Tips from Tenants
VISITING WORKSPACE: MAY 2020
updated May 28th 2020
In order to make Workspace as safe as possible for our staff, tenants and visitors we have brought in guidelines for visitors to Workspace House.
FIRST TIME VISITOR?
If you have never been to Workspace House and need directions on how to find us, we suggest you use the website/app what3words as this will direct you straight to the correct entrance.
You can visit the website:
https://what3words.com/ or search for what3words on most apple/android phones. The unique three words to bring you to the entrance are:
WHERE/HOW TO ENTER WORKSPACE
At present, you are no longer able to enter Workspace via the entrance DOORS. Visitors can only enter Workspace House through the large loading bay shutter. This is safer for everyone as the entrance is over 3m wide and you do not need to touch any door or handle.
Our RECEPTION is located just inside the entrance, on the left hand side. If you do not know where you are going please ask the staff member at reception. They will instruct you where to go and any procedures you need to follow regarding social distance, hygiene, or any issues that might be in effect on the day of your visit.
HAND WASHING - Please wash your hands at any of the cleaning stations inside Workspace when you first enter. If you are unsure where these are, our staff will direct you or the tenant/company you are visiting can help you.
SOCIAL DISTANCING - The main walkway and corridors A,C, & D are all wide enough to allow safe social distancing. Please make every effort to remain 2m away from other people when moving around in these areas.
AREAS WHERE SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NOT POSSIBLE - There are areas where maintaining a 2m distance is not possible including CORRIDOR B, the KITCHEN, the POST ROOM area, TOILETS. In all these situations our advice is to ensure you do not stay in these areas any longer than necessary, consider other users in these spaces and be prepared to move in and around these spaces to enable other users. Information on these areas is displayed at the entrance. Each area also has a CAUTION notice as a visual reminder.
In all situations, the staff and tenants at Workspace can and will try to help if you are unsure about procedures.
Ready to move your business out of the spare room?
However you started your online business, whether it was a carefully calculated plan, the result of clearing out the garage (at the very start of lockdown), or a change in your working circumstances, it can quickly get out of hand and begin to take over the home and before too long every room in the house is being used to store things 'just for a while....'.
Now this isn't a bad thing - you must be doing something right if your ordering more, shipping more, selling more but there comes a point where you forget what your house looked like before you started and Amazon mix up your house with one of their warehouses!
This is when you need Workspace House, our facility in Woodston has everything you need to allow your business the space to grow and we do this in a hugely supportive, welcoming environment of like minded small business owners like you. Workspace House was created to support local people who were looking or had started small business and needed low-cost, flexible workspaces and some form of informal support. Our fully serviced offices and workspaces are provided on a rolling monthly contract (sometimes referred to as 'easy-in/easy-out') so you don't need to sign a long-term lease, we don't take hefty deposits up-front, we don't have hidden charges, sliding rates or any other unexpected charges - what we do have is pretty much everything you'll need to allow your business the opportunity to grow.
WHAT MAKES US THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR ONLINE BUSINESSES?
Before you even enter workspace you'll see one of the major attractions - double-height loading bays that are designed to receive large lorries. So when you start scaling up and have more and more stock, you can relax knowing that when it arrives it can be easily unloaded and moved to your own unit. but it's not just the loading bays that make Workspace ideal for your business. Almost all the units are on the ground floor, no need for stairs or lifts, simply unload and move it into your unit using our range of sack barrows, parcel trolleys and pallet trucks. Our corridors are wide enough to manoeuvre pallets and stock easily, they are also wide enough to allow social distancing with each of the 4 corridors being over 6ft in width.
As Workspace is fully serviced you also benefit from the on-site staff who can manage your deliveries as they arrive so you don't even have to be here. All of this and much more makes Workspace House the obvious commercial location for your business. Pop over to the 'AVAILABLE SPACE' page to see what we currently have or just give us a call on 0770 4875871 to discuss what you need and arrange a time to come and look at just what makes us the perfect place for your business.
Helping entrepreneurs succeed and grow.
Our 2020 programme of workshops is underway and you can find out about some the courses coming up soon below.
#workshopsatworkspace is our programme of events and workshops is aimed at giving new business start-ups, entrepreneurs and sole-traders access to workshops that will improve their business skills. From finance to marketing, social media, business plans and much more, these short workshops have been created to give you access to skills you need to drive and grow your business.
These workshops are a mix of free and paid-for events created by trainers, experts, business owners and entrepreneurs from our established network. Peterborough Workspace has been supporting and nurturing entrepreneurs for almost 30 years and our facility in Woodston, Workspace House, is the perfect place to host these small classroom based workshops.
Thursday 19th March 10-11am.
Workspace House. PE2 7JE
'Business & Financial Planning'
Wilkinson Accounting Solutions.
This FREE bite-sized course will get you thinking about your business plan, profits and cashflow and the importance of financial planning.
Conducted by Julie Wilkinson, professional chartered accountant with over a decade of experience delivering objective, strategic financial planning.
The course is limited to just twelve people so use the link above to find out more and book your space or click here.
Business Blueprint - one-day free workshop
Three Secret Recipes to grow your revenue. 1/2 day free workshop
Whether you are just about to start your business or you’re already up and running, Workspace House has the space you need.
Outgrowing the spare room?
Many small businesses start from home and continue to function successfully with the minimum amount of space, making the home office the ideal solution (a virtual assistant is a good example here). However other businesses gradually expand and take over more and more space in the home until something needs to change.
This is when you need Workspace House. Our fully serviced workspaces / offices provide you with the space you need AND you get to claim back the space at home – the spare bedroom, the kitchen table or even the shed or garage.
Click 'AVAILABLE SPACE' at the top of this page to look at the business offices and workspaces we currently have available then call us on 01733 390707 to come and take a look around the facility and see how a serviced office can work for you.
Just beginning or working from home?
No need for a dedicated business office? Working from home is an excellent way of keeping your costs down, reducing the risk or simply you don’t want or need a commute to your business. If this is you, take a look at our ‘Registered Address’ service – it enables you to carry on working from home whilst enabling you to have a professional, commercial address for your business. Our registered address service:
- starts from just £25.00 plus VAT
- is on a rolling monthly contract
- is GREAT for Google My Business
- can be used for online search directories - yell.com, thomsonlocal, industry specific directories and more
- Unlocks discounts off other Workspace services
Meetings & Training
Whether you work from home, hot-desk or even have an office elsewhere (businesses based in Workspace House get free use of the meeting room*), sometimes you need to have a meeting, conduct interviews or run a training session. Here at Workspace we have a small flexible meeting space that can be changed to suit your needs:
- Boardroom meetings (max 16 people)
- Lecture/theatre style training sessions or workshops
- Video conferencing
Our space offers excellent value and can be hired by the hour, half-day, day or longer. Give us a call on 01733 390707 to find out more, discuss your needs and check availability.
Just as a tenant moves out to bigger things, Workspace House has started 2020 by welcoming another new tenant...
We're pleased to announce that one of our tenants has left us! After more than 18 months of being a tenant, Pearl Achievement Consultants have outgrown Workspace House and have taken the decision to move into their own premises. Their new unit is far greater than we have available and will enable them to grow and offer a wider range of services in-house under their own roof. Pearl haven't moved far; in fact they have joined another former tenant - Stilton Bargains - by relocating just round the corner in Alfric Square, Maxwell Road, so we are sure to keep updated on all their future successes.
Hot on the heels of this news is our first new tenant of 2020. As from Wednesday 1st January, Locksmith Doctor Ltd, is the latest business to join us at our fully serviced Woodston facility. A relatively new business, Locksmith has grown quickly and offers a comprehensive range of services including:
- Residential / Commercial Emergency Service
- Repair, Replace and Upgrade Security CCTV, Alarms and Security Lighting
- Handyman / Property Maintenance, and
- Security expert / consultant with free quotation and advice
As a result of this growth, they quickly outgrew their home-office and needed space. Owner/Director, Gary Braesyde was already familiar with our facility having been here for networking events and he was already using the services of some of our tenants. For him, the decision was simple, he knew what we offered and it fitted what he needed. Details of Gary's service can be found on his facebook page, or his website.
Here at Workspace House we offer more than just serviced workspaces. sing our meeting room we regularly host networking events, meetings, workshops, courses and much more. The main focus of these activities is business growth and support; whether that is hands on advice on how to market your business, guidance and tips from accountants or any other business related activity, the goal is to support local business owners and entrepreneurs.
Listed below are a number of workshops we've got coming up. Take a look, click the links to find out more and where applicable, book your seat. Whilst we make every effort to provide these courses for free please note some are fee-paying events.
Monday 11th November. 10am-12:30pm
Beginner's workshop on how to use the FREE version of Canva for social media images. This course is being run by Link4Skills and there is a fee for attending. Click HERE for full details.
Wednesday 27th November. 10am-12:00pm
Best practice - Which social media should I focus on?
Learn about where and how to spend your time promoting your business on social media. Learn about demographics, your customer avatars and more. This course is being run by Link4Skills and there is a fee for attending. Click HERE for details.
Thursday 28th November. 9:30am-5:00pm
Tenant, Karl, has run these FREE events throughout the year helping local busnesses, tenant and non-tenants. If you're looking for a full-on day of understanding how to grow your business click the link to find out more and sign up. Click HERE for details.
DATE TO BE CONFIRMED
Looking to grow your business?
Want ideas & practical advice ?
Need to understand digital media & advertising?
If so, come along to our FREE one-day session on Thursday 28th March (10am-5pm), where you can find the answers to these questions and much much more!
Workspace House is the venue for what will be a day crammed full of useful information, insight, examples and answers to questions you have about how to build your business. The event is hosted by Workspace tenant, Karl Goyns, who is an established speaker as well as a businessman, entrepreneur, digital marketing expert and more.
This session is always an interactive, hands-on event that allows for discussion and interaction with attendees. Rather than being a one-way lecture, Karl weaves attendee questions and issues into the course to ensure that they see how his content can be used by them. The framework for the day covers how to:
- BUILD YOUR BRAND
- NETWORK EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY
- SELL YOUR BRAND, PRODUCTS & SERVICES
- ADVERTISE ON FACEBOOK IN THE MOST COST EFFECTIVE WAY
You can find out more about the course content here
Remember that spaces on Workspace courses are very limited so if you are interested in Karl's session don't delay in booking your seat. Bookings are being made via eventbrite.
This event is our first event at Workspace for 2019 however it kicks off the start of a busy schedule of courses and events at our facility as we grow and expand our training and conference facilities. Our link4business networking event is now an established date in the networking calendar and we aim to add to it with a variety of courses, training sessions, workshops and more. Make sure you bookmark our website or follow any of our feeds (facebook, twitter, linkedin) to stay informed of other activities as we roll them out.
Learn, Network, Increase your Potential with Link4Business
The Link4Business networking group and events are tailor made for small businesses and those that service small businesses. Part of a Not-for-Profit organisation the goal is to provide a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere where you can learn, share your knowledge and skills, meet link minded business people, increase your contacts and network all with no pressure and at an affordably low price.
Peterborough Workspace has been hosting these events for over a year and our next event is Friday 4th October. Starting at 10am and officially finishing at 11:30am (some people have enjoyed themselves so much they have ended up staying ALL DAY!). If you have never been to any Link4Business event you can come along and sample these unique events for FREE (use the booking code '1stVisit' when booking on eventbrite). The Workspace event is limited to just 16 people so if you're curious and want to come along, don't delay in booking a seat as it is always full.
To find out more about Link4Business and book a seat at this event, click HERE. You can find out more about Link4Business HERE . Once you've visited you can become a FULL MEMBER for just £12 plus VAT per month. That enables you to attend ANY Link4Business event for no extra cost.
So if you need to escape the office and meet new people come along to Workspace House, Maxwell Road. Peterborough PE2 7JE.
Do you know you VAT? How much and when?
Don't worry if not. Hot on the heels of LeeP Financial's 'Expenses Hints & Tips', Polly has sent over a really useful guide on VAT. Whilst it is a subject that can (and does) fill pages and pages, LeeP Financial have distilled the key facts down into a handy sized guide. It probably won;t answer every VAT you have but I'll help and if there is a particular issue you can always reach out to Polly and her team and I'm sure they will try to help.
If you need more information get in touch with Polly and her team via their website www.leepfinancial.com
Running your own business can be hard enough without having to think about expenses, especially what counts as expenses.
So thank you to Polly Lee, owner and chartered accountant at LeeP Financial who has put pen to paper to create a simple fact sheet that may save you time and money!
Polly has used her experience & knowledge to pull together some examples of what can and can't be claimed as expenses. So if you want to know if you can claim for workwear or suits, computer consumables or client entertaining, take a look below.
If you need more information get in touch with Polly and her team via their website www.leepfinancial.com