London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 04, 2015 -- The continual growth of Burns Sheehan, a London-based technology recruitment company, has never been more evident. On August 10th the company announced its move to a new office, which will accommodate its steadily increasing headcount.
Burns Sheehan's new office is located at 55 King William Street, London, EC4R 9AD, minutes from Monument Station.
"Working in technology recruitment gives us a key insight into how the office environment affects productivity, performance and happiness" said Sean, Co-founder and Managing Director of Burns Sheehan, "and I think the new office has already given everyone here a boost. The vibrant colour palate, abundance of natural light, incredible views of London, and modern open-plan design works really well for us."
"There's a huge difference between knowing what looks good and making it happen though," Sean added. "Fleur has done a tremendous job finding this office and transforming it from an empty shell into this dynamic, uplifting workplace."
Fleur Holland-Haque, Director of Operations and Internal Recruitment, was responsible for finding the new office and managing the design, fit out and office move. We sat down with Fleur to hear more about her learning lessons and advice for any SMEs in London that are planning to move offices in the near future.
How difficult was it to find an office in Central London?
It was a huge challenge finding an office that was the right size and in a location that wouldn't disrupt journeys for staff which was still in budget. It was also difficult timing the move so we didn't have to pay for two offices for too long. We worked with a property agent to find an office, but it took longer than expected to find an office space that ticked all the boxes for us.
What have you learned from the experience?
I have learnt so much! It's hard being heavily reliant on other people and I have learnt not to assume that people will think the same as I do or have the same attention to detail. I would advise anyone going through this in future to make sure that all of the suppliers talk to each other before to the fit out and move to ensure they're all on the same page and that everything that is needed to be done before the move happens before this stage.
Why did you go for this office design?
We wanted a bright, modern office working space with reference to our company colours. We decided to have the cafÃ© area to create a more relaxed environment to hold meetings & interviews and reduce the amount of meetings we need to hold outside of the office. This will also be a great space for holding events, which is really exciting for us. We're proud of our space and want to share it with the tech community as much as possible.
How important do you think it is to have a nice office environment?
It's very important! We spend a lot of time here and want our environment to encourage happiness, creativity, collaboration and productivity. The 'war on talent' in the recruitment industry has never been more competitive and creating a modern, vibrant and spacious workplace is one of things we decided to do to try to attract the best to come and work for us.
If you were speaking to someone who's about to go through this process, what would you advise them?
Make a project plan and definitely add a couple of weeks to the timeline. You should also communicate openly with all your suppliers throughout the whole project.
Are there any shout outs you'd like to make?
I worked with Gemini Interiors, London Systems and Synety throughout the process and they all delivered a great service. I'd recommend them to anyone looking to fit out a new office in London.
Photos of Burns Sheehan's new office can be found on their Facebook page.