Office solutions at Davidson House
July 27, 2007
With Reading’s economy predicted to grow by 3.4 per cent each year until 2020 the cost of renting premises is soaring and putting increasing pressure on business.
In response, business office space provider Stonemartin has launched Space²Share – a new scheme designed to give companies the opportunity to share office space in a bid to adapt to a changing workplace.
Space²Share, based at Davidson House in Forbury Square, provides companies with a prestigious central location in close proximity to transport links offering all-inclusive pricing.
The scheme provides a furnished workstation optimising space including safe storage, broadband connection and 100 free national calls a month along with shared access to a printer, photocopier scanner and fax machine.
A private meeting room is also available free of charge for up to four hours a month and optional stationery extras and accessory packs can be bought.
Space²Share also caters particularly well for small and growing businesses from simple call and mail handling to day-to-day check-in facilities with a concierge service.
Tim Worboys, sales and marketing manager for Stonemartin, said: “There isn’t a one-size fits-all solution when it comes to office space which is why we are constantly evolving our range so that we can provide flexibility and choice for our clients.
“Our extensive range enables clients to take offices by the hour or day, or we can create a virtual office, or they can take a fully
serviced and managed option.”
Reading is currently short of high quality town centre business accommodation according to figures from commercial property consultants at Hicks Baker.
Steve Head, partner at the firm, insists it is important office providers keep up with the market and meet the flexible working practices and occupiers needs.
He said: “With modern business practices and current advances in technology the desk-bound employee is a thing of the past.
“It is now typical for an office to be half empty most of the time with many workers conducting business on the road and in open environments or they are working from home.
“And with property consuming 20 per cent of business cost, second only to wages, organisations cannot afford to continue to finance empty office space.”
Space²Share clients can also benefit from other services offered by Stonemartin including state-of-the-art conferencing, training and meeting rooms on site as well as an Institute of Directors Hub for members of the worldwide association.
Tim Smith, director of development company Reading UK CIC, is the first client to sign-up to Space²Share which Stonemartin claims can reduce company costs by up to 35 per cent.
He said: “We have been a client at Davidson House for a couple of years and have been extremely satisfied with the services and
support the building provides.
“However, the team is often out of the office for more time than we are in, so we are paying for space we are not fully utilising.
“As we are expanding we felt it was time to review our property costs. We considered a number of office solutions and nothing really compared.
“This is the ideal solution for us. It enables our team to mix with other businesses and avoid feeling isolated and we still benefit from all the advantages Davidson House has to offer.”
For more information on Space²Share call 0845 070 9980 or visit www.stonemartin.com/space2.