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5 must-have personality traits that drive productivity

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Cultivating a positive workplace environment is not something achieved by a select few – everyone brings something of their own to the table. Forgive the cliché, but the modern office space is such a hive of activity that it is almost impossible for it to be led by a single presence. Everyone pitches in.

And, if your business is to reap the sweet benefits of growth, increased revenue and industry recognition then the employer must embrace this. Personalities are what make a successful business tick – for better or worse.

So, in the spirit of diversity, DBI Furniture Solutions has been in touch with a few industry leaders and business professionals to get the lowdown on what personalities shine most in the office environment.

1. Don’t worry, be happy

Positivity! Every officpexels-photo-29594e has that shining beacon of positivity, and some are lucky enough to have more than one. Again, this is something more employers should recognise. Happiness at work equals productivity; a brand new survey from employee services provider Personal Group proves that happy workers are 12% more productive.

Happiness at work can be influenced by a number of factors, from pay to how the office itself is designed.

Commenting is Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of recruitment experts CV Library. Having helped countless professionals into their jobs, Lee is more than familiar with office personalities and what best influences a workplace:

“Our research found that there are certain personality traits that UK professionals would most like to see in their colleagues. At the top of the list was positivity, with 48.1% of workers rating this as the trait that they would like to see in their colleagues. This was followed by honesty (42.1%), approachability (41.5%) and a sense of humour (38.3%).

“What all of these traits have in common is a theme of openness and support. Clearly, UK workers want to find themselves in a workplace where people are able to express their opinions withou
t fear of unjust negativity.”

From Lee’s experience, positivity is almost an ‘umbrella’ trait which envelops related aspects:

Being positive in the workplace can only help breed success across the workforce. Alongside this, being honest and approachable means that co-workers are happy and confident to approach you with new ideas as well as any concerns they may have.

“Finally, a sense of humour is highly desirable; while we of course all need to knuckle down and work hard, being able to have a laugh with your colleagues is just as important to help maintain morale within the workplace.”

2. Creativity is unique

Our minds work differently, and we often approach problems from different angles – this is all to do with creativity. Creative minds are best creativeput to use in collaboration with others, as ideas bounce off one another and become industry-leading campaigns (or are retired to the wastepaper bin, as some are).

Because, while success might be reflected in profit margins and ROIs, they only exist because of brave, bold ideas. Good ideation processes will always uncover the creative minds of your workplace, so employers should be taking the time to engender a positive, creative environment in order for talent to flourish.

Speaking here is David Ingram, Managing Director of digital marketing agency Bring Digital. According to David, a well-executed brainstorm session encourages an open playing field where all suggestions are welcome to the table:

“We’ve created a brainstorm process that works brilliantly for all personality types; with a transparent platform through which people can come forward with ideas, and contribute to others.

“Creativity in the office translates into so many different areas. It can mean looking at a problem from a unique perspective, or taking an idea in the opposite direction. I can’t think of a business, especially in digital, that wouldn’t benefit from such a trait.”

3. We all appreciate punctuality

Being on time is an understated, often-overlooked aspect which gets far less credit than deserved. It goes for anything – cpexels-photo-196656oming into work on time, delivering tasks and respecting deadlines.

If your business is reliant on timing, then this can be even more important. Working in digital, for example, may require you to provide reactive comment on industry developments or events in the media.

It’s not only important within the team, it’s great for meeting clients and ensuring that you make a good impression at job interviews.

4. Let’s not forget about integrity

Integrity relates to so much withpexels-photo-271560in the workplace; have you ever taken credit for someone else’s work? Maybe you’ve witnessed something untoward but have neglected to tell anyone.

Honesty and trust are central to integrity, and its ethical foundations within work must not be underestimated. It is also closely aligned to passion – how much you know about your industry depends on the amount of work you have put in and your genuine interest in the business.

Commenting is Marcus Franck, Founder of startup business Franck Energy:

“For me, the most desirable trait of a co-worker is integrity. When we’re looking for new team members at Franck Energy, we look for people that are genuinely passionate about environmental issues and understand the context in which we work.

“I don’t mind if a co-worker isn’t completely clued-up on a certain topic, but genuine honesty and curiosity goes a long way.”

5. Passion pays

Having a passion for what you do is crucial, not only for personal fulfillment (everyone wants to enjoy what they do) but career advancement, too. Whatever industry you are in, a love of the business will stand you in good stead for success.

Maybe you are a design-head, and live for creating websites. Have you always had a way with words? Copywriting should be right (or, write?) up your street. Either way, passion is a list-topping priority for most recruiters and is most certainly something fellow colleagues will want to see.

To get more information, we spoke with Craig Hall, Operations Director at digital marketing agency Glass Digital. According to Craig, passion is a powerful personality trait to possess:

“Digital marketing is a young industry, so it can be difficult to hire experienced staff. That’s why we place huge emphasis on the right personality traits when hiring. The most important thing is passion and focus, as a lack of enthusiasm often translates into poor productivity.

This is not just passion for the business, either. Passion for self-improvement, pro-active goal setting and practicing your craft is a brilliant byproduct of passionate employees.

“We also look out for people who are fast learners, because best practice is constantly changing in our industry. For the same reason, staff must be able to identify their own weaknesses and have the desire to develop their own knowledge and skills.”

These traits run through most businesses, and should be valued for their contributions to the wider organisation. As proven, happiness goes hand-in-hand with productivity, and success. The products at DBI Furniture Solutions are all geared toward the same goal.

9 Ways to Encourage Your Staff to Exercise (and Save Your Business Money in the Long Run!)

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Across a diverse range of businesses, there is one recurring problem for office workers in the UK. With long periods spent sitting down, sedentary lifestyles are putting employees’ health at risk.

Never has there been such an urgent need for employee exercise programs – but just how much exercise are we talking, here?

According to physical activity guidelines from the NHS, adults aged 19-64 require at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week to stay healthy, as well as a minimum of two day’s strength training per week.

This is more than doable, even if you are stuck in an office all day. DBI Post 1
With some simple steps and a little encouragement, employers can easily promote an hour of daily exercise for staff. After all, it’s in the business’ best interests to ensure that all employees are fit and healthy, given that long-term sickness absences cost UK companies an eye-watering £4.17 billion EVERY YEAR!

Promoting exercise and a healthy lifestyle is a win-win situation for both sides. We can reduce the risks of sedentary living for employees, whilst saving businesses billions and improving the economy in the process.

Here’s how you can do it…

1. Bring the workout into the office

Employers can make great strides in promoting staff exercise by simply bringing exercise to them. Time constraints are one of the biggest challenges facing employees – especially those who have lengthy commutes and out-of-work commitments.

Draft in a fitness professional to give employees brief but beneficial workouts. A midday adrenaline boost can prevent you from hitting that 3pm wall of tiredness and reaching for the nearest caffeine hit.

We spoke to Bring Digital, a digital marketing agency for whom exercise classes have boosted productivity and staff morale. Speaking is Office Manager Suzanne Monks:

DBI Post 2“Since introducing our ‘Bring Wellness’ initiative, our health and fitness program, we’ve found that staff are coming into work motivated and in a healthy state of mind.

“It allows them the flexibility to get a workout in without going out of their way, which is great for us all. We understand just how important exercise is, especially within the office environment. It’s a lot of fun, too.

“Staff have reported feeling more energised throughout the day, and the late-afternoon slump has pretty much disappeared.”

It’s an easy solution which works wonders for staff productivity, boosting morale and giving employees the chance to build rapport with colleagues.

Here are just two exercise classes you can bring to the office:

 

Improve flexibility with Yoga

There are a whole host of benefits to be had from yoga. For the office worker, these include; healthier and uninterrupted sleep, improved blood circulation, a boost in energy levels and enhanced mental wellbeing.DBI Post 3

It’s also easy to take into the office. All you need is your health and fitness professional, a few yoga mats and some floor space. Move a few desks – it’ll be worth it.

Commenting on the benefits is fitness expert Chris James, who has been teaching yoga in the workplace for several years.

“Staff have reported an improvement in flexibility and awareness of weaknesses in the body. There have also been fewer days off sick – which managers have reported has had a direct impact on the bottom-line of their business.”

As well as physical flexibility, yoga can vastly improve your state of mind according to research from the Harvard Medical School. It helps you deal with stress, can boost your mood and can potentially help Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. So, get stretching!

Pilates to fix your posture

For those of us who are familiar with the aches, pains and niggles of sedentary office living, it’s vital that preventative measures are taken.

Pilates offers a great combination of yoga-like relaxation techniques with light-to-moderate aerobic exertion.

We spoke to Magenta Associates, a PR Agency providing regular (non-compulsory) Pilates classes to employees. Speaking is Managing Director Cathy Hayward:

“The general consensus is that taking an hour out to do a Pilates class once a week has had a very beneficial effect. Staff return to their desks feeling energised and well rested (it’s a forced time away from their computer, whereas people can eat lunch while carrying on with work).

“As a result, they feel they’re more productive after the session.

“It’s also improved their posture, which is really important when you spend so much time at a computer. And they feel valued by the company so, as a result, they’re more engaged”.

Recent studies by the Asian Journal of Sports Medicine showed that Pilates can be used to improve flexibility and to speed up recovery from musculoskeletal injury (in turn, shortening the time needed away from work).

Again, you require very little to host a Pilates session. What’s stopping you?

2. Offer discounted gym memberships

Short DBI Post 4of bringing exercise to the office, this method is the next best thing. For many, actually getting to the gym is half the battle. Between transport troubles, long working hours and all the stress in-between, squeezing in gym time can be tricky.

By offering discounted gym memberships to employees, you’re making it a whole lot easier and incentivising staff to get a workout in where possible.

Research from Britain’s Healthiest Workplace recently showed that high stress and a lack of physical activity are causing industries to lose up to 27 days of productive time per employee, each year.

As an employer, you’re naturally looking out for productivity levels as well as the wellbeing of your staff. It’s been proven by Stanford University that regular exercise immediately boosts brain cognition and performance.

For this reason, gym memberships are a great way to improve employee fitness while, at the same time, ensuring that the work they produce is of the highest level possible.

You could work out an agreement with a local gym, offering your business’ services in return for discounted memberships. It’ll certainly be cost-effective in the long run.

3. Drink water – the ‘forgotten nutrient’

You might feel like you’re always being told to drink water. It settles a wide range of ailments and it’s no surprise that it’s often the go-to solution when you’re feeling a little off colour.

If employers installed a water cooler, that would go a long way in encouraging consumption throughout the office. Offering free water prevents dehydration – obvious, yes, and still many neglect it and end up flagging later in the day.

In fact, research from the University of Connecticut showed that even mild dehydration can adversely affect mood DBI Post 5and how our mind and body perform generally.

The problem is that we are dehydrated well before thirst begins to set in, meaning that we should stay well-watered throughout the day if we’re to maintain a consistently high level of productivity.

To find out more, we spoke to Dr Emma Derbyshire, public health nutritionist and adviser to the Natural Hydration Council.

“Water is often regarded as the ‘forgotten nutrient’, our brains are about 70% water and our bodies around 50-75% water, depending on age and gender.

“It’s not surprising, therefore, that being inadequately hydrated can affect how we feel and perform at work.

“Research has shown that even a reduction in dehydration levels of as little as 2% of body weight can influence mood, lead to greater feelings of fatigue and reduced levels of alertness.

“Given that in the UK we spend an average of 37 hours a week for a full-time job, it’s really important we stay hydrated for our wellbeing and for productivity.”

The European Food Safety Authority recommends a total water intake of 2.5 litres for men, and 2 litres for women per day (via food and drink). Ideally, 70 to 80% of this should come from drinks and 20 to 30% from food.

Here’s how you can encourage better hydration in the office:

Start the day right with a glass of water

Encourage your employees to start the day with a cold glass of water. Coffee may be the first port of call for many, but overdoing it on caffeine will only set you up for a drop later.

Water offers a stable, clean energy boost. Installing a water cooler or providing free bottled water will ensure your employees are well hydrated and ready to work.

Headache? Grab a glass and take a seat

Headaches are common in the average office space. If you find yourself burdened with a heavy head toward the end of the day, then there’s a high chance you’re dehydrated.

Take a break with a cold glass of water. It’s scientifically-proven by the University of North Carolina to help your headache by fuelling your system with vital nutrients, allowing more Oxygen to reach your brain.

4. Forget the elevator – take the stairs

It’s all about the minor changes. You don’t have to run a marathon every week to be healthier (although this would help, admittedly!). With some small lifestyle changes, your employees can make huge health improvements in the long run. All it takes is a little encouragement.

DBI Post 6Imagine if, every day, your employees took the stairs to the office instead of the lift. That’s X number of steps added each day, five days a week. This should keep your business’ sick day payments down to a minimum – because, according to research from the University of Oxford, those with sedentary lifestyles showed a lower mortality risk of 46% after increasing their daily steps from 1,000 to 10,000.

Increase the stakes

You can even promote the 10,000 steps a day challenge – set up a chart for staff to log their daily amount. Incentivise this with an end-of-month prize! To boost uptake of the challenge, you could provide your staff with Fitbit watches to monitor their steps.

We spoke to Georgina Richardson, Head of Operations at digital house and pet sitting business Trusted Housesitters, for some words on employee incentivisation.

“Investment in people is hugely important to us, because you see it repaid with staff loyalty, hard work and a lot more creative energy.”

While staff perks and incentives may seem costly in the short term, they can drastically bolster staff happiness and morale in the long-run.

There are a lot of options to help your employees exercise a little more. This is one of the cheapest (scaling the stairwell of your building is complete and utter free exercise!).

5. Get out of the office for a lunchtime walk

Sitting in a chair all day can be bad, so it’s vital that your employees take every opportunity to get on their feet. The lunch hour is a perfect opportunity for them to take a breather.

IDBI Post 7n the fresh air, staff can walk their lunch off and chat with colleagues, or take some much-needed alone time away from the bustling work space. Depending on where your office is based, you can take in the surrounding sights. There’s a park nearby? Brilliant – take an afternoon stroll and recharge your batteries.

Let’s not forget the mental benefits of a lunchtime stroll – recent research from Curtin University, Australia showed that workplace stress can be greatly alleviated by a simple lunchtime saunter (or in this case a brisk walk to really get the blood pumping).

Your productivity should see some definite improvements. By stepping outside of the office space, you’re actively taking steps to engender a fresh state of mind. You’ll return to the office invigorated and ready to smash through your workload.

6. Exercise for charity – it’s for a good cause!

You can get your employees to represent the company for several charity events – be it sponsored walks, marathons or even a fun run. The whole workforce can take part and make it a real joint effort, getting some quality team-time in as well as some exercise too.

Aside from the clear physical benefits, staff charity events are great opportunities for your team to get to know one another. They can motivate each other during a particularly gruelling hill climb or provide some healthy competition in the marathon.

It’s quality time spent with your team, so there are benefits to be had all-round. Staff could even take part for a charity that is really close and significant to them.

7. Stay on your toes – try standing desks

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Offices are getting more and more innovative all the time. From trendy décor to new and progressive furniture solutions, it seems that the office space is a fitting domain to test the water and see how greater mobility can help to improve productivity.

Standing desks are the new kids on the (office) block. Getting your work done upright can send productivity levels through the roof, boosting staff morale along the way.

According to a recent study from Monash University, alternating between sitting and standing positions can drastically improve fatigue and ease musculoskeletal discomfort.

To get to the bottom of this, we spoke to Georgina Richardson of Trusted Housesitters. The company have seen some notable staff improvements since installing standing desks on their premises.

 “The new standing desks are definitely making us more active and they’re giving the office a 21st Century, digital feel.

“Everyone is happy that they can move around the office, setting their MacBooks up at every level – the standing desks are particularly great when you need to feel energised and creative.”

You’re giving staff the option to use standing desks, while keeping the usual setup that they’ll be used to. Employees will appreciate being given the choice as they can experiment with the new desks and see how they work.

Standing desks are a shiny new toy for a lot of companies looking to shake things up. It’s worth giving them a try!

8. Get an office dog – they’ll need to be taken for walks!

Aside from bringing a pet into the office as a mascot and general morale-booster, pets can be a great way to get staff out into the open. If you bring a dog in, for example – someone will have to be on walk duty. You can assign weekly duties to staff, taking it in turns to get some fresh air.

As an added extra, having a pet around the office will shake up the tedium for some employees. Morale will be lifted and, according to research from the Virginia Commonwealth University, stress levels could fall.

Having dogs around also facilitates the social life of the office space. You get to meet members of other departments and staff you’ve only encountered through email – all this, because of some simple dog-talk.

DBI Post 9But remember, bringing dogs into the office can pose health and safety risks. Nestle recently became a dog-friendly workplace, and have ensured that all dogs go through what’s called a ‘pawthorisation’ process to make sure the dog is suitable.

Also, not all staff will be ‘dog-people’ and might not appreciate the presence of dogs – so keep this in mind. A quick survey amongst your workforce should be enough to assess whether it’s a good idea.

 

9. Install cycle storage for a greener commute

You’ll be killing two birds with one stone, here. By providing bike storage on your premises, employees will benefit from cycling to work rather than taking the car. It’s cheaper, healthier and – here’s the best bit – it’s better for the environment.

DBI Post 10With vehicle emissions lowered, cycling to work offers some quality, unavoidable (you need to get to work!) exercise.

You can’t go wrong. The early blasts of fresh air will be great for staff, and nobody likes being stuck in traffic jams, so cycling to work is ideal.

Recent studies by the University of Cambridge show that the benefits of cycling and walking largely outweigh the risks posed by greater exposure to air pollution – perfect for offices in bustling, metropolitan areas with high levels of city smog.

 

There’s so much that you can do and, as the employer it’s down to you to implement real, healthy changes. Take the above steps into consideration and ensure that your employees are fit, healthy and happy coming into work. It’ll pay off in the long-run!

Clerkenwell Design Week

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Last year 34,973 visitors attended London’s most important commercial design festival: The Clerkenwell Design Week. The Clerkenwell Design Week is the home to more creative businesses and architects to be found anywhere else, it is at the forefront of renovation and creativity. With each year it surpasses the previous year with even more talented architects and designers creating true masterpieces to behold. For a visual treat this festival is not to be missed. Last year’s festival marked the seventh edition of the Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) delivering a huge benefit to London’s key design cluster with over 41,000 new business leads generated directly at the three-day show. The show featuring over 90 local showrooms, and a record 300 exhibition brands, CDW brought London’s most characteristic and creative quarters alive. The event ran from 24 – 26th May, as visitors came from over 70 countries to see the spectacular designs and to meet the various architects and designers. Mixing with exhibitors drawn from more than 20 countries, CDW used its transitional year to build on its position on the international design calendar.
This event was sponsored by Renault for the second consecutive year, 65% of the visitors that attended CDW were various architects or designers, confirming the importance of CDW for London’s creative sector and delivered through a unique format, including eight exhibition venues, over 150 local businesses and a series of original site-specific installations, with over 400 events.
New for 2016 was the comprehensive re-calibration of the show, which stretched across Clerkenwell, master planned by local architecture practice OMMX. OMMX have gained their incredible reputation by providing furniture fittings for various private residents, office spaces, shops, public spaces, even festivals and exhibitions. OMMX strive to amaze our clients by exceeding expectations and demonstrate a personal commitment for the duration of each and every project. This provided a fresh outlook on both the area and the experience of visiting a business-focused design event. Eye-catching way-finding guided visitors between festival locations as they explored the new parts of Clerkenwell, to hunt out the latest in design. Along with the geographical expansion exhibitions, a gateway destinations to Clerkenwell’s showrooms was added at Brewhouse Yard and the Goldsmiths’ Centre took centre stage as the show’s Live Events Hub.
The conversations at Clerkenwell series of talks and panel discussions, sponsored by 250 City Road, included a host of design thinkers and influencers and was headlined by a specially devised salon series curated by Ineke Hans, Daniel Libeskind in conversation with Patricia Moroso and Tom Dixon on his CDW installation, The Church. The live events programme complimented a series of high profile product launches and CDW exclusives, such as Loll’s UK debut and Layer design’s world’ first 3-D printed wheelchair by Benjamin Hubert at Clerkenwell London.2

Paulina, Nick and Kevin from HQ visited Clerkenwell Design Week this year between the 23rd to the 25th of May. Commenting on how inspiring and exciting all the new concepts and ideas where. Here are some images taken from their trip:

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Cycle To Work Day – 14th September

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Cycle To Work Day is an amazing organisation that every year gets thousands to pledge to #LeaveTheCarAtHome and cycle to work! This year it was on the 14th of September and Leah from HQ in Wigan pledged her 10 miles and cycled to and from work, doing her bit for our Carbon Footprint.

If you would like to find out more about Cycle To Work day, take a look at this link https://www.cycletoworkday.org/ – You can view photo albums of everyone who pledged and read more about the amazing results of the day.

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Is Sit-Stand The Future Of Desking?

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There is evidence of implementations dating back over a century, but height-adjustable sit-stand desks as we now know them have been available from Scandinavian manufacturers for about 20 years. Sit-Stand desks are becoming more popular, both in work and office environments as well as in a household.

Here are some examples of how sit-stand desks can benefit you!

  1. Increase Your Productivity

Standing up is believed to help increase productivity, emotion and motivation. This means that by standing up you should feel more alert, which in the end helps you stay focused on the tasks you are working on.

  1. Improves Posture

Even in a Task Chair with the best support we can all be subject to slouching!  The sit-stand desk improves your posture as you are no longer hunched over a desk. It’s also a lot easier to stretch and flex your muscles and joints whilst stood, increasing circulation.

  1. Standing up burns more calories!

Standing alone can burn more calories than sitting down. A study by the BBC found that standing for an hour; you can burn an extra 50 calories. Based on this study; standing for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, over the course of a year, you can burn an additional 30,000 calories!

  1. Beat the Zzzz’s

Standing is believed give an increased amount of energy which will help you stay perkier at work throughout the day. Sitting down can become to comfortable, and make you feel tired. Whilst standing is more active and keeps you alert!

  1. Health Benefits

Studies have advised that those who sit all day at work, live for two years less than those who have an active life. The importance of standing and moving during the day is hugely important, especially if it’s teamed up with sitting down in front of the TV in the evenings.

After seeing these points, your organisation shouldn’t be running out the door to get all of their colleagues a sit-stand desk, but the option to have one should definitely be on the cards. For additional information be sure to click the link provided by the BBC to find out more – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24532996

 Shop our range of sit stand desks here  https://dbifurnituresolutions.co.uk/products/desking/sit-stand-desks-products.html

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Why are desk dividers essential in your office?

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In the office design world open plan offices and collaborative spaces are at the peak of their popularity. However, all of this open space does come with some drawbacks. Sometimes privacy is what is needed to get the most out of your employees and in this blog, we explain the importance of having desk dividers (desk screens) and why your organisation can gratefully benefit from having them. Our desk dividers are available in a wide range of colours, sizes and designs. They make a great addition to any office space, read more below to find out why!

Defined Workspaces:

Depending on your job role, a desk divider is a great way to get a sense of separation from you and your colleagues so you will be able to differentiate your work load from the people that sit to the left & right of you. Take the very chaotic role of an accountant for an example, the amount of paperwork that they deal with is mind boggling. So having a desk divider/separator is absolutely essential as they can keep their workload separate from any other paperwork that’s floating around.

They’re also great for bringing a bit of privacy to the workspace – perfect for when team members need to knuckle down and concentrate at the task at hand, away from the chaotic atmosphere that’s occurring around you.

Branding and Colour

Desk screens are a great way to actually brand your office. This is due to the various array of options that are available such as colour, styles and finishes. They are a great way to brighten up any office workspace that creates a vibrant, welcoming space for any visitors that enter your company’s premises.

Information Security

Protecting information can be a challenging task in itself for all businesses, this becoming exceptionally difficult in large, open plan offices where everyone can see each other’s screens. Having strategically placed desk dividers is a great way of hiding the confidential information that other employees should not be seeing. Going back to our example of accountants and other HR employees, desk dividers make a fantastic feature to safely secure your work load from the other curious eyes in your workplace.

Personalising Working Areas

Having researched some statistics, stats show that allowing employees to personalise their work space with whatever dastardly devices they wish to showcase. This is known to increase the wellbeing and overall happiness of your staff, even increasing productivity. Again, this is where desk dividers come into play. It will be even more beneficial for productivity if your colleagues had office dividers to fully personalise their office space without having anyone else’s work/equipment invading like a swarm of Vikings.

Identifiable Departments

Not only do desk dividers do a great job of granting you room to actually keep your workload to yourself. They are also great for defining departments, without having to surrounding your team with separate sets of four walls. This will give your colleagues a degree of separation whilst still feeling like part of the same office.

Practical Storage

Choose the right desk screens, and they can make excellent platforms for useful office accessories like monitor arms, trays, shelves and pen holders. This can help to keep your office clean, tidy and organised, whilst improving employee productivity and freeing up valuable workspace on the desk surfaces.

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Asian Furniture Design

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Asian furniture designers are now taking the world by storm. Originally it was the Western brands that took up most of the spot light, we are happy to announce that the tides are changing and the Asian companies are ‘breaking the wheel’ by inventing some truly outstanding furniture designs that would only be seen in an alternate/futuristic movie.

Shin Azumi was the first big name to cause ripples in the Western furniture design scene. It was the fantastic Lem stool for La Palma (2000) that was an overnight success. Since this design we have seen a steady rise in Asian furniture designers adding a spark of creativity to the Western market.

There are also creative furniture producers called Stellar Works. These are based  in Shanghai, their aim is to ‘celebrate the poetry of Japanese aesthetics, the richness of Chinese ornamentation, the playfulness of Italian design, the refinement of French luxury and the less is more ethos of Scandinavian design.”

The Asian furniture designs are to truly be admired by all, the designs that are being showcased recently bend the realms of reality and will surely have you questioning what you are seeing. So to summarise, Western brand – start watching your back.

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The future of your furniture

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The future of your furniture depends on what you do today!

In today’s economic climate, many companies are opting to up-cycle their existing furniture. We have obtained many contracts resulting in the resizing of desks for a variety of companies. It has become apparent that it makes sense to re-size and upcycle office furniture at a fraction of the cost to buying new. This is achieved by (cutting it down) reducing the foot print, re-edging and providing a fresh look at a fraction of the cost of a new product. All of our up cycled products come with a whole of life recycle guarantee.

Over the last 20 years, desks have been manufactured wider at one end (800mm at one end and 1200mm at the other) to accommodate a large monitor for a computer which was the size of a microwave (300mm deep), monitors now are as thick as an IPad (30mm deep). Spaces in offices are now so expensive and with the increasing environmental sustainability awareness being an important factor in people’s lives, our re-working service can reduce your overall footprint.

One of our customers was planning to recruit 12 new co-workers in London and they were looking to relocate to a larger office to accommodate the additional staff. Once they had spoken to us, they realised by utilising their reworking service, it would save them 26% of their existing space, allowing them to accommodate their new staff without the need relocate.

Similarly we have also seen a demand for re-upholstery of existing seating, recovering customers own chairs, re foaming where necessary and completing a 10 point check on the chair before returning it back to re-use.

So up cycling your desks and a chair provides a massive saving. Now that’s sustainable and a sensible option!

  • Increase the Life span of your furniture
  • Save rental costs by utilising your current space
  • Better Value Investment Ethically it is perceived better to spend public/companies – rather than “splashing out” on new when cuts are being made elsewhere
  • Corporate Social Responsibility – Prevent your contribution to landfill
  • Green Credentials – Instead of re-manufacturing, we are simply Re-working or Up cycling the current items. If you are concerned about being green with your business, that’s great, but it’s even better to up cycle. E.g. when recycle; this involves an industrial process of being stripped, shredded, crushed, burned, melted and re-shaped to produce a slightly lower quality than the original. However, if you up cycle you will have a better-than-original item that didn’t require extensive processing… and its much more creative!
  • Budget Friendly – Makes your budget stretch, freshen up your office image (take the opportunity to colour change, new desk tops with the same frame/new upholstery in seating or screens)
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Is ‘Micro’ the Future of Urban Homes and Offices?

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As cities become more congested and built up, space becomes more valuable. And so does flexibility. If homes become smarter and more space saving (or multipurpose) using products like SmartSlab, they should also integrate smart reconfigurable interior walls and flexible equipment. In a state of the art city pad of the future (in just 10 years’ time) interior walls, furniture and equipment will be reconfigured on command to allow flexibility and optimum use of space.

MINI unveiled a micro living concept at Milan furniture fair, where certain items are foldable and movable. Great idea, but let’s make it smart. Bluetooth it up with 3 or 4 pre-programmed automated layouts. One tap of a smart phone screen and your studio pad goes from standard furniture to leading technological inventions that need to be admired.

In this situation furniture needs to lead. In the next decade we’ll see at least one major player emerge from Asia in the furniture mass market. And their furniture will be smart, automated and flexible. The Apple of the furniture industry. That is it for now.

 

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‘Stupid’ Furniture…

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Would you believe it if we told you kitchen appliances have Bluetooth? That central heating is controlled with smartphones? The main question is why aren’t more manufactures making this kind of furniture?

 

Office spaces aren’t just becoming more nimble; they’re also increasingly wired for tech, and future tech. That doesn’t just mean more outlets in more places (though those certainly are multiplying rapidly). We are past the tipping point of technology being part of our environment.

Greg Lynn, designer of a smart sports chair for Nike understands. His new chair (see right, credit: google) has sensors to warm or cool users as required, eliminating cramps and reducing fluid loss after exercise, a great invention for athletes looking for the edge. In an interview with Dezeen he commented: “I think the furniture industry is slow to engage technology. It’ll either happen or they’ll disappear.”

Technology is truly powerful. A tech invention can send a startup from a garage in Stoke to the stock exchange in weeks. If the furniture industry doesn’t integrate tech fast (not just wireless phone chargers), it will lose market shares to tech companies that truly innovate.

Kram and Weisshar’s SmartSlab dining table integrates circuitry, allowing food to be cooked and kept at optimum temperature. At the same time your bottle of wine is kept perfectly chilled. All this on your dining table as your dinner guests sit around it. The collaboration between Kram/Weisshar and Iris Ceramica Group is a case in point: neither party is a furniture company. Iris Ceramica (ceramic tile producer) was looking for new uses for its range of tiles and hey presto. Very Jean Prouve too.

Chemistry height adjustable desking is designed to fully interact with you, whether you are in a seated or standing position.

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Building on a story

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We’ve arrived at the middle ground, in which companies are abandoning hot desking but not returning to closed-door offices. Where exactly does that leave us?

“It’s quite easy to point to the limitations of both ends of the spectrum,” Huxol says. “This friction between what the open office means for our clients’ corporate culture or brand ethos, and designing truly productive work environments has motivated our work in this sector”.

Think of it as the new era of super-customisation. For the office Bluecore, an email marketing startup in New York City, HuxHux and decorating firm Homepolish not only created meeting rooms of varying sizes, but also listened to the company’s individual story and the needs for employees within it to create some unorthodox arrangements.

“One employee we talked to said, ‘I’m most creative when I’m in my bed with my laptop,’ so I thought, ‘let’s make that happen,’ “Huxol says. He carved out a tiny nook high above the company’s grand entranceway, and lined it with glass. The little eagle’s nest is the perfect size for a few pillows and an informal meeting. And it has the best view in the office.

Another consideration when laying out the space was that Bluecore has an in-office custom of halting work every day so everyone can eat lunch together. That worked without a hitch when it was a few folks working out of an apartment, but when the head count approached 40, it seemed impossible to sustain.

HuxHux came up with a solution. It brought in a massive table for the café that seat 38 people. Now the team can continue the tradition from its early days. Our personal favourite was the YouNow office design. Those colleagues certainly have it lucky!

Is this a trend toward the end of trends? It’s certainly encouraging to see designers and architects embrace the individual narratives of the companies for whom they are creating the next generation of workplaces. For now, at least, customisation seems like it is king.

 

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Smarter Office Furniture

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Does the design of a shop have an influence on whether you enter it or buy something? We believe this is exactly the same with your office space.

Felderman says sound and lighting are new areas of focus for innovative companies. “For instance, there’s knowledge that lighting affects the mood and productivity of people,” he says. “Companies will be coming out with lighting for which you can change the colour temperature, so it’s cooler in the morning and warmer in the afternoon.”

His business partner Nancy Keatinge, notes that companies are taking employees’ health into account when constructing new office spaces. Flexible workstations, in the mode of Herman Miller’s Living Office, that allow for standing or seated work and ergonomic computer viewing, are becoming standard. So are outdoor areas that allow workers to soak in the sun without taking a vacation. And health rooms, for practicing yoga or meditation, are on the rise.

Incorporating Biophillic design principles into an office space can have extremely positive effects on both employees and customers during the working experience. It is believed that biophillic design and plants in the office can have huge physical and psychological benefits, from reducing stress and anxiety, to improving the quality and availability of respite from work and increasing levels of self-reported wellbeing.

Not only does Biophilia have a massive impact on the employees directly but it may also improve your office economically, by helping to keep the air clean and reproducing oxygen, and may also reduce heating and cooling costs.

 

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The next hot thing in cool Office Design

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In the offices of today, it is a lot more than just a bank of desks with monitors and PC’s/Mac’s being installed on each. You want it to inspire! Inspire your colleagues to push that extra bit further, think that little bit harder for that spark of creativity that gives you that one fantastic idea.

When clients enter your office you want them to be impressed. You want your office environment to represent your business. You want the look of the office to nail how you choose to market your business. Want to be seen as the cool kids on the block? Get inventive with your office design. Want to be seen as the retro kids who live for the 70’s/80’s? Where are the arcade machines? It is also true that it is the people who adopt these office spaces as their own are the ones who bring the office to life.

While this is most certainly true, you must make sure that your colleagues are comfortable at their work stations to increase productivity. The best way to boost productivity in your office environments is to make sure your colleagues have the space to; eat together, play together and hang out together. The happier the colleagues, the more productive they will work and in turn the more the business will thrive.

A popular concept that small firms as well as large ones such as Microsoft, Macquarie Bank & Ernst & Young is ‘hot desking’. Hot desking is simply bring your laptop and working essentials, plunk them anywhere and you are good to go. Multiple employees can, in this arrangement, use the same desk at different hours during a day

 

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Utilising Social Media for Brand Awareness

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It is hard to keep count of the sheer amount of Social Media networking websites at people’s disposal. Therefore it is likely to throw thousands of companies from using these fantastic marketing platforms. Networking for businesses has never been easier as social apps like Skype allow you to have video conference calls and contact other employees who maybe working from home. Not to mention the two grandfathers of Social Media – Twitter and Facebook. Facebook has acquired over 1 billion users who have created an account, a decent percentage of these users are business promoting their own companies.

Joanna Lush is a Business Development Manager at GX Glass, and in a recent article she states: “Alongside producing a quality product, having good lead times and accurate costings, you have also got to be able to get your name out there and get people to see what you are doing. Social Media is not about making a hard sell, it is more about brand awareness. It is about making sure we have the right infrastructure in place so that we can respond to people and do it correctly, and also ensuring that both our IP (Intellectual Property) and that of our clients is being used properly.”

Lush continues: “As a business we are increasingly getting feedback from customers through Social Media channels. There is so much potential from Social Media and so many different platforms to choose from. For instance, we have been thinking about whether we should start putting together video content telling customers more about what we can do”.

If done correctly, video marketing can be a very successful way of gaining publicity to your website and bringing more traffic to your website – Which should be the main goal of Social Media promotion for all companies. Brand awareness allows you to showcase your company across any networking platform you choose thus persuading interested users into visiting your website.

Social Media marketing has hundreds of potential avenues for you to explore. Companies who have not yet explored the opportunity of Social Media marketing, we urge you to reconsider as it is a really effective way to promote your business.

Is the ‘Heavy Duty Chair’ the new ‘Chair’?

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With an increasing ‘always on’ society and the rise in instant international communications, many companies are under pressure to offer a more flexible 24/7 working environment to keep pace. This means they need equally flexible office systems and robust furniture to match. Add to that the well-publicised increasing size and weight of the world’s population and the heavy duty category looks like it could soon be considered the norm in office seating.

Chairs designed to suit heavy usage and those for heavier users have many crossovers, and the need for good, ergonomic design in this category is even more important than in a regular office chair. Shift workers often have to share a workstation with others so the need for a multiply adjustable chair to fit individual body shapes and working postures is essential to prevent strain or musculoskeletal problems. With the heavier or taller person, back, knee and joint problems are already more likely, so an extra supportive posture friendly chair is required.

24/7 working usually means more than one employee will have to use the same chair. An adjustable seat, back, arms, neck rest and lumbar support is therefore essential to accommodate all workers. This flexibility is achieved in quality ergonomic chairs through at least 10 points of adjustability including functions such as arm rest width adjustment, seat pan slider and seat tilt options that encourage a healthier zero gravity posture.

For the big and tall worker, flexibility and comfort are also essential design features, as is the need for greater support, hardwearing fabrics and a more robust build. Manufactures of good quality large and tall chairs will include reinforced backs, padded and reinforced arms, higher spec gas lifts and strengthened, contoured seat pans to add support, comfort as well as reduce stress on a heavier user’s frame. Good suppliers will also use a modular design in their heavy duty range, so individual parts can be repaired or replaced.

As the working world gets bigger and the working ‘day’ becomes more and more flexible, it’s easy to see that what we now regard as heavy duty options may well be the standard that office furniture will have to aspire to in the near future.

Top 5 Tips for installing Office Furniture

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In this article we share the top 5 tips to ensure that your office furniture is managed properly right from the start. The tips are acquired from Bruce Lovell – A Business Process Improvement Consultant at FIRA.

  1. Communication and Paperwork – Ensuring the paperwork is accurate is an absolute must. That is why effective communication is so important. As you will have already agreed the installation plan and any potential issues have been addressed before installers have arrived on site, saving time and potentially more money.
  2. Methods and Procedures – Before the start of an installation project, a properly prepared method statement should be signed off to ensure both parties understand the work that will be needed. Installers need to review emergency procedures with the person in charge of the site, again – this should be done prior to the installation.
  3. Training and Equipment – This step should be a given, however it is a fundamental step with everyone involved. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is absolutely essential to reduce the risk of accidents. This guarantees all employees who are working on installations have their ID’s or CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards just as important as PPE. You must also be certain that installers are familiar with specific products and how they are effectively installed. This point sounds foolish but this helps reduce any stresses that may occur and can actually turn out to be a costly issue.
  4. Finishing up – Once any project has been completed (big or small) cleaning up properly should be every installers next action, as the remaining mess can overshadow the great work your employees has put into the project. Once the clutter has been cleaned up the customer should be shown a full walk through of equipment that has been installed and made aware of specific features of each item.
  5. Customer Feedback – To help prevent any damages to your company’s reputation there should be a procedure in place to allow customers to complain, even if it is with the best intentions.

These are the 5 tips when it comes to installing office furniture. Bruce Lovell (Business Process Improvement Consultant at FIRA) shares his thoughts on installing office furniture. Bruce says “From installers that don’t have the correct training or are unfamiliar with the products, to hold ups due to simple things like problems unloading the vehicle, incorrect paperwork and poor communication – these are all stresses that you don’t need when carrying out furniture installation and has proved to be a costly hiccup.

Bruce continues, “Whilst there are many reputable companies providing an excellent office furniture installation service, a few poor installations can reflect badly on a whole industry. If an installer turns up unprepared or isn’t fully trained, unable to carry out the installation then the knock-on effect could be a costly delay or a never-ending snagging list. Efficient installations will ensure costs are kept to a minimum and customer satisfaction is high.”

Administrative Assistant Required

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We are hiring

Diamond Interiors are offering the perfect Christmas present – a chance to join our growing team.

 

The UK’s leading office and design planning specialists are continuing their incredible year of expansion by looking to grow their internal team.

Diamond Interiors are recruiting an experienced administration assistant to work within their Customer Services department at the head offices in
Wigan.

The Diamond team moved to a plush new £1 million headquarters in Wigan earlier this year to cope with the demand of a growing order book and have alread
y created three new jobs.

Managing Director Nick Pollitt, said: “It has been a fantastic year and creating another job opportunity for someone to join our team could provide the perfect Christmas present.

“We are looking to grow further and 2016 will be an important year for our team and it is important that we recruit the right person for this position.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of customers, suppliers, old friends and those we are yet to meet a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

The administration assistant must be computer literature and able to work with SAGE, Word and Excel software packages.

For more information from Diamond Interiors or to arrange a free space-planning appointment please contact 01257 278 277 or email [email protected]


JOB DESCRIPTION

OFFICE FURNITURE INDUSTRY – WIGAN

SALARY AND PACKAGE DEPENDENT UPON EXPERIENCE (PART TIME HOURS CONSIDERED)

We are looking for an experienced administration assistant to work within our Customer Services department.

The key skills required for the role include the following:

  • Good communication skills
  • Organised individual who can prioritise workloads and has excellent attention to detail
  • Computer literate with a good understanding of SAGE, Word & Excel software packages
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Conscientious team player with an excellence attendance record

If you feel that you meet all the above criteria please send your CV and covering letter including your current salary details to Kevin Gordon at [email protected]

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Diamond Secure NCC Contract

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Diamond Interiors have secured a contract with global technology business NCC Group.

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The Wigan based office design planning specialists will supply furniture for more than 120 employees at NCC’s new office space in Leeds.

NCC Group are a global operation with offices in Europe, USA, Canada and Asia boasting 11 sites in the UK alone,

Diamond Interiors will supply furniture to NCC’s latest new office at Thorpe Parke in Leeds.

Diamond MD Nick Pollitt, said: “We are delighted to be working with such a prestigious client and remain confident that we can provide them with offices that befit a company of their status.

“The project involves the supplying Senator’s Chemistry bench desking and Freeflex task chairs for approximately 120 staff whilst other areas of the scheme included various meeting facilities utilising Senators Ad Lib Tables and Orangeboxs Calder Meeting Chair as well as Allermuirs Haven solo pods and a canteen area.”

NCC Group offer a range of Information Technology related services including Software Escrow & Verification, Securiy Consulting, Website Performance, Software Testing & Domain Testing.

For more information from Diamond Interiors or to arrange a free space-planning appointment please contact 01257 278 277 or email [email protected]

NJR Recruitment Diamond Hire

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NJRNJR Rec Recruitment know a thing about hiring and so it was no surprise they selected Diamond Interiors for their new Manchester offices.

 

The recruitment specialists created new office space in the City Centre and turned to office and design planning specialists Diamond Interiors.

Diamond provided partioning, mechancial works, decoration, signage and power and data solutions as well as office furniture requirements for NJR.

Diamond Interiors MD Nick Pollitt, said: “We were really pleased to work with NJR Recruitment and provide them with the complete solution to their office requirements.

“The Diamond team provided everything from the new signange to their power solutions and the results were stunning.”

Diamond provided new Elite Linnea bench desking, screens and pedestals with Senators Freeflex chairs for the project on the 6th Floor at National House on St Ann Street in Manchester.

NJR are hugely experienced recruitment specailists with consultants operating in niche vertical and geographical markets providing tailor made solitions to clients need.

For more information from Diamond Interiors or to arrange a free space-planning appointment please contact 01257 278 277 or email [email protected]

Diamond appoint new Business Co-ordinator

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Diamond Interiors have welcomed Matt Lamb to their ever expanding team.

 

The Wigan based office and design planning specialists are growing a rapid pace since moving to their new £1 million headquarters.Matt Brown

Matt joins as New Business Development Co-ordinator from Fluent Money and will focus on developing sales leads and appointments.

Diamond MD Nick Pollitt, said: “We are delighted to welcome Matt to the team, he is highly experienced and has terrific contacts across the finance and travel sectors and we are sure he will be a great addtion to the growing Diamond Interiors team.

“Matt follows Nick Kennedy to Diamond and as our business continues to flourish I am sure we will continue to expand and create new positions in the months ahead.

“We are extremely busy working on projects the length and breadth of the country and the move to the new headquarters could not have come soon enough as our work flow increases by the day.”

Matt is a keen gym goer though he is equally at home watching films and enjoying fine cuisine! High expectations for his birthday when it is his turn to buy the cakes then!

For more information from Diamond Interiors or to arrange a free space-planning appointment please contact 01257 278 277 or email [email protected]

Diamond Deliver Coolest Office In Manchester

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It has it’s own beach, James Bond meeting room and even a Back To The Future themed floor – no wonder Rentalcars.com new head office has been dubbed the coolest office in Manchester.

 

The stunning new £2.7 million UK HQ in Fountain Street is the hottest office in the city and Diamond Interiors are proud to have created such a fab place to work.

Diamond Interiors supplied the furniture and fittings for OBI Property, the project managers and designers on the incredible project.

They transformed 38,000 sq feet of office floor at 35 Fountain Street for rentalcars.com who have taken the second to sixth floors of their city centre  building in their 10th anniversary year.

Rentalcars.com are one of the largest car rental firms in the world hiring a staggering five million vehicles every year employing more than 350 members of staff in Manchester alone.

The move to Fountain Street will create a further 200 jobs and the company were determined to create an office space that would ensure a happy workforce.

Rentalcars.com CEO Ian Brown, said: “At Rentalcars.com we’re proud to be ‘anything but ordinary’ and we wanted a new office space that would really reflect this ethos and the diversity of our team.

“That’s why we invested so much time and money in creating an office space like no other in Manchester.

“We’re delighted with what we’ve achieved with the building. The reaction from all of our colleagues and visitors so far has been fantastic.”

Manchester based OBI Property represented rentalcars.com on acquiring the new lease and were appointed to design and project manage the new fit out, the biggest property deal in Manchester in 2015.

The team created a totally unique building with each floor of Fountain Street hosting it’s own theme including drive-in movies, metropolis, road trip and world cars.

Each floor also contains quirky meeting rooms including James Bond, Manchester, Las Vegas and Back To The Future and a number of fun ‘break-out’ rooms including an open air cinema, PS4 room, a tranquil park and a beach on the top floor complete with beach huts, a Starbucks bar and pool table in a car!

Diamond Interiors MD Nick Pollitt, said: “It was an exciting project to be part of and the results are absolutely stunning.

“We worked with OBI Property sourcing and installing the furniture and bespoke fittings design to compliment and enhance the themes embraced for each floor.

“The final results are an absolutely stunning office that will ensure a happy and motivated workforce.”

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For more information from Diamond Interiors or to arrange a free space-planning appointment please contact 01257 278 277 or email [email protected]

Diamond Dazzle With Sequre Success

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Sequre Property Investments turned to Diamond Interiors for their second office move in a year.

 

The leading property investment specialists are growing at such a staggering rate they needed to secure even larger premises in Greater Manchester.

They have secured an additional 5,000 sq ft of office space within the building in Sale that has been their headquarters for the past 12 month.

The Manchester based business specialise in sourcing discounted buy-to-let properties in bulk and now have offices in London, Liverpool as well as their Sale HQ.

Sequre Property Investment providing bespoke property investment services for novice investors through to high net worth individuals and professional property investors.

They turned to office and design specialists Diamond Interiors who were tasked with the creation of an open plan office space with storewall and meeting rooms.

Graham Davidson, MD of Sequre Property Investment, said: “We are extremely proud of the success that Sequre has achieved in such a short amount of time. Our growth has enabled us to create local jobs, encourage investment in Manchester and allowed us to support local charities with our fundraising efforts.

“Our rapid expansion is testament to our solid business model and our ability to put investors at the forefront of everything we do, this is why we are experience such an overwhelming number of enquiries each month.”

Diamond Interiors are UK leaders in office design and planning and suppliers of office furniture from leading manufacturers and designers.

The Lancashire based business provided a full design plan service for Sequre Property Investment as well as the supply and installation of the office furniture.

For more information from Diamond Interiors or to arrange a free space-planning appointment please contact 01257 278 277 or email [email protected]

 

Diamond Desk For Clarke Energy

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It is the showstopper Clarke Energy dreamed of and the final piece of their Diamond Interiors make-over.

 

They have installed a bespoke reception desk created by one of the UK’s most prestigious furniture manufacturers at their Liverpool head office.

Diamond Interiors have led Clarke Energy through a complete refurbishment program transforming their CEO suite at their Knowsley headquarters.

Clarke Energy specialise in the engineering, installation and maintenance of engine-based power plants and are the largest distributors of GE’s reciprocating engine business.

Having successfully complete the refurbishment of their CEO Suite and general office areas in partnership with bespoke furniture manufacturer Hands of Wycombe they were tasked with the creation of a new reception counter.

Diamond Interiors MD Nick Pollitt, said: “This was the final piece of the jigsaw for the Diamond Interior team in terms of our refurbishment program for Clarke Energy and what a way to celebrate.

“We have worked with Clarke Energy for a number of years and they asked us to create something special for their reception area, the main public focal point for their head office and that is exactly what Hands of Wycombe created.”

For more information about Diamond Interiors or to arrange a free space-planning appointment, please contact 0845 683 0024 or email [email protected]