COVID-19 has created unprecedented and extraordinary challenges for people around the world – not least within our workplaces. However, as restrictions are slowly being lifted as vaccines are being rolled out, we can at the very least, look to get back to some semblance of the ‘normal’ we experienced pre-March 2020.
After a tough 2020, the continuing rollout of Coronavirus vaccines has given us all hope that we’ll be able to get back to some semblance of ‘normal’ in 2021. After a year of working from home, it’s understandable if people are reluctant to return to their desks – and the primary focus of any business should be ensuring the safety of its workforce.
With 2020 being such a write-off, as most of us have been working from home, it’s no surprise that many firms have taken the time away from the office to consider its future – namely, ‘am I getting value from my current fit-out?’
2020 has been a challenging year for us all – at the very least we’ve had to deal with an erratic work schedule that has seen us work from home. The initial lifting of the March lockdown in late June proved to be a false start – November saw offices close again, with many of them already spending thousands of pounds in adapting their spaces for COVID-safe measures.
With news of a vaccine on the way, there is a glimmer of light ahead in what has been a dark 2020. After a false start already, this is certainly encouraging for the many businesses that have had to close, then adapt to the ‘new normal’, before having to close all over again.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 24th March 2020
The technology used for work nowadays dictates how an office design is set up. From working alongside collaborative robots, through to wearable tech that can track levels of stress – it’s safe to say that workplace technology has advanced greatly from the Macs, laptops and smartphones that dominated the previous decade.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 21th February 2020
As we’re a bespoke workplace solutions company, it can be easy for us to ‘talk the talk’ about our client-based work – it’s another thing to ‘walk the walk’, however. As workplace refurbishment is a speciality of ours, when it came to performing an office refurbishment in Berkshire for our own HQ, we had to ensure that we were fully-equipped and up to the challenge to ensure that we practice what we preach.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 21th February 2020
Whilst every single business out there would love to have a working environment that has been created for the needs of their employees, obtaining a bespoke office design may be seen by some as expensive and unaffordable.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 16th January 2020
Flexible working is one of the fastest-growing office design trends – with the latest technologies cutting the tethers that bind workers to their desks, people are now able to move around and choose the environments in which they work. This opens up exciting new possibilities for businesses who want to get the best out of their employees.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 13th December 2019
There was once a time when the office was used solely as a workplace – this is why office design of the past was based on the ‘factory floor’ concept; people were stuck in every inch of space to complete work as efficiently and quickly as possible.Time allows us to learn and develop and soon enough, we realised that the workplace should be more than simply ‘a facility to play host to a workforce’.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 13th December 2019
In April this year, the team here at Active Workplace Solutions were tasked with performing a ‘get out’ and ‘get in’ office relocation job for the 70 staff of Nationwide Hire – within a window of 48 hours.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 4th December 2019
One of the most important things regarding office design and workplace refurbishment is employee wellbeing. After all, just like nation’s are often measured on their GDP, it’s often much more valuable to look at the health and happiness of your employees, just like the happiness of a citizen gives a much more down-to-earth understanding of life in that nation.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 10th October 2019
Simply put, office furniture shouldn’t be an afterthought. It isn’t just about choosing comfortable and stylish furniture, your furniture is a powerful tool to boost the productivity and wellbeing of your business.
Posted in Business Bites by Active Workplace Solutions on 5th September 2019
The Active team has spent the summer networking at various industry events.Covering topics from sit-stand desks through to remote working, and successful change management implementation, in this blog we’re going to share with you what we’ve learnt.
Posted in Business Bites by Active Workplace Solutions on 30th August 2019
Starting in April 2019, Agata is one of Active’s most recent recruits. She has already established herself as an integral part of the team at head office, assisting with the daily running of the office, tasks and projects.
Posted in Business Bites by Active Workplace Solutions on 14th August 2019
Joining Active Workplace Solutions back in 2017, Emily is one of the many successful apprentices who has completed their scheme here at Active. Two years later, Emily is still progressing within the business.In this blog, we hear from her to find out a bit more about her journey.
Posted in Relocation by Active Workplace Solutions on 7th August 2019
If you’re considering utilising a professional workplace solution with the aim of improving your office environment’s productivity and wellbeing, the Active team can provide a wide variety of workplace solutions including office relocation, refurbishment, and furnishing services.
Posted in Relocation by Active Workplace Solutions on 15th July 2019
Finding the right office space for your business can be very difficult. There are numerous different reasons why businesses choose to relocate and it can be very difficult to find that location which ‘ticks all the boxes’.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 4th July 2019
Technology is quickly changing, as such it is very important that your business’ office is designed in such a way that it can utilise improvements in technology that could be used to boost either or both workplace productivity and employee wellbeing.
Posted in Business Bites by Active Workplace Solutions on 2nd July 2019
Ever wanted to know what happens when we clear out a client site? You may presume it’s just a case of ‘out with the old and in with the new’, but there’s a much more sophisticated approach to making the most of used items.
Posted in Business Bites by Active Workplace Solutions on 13th June 2019
Unsure if a managed office solution is the right path for your business? Here’s a quick list of 5 ways our Managed Office Reading services can help your company to succeed in the challenges of the 21st century working environment.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 11th June 2019
Struggling with what office design to choose? As experts in Office Design Reading, the Active Workplace Solutions team is on hand to provide advice and office interior solutions to help bring your dream workplace into reality.
Whilst we’re not a fairy Godmother with a magic wand, we are Reading office design specialists with a wealth of experience; our client portfolio includes well-known organisations such as Mercedes-Benz and Channel 4
Here at Active Workplace Solutions, we've been providing businesses from a diverse range of industries with professional solutions for Office Refurbishment in Maidenhead for many years. Since forming in 1999, our business has flourished into one of the most trusted businesses within the sector, with a client portfolio including well-known organisations such as Mercedes-Benz and Channel 4.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 9th April 2019
As experienced providers of office refurbishment in Berkshire, if you want to update your office environment, there are numerous different workplace solutions that we can provide to enhance your business and boost the productivity of the office.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 9th April 2019
One of the many challenges businesses face is the question of boosting workplace productivity. However, did you know that your workplace design and layout could be harming the morale and quality of work produced by your employees?
The clocks went forward last weekend, which means it’s now lighter earlier as our alarms go off, but we have lost an hour in bed. We’ve probably all read lots about adjusting to this from a sleep perspective and how an awful lot of people suffer from seasonal depression, but how important is light to our workplaces and the people who use them and how can we make sure we get it right?
Posted in Business Bites by Active Workplace Solutions on 26th March 2019
A few short months into his new role as Business Development Manager here at Active we sat down with James Phillips to get to know him a little better and talk about his experience of the industry so far…
By embracing mindfulness, we can better understand ourselves and increase the amount of enjoyment and fulfilment from our lives. As such, any business seeking to improve the wellbeing and productivity of their workforce should seek to promote mindfulness in office design.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 25th February 2019
Patterns; are they just there to look pretty or do they have other uses within the office environment? As prestigious providers of office design in Reading, we’re always searching for new and innovative ways to improve our workplace design and management, so join us as we embark on a quest of discovery regarding the use of patterns in the workplace.
Posted in Office Design by Active Workplace Solutions on 18th February 2019
Office furniture doesn’t go bad in the same way that milk or cheese goes bad, however there are a few tell tale signs that it might be time to replace your current furniture and upgrade to modern office furniture.
Office Interior Office interior services can provide a wide range of advantages to your business, however in order to gain these benefits, you'll need to make sure that you choose the right office fit out company. So how do you know which business is best suited to your needs?
Businesses are looking for different ways to improve their business’ working conditions; one way to do this is to improve the office furniture. However, how do you know what areas of modern office furniture you need to improve and what elements are currently working well?
Businesses are frequently looking for ways that they can improve the productivity in their workplace, but did you know that the office design and space planning of your office environment can have a significant impact on the productivity and well being of your employees?
By looking after employees’ cognitive wellbeing, other elements often fall into place. Ultimately achieving the end goal of employees feeling energised and ready to produce high-quality work as a result of increased wellbeing levels.
Work culture in the UK (and across the globe) is becoming increasingly demanding and we want to do our best to minimise this. A happy and healthy employee is a productive employee, and among other work-related factors, the correct balance between work and life influences employee happiness, productivity, effectiveness and overall wellbeing.
As a bespoke workplace solutions company, it is important that we don't just 'talk the talk'. We've got to walk the walk too. Workplace refurbishment is something we specialise in, so when it came to the challenge of refurbishing our ActiveHQ, we were well equipped and up to the challenge.
Office Interior services empower businesses to transform their working environment into one that motivates and inspires their employees to achieve their best. However, with a variety of different office interior solutions to choose from including refurbishment and design, how do you know which service is best suited to your needs?
We all know that first impressions count, but did you know that the layout of your office could be causing potential candidates to turn down job offers? Here’s a list of 2 reasons why your business needs the assistance of a skilled office fit out company.
Brexit. At times it seems to be everything anyone is talking about. However, whilst the news and other political commentators frequentlydiscuss things such as freedom of movement and trade tariffs, many areas of Brexit that will impact businesses all over the country are often left un-discussed. Indeed, could Brexit have an impact on office fit outs
If you’re searching for a way to reduce the stress with regards to finding a new location for your business and keeping the office well maintained, a professional managed offices service could be the ideal office solution for you.
There are numerous different office design factors that can affect the productivity of an office environment such as office furniture and office layout. However, could the use of colours in your office affect office productivity and wellbeing?
Wellbeing is at the forefront of many conversations surrounding mental health, and it has been for quite some time now. And while it is of course important to take care of others' wellbeing,people often seem to become so focused on that, they forget about their own mental health.
Sometimes it can be difficult to know when the time is right to change the design of your workplace. Indeed, with numerous different trends coming and going it can be confusing to know when the time is right for you to change your business’ office design.
At Active, we understand that many people may find that refurbishing your place of work can be a difficult and confusing process. So in order to give you a helping hand, here is a quick list of three suggestions for a successful office fit out.
When designing an office it is very important that you think ahead. Indeed an office not only has to meet your business’ needs of today, but it also has to provide you with the tools to meet the needs of the future.
When considering office relocation, some businesses can find it very difficult to find a new location. So to give you a helping hand, here is a list of two things to consider when searching for a new workplace to help you find a great office location.
Many businesses want to improve their workplace in order to boost productivity and employee wellbeing. However,sometimes it can be difficult to think of ways that you could improve your business' office design.
Active was awarded the contract to design, fit out and source the furniture for a 60 seat business incubation centre and co-working space at Thames Valley Science Park’s (TVSP) new Shinfield campus. The space will form an integral part of the ‘Innovation Catalyst’ partnership providing a comprehensive offering to business innovators across the region.
We are extremely proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for the SME of the Year category in the Thames Valley Business & Community Awards 2018. After reaching the finals in both the IoD and Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards towards the end of last year, we are over the moon to have started 2018 with yet another fantastic achievement!
In the busy business world, it can be easy to put thoughts about the office design to one side – after all, it’s only the building that plays host to our work. With so much to concentrate on, on a day-to-day basis, it’s understandable that the role of the office is forgotten about.
There are lots of different things to consider when designing a new office environment. As such, designing your business’ new working environment can sometimes be a difficult, challenging, and sometimes stressful experience.
2017 has been a great year for Active. We have welcomed new faces, new clients, participated in lots of events and banked some great achievements along the way. We would like to share with you the highlights of 2017 and preview our 2018 plans.
This month the Active team were awarded highly commended for the SME of the Year at the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards 2017.The glamorous, black-tie event took place on November 16th at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre in Reading, and welcomed over 300 guests from an array of successful and thriving businesses across the region.
We are pleased to announce that Active retained its accreditation against the Investors in People Standard having upheld this accreditation for the previous 3 years. We are extremely proud to be recognised for our commitment to high performance through good people management...
Posted in Relocation by Active on 7th November 2017
If you believe you’ve outgrown your current office interiors, have been looking at moving simply to save on rental costs or need to take advantage of the amenities available in a new area, then an office relocation is an obvious must.
This month Active was named one of the seven finalists for the Thames Valley Business Magazine Award’s SME of the Year 2017! Joining Active in the category is CitNOW, Diamond Logistics, Firefly Human Capital, Hawkins Group of Companies, IPRO Solutions and McFarlane Telfer.
Talking about the benefits that a re-designed and better-organised office has on your business is all well and good – but it’s an investment that some operations just can’t afford to make. Whether this reluctance to invest is through fluctuating profit margins, an unpredictable industry market, or even high rental rates, the prospect of transforming your workspace may seem unrealistic, perhaps for the foreseeable future.
Adrian Powell, director and owner of office interiors company Active, has been awarded the Institute of Directors (IoD) Highly Commended Award for SME Company Director of the Year at last week’s glittering award ceremony.
Are productivity levels in the office falling? Perhaps you’ve rebranded and your current office space just doesn’t suit your companies culture anymore. Here are 6 sure signs it’s time for an office refurbishment…
Active provide a wide variety of different office services including office refurbishment, office design and managed offices. If you’re interested in a professional office solution please don’t hesitate to give our friendly team a call on 0845 130 9066.
It is a well-known fact that our senses play a vital part in how we experience and react to the environment around us. With sight, sound, touch, taste and smell all having an influence over our perception and mood, it is vital that all of these are considered equally when designing offices with a human focus…
Over the last year, Active’s office fit out team has gone from strength to strength, winning a number of large refurbishment and fit out contracts for some of UK’s leading businesses. Going forward, to assist with rapid growth plans, Active looks to expand its team further...
First impressions are very important. As such it is vital that any client or potential employee feels inspired and optimistic from the moment that they first visit your premises. If your office space is in need of rejuvenation, have you considered a professional service for office refurbishment in Reading from Active?
Today’s workplace is becoming ever more diverse, with people working longer, the modern office is now home to multiple generations. So, what do these generations want from their workspace? And how do we ensure we cater for all? Active discuss…
It goes without saying that a work environment that is happy, is one that creates a better sense of community; a sense that everyone is as important as the other links in this chain that is holding the business up and making it a success.
Although there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to designing for well being, there are certain areas that must be considered. Active discuss 5 concepts you must consider when designing for wellbeing in YOUR workplace…
Although the look and feel of an office environment may vastly change as the years go by, there are certain aspects and requirements of an office design that, if remaining constant, will help the business to be a success. No matter the design of a workplace, office fit out companies advise business organisations that their in-office environment must meet its needs and aims, inspire its staff, as well as reduce operating costs – it’s these aspects that make for the most cost-effective workplace as possible.
The ability to retain an organised office environment is vitally important for many reasons, the main reason, of course, being how successful your business or company could be. It’s commonplace for a workplace to become slightly disorganised after a period of time – especially during particularly stressful periods in which everyone will be working flat-out to achieve their aims.
This year, the Active team went en masse to explore the latest and upcoming furniture trends emerging in today’s workplace, as well as catching up with existing furniture partners to see the new products they have to offer...
It is no secret that by designing a workplace that your employees enjoy spending time in that you will see a positive impact on staff productivity, engagement and retention. So how do you create a five-star experience for your employees? Active discuss…
We are extremely pleased to announce that Active Director, Adrian Powell, has been awarded the London and Southeast, Director of the Year (for companies up to £9.99M) in the IoD, Director of the Year Awards 2017!
When businesses seek to improve workplace productivity, one thing often forgotten about is the office itself. A managed office solution from Active has many benefits. We offer the whole package, finding, furnishing, moving you in and maintenance. If you’re interested in managed offices, give our friendly and dedicated team a call on +44 (0)845 130 9066.
With 70% of workers reporting the sound of the conversation of their coworkers as the most distracting thing in the workplace, it is important that acoustics are not overlooked when designing a high-performance workplace. In order to ensure this, there are a variety of acoustic solutions available to suit a range of budgets and spaces...
This month, Active’s Marketing Coordinator, Jennie Armley, had the opportunity to take a sneak peek into leading media agency, Havas Group’s, HKX building at St Pancras Square, London. Following a range of relocation and clearance work conducted by Active, HKX is now home to over 1500 members of staff...
Keeping your workplace in a good condition is very important for numerous reasons; if you are in need of some advice, here are 6 office maintenance tips to keep your office running smoothly in a good condition!
Just as companies were getting to grips with Generation Y, or millennials as they are more commonly known, a new generation is set to enter the workplace. Enter Generation Z; the Digital Natives, the leaders of online collaboration and the future of our workforce…
When planning an office refurbishment, it is important to consider the use of colour in your design and the effect your colour scheme will have on your employees. Active discuss a range of colours and how they can be used in the workplace design…
Despite the recent rise in flexible working, there are still some companies who are apprehensive about implementing it within their own organisations. Active discuss 5 main benefits for encouraging a trust based, flexible working culture...
Year on year the Active team follow the latest design trends and concepts in the workplace. Through the attendance of a range of industry events including; trade shows, seminars and discussions, Active has seen both the development of existing trends as well as several new trends emerge into the market.
With office workers spending over 35 hours a week sat at their desks, it is more crucial than ever to ensure you have the correct office chair. But what defines a good office chair? And why is it so important? Active discuss…
What makes a gold standard facilities manager? Design journalist Fiona McAuslan interviews one of the facilities managers behind the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games how they pulled off two world-class events.
Last month Techo, one of the UK's leading office furniture manufacturers, launched the new Sidiz Flight chair. Being a supplier of Techo furniture, the team at Active had the pleasure of sampling the new chair in our very own office.
“7 seconds”, “3 seconds”, “a 10th of a second” – these are all supposedly the amount of time it takes to make a first impression. Whether it’s 7 or a 10th, we are still talking an amount of seconds before a potential client makes a lasting judgment about your company. Now, that is a scary thought!
Recent health reports have labelled prolonged periods of sitting to be as detrimental as smoking. However, innovative office design can help change the culture of sitting says design and fitness journalist Fiona McAuslan.
Biophilic office design, thecreation of a natural environment within the workplace, has taken the office interior industry by storm. With a growing number of companies incorporating natural elements into the workplace - biophilic design can be seen everywhere!
An office relocation can be a stressful time, but there is plenty you can do as a Facilities Manager to minimise the impact on the business, on yourself, and on staff. Check out Active’s top tips on how to keep things running smoothly for a stress-free experience!