One thing that has become clear since COVID struck is that people can actually work from home. Businesses had to manage without their offices during the national lockdown and with the regional lockdowns continuing, many will have to do so for the foreseeable future.
For plumbers, electricians or any tradesmen, keeping on top of telephone calls from new customers and suppliers whilst you are on site working is often a real challenge. Answering your mobile when under a sink or connecting wires is not easy, yet alone the impression it gives the customer whose house you’re in, if you’re constantly being distracted when on their job.
The answer is, we really don’t know! With a standard commercial property lease, most businesses have no option but to sign up for 5 years. Yet a business centre like Hexagon offers its larger offices on as low as one month rolling contracts, which gives infinitely more flexibility.
For most businesses, organising a meeting pre-COVID simply involved using the meeting room in the office. Then COVID came and we all got used to virtual meetings on Zoom or Teams. But however productive virtual meetings are, it’s not the same as meeting face to face, which is why we are seeing an increase in bookings for our meeting room.
One of our virtual tenants is Witta’s Island Media, a door-to-door leaflet distribution company, who use Hexagon Business Centres as their registered address for mailing. A start up business, they are working from home but wanted a stand-alone business address.
SR Beauty moved into Hexagon Business Centres just two weeks before lockdown, but they are back and raring to go. For Sophie Richens, 2020 was going to be an exciting year with plans to start her own business, but Coronavirus meant her business has had a delayed start.