productivity are;

  • workplace clutter
  • lighting
  • temperature
  • noise
  • communication & relationships

If these factors mentioned aren’t addressed, then the overall well-being of your employees will likely be affected. The happier your employees are, the more productive they are. This simple fact should always be kept in mind, particularly when considering office space.

A study conducted in 2009 suggests that lighting is the primary factor that affects an employee’s productivity. Dim lighting lowers productivity, and fluorescent lighting has been known to cause headaches. At The Union Building, we use state of the art LED lighting that is designed to simulate natural daylight. This innovative new technology is used in all our office space.

Temperature also ranks highly (particularly amongst females) as a factor that affects productivity, which is why all office space at The Union Building is regulated at a constant optimum temperature (typically between 18ºC and 21ºC). This means that if you set your offce temperature to 20ºC, it will stay at 20ºC regardless of the weather outside.

Furniture is another major factor that affects productivity (particularly males). The Union Building offers those who take office space the option of furnishing it themselves, or setting a budget and a specification for us to furnish for you. We have a professional relationship with The Senator Group – one of the top office furniture suppliers in Europe. This connection enables us to furnish your office with high-quality furniture that will ensure your employees are comfortable, and therefore productive.

To find out more about our available office space, please enquire about office space.