Over the past few weeks we’ve been very busy creating new small business office spaces here at Watlington Business Centre.
Watlington might look like a sleepy town at the foot of the Chiltern escarpment, but it can always surprise you.
Right here, in the middle of the small historic market town of Watlington, we have a hub of productivity, a micro-community, where people gather after escaping from their home offices.
It’s not an easy time to be in business right now. There is so much change and uncertainty around, whether it’s Budgets or Brexit.
Does BREXIT, mean better or worse sales? What will it mean for employee retention? And as for the Budget: first it was a hike in NIC charges, then they are back to where they were within a week. It is a confusing time. All of this does make 2017 a difficult year for planning ahead with confidence!
We know this, and WBC is doing everything it can to support home-based businesses, start-ups and SMEs at every stage in their growth here in South Oxfordshire. And the last few weeks have really proved that to us.
Terrible commutes, faster broadband, easier video conferencing, multitudes of apps to help us organise our time or create a new business… All things that have led to many people setting out to ‘work from home’ – according to our hot desk clients.
Working from home is a great opportunity
On the face of it, working from home is a great opportunity. We can spend less time on the motorway or on the train, have more time for hobbies or pastimes, can fit work in around child care or school, and all acheived without the need to put on a suit. Of course, the fact that South Oxfordshire is the best place to live in the countryside (according to the Halifax 2016 survey) surely also means that if we live here, we want to make the most of it?
It’s Christmas Drinks and Nibbles time again at Watlington Business Centre, and we all enjoyed the opportunity to catch before the end of the year.
When we chat to the people who choose to locate their business here at Watlington Business Centre, again and again they tell us that what they love about the place is that’s different, that it’s got character, and that they don’t feel like they’re in anonymous building with ceiling tiles.
Lesley McKie, from social media management business Positively Social, was using one of our hotdesks this week, and she discovered that there’s a lot more to lunch in Watlington than a chilled sandwich from ‘over the road’! So, what exactly did she find to eat?
Last month we welcomed The Property Supplier, a market leader in new build developments and buy to let investments across the UK, to Watlington Business Centre.