Technology magazine Wired last year revealed the five tech hubs in the UK that are set to thrive after the pandemic – with Basingstoke listed as one of them. When the pandemic forced companies to start working from home, it raised the question as to whether big firms need to be headquartered in big cities. With rail journeys starting at 43 minutes into London Waterloo, Basingstoke offers proximity to the capital as well as its own thriving business community.
When PR firm Touchdown PR moved its global headquarters to Basingstoke, the CEO cited its reputation as a tech hub as a key factor. The town’s location is a significant draw as it attracts colleagues from the local area who may previously have commuted into London for work. By offering a flexible working environment, with less commuting time, firms are able to attract employees from Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey too.
BizSpace’s Basingstoke location, Belvedere House, is lucky enough be a ten-minute walk from Basingstoke rail station. It also has excellent transport links, being located just off the A339 Ringway which takes you directly to the M3.
The building itself is an impressive architectural space and offers a variety of workspace, including offices, coworking spaces and meeting rooms. Belvedere House has a magnificent glass roof as well as small roof gardens and terraces. The building has won awards for its design, recognising the way workspaces were combined with communal areas.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the introduction of working from home has forced companies to rethink their office spaces. There has been a major trend in companies swapping their old traditional, corporate office for somewhere employees actively want to visit. Employees are demanding superior offices and flexibility, and we are certain BizSpace’s Belvedere house will not disappoint.
The centre was designed to meet the needs of modern businesses, whether they are small, medium, or large. It was built with employee wellbeing as its focus, particularly in connecting occupants with the outside world. Amenities including a café, roof garden and Eastrop Park next door add to the lifestyle that those working there can enjoy.
It is unsurprising therefore that it has already attracted a myriad of flourishing businesses of all sizes and types. From an award-winning security firm to architects, charities, an environmental company and even a manufacturer of small satellite technology who recently started a project with NASA, Belvedere House caters to every business, ensuring they are thoroughly looked after and able to thrive.