The concept of serviced offices has been around for a long time. One of the first serviced offices was the barrister chambers, where like minded people came together to reduce their costs by sharing facilities.
The idea of serviced offices is to provide a great address in a great building and provide flexibility to its customers. It is near impossible to find small quality work space in a good address, not only this but for many small companies their covenant isn’t good enough to take a lease.
Of course many small companies or satellite offices don’t want to take leases, which are 3 years or more. They need to have the flexibility to grow if successful or move back home if things become difficult.
The serviced office not only solves these problems but provides much more. To the out side world the office building could belong to the client who may only take one room. Their visitors are met by a professional receptionist and offered tea or coffee, the client is then called and comes down to meet their visitor.
The client can choose to take their visitor to their office or use one of the conference rooms. The receptionist also answers the clients phone in their company name and takes message or puts them through as requested. The functionality of the phone systems are vast and this can be utilised by the client I.E. voice mail, call forwarding, etc.
Office utilities such as faxes, photocopiers, kitchens, and broadband are all available to the client. If the client was to invite many people to the building they can hire a fully equipped boardroom. All this gives the client establishment feel and kudos, helping them close more business.
The prices are kept lower than letting space by the sharing of office equipment such as photocopiers, faxes, phone systems, hardware for Internet etc. As the client only pays for meeting rooms as and when they use them they don’t have to have them in their demise hence reducing the amount of space and therefore the cost of their space.
Most small offices try to keep staff to a minimum and as the client doesn’t have to manage their space much time and money is saved in fact there is only on bill per month which included absolutely everything, including cleaning, rates, rent, electricity, gas you get the idea.
The flexibility of time allows the client to grow shrink or leave to suit their business needs. This flexibility has saved many a company.
The industry in its present form came into being in the late 1970’s and like many ideas came from the USA.
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