Welcome to the April '08 edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter.
We had three businesses move out of Workspace House in March, each of whom is looking to take their business to the next level, with one business moving in. This activity is very natural. In the last twelve months 30 businesses moved in and nine 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 three units available for occupation, as detailed below. We currently have a high demand for our units and the expectation is that these units will soon be taken, although it is likely that other units will become available.
The work on converting the canteen and current board room into offices is on track, as is the creation of a new canteen and much larger board room. I am very impressed with the quality of work that has taken place and look forward to formerly opening these new facilities next month.
This month we had another excellent Rawlinsons Workshop "Your Vision - Your Numbers", which as always was well received. I must pay tribute to Mark Jackson of Rawlinsons who has been delivering these workshops for several months and they have all provided valuable knowledge to the businesses. This month Mark takes a break whilst the work on the new board room is completed.
This month's Business Link feature is all about a “Budgets and the benefits of having one” and the Workspace House business article is by Homefresh, who moved in last summer.
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 who would benefit from the services which we provide please refer them directly to me.
April Business Focus - homefresh
Domestic cleaning services Peterborough
No time for housework? Or do you just hate ironing and cleaning? Then why not hire a cleaner to do the chores you hate!
Local housekeeping agency “Home Fresh” is the answer for those of you who need to claw back some free time. Their fully vetted cleaners are available for a minimum of two hours per week for only £8.50ph. It's not only affordable to you but will actually create quality time for you to spend exactly how you wish.
Proprietor James McCullen says “Because we allocate you the same housekeeper every week, they become familiar with how you like to have your chores done. With the aid of our task sheet our housekeepers work with you to tailor a cleaning plan that suits you. This method of operating ensures that you get your house cleaned the way you want it done.”
James added “Using an agency such as ours ensures we only put forward local, honest and reliable applicants to you. Any housekeeper you are introduced to will have passed our unique three stage interview process. A visit to the housekeepers own home is part of the final interview. This allows us an opportunity to see what standard they clean to and how they live. It's an essential part of the vetting procedure as we have to use people who will understand the high expectations that our clients demand.”
When you consider that we work more hours than anyone else in Europe, it's no wonder James's business has grown from strength to strength. The domestic services sector continues to explode past the £9 billion pound mark with more and more of us employing cleaners, nannies and gardeners. These services all have one thing in common and that's to give us back that rare commodity of “time”.
o if you hate cleaning ironing or just haven't got the time, you can find out more about Home fresh by logging onto www.home-fresh.co.uk or you can request the Home Fresh free information pack by calling 01733 396712.
I am delighted to say that we continue to be 100% full and that demand for units is such that we have created a waiting list. The nature of Peterborough Workspace is that we have a regular turnover of businesses and I do expect to have a couple of units becoming vacant in the next few months.
In the meantime we will shortly be converting our canteen, which is at the front of the building, into a very nice office. Work on this is expected to start later this month and the new office should be available in April. We are also taking the opportunity to convert the current Boardroom into an office and to create a canteen and much larger Boardroom in the main body of Workspace House.
The expectation is that the new Boardroom will not only be used for Workshops (for up to thirty people) but also as a room that Workspace businesses can use to meet with potential customers. The completion of this work will create an additional room for renting, brining the total number of rooms/units to 52.
Talking about Workshops, last month we had two excellent ones delivered by Rawlinsons and Wendy Howard of “Spirit of Venus”. This month Rawlinsons return with “Your Vision - Your Numbers”.
This month's Business Link feature is all about a “Green Business” and the Workspace House business article is on t-morph, who moved in last summer.
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 who would benefit from the services which we provide, I would be delighted to hear from you.
March Business Focus - t-morph design solutions
t-morph design solutions specialise in creating the right image for our customers, ensuring that your branding and message are managed effectively across all your marketing communications. A highly creative service that will breath new life into tired logos, business stationery, brochures, websites and email marketing campaigns.
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With over 20 years experience in print design we are in the business of making other companies successful. Creating clear, focused design solutions from first concept to final print ready artwork, we liaise with top quality print suppliers so the final product looks just right. From brochures to advertising, stationery to posters, our unique designs will always deliver your marketing message with clarity and impact.
Tell us about your business, your products, your market place and your budget, we will listen to your ideas and work with you to create the perfect design solution for your business needs.
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At t-morph we develop web solutions that are tailored to your needs and have the capacity to grow with your business. From the simplest single page start-up site through to a fully integrated database driven site with dynamic content. Using the latest coding standards, our designs are easy to navigate, accessible and quick to load, all you need to keep your visitors coming back for more.
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Welcome to the first edition of the Peterborough Workspace Newsletter for 2008.
I mentioned in the December edition somewhat (tongue in cheek) that we could be posting “house full notices”, well that has now happened. Since Peterborough Workspace first opened its doors in 1991, it has never been 100% full until now. In January a further 6 businesses moved in bringing the total to 30 since 1st April and even though one business is moving out next month a new tenant has already agreed to take occupancy. Demand is still high and as we have a healthy turnover of businesses we have now created a waiting list. This is a fantastic achievement when you consider that the occupancy level was below 60% twelve months ago and only 1 business moved in from 1st April 2006 to 31st March 2007. The reason for the success is simply because more people now know that we exist, which has been achieved by an intensive programme of profile raising over the last 12 months.
As far as our plans for 2008 are concerned these will continue to focus on providing the best possible support that we can for the on - site businesses. At the forefront of this will be our Workshops. Rawlinsons have agreed to run a series of their Business Builder Workshops starting next month with “Grow your business with simple stuff that works”. Also next month Wendy Howard of “Spirit of Venus” will deliver a workshop on “The 7 most common mistakes that small business can make ---- and how to avoid them”.
This month's Business Link feature is all about USPs and the advantages of them.
Elite Exteriors, who moved into Workspace House last year have written this month's business article which you will find below.
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 who would benefit from the services which we provide, I would be delighted to hear from you.
Elite Exteriors is a commercial and domestic cleaning company.
If you can throw a bucket of water at it then we can clean it! Hot and cold water pressure cleaning, steam cleaning, drain clearing and specialist cleaning of difficult to access areas such as guttering fascias soffitts and conservatories. Our graffiti and gum cleaning service helps to keep businesses looking good and keeping those customers coming through the door.
Recently added to the portfolio is Elite lawncare. From as little as £5 a month Elite will transform your lawn into a lush green weed free centre piece of your garden.