The London Fire Brigade was not the only emergency service to rush to the aid of Soho businesses after Dean Street went up in flames on Friday afternoon, as Avanta Managed Offices sped into action to provide flexible workspace accommodation in its business centre in Regent Street for more than 50 Soho workers.
Two businesses, Future Capital Partners and Aramid, were forced to evacuate their premises in Dean Street and so urgently needed a new operational base to ensure continuity of business. As a result, the Avanta team went into emergency mode and worked with both Future Capital Partners and Aramid all weekend to ensure that suitable workspace was ready for the two companies first thing on Monday morning.
Additional telephones and lines were set up by Ipitomi, Avanta’s telecoms providers and 25 hired laptops were delivered on Sunday by Hot AV. A further batch of laptops was due for delivery on Tuesday.
Tim Levy, Chief Executive of Future Capital Partners, which has executed over 500 asset finance transactions worth in excess of £6 billion since 1999, commented: “Our first concern was that nobody was injured in the fire. However, we then faced the problem of how to seamlessly continue our business and where to accommodate 40 employees at such short notice?”
The Avanta team helped to rescue our business from the ashes of the Dean Street fire. Their quick response means that we have been re-housed overnight, and there has been minimal disruption to our business, and most importantly, our clients.”
David Kinnaird, Avanta’s group operations director, comments, “Providing flexible workspace solutions with an easy-in no hassle attitude is what Avanta excels at. It was obviously a very traumatic experience for both companies, so our team worked diligently right through the weekend to ensure that they both suffered the minimum of disruption and that their businesses could be fully functional again first thing on Monday morning.”