The 3 minute catch up: news, views, inspiration and talking points from the world of commercial fit outs and office interior refurbishments.

Don’t measure standing desk success in calories

A misleading news story misses the point of standing desks (although burning a few extra calories is always welcome). When journalists write a headline, they do so to grab attention and create controversy, and it was no different when the Daily...

Introducing the refreshed MPL brand

After advising 100s of clients on office refurbishment and rebranding matters, MPL takes its own advice with a trio of new looks. MPL Interiors has unveiled three new business improvements to kick off 2019, with a relaunched website, a refurbished...

Hot trend: Biophilic office design

Bringing the outside in with biophilic office design could slash sick days, boost productivity and motivate your workforce. Have you ever been told to go for a walk or get some fresh air to clear your head? Have you got a beautiful sunset or an...

3 brand considerations during business acquisitions

How to keep it fresh and consistent when merging with another company or growing your network through acquisition. The current property climate means mergers and acquisitions in the estate agency industry are increasingly common but, the coming...

Office design to match new recruitment trends

Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has taken the bold step of asking some new recruits when and how much they’d like to work rather than enforce a rigid 9-5 working week. Applicants list their skills and strengths when applying, together...

Trendy office designs for ceilings

What’s above your head can make a big impact in your office. Here’s MPL’s advice for using your ceiling to make a style statement. Ceilings are often thought of as merely functional but in the world of office design , that bit above your head is a...

Office designs for a plastic-free workplace

Plastic is not always fantastic. You can cut your usage in the workplace when you next refurbish or redesign. Here’s how:- You’re buying paper straws and using a bamboo toothbrush in your home. How can you replicate this effort in your professional...

Is the death of the window display imminent?

For decades, window displays have been a High Street estate agent’s hallmark but the days of refreshing pockets with property details may be numbered. Agents are showing signs of ditching one of the most established methods of advertising...

Office design: Stop staff being SAD this winter

Autumn’s arrival heralds the start of long nights and short days, when it’s dark by 4pm and early starters might find their first hour of work is also under the cover of darkness. A survey conducted by Mental Health Research UK (MHRUK) found 1 in...

Office refurbishment to minimize workplace etiquette faux pas

From discussing the details of last night’s date on your personal mobile to eating a particularly pungent lunch at your desk, working in an office comes with a list of unspoken etiquette rules that you may find yourself breaking. Did you know that...

When the temperature rises...

We’re enjoying warmer summers and climate forecasts suggest heatwaves may happen more frequently, so how does your workplace fare when it hots up? A survey by Ricoh and Oxford Economics, entitled ‘The Economy of the People’, found 93% of executives...

Do people want to join your culture club?

Attracting good staff used to mean offering the highest wage but in a climate of poor wage growth, employees are increasingly being swayed by office culture. Up until the late 1990s, workplaces across the country were pretty standard. Suspended...

Address poor productivity today

Did you know there is a ‘productivity puzzle’ in the workforce and business are looking to HR to tackle the issue? According to CIPHR, Government and industry commentators have been charting persistent low productivity since the 2008 financial...

The importance of a permanent workplace

You’d be forgiven for thinking Millennials and Generation Z are flighty types but new research casts doubt on their desire for a hyper-mobile working style.. There’s a desire for private & permanent Ricoh – a leader in document services,...

A dose of our own medicine!

We’re thrilled to announce MPL Interiors’s Weybridge headquarters is in the midst of its own office refurbishment. We’ve been bringing you news of our office, retail and commercial refurbishment projects for over 20 years and with over 2,000 jobs...

Bricking it!

Once the preserve of industrial buildings and loft apartments, brickwork is now a major design trend within office interiors. The warmth and tactile element of natural brick is hard to resist, and the introduction of this element can transform any...

Meetings: the Musk/Branson way

You may have read about a leaked email from Elon Musk, detailing his advice for improved staff efficiency - the electric car supremo has some radical ideas about meetings. Musk’s six productivity guidelines heavily featured meeting etiquette, with...

Staff retention and the £30k saving

No employer likes to find an envelope stuffed within a resignation letter on their desk. Losing a talented member of your team can be bad for moral, figures and your wallet. It’s thought replacing an employee costs in the region of £30,000 and even...

Refurbish & repay in affordable installments

An increasing number of our clients are undertaking full workplace refurbishments and commercial fit outs without blowing financial reserves or having to find upfront payments. Business owners are looking at leasing with fresh eyes - the smart way...

Don’t have your cake and eat it

We could be wishing our colleagues a happy birthday with a bunch of grapes instead of a cake, if employers follow a new health guide. Our culture for celebrating good news with a slice of Victoria sponge or a jam doughnut has fallen foul of...

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