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

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...

The kitchen is now the heart of the office

Is space at a premium in your office? If so, it may be time to ditch your closed-off kitchen in order to gain some extra space. You may have lost formal meeting rooms and a place for staff to gather as a result of rapid growth or subletting but...

Make a stand in the office

Stand more, sit less at work. It's a fairly new way of thinking that is proven to increase productivity and keep employees healthy. Studies from the British Heart Foundation of 2,000 UK office workers found that 37% of men and 43% of women spend...

Refurbishment lessons from the Palace of Westminster

So there is to be a ‘full and timely decant’ at the Palace of Westminster. No, not the pouring of another bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape but the mass exodus of MPs while the Palace of Westminster undergoes a full refurbishment. The major restoration...

Engaging office design for Millenials

Ah, the gift of youth. A good business will actively seek to employ bright young things who have bags of enthusiasm and bundles of ideas but a different generation brings a different attitude to the workplace. Millennials – those born between the...

Injecting colour into office design

Are you beige or vanilla? As well as being shades of cream, these colour names are now being used to describe boring, uninteresting people and things. As office interior refurbishment and space planning specialists, we recognize there is a time and...

B is for beige and boring?

Are you beige or vanilla? As well as being shades of cream, these colour names are now being used to describe boring, uninteresting people and things – maybe even your office. As interior design and space planning specialists, we recognize there is...

Office design and productivity go hand in hand

If you pay your staff to work eight hours a day, five days a week, you’d expect them to make an effort during those hours, right? Wrong. Although you can expect some time to be lost to idle gossip, procrastination and social media surfing, research...

What’s killing your productivity?

Although you can expect some time to be lost to idle gossip, procrastination and social media surfing, research has found that UK office staff are only productive for three days of the working week. If you pay your staff to work eight hours a day,...

Dual purpose stores – the future of High Street retail?

It can’t have escaped your notice that many High Street units across the country lie vacant but is a new style of retail space sharing about to save the stores we love? Whether it’s to do with BREXIT, out-of-town retails parks, online shopping or...

Why you must offer coffee in your office

Want to keep your staff healthy and make guests feel welcome? Offer them a coffee. New research has backed up previous claims that drinking a brew can encourage wellness. Did you know drinking more than two cups of coffee a day can lower the risk...

Are slippers the key to office productivity?

In an audacious bid to sell more products, footwear label Shoegarden urged people to wear slippers to work but is there more to this marketing gimmick? Shoegarden says its encouragement to swap brogues for booties is in response to changing...

Redesigning your office for robots

The threat to the human workforce is real and it may sound radical but you may have to redesign your office to accommodate robots. In 2016, the Bank of England claimed that up to 15 million jobs in Britain could be at risk in the future thanks to...

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