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Growth-driven marketing consultancy, The B2B Marketing Lab has today announced the opening of its new central London office following a sustained period of business growth and expansion.

The B2B Marketing Lab, part of the ITPR Group which also includes B2B Tech PR consultancy ITPR, and digital marketing and search agency Be Found Online, has experienced a sustained period of growth over the last two years and as a result, needed to expand into larger premises to accommodate the UK business team.

It was named as the UK's largest and most successful HubSpot Partner in May 2017, after becoming the country's first HubSpot Diamond Partner.

The move to the larger offices at Europoint House on Lavington Street, Southwark, follows an exciting period of growth for the businesses which also saw The B2B Marketing Lab open a new Singapore office in 2017 - and it continues its expansion plans into Europe.

Bob Dearsley, chief executive of The ITPR Group, said: "Having established The B2B Marketing Lab as the largest HubSpot partner in the UK, this expansion is a signal of our ambitious plans to continue growing the entire ITPR Group.

"The last 12 months have been among the most exciting we have had since setting up The B2B Marketing Lab in 2012 and it is testament to the work and dedication of our teams across the three businesses that this move into a new larger office space has needed to happen."

"The new space is step one in our plans to build the largest HubSpot support team in the UK and will enable us to expand even more in the coming years while continuing to provide the highest level of integrated PR and marketing services that our clients expect."

Christian Kinnear, Managing Director EMEA at HubSpot, added: "Since becoming our first HubSpot Diamond Partner in the UK in May 2017, The B2B Marketing Lab has continued its growth in sales revenue and people into 2018. We enjoy working with this team of committed Growth Agency Marketers and this recent expansion is testament to the success they have achieved, for both their clients and themselves."

"We're excited to continue seeing B2BML's growth with the HubSpot platforms and we are looking forward to watching them continue their ambitious expansion plans long into the future," concludes Kinnear. 

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.

There are a great many things which can affect the viability of any given location for businesses both established and newly-launched. From transport links to local amenities to talent pools, there are countless factors to consider. Playing into the latter to some extent is the presence of higher learning institutions, which given their very nature you would expect to have a hand to play in cultivating entrepreneurship and general business savvy among the local population.

Such was the subject of a new report from Localis, published in partnership with University College London (UCL) and the University of Huddersfield (UoH), which aimed to explore what more can be done to encourage university entrepreneurial activity and its role in local economies.

The report asserts that while universities do indeed contribute to one in every hundred new business births in the UK, 35% of universities failed to contribute to the production of a single graduate start-up last year. This seemingly indicates that although there are isolated areas of success in regards to universities and their role in entrepreneurship, far too many institutions are lacking in their efforts.

Liam Booth-Smith, co-author of the report and chief executive of Localis, said concerning the report, “The unfortunate truth is that too many UK universities simply do not act in this space. With the risks, challenges and opportunities that Brexit presents, promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship in our universities should be an important part of the government’s national policy agenda and central to the development of local industrial strategy.”

Report author, Localis visiting fellow, David Godfrey, also commented, “Our comparison between universities in London and Yorkshire reinforces this disparity in external investment, with start-ups at London institutions attracting £35.5m in 2015/16 against just £1.3m for start-ups at Yorkshire universities, or a factor of almost eight times as much on average per institution. Through local industrial strategies, there is a major opportunity to bring good ideas together with London investment by successfully packaging spin-out schemes to investors, as Manchester has successfully done.”

Not simply a vessel to voice criticism however, the report goes on to make a series of recommendations relating to how the issue may potentially be resolved. Specific recommendations made within the report read as follows:

Make Enterprise & Entrepreneurship a Strategic Priority

Recommendation One: Every student should have the opportunity to develop enterprise and entrepreneurship skills and learning, both within the university curriculum and outside it. Universities must find ways to identify and nurture entrepreneurs across all disciplines and at all stages.

Recommendation Two: Enterprise and entrepreneurship must have a mandate. Through strong corporate leadership within universities, the university offer to student and graduate entrepreneurs must be strategic and co-ordinated.

Recommendation Three: Universities should review their ‘cut off points’ for enterprise and entrepreneurship support in order to play a more active role in scaling up of businesses not just the pre start-up and start-up phase.

Recommendation Four: Incubation units and workspace should be opened up to local entrepreneurs. This will support local SMEs, potentially increase revenue for enterprise units, encourage throughput and provide student entrepreneurs with an immediate and potentially valuable peer network.

Influence the Local Economy

Recommendation Five: Universities’ position as anchors in their local economies should be explicitly recognised in the Government’s Common Framework for devolution and a clear link made to university enterprise and entrepreneurship in the Government’s Review of LEPs. It should be promoted in local economic strategies.

Recommendation Six: Universities should provide a “swing door into the local economy” with clear account management of services across the university and alignment with external enterprise and entrepreneurship support through their local Growth Hubs.

Recommendation Seven: Government should create conditions that diversify the current capital model to increase independent investment outside of London, retaining existing tax reliefs but incentivising regional and scale-up investment and promoting alumni funding. Vice Chancellors should work with their LEPs, City and County Councils and Mayors to package regional opportunities to pitch to investors.

Recommendation Eight: New financial support and incentives should be developed to replace funding for enterprise and entrepreneurship currently available through Local Growth Fund and European funding streams.

Measure & Reward Impact

Recommendation Nine: Local economic impact should be assessed and rewarded through the new Knowledge Exchange Framework and in the allocation of HEIF or related Government growth funding. Universities should first be required to provide commentary illustrating programme impact, with specific impact metrics agreed and introduced to an agreed timetable. National data should be robust and consistent

Recommendation Ten: Universities should be incentivised to produce “impact start-ups” and entrepreneurs, demonstrating they are growing local and national economies, with funding increasingly reflecting their success in delivering local economic growth. New longitudinal measures should be developed to measure longer-term impact and encourage the retention of links with student and graduate start-ups to support their ongoing development.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.

Coffey Architects has successfully secured planning permission for a three-storey office and retail block in the Argent’s King’s Cross regeneration project site, marking the practice’s largest UK commercial project to date.

The London Borough of Camden’s planning committee agreed with its officers’ recommendation to approve the £15 million scheme in a meeting on the 22nd of February. The newly-approved project, which will be situated alongside Bennetts Associates’ proposed £6 million sports hall on the Q2 site off York Way, will provide 3,962m² of office space along with 350m² of flexible space for additional offices, assembly, and leisure or a café.

The officers’ report read as follows: “[We] consider this to be is a well-resolved and thought-through proposal. It has character in its silhouette and composition, while its heritage-referenced industrial aesthetic has been softened and enriched through patterning in the façades.”

The eye-catching design reportedly takes inspiration from both the Network Rail Gasworks tunnels which run below the building, and the distinctive design of the former industrial sheds which once littered the King’s Cross area. The building itself is composed of glazed, embossed and perforated aluminium panels which shift with each floor plate, and is topped with a skewed, pitched roof form to add further aesthetic appeal.

Works are expected to begin in the summer, with the project scheduled for completion in 2020.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.

We talk a lot about how to make the most of your workforce here at 1850Thoughts, utilising thoughtful design and the latest industry knowledge to aid you in helping your team to excel. However, all that positive progress can easily be squandered if your fail to look after the health both physical and mental of those working on behalf of your company.

One of the most prevalent issues throughout UK offices in recent times is an ever-increasing workload, which is becoming unmanageable for many and leading to a less-than-ideal work-life balance. This can have a severe effect on the mental wellbeing of your workforce, as highlighted in recent research conducted by employee experience company Qualtrics.

The research in question, known as the Qualtrics Employee Pulse, is a long-running quarterly survey of more than 4,000 employees throughout the UK. The survey highlights the impact of burgeoning workloads on today’s workforce and reveals that better support from businesses is needed to ensure the mental wellbeing of staff.

Delving deeper into the survey’s results, 47% of respondents say they spend the majority of their time feeling overwhelmed by their workloads, while 85% insist that work is causing them undue stress.

Furthermore it appears that employees have little faith in their superiors to resolve the issue, as more than half (52%) of UK workers believe their employer does not promote a healthy work-life balance. Meanwhile only a third of respondents stated that their managers help them to manage their workload.

Sarah Marrs, Employee Experience Specialist at Qualtrics, said of the survey’s results, “Work-life balance is a hugely important part of modern business and a key driver in keeping staff motivated and satisfied. The fact that so many workers are struggling to stay on top of their workloads is a real cause for concern.

“A business’ employees are its key assets – so the mental health and wellbeing of staff should be a top priority for organisations looking to engage their teams and boost productivity. If employees are stressed, tired or overworked, those feelings will rapidly trickle down into the quality of their work and is more likely to result in their choosing to leave the organisation. Finally, it’s important to remember that employees are often the face of a business to customers – and no business wants their customer interaction to be one of stress and overwork.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.

There are many factors which can play into whether or not a given job role or company holds appeal in the eyes of employees both existing and potential. Finances are an obvious consideration, with higher wages always proving an attractive lure, however new research suggests that money may not be quite as important as once thought; in fact, other factors may hold greater sway.

This is according to a new study conducted by Powwownow, which found that nearly one-third of UK employees would prefer flexible working to a pay rise, with 75% saying that the option of working flexibly would make a job more attractive to them. In a similar poll conducted in 2017 a slightly lower figure of 70% stated that they would favour a job that gives their employees the option to work flexibly, suggesting that such practices are only rising in popularity.

Of the binary genders women were found to be most in favour of flexible working arrangements with 81% saying that flexible working would make a job more appealing, while almost half (45%) strongly agreed that they would favour a job that offers flexible working. That’s not to say that male workers don’t find the option to work flexibly attractive when considering a role however, as 69% insist that they would view employers who offer flexible working more favourably.

The research also found that Millennials are the most likely to want the option to work flexibly, with 70% wishing they were offered it, compared to just 47% of over 55’s.

Jason Downes, MD of  Powwownow, commented, “Businesses who want to attract and motivate the best talent need to recognise that in an increasingly busy digital world, where managing work-life balance is more complex, flexible working is a key consideration for employees applying for a new role.

“Today’s employees are looking for a work-life balance where their career and personal life compliment and support each other. With over 40% of workers indicating they don’t have time for friends and family, it’s clear that employers need to be doing more to support their employees and promote flexible working policies within their organisation.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
Tommy Bahama’s new Seattle campus, which will provide workspace for approximately 400 employees across 120,000sq ft., has a design focused on user experience, drawing upon resimmercial design concepts to exemplify the company’s ethos, which has long been to “Make Life One Long Weekend.”

Img: Spencer Lowell
Designed by SkB Architects, the open, casual setting has spaces that feature a natural material palette and rich textures such as woven fabric wall coverings and rough-honed stone. A “grand boardwalk” organises the space and draws guests from the main lobby and reception to the showroom, mock store, and collaborative workspaces. Casual seating areas line the boardwalk and provide opportunities for informal gatherings.

Workspaces have been designed with flexibility in mind so users can tailor the environment based on departmental and team requirements. The reception area and amenities are located on an intermediate level of the HQ’s four floors to ensure employee interaction and social engagement.

The company decided to lease the floors for the headquarters space in the base of the office tower as opposed to the upper floors in order to create and reinforce physical and visual connections to the community. Breakout and workspaces were designed around large four-story light monitors with access to the market hall at the base of the building to encourage gathering.

Each floor has its own coffee bar, and a 1,000sq ft. café on the main level opens out to a 1,500-sf roof deck. The office’s customised workstations feature sit-to-stand desks, ergonomic monitor arms, and task lighting.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.

Super Micro Computer Inc., a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, today announced that it has expanded its Silicon Valley Headquarters to over two million square feet of facilities with the grand opening of its new Building 22.

The Corporate Headquarters includes engineering, manufacturing and customer service, making Supermicro the only Tier 1 systems vendor to build its servers in Silicon Valley and worldwide.  Supermicro is ranked as the third largest server systems supplier in the world.  In addition to the branded solution business used in the ranking, Supermicro also services large OEM and system integrator customers and shipped over 1.2 million units in 2017.

This latest building is the second of five facilities that the company plans to build on the 36-acre property formerly owned by the San Jose Mercury News. Additionally, the company continues to expand its other facilities worldwide.

“Having our design, engineering, manufacturing and service teams all here at our Silicon Valley campus gives Supermicro the agility to quickly respond to the newest technologies in the industry and to our customer’s needs and unique requirements, which is a major advantage that we have over the competition,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro.  “As our business continues to rapidly scale with over 1.2 million server and storage systems shipped globally last year, increasing our production capacity and capabilities is vital to keeping up with our rapid growth.  The opening of Building 22, along with the opening of two new facilities at our technology campus in Taiwan, provides the additional capacity and rack scale integration plug and play capabilities to ensure that we can provide the best possible service to our enterprise, data centre, channel, and cloud customers.”

“We’re thrilled to see an innovative, sustainable, and community-minded leader like Supermicro continuing to invest and grow in San Jose, and we look forward to their continued success now and for years to come!” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

“The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence – Manex would like to congratulate Supermicro for its continued growth through design and engineering excellence,” said Gene Russell, President and CEO of Manex.  “Its investments in workforce, physical plant and equipment are crucial to the Silicon Valley Ecosystem and to its global client base.  Manex, as a network member of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the CMTC California network is a proud partner of Supermicro.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.

Higher Ed Partners, a leading provider of online programme management services for higher education, and sister company to US-based Academic Partnerships and Latin America-focused Ilumno, today announced the formation of Higher Ed Partners UK and the opening of its London offices.

“After studying the UK market for a number of years, we are delighted to officially announce both the formation of our UK-based entity and the opening of offices in London's financial district,” said Jade Roth, COO of Higher Ed Partners. “This move cements our deep commitment to serving UK universities as they seek to expand access to their high quality, affordable, education through technology-aided learning.”

HEP UK is providing its partner universities a comprehensive suite of online solutions, including: supporting their capacity-building in the conversion of face-to-face programmes to an engaging online format, recruiting qualified students for these online programmes and providing ongoing student support through graduation.

“Our single mission is to assist our partner universities expand access to the vast adult learner population seeking to advance in their lives and careers,” said Roth. “Our focus on high demand degree programmes, aligned with today's workforce requirements and delivered in a flexible modality, is designed to meet the needs of working adults who juggle personal and professional obligations. We are thrilled to enter the UK market and assist UK institutions to fulfil their mission by serving this exciting new student market.”

Higher Ed Partners UK has recently established a partnership with a Russell Group University.  Details regarding the partnership will be announced shortly.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.