2016 has been a successful year for many BCA Members, with fantastic achievements including expansions, new business centre locations and record levels of occupancy. Some Members are hoping to top their achievements at the 2016 BCA Annual Industry Awards, set to take place next month on 25th November, whilst others are already putting their names in lights.
Winners of the Estates Gazette Awards have recently been announced, and the BCA is delighted to see a number of Members and Trade Partners amongst the winners and shortlisted finalists. These include:
Workspace Group scored highly across a number of criteria including its involvement with Inspiresme Week, in which the company filled 71 student placements to enable young bright sparks to learn the foundations of the property business.
Club Workspace, the coworking arm of Workspace Plc, was also praised for its expansion to 16 locations and average occupancy of 92.1%.
This may sound like business as usual for Workspace Group. But what's really notable is the judges' comments, particularly their endorsement of the company's "pioneering strategy of location, location, technology."
At a time when headlines are rife with news of SMEs and corporates considering post-Brexit relocation to other European cities, it is more important than ever for our industry to play to its strengths. For flexible workspace operators up and down the country, a key strength is indeed technology - a forte that Workspace Group neatly demonstrated in August this year.
That was when the company's Metal Box Factory announced it had acquired a Wired Certified Platinum rating by WiredScore, certifying that the property has best-in-class Internet connectivity and telecoms infrastructure. This Platinum rating is held by only a handful of other workspace buildings in the UK, so it's perhaps no surprise that this state-of-the-art infrastructure attracted technology giant, Mozilla, to the space.
Interestingly, WiredScore itself also picked up an award. Founders Tom Redmayne and Will Newton collected the Zaha Hadid Rising Star Award in recognition of their ratings system - credited with "enabling today's property to meet the evolving business needs of tomorrow".
For some clients, solid technology platforms and wireless connectivity is the be-all and end-all of their business, relegating location and other requirements down the priority list. Others value the prestige and transport connectivity of a specific location above all else. Ultimately, a solid technical infrastructure cannot be ignored - and in the words of WiredScore's Tom Redmayne, "Whatever happens to the market, digital connectivity is fundamental. It is not going away."
Of course location and technology aren't the only strengths present within our industry. Service is absolutely fundamental, and the BCA was delighted to see two Trade Partners recognised for outstanding levels of service.
GKRE again reached the shortlist for Specialist Adviser of the Year, with Director Will Kinnear commenting: "This is further recognition not just for us, but the increasingly important role the flexible space market is playing in the UK office sector."
Award winner Gerald Eve, also a BCA Trade Partner, was recognised as Industrial Adviser of the Year.
Gerald Eve is perhaps best known to the flexible workspace industry as an advisor on matters concerning Business Rates - an issue that is currently making headlines for all the wrong reasons - yet where service is concerned, Gerald Eve steals the show.
Above all, service is one of our industry's greatest strengths, and that's what the BCA celebrates every year in its Annual Awards. So whilst we applaud BCA Members and Trade Partners for their fantastic achievements to date, we look forward to announcing the names of this year's BCA Award Winners and closing another unforgettable year at the 2016 Gala Dinner and Annual Industry Awards, when the best and brightest of our industry - as voted by their clients - will be justifiably celebrated.Find out more and book your space for this special celebratory event, here.