Newsletter - April 2010

Welcome to the April edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.

During March we have welcomed to Workspace House, Karen Hawkins trading as Ceilings R Us, supplying materials for suspended ceilings etc. and also arranging fitting if required. We also welcomed John Woolley who is starting a company called Easy 4 U offering training to the potential “silver surfer” market plus general computer support and maintenance.

We had two businesses move out of Workspace House in March, one moving their operation to London and the other consolidating their operation in a larger building. This type of activity is very natural. In the last twelve months 21 businesses have moved in and an equal number have moved out. The turnover of businesses is healthy and it is good to see businesses grow and prosper. The good news is that we have two units available but they may be taken quite quickly given that there has been a very pleasing uplift in the number of enquiries we have had from potential tenants over this quarter.

Ian and Lorraine of i-lid Designs have had a busy few months and have seen the market pick up in the architectural and interior design field after a difficult period. They have gained several new design contracts in the last few weeks. The first was a new indoor market in Walton for a local company which is being launched in the local press at the moment. The second was the interior design package for a multi-million pound dwelling in Rutland due for completion Aug 2010. Finally, they have been commissioned to redesign a restaurant called Masons in Brentwood Essex. This is their 3rd commission for this particular client.

One of i-lid's projects reached completion this month with the opening of the second private dental practice they have designed called the 'Orange Pepper Clinic' in Netherton, Peterborough. The great thing about this project was the involvement of three other Workspace companies - Rose Fire Engineering, Mark 2 Security and MSS UK Ltd. - who all provided their services to help build this expanding brand.

Daral Brennan trading as Mr. Vinyl, another tenant at Workspace House, provides digital print solutions to businesses and has proved that despite current economic concerns, small businesses are still willing to help the local community. Mr. Vinyl has just started to sponsor the recently formed Yaxley Infants FC Under 7 Football Team and their enthusiasm was plain to see as they proudly displayed their new kit.

Sarah Hall, also from Mister Vinyl said: “It's a pleasure to sponsor Yaxley Infants FC. I wish them every success in their first ever season. Although our sponsorship normally extends to the world of motorsport, it's the first infant football team we have ever sponsored and it's a very exciting time. We provided the whole kit and designed and printed it ourselves. We will also provide team merchandise to help the team raise vital funds.”

I've been particularly pleased that, during February and March businesses within Workspace have taken on four apprentices thus helping young people into work, most for the first time, in what are still difficult economic times. This is a major part of what Workspace is about.

So, I think the events of the last month or so outlined above go some way to showing what we at Peterborough Workspace are trying to achieve and the way we try and support all businesses here - from companies here seeing their markets and their business flows begin to pick up again; to working collaboratively to bring worthwhile projects to satisfactory conclusions; to looking outwards to help the local community, and, particularly, helping to create jobs, particularly for young people within Peterborough.

If you think that Peterborough Workspace is somewhere from where you would consider running your start up or new business, then, even if our available units may not suit at this time why not give me a call or come in for a chat to see how we may be able to help in the future. Even if you don't take up residence here we have a wealth of information and contacts which we will be happy to share with you and help you progress your business. Even if your company has moved on from its fledgling days but you know people who are just setting out in business then, again, please pass the Workspace details to them.

Finally, Peter Mulhall of Business Link has done his usual sterling job by providing a further article designed to help small businesses and this month the article deals with “e-mail marketing together with a few legal rules”. Really useful stuff and something I will be reviewing before writing future newsletters!

I hope you all have a busy and fruitful month.

David Newman
Project Director
tel: 01733 390707

Newsletter - March 2010

Welcome to the March edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.

During February we have welcomed D and T Filters to Workspace House who have taken two units and we have also seen some further expansion by existing tenants. No one has left us during February so, at present, we have two units vacant, details of which can be seen on our available space page.

Not only have we seen expansion from existing tenants, we have already started to see some very worthwhile joint initiatives between tenants here, something that we are very keen to develop and encourage here at Workspace House.

During February, we welcomed Sharon Craft of Crafty Marketing here. Crafty Marketing is itself a start up/new business and Sharon gave a very upbeat presentation to a number of our tenants covering the use of websites to develop business, particularly the dark art of Search Engine Optimisation and very interestingly, how some of the new social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook can be used to link to your website and help you obtain leads for new business. Very enlightening (particularly to those who are still dragging themselves into the modern on-line world!) and well received by those present resulting in the potential for some good business for Sharon.

We held another combined lunch and tenant's meeting this month. There was some great debate and ideas coming forward over what we can do to help develop Workspace itself but also what we can do to help the various businesses here to "live long and prosper" in what are still uncertain times. Part of this will be to continue to try and find ways for people here to work together on joint initiatives to move their businesses forward.

As ever I am grateful to Peter Mulhall of Business Link for providing a further article designed to help small businesses with their all important marketing ideas. This month's article introduces “Digital Marketing” and goes on to give a little insight into blogging - please click on the link to access the article.

Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.

David Newman
Project Director
tel: 01733 390707

Newsletter - December 2009

Welcome to the December edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.

This is my first newsletter following the departure of Philip who left us at the beginning of November. The tenants, staff and directors gave him a great send off which included presenting him with a Wi Fitness machine which he said he was pleased about but I wasn't so sure!

I've spent the time since Philip left finding out about the intricacies of the Workspace business. I've found a business which is thriving confirmed by the fact that at the moment we only have 3 out of 52 units available and these are attracting a healthy interest. All this is a testament to the work and enthusiasm that Philip showed in developing the business.

My grateful thanks also at this stage to Brian and Clive who have been extremely helpful during what continues to be my settling in period, keeping a kindly and benevolent eye on what I am doing. Thanks again gentlemen.

During November we've seen one business move out of workspace and one move in. We've also seen one business move units with several others planning to do something similar. This demonstrates the flexibility that all at Workspace look to offer our tenants.

We had one workshop this month again run by Mark Jackson of Rawlinsons as part of their Business Builder series which concentrated on the subject of benchmarking or, put another way, comparing your business with others in the same sector, particularly the more successful ones, in order to progress your own.

As ever I am grateful to Peter Mulhall of Business Link for providing a further article designed to help small businesses with their all important marketing ideas. This month's article deals with “Customer Databases and Telemarketing”.

Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.

David Newman
Project Director
tel: 01733 390707

February 2010

Welcome to the February edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.

Well, we seemed to have survived the snow and ice here at Workspace House without any major problems and are now looking forward to the green shoots of spring which hopefully will coincide with the green shoots of an economic recovery! The last two years or so have been extremely hard for many small businesses where even survival has been a major achievement but we sincerely hope that the support we and our network of contacts have been able to give to businesses here has contributed to them being in a position to move forward as economic conditions really do improve.

Following the usual quiet period over Christmas, activity has picked up and I'm cautiously optimistic about some of the new tenant approaches we have had. We've welcomed into Workspace House Tom Critchell of Tom Critchell Photography and Katie Amps and her team who trade under the title Life Magazine Group. Katie is a great example of the type of tenant who comes to us in that she initially set up and ran her business from home, actually her bedroom. She was so successful that she eventually had four people working in her bedroom before she decided that she really had to take her first step into more commercial premises!

We've said goodbye to Graham Wild of the Book People who has decided to take a well earned retirement as well as Quad Bikes who's new range of bikes were a little too big for the area they had here! We've also seen further examples of existing tenants switching into different or, indeed, extra units which are more suitable for their current and anticipated trading requirements. This continues to demonstrate the flexibility that we offer here.

Overall we now have four units vacant at the present time, details of which can be seen on our available space page.

We were also very pleased to welcome Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council and Steve Compton, Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough to Workspace House who were very interested in what we were doing here, particularly our pleasing occupancy levels given the tough trading conditions that are around at the moment.

As ever I am grateful to Peter Mulhall of Business Link, a very important member of our network of very supportive contacts for the businesses here for providing a further article designed to help small businesses with their all important marketing ideas. This month's article is entitled “Public Relations” which seeks to give an initial insight to how this sometimes mysterious world works - please click on the link to access the article.

Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.

David Newman
Project Director
tel: 01733 390707

Newsletter - November 2009

Welcome to the November edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.

It is with some sadness that I have to report that this will be my last Newsletter. I will be leaving Peterborough Workspace, after three enjoyable years, to return to the North East for family reasons. I will be replaced by David Newman who will officially take over from me on 4th November. I am sure that you will continue to give David the same level of support as you have given me.

However, Peterborough Workspace continues and as mentioned last month three firms have moved out, two (LMT and Avellia Designs) to much larger units with two businesses moving in. I must briefly mention LMT and Avellia who have been with us less than two years and both are now in a position were they feel that they can expand their firms by moving to bigger premises. This is the whole reason for Peterborough Workspace and it gives me great pleasure, in my last newsletter to announce this success. As a result of this movement we currently have three units available the details of which appear below.

Last month we had an excellent workshop delivered by Media Matters with “helping you raise your profile on the web” and next month we have another workshop from Rawlinsons.

This month's Business Link article provides “Guidance on effective marketing”.

Peterborough Workspace is ideal for those businesses working from home who want to get to the next level. If you are aware of any such business which would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.

Philip Moores
Project Director
tel: 01733 390707

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