eOffice International Partner Conference 2015

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We were thrilled to host the second eOffice International Partner Conference, which took place on 18th and 19th June 2015 in London. The two-day event was tailored to our international business centre and coworking partners from around the world and we were happy to welcome delegates from Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Sweden, Hungary, Italy and even all the way from Costa Rica and India.

The dynamic set up of the programme was designed to host all sessions in different venues ranging from historical with a traditional look to the very contemporary with trendy design and interior.

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Early morning on the first day all guests were welcomed in the iconic building of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, which impressed guests with its admirable history and interior dating back to 1391. After the welcome note by Pier Paolo Mucelli, Founder eOffice, each partner had a chance to introduce themselves and their centre and engage in impromptu conversations sprung by curiosity to find more about the coworking spaces part of the eOffice eNetwork.  They were also presented with the full functionalists of the eOffice Events App from one of its creators Jonathan Sivak, EventSpark.

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This “breaking the ice” session was followed by a brief presentation by Goran Garberg, CEO, United Spaces, taking on an exciting tour of the interesting concept and unique design of his coworking space. After a career in advertising, Goran launched United Spaces in Stockholm in the year 2000, making it the first coworking / shared office space in Europe, and has steadily expanded and developed ever since.

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His interesting presentation was followed by another of our partners and eOffice advisor – Carlos Goncalves, Founder and CEO, Avila Business Centre in Lisbon. He intrigued the audience with his engaging presentation of the changing nature of work and employees’ behaviour, cleverly titled From ‘Flying Chairs’ to ‘Flying Workers. Some of the interesting statistics presented by him was that 40% of America’s workforce will be freelancers mainly due to the fact that the generation of the Millennials wants freedom with regards to what, when, how and where they work from. Interesting findings, which will directly affect the future of the workplace.

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After a tour and a lunch at eOffice Holborn the group headed to the new LSE Academic Building, passing through the impressive Lincoln’s Inn fields – our favourite view from the office.

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The building incorporates modernistic design, benefiting from an ample rooftop with breathtaking views of the city of London.

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The afternoon session was dedicated on the Real Estate and Flexible Office Market gathering three recognized names in that sector. First to present was Elaine Rossall, Head of Research London Markets,Cushman and Wakefield who took the audience on a comprehensive tour through today’s office market and relocation trends.

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Her interesting research showed that the vacancy rate in the West End is only at 2.9%, and at the same time the one in East London has also fallen rapidly to 7.8% due to second hand space being absorbed and no new developments. In her own words Elaine shares:

The traditional hall-way-heavy serviced office proposition is under fire and being disrupted by cutting edge coworking environments.

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Next to take the podium was Celeb Parker, CEO, MeetingRooms.com who shared his views on the Rise of the Third Space and the trend towards merging hospitality and workplace. The future of work is very much related to the Millennials generation which are savvy, engages and plugged-in and have put on a pedestal technology, freedom, flexibility and quality of life, indicating that workspaces would need to adapt for this new generation of employees.

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Tushar Agarwal, Co-founder, Hubble was next to reveal how How Technology is Completely Transforming the Fabric Companies and the Way they Use Space giving examples with the growing number of small businesses, which has escalated from 2.9m in 1990 to 5.2m in 2014. An interesting example of how the digital nature of startup companies is transforming the old corporate structure is the comparison Tushar gave between UBER and Royal Bank of Scotland – both valued at $40bn, the on-demand taxi app with c.2000 employees while the bank with 141,000.   Definitely some food for thought for the major shifts in economy.

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After a short break and a tour of the facilities and the impressive rooftop terrace of LSE the afternoon session continued with experts sharing their view on Marketing and Managing Your Space. First to engage the audience with her lively personality was Tamsin Fox-Davies, Small Business Marketing Mentor, Constant Contact. She presented in a very visual and informative way the importance of email marketing referring to the fact that the #1 app on mobile devices is Email, and more than half of all emails are opened on a mobile device. She also shared a simple and very useful four Ps rule for venue marketing – focus on Position, Pictures, People and Perks.

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Pedro Pinto, Senior Sales Engineer Enterprise, Box followed up with tips on how to be more efficient at work presenting the comprehensive platform of Box, allowing to store digital files and at the same time share interactively. This session was finalized with the knowledge rich presentation by Barry Holloway, CMO, Monkfeet, who shared his first-hand experience in Increasing Your Website Visibility with SEO Optimization Techniques stressing on the importance of the quantity and quality of links that point back to your website.

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Before finishing the long day with the eOffice Cocktail Party at The House of St Barnabas, guest had the chance to visit the Monopoly inspires office space of Office Space in Town, which has adopted oversized hats as tables as well as benefiting from a an admirable rooftop terrace for all members.

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The Friday morning session was dedicated on the Workplace Trends and Design. Open to the public the session gathered architects, designers influencers from the workplace industry, who engaged in valued networking and knowledge sharing. The inspiring session started with Grant Kanik, Partner, Wheelerkanik offering his comprehensive insight into the The People-Focused Workplace series© We need to talk about….millennials!. By 2025 Millennials will account for 75% of the world’s workforce with a strong mindset for collaboration, autonomy, and flexibility, with blurred boundaries between work and personal time and ability to work across multiple teams and geographies. This is why the workplace has toreflect this emerging nature of employees and adapt to the fact that desk is only one of the places where we work.

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Following this interesting presentation the audience met Christopher Jenkins, Workplace Director, Peldon Rose taking the audience on a tour to some of the company’s most inspiring and non-traditional workplace designs such as the Alice in Wonderland and the Monopoly inspired office.

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Robert Leigh, CEO and Head of Agency, DeVono offered his insight on the Evolving Market and New Trends in the Flexible Office Industry, highlighting that due to the changing, more mobile nature of work, high rents and low vacancy rate more occupiers than ever are being driven to flexible working environments. Good news for all shared office operators.

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Before joining the panel of discussions, moderated by Pier Paolo Mucelli, our partner Pietro Martani, CEO Copernico Milano presented his impressive, all-inclusive business centre Copernico and the Blurring Line between the Home and The Office, followed by Martijn Roordink, Managing Director, Spaces (Regus Group) offering an inside view of their trendy facilities.

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The last part of the conference welcomed everyone at the Hospital Club, where the event continued with David Blake, Business Development, Gust explaining about their newly launched platform Tech.London aimed at connecting and growing tech ecosystems. He was followed up by Mona Kovacheva, Business Development, eOffice, who shared about the exciting launch of the eOffice Membership Card and the significance of a loyalty programme.

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The last session of the eOffice International Partner Conference was dedicated to the Emerging Trends in the Startup Ecosystem and Funding with specialist and our partners in the Angel Investment sector Alexandre Covello, CEO AngelsCube, Scott Houghton, COO Envestors and Henry Freeman, Founder CrowdShed.

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Closing drinks were held at WeWork Soho, located at the same building where the first eOffice was opened, back in 2002.

We hope the two-day insightful eOffice International Partner Conference sprung new impressions, ideas and valuable business connections and we hope to see everyone back very soon.

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BrightLane – Our Innovative Partner in Toronto, Canada

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The creative environment and professional services of our eNetwork coworking partner BightLane in Toronto, Canada, is built on the pillars of connection, collaboration and innovation.   The space and services are designed with the single purpose to improve and grow the business of their expanding community of entrepreneurs and startups.

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As a hub for young companies, BrighLane shares the philosophy that offering high-quality, inspiring environment that stimulates interactions and collaboration is the essence of entrepreneurial success. In their own words:

Starting a business means putting everything on the line. It is a lonely road with many surprises. Taking this journey with others, some a little ahead and those who may have stumbled, is the best path of giving your enterprise every chance for success

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BrightLane has a strong focus on their community, which are not treated as clients, but rather as members, who share similar goals and strive for success. The layout of the beautifully decorated centre is strategically designed to increase the possibility of chance encounters. Whether in the community kitchen, in the terrace, or in one of BrightLane’s tailored networking events, members have the chance to socialize and engage in prompt conversations with like-minded entrepreneurs and startups.

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Founded by the late Raymond Chang, BrightLane embraces his principal values and legacy in lifelong learning. Recognized for his outstanding business leadership and philanthropy initiatives, Mr Chang’s support and significant investment of personal resources have advanced education and healthcare as well as fostered entrepreneurship. His life-long focus on developing and helping people achieve their dreams and aspirations is reflected in his quote that fully encapsulates his belief:

It’s people that make any successful enterprise.

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In addition to the inspiring work environment, BrightLane also offers a range of customer-centric services and perks in support of their community’s smooth path to success. From brightly lit workspaces, rooftop terrace with BBQ, 11 meeting rooms, wellness room to a range of business workshops and networking events, not to forget craft beer, this all-inclusive package is offered on very flexible terms for the convenience of the startup companies. This coworking space also partners with a range of local and international organizations, which offer exclusive deals and discount on their valuable, high-quality services.

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Viola Communication’s Innovative and Conceptual Office

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The interactive and utterly innovative office design of Viola Communication’s new headquarters is considered the first conceptual workplace in the media-free zone of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The traditional office set up and layout of corridors, enclosed meeting rooms and workstations is substituted with a fluid and quite informal space arrangement, where employees are encouraged to interact and collaborate.

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For the architects of this innovative office design, M+N Architecture, creating and reinforcing the relationships between users was one the top priority since the first blue prints of the layout. Comprising of both open and enclosed offices, the space unites the 5 different business units of the company, connecting them with a large reception and recreational area, where all 120 employees can minge and engage in prompt conversations. The office also incorporates ample events’ space for corporate gatherings, and two video editing and voice recording studios.

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The atmosphere of the space, the colours, all through the materials used in the interior design reflect Viola Communication’s company culture and philosophy. The workspace acts as a direct inspiration for the team’s creative portfolio of work and performs as a motivating platform as soon as you set your foot through the door. The main objective, briefed to the design company was to provide a flexible office space, which would drastically increase interaction amongst employees. This is why the operative area of this office space allows all 120 employees to work in the same area, but still maintain separation between the different departments, working mainly on Advertising, Public relations and Events.

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The workspace has also two very defined and different sectons – one for the management and the other for the operational staff, which is clearly reflected in the style and materials used. The managerial area is sleek and modern, designed in marble and oak, creating an ambiance in natural colours. The operations area is a rainbow of bright hues with a funky and vibrant décor, where staff can interact and exchange ideas, successfully achieving a boost in creativity and productivity.

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Pictures source @Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography / www.archdaily.com

eOffice Workplace Conference 2015, Friday, 19th June

eOffice Workplace Conference 2015 - June 19th

Nine days and counting to the exciting cluster of industry professionals and opinion makers, who will be speaking as well as joining an open panel of discussions at the eOffice Workplace Conference. Book your spot now: http://goo.gl/5hJmK1

The half-day event, hosted at Henry Wood House, just off Oxford Street, will gather experts within the workplace design, innovation and shared office market.

The first session will unveil insightful presentations from four influential and recognised names in the office design sector. To start, Grant Kanik and Joseph Durow, Partners, Weelerkanik will take us through their thoroughly researched topic on how workplaces need to adapt to the changing patterns of employees – “The People Focused Workplace series – We need to talk about Millennials!”

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EDELMAN office – Designed by Grant Känik and Gary Wheeler

Weelerkanik is a design firm with a difference. Their creative vision allows them to tap onto the potential of every space, making it more beautiful, more efficient and more people – focused. They will be able to share best practice tips from their long-term experience within the office design history.

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Google HQ London – designed by Peldon Rose

The design duo will be followed by Christopher Jenkins, Project Director, Peldon Rose who will take the audience on an inspirational design journey revealing how to Create ‘bump’ conversations in serviced offices. A recognised leader in exceptional office interiors, Peldon Rose has some of the most creative workplace projects as part of their long portfolio of clients. Their Alice in Wonderland or Monopoly game inspired offices in London are a point of reference for unconventional, inspiring and very much functional design, offering the “wow” factor as soon as you set your foot through the door. Not to mention their design of the Google HQ London office, winning UK Property Award 2011’s Best Office Interior London prize.

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Office Space in Town – Alice in Wonderland theme – designed by Peldon Rose

Next, the audience will have the pleasure to see and listen to Tim Carrigan, CEO OpenDesk about Opendesk & Openmaking – a one of a kind global network of makers and collection of office space furniture by a range of international designers. All furniture are designed for digital fabrication and can be downloaded as a digital file and made locally – on demand, anywhere in the world. You will be able to learn more about this innovative concept and how it could benefit your business as well as your local community.

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Impact HUB and Greenpeace offices – designed by OpenDesk

After a short networking break, the insightful conference will continue with an open panel of discussions, on The Evolving Market and New Trends in the Flexible Office Industry, moderated by Pier Paolo Mucelli, Founder eOffice.

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eOffice coworking, Central London, UK

This engaging panel will involve all the office design experts from the first session along with recognized names and founders of some of the leading commercial property and real estate management companies such as: Chris Moriarty(Lessman), Martijn Roordink (Spaces, Regus Group), Pietro Martani (Copernico Milano), Richard Leigh (DeVono), Stefan Jakubowski (The Office Group), Tim Carrigan (OpenDesk.cc)

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Henry Wood House – The Office Group

The audience will be welcomed to ask questions and engage with these knowledgeable experts as well as network and exchange ideas and impressions.

Copernico coworking space, Milan, Italy

Copernico coworking space, Milan, Italy

Feeling inspired? Join us for this valuable, knowledge packed event. Book here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/eoffice-workplace-conference-2015-tickets-16811429438

The Innovative Design of Orestad College in Copenhagen

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Designed by the innovative architecture company 3XN, the new academic building of the Orestad College in Copenhagen is not your average educational space. With brightly coloured panels on the exterior, the contemporary building comprises functionality and innovative approach to the design of their interior and communal space.

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Once you set foot inside the Orestad College you are instantly impressed by the dynamic, state-of-the-art architecture of the space. Following the new design vision that open plan, collaborative environments improve interaction, synergy and communication, the space is comprised by different in style and size communal areas with no solid walls or boarders.  The ease of interaction was a vital ingredient in the planning of the space’s layout, putting an emphasis on the natural study process of students.

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The open-plan space with numerous meeting spots benefits from comfortable soft furnishings and beanbags, which adapt to the body’s shape. This allows students to have a more informal studying surrounding stimulating team work and engagement. The tall central atrium has four study zones, which are each on a separate floor and are interconnected vertically and horizontally achieving the dynamic look of the space. The comprehensive IT infrastructure is one of the main tools that enhance the study process of the college students.

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KeyWorking – Our Impressive Coworking Partner in Miami

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KeyWorking, our eOffice eNetwork coworking partner in Miami, is effectively merging functionality and contemporary design, integrating unique interior features for inspirational work environment. The advantages of this coworking space start from the location, the business services on offer, through to the high quality amenities and the vibrant calendar of community events – a truly comprehensive net of benefits for startups and growing companies.

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In their own words the KeyWorking team shares about the centre and its strategic location:

Few places in the world have evolved as quickly as Miami. What once began as a leisure destination has blossomed as a thriving waterfront city with artistic venues around every corner and entire neighbourhoods devoted to design, Miami is no longer New York’s sleepy sister city, but an innovative force onto its own. KeyWorking is located behind the Marina Blue Building, Miami World Centre is a 25-acre master planned community designed to offer a lively pedestrian experience with distinctive residential, retail, restaurant, entertainment, hospitality and commercial office space district.

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Situated at a core location in Miami downtown, with an impressive view of the bay area, this centre not only provides a stimulating and professional workplace environment, but also premium business address for companies seeking only for a virtual office solution. Depending on the client’s preference the VO packages are designed to offer a number of days of hotdesking usage, offering maximum flexibility and fully-serviced workspace with access to conference and meeting rooms. Comprising both a coworking area as well as enclosed office solution, KeyWorking accommodates entrepreneurs and startups at any stage of their growth.

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With frequent networking events as well as local benefits as part of the membership, KeyWorking provides a comprehensive package of advantages, tailored to the needs of startup companies. The artistic venue offers a stimulation work environment, whether you are having an impromptu meeting at the lounge area, having a video-conference in one of the high-tech meeting rooms or simply relishing the breathtaking views for KeyWorking’s private terrace.

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A sneak peek into KeyWorking’s busy community events calendar:

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eOffice International Partner Conference, 18th-19th June, 2015

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What an exciting line up of key speakers, location visits, panel discussions and networking opportunities in this year’s eOffice International Partner Conference, 18th – 19th June! The insightful two-day event will gather recognised specialists and long-term experts within the workplace and office design, management and marketing, as well as key figures within the startup ecosystem.

With strategically chosen venues, ranging from historical, academic to contemporary and innovative importance, this year’s locations for presentations and visits will inspire with their provenance and forward thinking features.

On Friday morning we will be holding the eOffice Workplace Conference open to to public so don’t miss to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/eoffice-workplace-conference-2015-tickets-16811429438

Thursday 18th June

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

On Thursday morning we will be welcoming our coworking and business centre partners arriving from around the world at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. This admirable establishment will host the first session dedicated on Innovation and Creativity in the Flexible Office Space. After a brief introduction of all partners, Carlos Goncalves, Founder and CEO, Avila Business Centre will present the intriguing topic “ From “Flying Chairs” to “Flying Workers”, while Goran Garberg, CEO United Spaces, will unveil how to bring energy to the Hybrid Workpace.

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eOffice Holborn

After lunch at eOffice Holbon the conference will move to the new academic building of London School of Economics, impressive with its trendy layout and design. The session will offer knowledge and showcase the latest trends in the Real Estate and Flexible Office Market. For this comprehensive topic we have invited key professionals such as Elaine Rossalll, Head of Research London Markets, Cushman & Wakefield and Tushar Agarwall, Co-founder Hubble.

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London School of Economics

After a short break and a tour of LSE facilities, the afternoon will continue with valuable insights on Marketing and Managing your Space, revealing new tools and successful strategies. This session will meet the main personnel of three forward-thinking platforms – Pedro Pinto, Senior Enterprise, Box, Tamsin, Fox-Davies, Marketing Mentor, Constant Contact and Barry Holloway, Marketing Director, Monkfeet.

Monopoly themed office

Monopoly themed office

The day will finish with a tour at the hyped Monopoly inspired office, where all details, from the wall decorations to the furniture are inspired from the renowned game. With oversized hats as a table and prison inspired meeting rooms this venue is definitely revolutionizing the set norms for an office design.

The House of St Barnabas

The House of St Barnabas

The tour will definitely spark some interesting conversations, which will be continued at the eOffice Cocktail Party in the impressive House of St Barnabas in Soho.

Friday 19th June

The morning session of the second day of the eOffice International Partner Conference will be open to the public and interested parties can book a spot directly from the EventBrite page of the event – http://www.eventbrite.com/e/eoffice-workplace-conference-2015-tickets-16811429438

Henry Wood House - The Office Group

Henry Wood House – The Office Group

The morning, dedicated on Design and Innovation in the Workplace, will gather everyone at the Henry Wood House – The Office Group, just off Oxford Circus. For this session we have gathered key speakers, associated with some of the most innovative projects on the office design horizon, mapping out an essential guideline for creating unique branding and a people-focused workplace. Presenters will include Christopher Jenkins, Project Director, Peldon Rose, Grant Kanik and Joseph Durow, Partners, Wheelerkanik and Tim Carrigan, CEO, OpenDesk.

The insightful slot will be followed by a panel of discussions from leading professionals in the flexible office market to share their views on the evolution and new trends in this growing in size and importance sector.  The panel will bring together Pier Paolo Mucelli, Founder, eOffice; Martijn Roordink, Marketing Director, Spaces, Regus Group; Pietro Martani, CEO, Copernico Milano; Robert Leigh, CEO and Head of Agency, DeVono; Stefan Jakubowski, Community Manager, The Office Group.

The Hospital Club

The Hospital Club

For the afternoon session the delegates will move to the Hospital Club – another venue high on the list of trendy, all in one, spaces in Central London. This will be the last part of the eOffice International Partner Conference and is strategically dedicated to the topic of Startups, Funding and Supporting Your Member Base. The list of presenters includes. Henry Freeman, Founder, CrowShed, Alexandre Covello, CEO AngelsCube, Scott Haughton, COO, Envestors and Will Brown, European Director, Gust.

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Closing drinks will be held at WeWork Soho, the brand that set an investment record within the serviced office industry with $360M of funding. Their industrial chic inspired interior will be the perfect location to reflect on all the new impressions gained throughout the two information packed days.

We look forward to this insightful event!

Ginkgo – Our High-Quality Partner in Luxembourg

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With an easy transportation access in the very heart of Luxembourg, our eOffice eNetwork business centre partner – Ginkgo, offers high-quality, functional workspace on flexible basis enabling clients to simply get on with their business. With high-tech equipment and elegant design, Ginkgo’s meeting rooms provide professional image and ultimate comfort for a productive business meeting.

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Ginkgo business centre also offers wide range of services in support of the diverse needs of every business. Their personalized first class service offers a concierge desk, where clients can get assistance with any inquiry. The space also features an ample terrace for an impromptu meeting or simply for some fresh air and relaxation. An additional perk of this coworking space is the included fitness facilities, making this centre in line with the latest trends in workplace design.

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For the convenience of the client, Ginkgo’s rates are inclusive of dedicated telephone line, high-speed internet connection and even insurance, with no hidden extra charges for this additional services.

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If you are moving your business operations in Luxembourg and you are in need of relocation services, Ginkgo can assist you with this as well. A dedicated team will take care of all your relocation requirements from the organization and logistics of your move, children schools and nurseries sign up, dealing with all administrative authorities procedures, even organizing tailor-made classes based on your needs.

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These and plenty more make Ginkgo’s tailored services and professional workplace environment your best business partner to complement your daily operations and life in Luxembourg.

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Creative Office Design from Russia – Interview with BRIZ Studio

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Here at eOffice we are always in search of the new trends in office design and how it evolves to accommodate the changing ways of work. We love to meet new, creative design companies from all over the world and our newest quest takes us to Russia and BRIZ Studio.

Founded in 2008, BRIZ Studio carries out projects for public interiors, such as offices, business centers, restaurants and shopping malls. Among their projects are Linkor business center in St. Petersburg, Faberge Museum in Shuvalovsky Palace, offices of GazpromOil, Lukoil, MegaFon and Sberbank of Russia.

In conversation with Anna Maslova, Director BRIZ and Grigory Neverov, Leading Architect BRIZ, we unveiled some of the key aspects of behind the design of the new Odnoklassniki office in St. Petersburg.


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Office: What was the brief of the project?
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In Odnoklassniki office, our task was to create an office where planning and overall atmosphere will create a perfect environment for effective work and communication between the employees. The space was structured to define work and communication areas. Another important goal was to use ecological materials in finishing.

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eOffice: What was the inspiration behind the design and architecture of the project?
AM&GN:
Office planning is inspired with a town structure: blocs of buildings are bordering parks, business quarters are dissected with green spots. Canteen and conference hall became ‘parks’, with wide use of green plants and wood in furniture and finishing. Open space work area became a business quarter, divided into few blocs with meeting rooms, which remind of small city gardens. The wall that continues throughout the length of the open space is finished with various materials, such as bricks, wood and concrete to give an idea of different facades of the buildings.

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eOffice: What is your favourite feature of the design?
AM&GN:
Odniklassniki is a social network helping to keep in touch with people you know. We played with this idea with the help of interactive panels integrated into one of the walls. Colleagues can use touchscreen panels and ‘secret’ drawers in the wall at the entrance and leave messages to each other, highlight the current status of projects, or draw attention to some important information or events inside the team, such as birthdays or trips. This playfully functional wall provides additional options for offline communication and helps to bring the team together both in work and leisure. One more important element of this space is a terrarium with the office pet, iguana.

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eOffice: What in your opinion are the key features?
AM&GN
: Key feature for us is an effective planning of the space, which corresponds to the identity and activities of the company, the space that facilitates personal contact within the work collective, creates a comfortable and welcoming environment. And, also we consider important the use of ecological finishing materials.

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eOffice: How do you envision the office of the future?
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In the office of the future, atmosphere is more important than shapes and technologies. Office becomes a space, which is, first of all, comfortable and friendly for a person. Technical aspects like good air conditioning and lighting stay a must, but such aspects as colour palette, haptic qualities of materials, plenty of green plants, easy communication schemes and a choice of places to work on the tasks also play a very important role.

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Jive Software New HQ – An Interview With Design Principles

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In our quest for the next innovative office design we came across the inspiring new office of Jive Software in Reading, UK , created and executed by Office Principles.

Jive Software is a leading provider of modern communication and collaboration solution for business. As any tech company their new office was bound to follow all new trends in terms of technology, innovation as well as high-quality and at the same time interactive workplace design.

Jive Software was looking to create a stunning new HQ in the UK. As a leading company specialising in social platforms for business communication and collaboration, they needed a workspace that would inspire and motivate their employees. Becki Chester, Design Principles

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Office Principles produced an outstanding design for the 12,000 sq ft of new office space in Thames Valley Park, Reading. When you first enter Jive Software, you step into the “Experience Zone”, an environment where Jive can demonstrate their enthusiasm for their products.

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Elaborating further on the project, Lee Parsons, Marketing Manager Design Principles shares for the eOffice blog:

eOffice: What is your favorite feature of the design?

LP: For me, it’s got to be the iconic ‘Think Tank Bubble Counter’. It’s a great place for spontaneous meets and for the team to come together to share ideas. We tried to create an office where there are different types of areas to suit all personality types, so we made sure that along with the ‘Think Tank’ area, we also included cosy individual work areas and more private meeting rooms.

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eOffice: What in your opinion are the key features of the contemporary workplace?

LP: With all the different generations and personality types in the workplace today, I think an important aspect for any modern office design is that it is agile. The workplace must be able to support a hub of activities, as well as the different working styles of your workforce. I believe that by empowering your staff in such a way, they will be happier, more engaged and more driven to achieve the company’s goals.

eOffice: How do you envision the office of the future?

LP: As much as we all like to envision the pseudo hi-tech office of the future where holograms run rampant and there are retina scanners everywhere, I don’t think we’re quite there yet. I do however; think that the office of the future will be more down-to-earth than what we are seeing now. We will probably see more nature and greenery integrated into the office interior design. I also believe remote working from home or somewhere other than the office will become a norm, as statistics already suggests that the number of businesses getting on board with remote working is rapidly on the rise. ​

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