Find new meeting room spaces for 2018

With the new year underway many of us will be thinking about how to make a better first impression, whether it’s by dressing to impress, quitting an unsociable habit, or just putting in the extra effort to keep personal and business relationships running smoothly over the course of 2018.

But when you run a business, it can be difficult to make one of those big New Year’s Resolution-style statements, especially if you don’t have the budget to pour into a major brand redesign or office relocation, but you feel like your current premises are letting you down.

A serviced office or meeting room is a great solution – a way to make the best possible first impression on job applicants, potential investors, clients and suppliers, as well as anyone else who comes to see you for a face-to-face meeting, without having to find the money for refurbishment and redecoration work.

Service with Style

First of all, don’t assume that a rented meeting room will lack style or substance. This is a first class service complete with ergonomic furniture, interior design and decoration to a high standard.

On top of this you get catering facilities, a secretary service and concierge, so you don’t even need to greet your guests on arrival in order to know that they are being dealt with.

Whether you need a small but well appointed room for a face-to-face meeting between two people, or a larger rented conference room for as many as 60 people in a single session, there are meeting room spaces available to cater for your needs.

Heart of the Action

If you need to meet a candidate, client or investor in a particular location where you do not have business premises of your own, serviced meeting room spaces put you exactly where you need to be.

Locations in city centres and within easy reach of ring roads and public transport all make it easier for visitors to get to you – with a prime postcode for them to put into their satnav.

This of course also gives you plenty of other amenities on the doorstep, whether it’s pubs and coffee shops to continue an informal discussion, or cafes and supermarkets so your guests can get something to eat on their way home.

A New Leaf

Best of all, serviced meeting rooms let you raise your game for the new year – or at any time, in fact – without having to pay to acquire new premises of your own, refurbish and redecorate them, and so on.

You get interiors finished to a high standard and all of the additional services from experienced personnel too, and all at a price that’s scalable as your needs grow and you want more space for your future meetings.

Together that adds up to an option that not only helps you to turn over a new leaf in the short term when it comes to impressing visitors, but also to future-proof your plans for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

What is a serviced office?

If your idea of a serviced office is hotdesking with strangers in an open plan room that gets a daily onceover with a vacuum cleaner and little else, then either you’re stuck in the past or you’re not getting your money’s worth from your current serviced office provider.

Modern serviced offices are not just communal spaces filled with workstations – they are finished with your own branding, design and layout, so that they meet your needs perfectly.

A good, modern serviced office works around you, not you around it, so if you’re stuck with a serviced office space provider who refuses to be flexible, it might be time to consider a move (which, luckily, is much easier to do when you’re only renting the space too!).

Modern serviced office space

When you move into a modern serviced office space, most, if not all, of the utilities and amenities should be set up and ready to go, or at least ‘plug and play’ if you have your own equipment to connect.

For example, good-quality ICT connections make it easier to set up your own wired or wireless office network, connect to cloud services and establish high-speed internet access for your workstations and server.

Good serviced office providers will also be on hand with ICT support if you have any problems connecting to the supplied network services, so you’re not on your own on moving-in day.

Furnished for comfort

Setting aside the technical aspects, one of the main things you want from serviced office rooms is comfort, and fully furnished offices with brand-name, ergonomic seating and tables are a step in the right direction.

But you also need space to feel comfortable, and this goes beyond the office itself, with spacious reception areas, meeting rooms, breakout spaces and even on-site kitchen facilities all getting you through the day with in comfort.

Air conditioning and complimentary beverages keep you cool and hydrated in the summer months, while for your corporate environmental or sustainability commitments, there are green energy options, carbon offsetting schemes and on-site recycling facilities – and even motion detectors for the lights so you’re not spending on electricity if the last person out forgets to flick the switch.

Getting there and back again

Finally, a serviced office space needs to be within easy reach so that you and your employees don’t face a gauntlet on your morning or evening commute.

Prime locations in London and Manchester – including postcodes in the hugely significant MediaCityUK development – mean public transport links take you very nearly to the doorstep of your serviced offices.

Cycle racks give eco-conscious employees somewhere to securely park their bike during the day, with changing rooms and shower facilities to cope with any sweat or mud splashes from the ride in.

Last of all, there are restaurants, bars and cafes within easy reach – allowing staff to go out for lunch or grab a well-earned drink at the end of a long hard day, and making the working day a much more pleasant experience as a result.