The first phase of its refurbishment program has been completed by BE Offices, the UK's leading flexible office provider. The firm has improved 30,000 square feet of office space in the centre of London, including Victoria and The City.
The upgrades to the flexible office spaces, which have cost multi-millions of pounds, feature communal break zones and interiors that are completely design-led. The company has plans to invest another £4 million in upgrades and refurbishments over the next twelve months.
Already, BE Offices are seeing signs that the upgrades have helped business, with an 85% occupancy rate in the areas that have been renovated. David Saul, co-founder of the flexible office firm believed that the renovations were a huge part of increasing occupancy rates. He explained that the company was pouring large sums into the estate and that the benefits are already being seen. He said that this demonstrates how important it is to consider design and decor in a market that is already highly competitive.
He also went on to explain that since hiring Derren Jennings as group sales director from IWG, the firm was looking to significantly grow. As part of this strategy, BE Offices is planning on launching a yearly upgrade program, based on the success it is currently experiencing thanks to the refurbishment. This will form part of the objectives and strategy for growing the flexible office providers through the expansion of their estate and acquisition.
BE Offices currently have flexible office spaces in 14 locations across London. Rather than describe themselves as coworking spaces, they market themselves as pro-working spaces, a more formal and luxury alternative to regular coworking. They have won multiple awards, including the Business Centre of the Year, the UK Customer Experience Award, and appearing in the Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For’ for seven consecutive years. They take an active part in local community events and offer free gym access to all their clients.