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

Hot ideas for a cooler office

We know that summer is unreliable in the UK but the hottest days always seem to coincide when people are at work. It’s easy for employees to get distracted from the task in hand if they’re feeling the heat – it makes us restless and our minds...

Screen sports for happier workers

Wimbledon, the Ashes, the Olympics and the football World Cup – just some of the wonderful sporting events that are great to watch on TV but, sadly, a large amount of the action takes place during the day when people are at work. Rather than create...

Moving out, moving in: a new look High Street

The news that Arcadia – the company behind chains such as Top Shop, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins – is staving off administration will not have gone unnoticed among other High Street retailers. Although the headlines about store closures paint...

How to turn an office into a well-rounded workplace

Going to the office used to mean nothing more than putting your Tupperware in the fridge and sitting at an identikit desk to grind out the 9 to 5. Now businesses are aware they need to create venues to engage with existing staff and attract new...

Time for a new shop front?

It’s a sad fact that shop fronts can be destroyed in the blink of an eye – sometimes accidentally and sometimes on purpose. Normally such incidents only make the local press but earlier in 2019, the Sloane Square branch of luxury jewelers Tiffany &...

How to facilitate the freelancer?

Freelancers are coming into their own in today’s gig economy with Wi-Fi, cloud computing and video calls making it possible to work flexibly in almost any industry. In fact, the number of self-employed workers has doubled in the last two decades -...

Walls that are works of art

You can’t escape the coverage in magazines and on the internet devoted to lifting your mood, improving your wellbeing and indulging in mindfulness. While many workers will wince at the thought of fitting this into their already-packed downtime and...

Is sitting the new smoking?

We have often reported on the scourge of sitting too long and now a sedentary lifestyle has been billed as worse for our health than smoking. New research claims 70,000 deaths every year are caused by sitting too long – which is a higher death rate...

Office conversions force more relocations

Despite what you may read in the press, the UK property market is alive and well, to the extent that many office tenants are being evicted to make way for residential developments. It’s a trend first noted in back in 2016, when the Department for...

Better productivity? A lunch table for 12

There is an undercurrent in many offices that makes employees feel guilty about taking a lunch break. Despite being entitled to time away from the desk, research from Mastercard and Ipsos MORI revealed only 17% of British workers take around one...

Should the boss have a private office?

Isn’t the open plan way of working great? There’s the banter, camaraderie and increased sense of collaboration. Plus, there’s the boss – sitting alongside the team and very much approachable. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? In practice, open plan...

The hub is here: let’s transform your agency

We don’t need to tell you the High street is changing. Estate agents across the country are beginning to evaluate their branch network, trying to find the balance between brand awareness, public-facing presence, and bottom line figures. There is a...

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...

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