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Serviced offices the answer to post-pandemic dilemmas in Northern Ireland

Sponsor: Emerging/Start-Up of the Year


Offices: Donna Linehan of VenYou

Offices: Donna Linehan of VenYou

Offices: Donna Linehan of VenYou

It goes without saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has posed a great number of challenges for businesses in Northern Ireland, not least for businesses that are just starting out on their journey.

The Scottish Provident Building in Belfast city centre is home to some of our most successful businesses including recruitment agencies, tech companies, financial corporations, travel management companies and law firms.

The team at the Scottish Provident Building has also been privileged to work alongside a variety of start-ups and emerging businesses and has played an integral role in supporting the growth of their business.

It's for this reason that we are delighted to sponsor the Emerging Start-Up of the Year category at this year's Belfast Telegraph Business Awards.

At Scottish Provident Building we firmly believe that in order for a new business, or any business for that matter, to be successful, flexibility and support are both key.

Flexibility is something we pride ourselves on and something we have been offering our tenants since the very beginning.

The pandemic has opened up many discussions around the future of office working and what that might look like for companies going forward.

With hybrid working arrangements set to likely become the norm in the future, many businesses are searching for alternative options to the more traditional or conventional office set-up.

The serviced office sector and what it offers is emerging at the forefront of that conversation.

For many start-ups and emerging businesses, whether an indigenous or direct investment organisation, the top priorities will be securing office accommodation that is flexible, cost effective, central and with space to expand - that's where we can assist.

Our mission is to provide a supportive environment, where the menial parts of running a business are taken care of by our dedicated team at VenYou, our bespoke business services provider, which enables businesses to concentrate on doing what they do best.

For start-ups and emerging businesses in particular, we understand that space is one of the main priorities when it comes to choosing office accommodation.

Built in the early 20th century, the Scottish Provident Building boasts a traditional design, which means that businesses have plenty of space to grow and expand.

Technology is something that has also been heavily relied upon over the past 12 months as almost all meetings were hosted virtually.

As such, investment has taken place in new state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities, which will enable our tenants to connect to calls and apps quickly and more securely.

All this, coupled with the offer of flexible contracts, makes the Scottish Provident Building an ideal place for start-ups and emerging businesses to grow.

We would like to wish all those entering the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards this year the very best of luck.

Donna Linehan is the client services director at bespoke serviced office company VenYou, which manages the Scottish Provident Building, alongside Northern Court and Ascot House. For more information call: 028 9091 8200 or visit the website: www.scottishprovidentbuilding.co.uk. To enter the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards, go to www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/businessawards/enter

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