etc.venues has secured another major long term government contract, adding to existing corporate and government long term contracts for workspace at several of its properties in the UK. So far, this new strand has brought in around £2m in extra income to the venues since the first lockdown ended whilst their core business of providing space for events, meetings and conferences is suppressed.
The latest addition is at its Maple House venue in Birmingham which has now been selected by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) as a Nightingale Court. etc.venues has been already working in partnership with HMCTS since early summer 2020 and its Prospero House venue in London was the first Nightingale Court to open in early August 2020.
Nick Hoare, COO of etc.venues commented ; “It’s a great compliment to our Covid-secure facilities and our operations team that we have been chosen to further assist the Ministry of Justice to reduce the backlog of trials by providing Maple House as a Nightingale Court.”
Nick Hoare adds “We are expecting a growing number of organisations to use our venues as “space on demand” over the coming months once lockdown ends.
“The enforced new way of working has prompted many organisations to review their need for working space. Some do not want to commit to office leases while the future is uncertain, others have decided to operate without an HQ, with staff mainly working from home, so are booking rooms as a place to maintain connections with their team, suppliers and clients by meeting face-to-face on demand.”
Complete flexibility is the key
Workspace at etc.venues has been taken up by a complete cross-section of organisations, from large corporations and the public sector to small businesses and associations operating in a wide variety of markets.
Rota.com, which provides AI-driven total workforce software to many major organisations, is typical of these businesses. Soon after the first lockdown started, Tom Williams, the company’s founder had to make an important decision. The business had offices in central London in a building run by an office space and facilities provider but the lease was about to run out. As everyone was having to work from home, renewing the lease at that time was questionable. Tom decided to let the lease expire.
Once working from offices could begin again, Tom faced a new consideration. While his sales and software development teams had been working from home and holding meetings on Zoom, he wanted to bring them together regularly for business and product development planning. Tom explains:
“Our software developers are well equipped and suited for working from home day-to-day. But when planning new projects or coming up with solutions, they are most creative and effective when they are discussing and brainstorming in a room with a whiteboard for half a day or so. Bringing them together also builds team spirit which helps them when they are working in isolation.
“For our sales team I feel it is particularly important to get them together regularly. Several are new to the business and benefit and learn from working in the same room alongside experienced colleagues.”
“I needed to find a place that offered complete flexibility, no long-term commitments – where we could book whatever space we needed at short notice.
“As a result we’ve been booking rooms at etc.venues. They have a variety of workspaces all around central London that provide exactly what we need and we can book up to 5pm the day before. Our teams have worked there sometimes 3 days a week and we’ll continue into 2021.”
Nick Hoare concluded “Alongside workspace, we are ready with a vast range of spaces, meeting rooms and event technology for many live, hybrid and virtual events once they are permitted, hopefully soon.
“We have continued to invest, develop and adapt as we addressed the challenges of the last 12 months. As a result, we are now in a strong position to service our clients’ requirements in 2021 and beyond.”