The US office furniture giant Steelcase Inc. has opened a manufacturing unit at in India. Steelcase Inc. has 26 manufacturing facilities around the world, including China, Malaysia and now India. Steelcase is currently finding the European market particularly challenging and has just reported a 4th quarter loss of $38.5m. (Spectrum Workplace are not distributors of Steelcase furniture)
We welcome a new project manager to the Spectrum Workplace team. Bob Holtom has many years of experience in the industry in both commercial fitout and refurbishment and also move management and workplace change. He is a welcome addition to the team and will help us to develop further the fitout and refurbishment division as an increasing number of our clients turn to Spectrum Workplace for a complete turnkey interiors package.
February saw Spectrum Workplace successfully complete a 6-figure contract for office furniture in Poole, Dorset for Heatric, part of the global giant Meggitt. The 3-storey offices also included staff canteen, meeting rooms and boardroom in addition to the general office areas which featured our popular Archline desking system. Office Furniture in Poole, Dorset.
Construction business activity fell by the third month running in January, with new orders at slowest pace since October 2012 according to the latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI). There were some reports that snowfall had contributed to reduced output volumes, but the majority of respondents cited weak underlying client demand and a lack of new projects. However commercial activity was the only sub-sector to buck the wider downward trend in output during January with the latest data indicating unchanged volumes of commercial activity, ending five months of contraction.
In the Autumn Statement on 5th Dec the Chancellor announced a temporary increase in the annual investment allowance from £25,000 to £250,000 per year. This is a significant incentive to businesses to invest in plant & machinery and would also include some furniture and fitout elements. We recommend that you contact your tax advisor to see how this could benefit your company.
Spectrum Workplace has just enlivened their upper showroom area with a stunning wall graphics installation. The image shows a number of yachts in full sail – in line with our marine links – our Havant office furniture showroom is less than a mile from the sea!
In our quest for new ideas and concepts two of the Spectrum Workplace team were in Cologne, Germany for two days in October. The Orgatec Exhibition is the leading European exhibition for the office furniture and interiors industry. The outstanding feature of the exhibition was the number of collaborative working/meeting furniture solutions on display. This trend is clearly here to stay!
Spectrum Workplace visited the annual 100% Design exhibition in London in September. This Office Design Exhibition is always interesting as all exhibitors have to show something new and original to exhibit. Some great new ideas for Office Touchdown Areas and Breakout Spaces were showcased at this inspiring Office Design Exhibition as well as some new concepts for general office desk systems and chairs.
In line with our business expansion plans Spectrum Workplace now has a Chertsey Office base within the M25 in Chertsey, Surrey. This will enable us to provide an even better service to our growing client base around the South-West London area. The new Chertsey Office will provide an ideal central focus for our Workplace Design, Office Refurbishment, Office Fitout and Interiors teams.
In line with the Spectrum Workplace mission to introduce our clients to innovative products, the Media bench facilitates informal meetings and enables up to 4 different persons to take control of the screen at the touch of a button.
Defying the economic doom and gloom Spectrum Workplace recorded a record month in May 2012. Encouragingly this was not due to one freak order but rather a number of sizeable orders coming to fruition!
After many weeks design and consultation Spectrum kicked off March with a substantial order from Hampshire Constabulary for a bespoke storage solution. The main requirement was for the storage of boxes of evidence items relating to a crime which needed to be stored at the officers desk whilst investigations were in progress and then moved into a bulk storage area pending court hearings. Another department only used leverarch files and so a mobile storage system is being installed to meet this requirement.