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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Importance of Your Reception Area

Just like a face represents a person, the reception area represents and office space or business. Similarly, meeting someone face to face, people will form an opinion or judgement about the business by their reception area. As the initial professional point of contact, it is important to make a good first and lasting impression. From meeting new clients to interviewing prospective employees, striking the right balance and interior design and furniture can make all the difference in creating new business relationships.

No matter how great your company is, or how interested the customers are, if the front of a business looks scruffy than it is bound to put potential clients off, even if the rest of the office is smart looking.
It is imperative that a company understands its target audience, which makes the business able to tailor their front of house to their target audience.

The importance of the reception desk is not only to look smart and stylish, but it has to be efficient as well due to the fact that most of the time this is where the front office department of the business are going to be. This means that there are many important tasks carries out in this area such as receiving and sending letters, attending phone calls and of course visitors. The design on the reception desk needs to ensure that it is designed in a way that these tasks can be carried out all at once. The reception desk should never come in the way of smooth operations.

Commonly the reception desk will also be supplied with some storage where the user can keep important documents safely. The desk should also be supplied with some cable management so that the wires are not exposed to the visitors.

The reception area in a way, is like a business card. Visitors should be able to walk in, look around and understand what the company does straight away. It needs to be welcoming but also project creativity by being interesting and surprising. 

Verve Workspace Ltd., can help create the perfect reception area through the use of free 3D CAD drawings. Simply get in touch with us now. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Getting the Perfect Chair Without Breaking the Bank

Getting the perfect chair without breaking the bank

When speaking to our client we often hear that their office chair isn’t suiting their needs. The most common complaint that we hear is that the chair isn’t providing enough back support. This is one o
f the most common aspects of office furniture that gets overlooked. When considering an office chair there are many features that you should look out for such as; ratchet back height adjustment, height adjustable arms, and synchro mechanism and many more. Whatever features you are looking for we will have just the chair for you!

Height Adjustable Arms
Height adjustable arms on an office chair are very important for encouraging the correct posture when sitting in the chair. Arm support the upper torso and reduce the strain and tension on the shoulder and neck area when working at your desk. Height adjustable arms are set back on the chair so that they do not get in-between the you and the desk. When you When a user does not have arms on their chair it encourages the user to slump forward on to the desk. This position causes pressure on the spine and can lead to back pain and tension. Arms on an office chair can also assist the user to get in and out of the chair with ease.

Back Height Adjustment
On some chairs the back-height adjustment is carried out but twisting a knob on the chairs back. Some of the more expensive chairs are supplied with a ratchet mechanism. This operates by moving the chair up on the concealed ratchet system within the back itself. Once the maximum height is reached a further lift returns to the chair back to the bottom of its height adjustment. Back height adjustment allows the user to position the backrest in the correct position for ultimate lumbar support. Your office chair is your home away from home, so it is so important that the correct lumbar and back support is reached.

Synchro Mechanism
The synchro mechanism is the relationship between the seat pad and the backrest, so that the seat pad is at the correct angle compared to the backrest. The synchro mechanism is very simple to operator and widely used in many chairs, this is because the back and seat angles are quickly and simultaneously changeable. This allows posture changes for different activated such as keyboard work or reading. It is essential for the synchro mechanism to be locked in the correct position for the user so that is provide ultimate support. The synchro mechanism can also be locked in the upright position.

Seat Slide
Seat slide if the movement of the seat pad backwards and forwards in relation to the backrest to adjust the effectiveness of the seat pad depth for the user. Regardless of the users height, this enables the user to get the appropriate level of under-thigh support without restricting circulation. The sliding seat pad should make it easy to optimise the users own seat comfort and support.

Lumbar Pump
The lower part of the spine naturally curves inwards towards the belly. A lumbar back support helps to promote good posture by simply filling in the gap between the spine and the seat, supporting the natural inward curve of the lower back. Without a lumbar pump it is more difficult to maintain the correct posture and the lumbar spine and large muscles in the lower back have to work harder to support the proper curvature and alignment. Without a lumbar pump overtime the muscles in the back will tire and become weak which means the users natural tendency would be to slouch and or lean forward in the chair.

A headrest can be particularly helpful for users that need extra neck or head support such as users with back problems. A headrest allows the muscles to relax and it also improves blood flow. A headrest can be easily adjusted to the users needs which provides the right amount of support and in the correct place. Having a headrest on a chair also encourages the users to have the correct posture which reduces the risk of back pain when sitting at a desk.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Eradicating Office Irritants

If you have a think about the most common complaints that you hear around your office, what are they centered around? Ignoring some of the more trivial issues that somebody might have with the 'pen tapper' sat opposite them, or the 'loud chewer' to their left, problems always seem to arise from very avoidable issues with office equipment and layouts. Whether you just NEVER have enough space for all that paperwork you need to process, you KEEP kicking that CPU underneath your desk or if your chair simply does NOTHING for that bad back of yours... we know there'll nearly always be a simple and cost effective solution available.

Sometimes all you have to do is take a step back and think outside the box. One of the most invaluable inputs can often be an outsider's perspective, and this should be taken advantage of whenever it's on offer. Every office, every building and every problem is unique, and it can be quite easy to be blinkered to what is actually a very simple solution for your office.

A4 Blue Spot Verve
Use storage, lighting or monitor arms to make your desks highly ergonomic

Verve Imperial Sirius
Large desks and ample storage help to reduce clutter

We often hear people say that these problems are too trivial or minor to need sorting as a matter of urgency, but we've seen how these issues can fester and build into something much more severe. Our clients come to us with problems - both small and large - that are facing their business. They're on the hunt for the simplest solution that will have the greatest positive effect on their company and the way it operates on a day to day level.

Sometimes all it takes is the simplest of solutions to solve a small problem and prevent it from growing into something more significant. Sometimes, however, you might need a more dramatic overhaul to really get to the heart of the problem. This will provide you with the perfect opportunity to develop the overall layout or to introduce a new style into your office space. One major benefit of fully refurnishing your space in one go is that you can create a consistent style that will last - with guarantees of up to ten years available, you know you can rely on our furniture for years to come. You can also create a custom office space, using various desk shapes and sizes to suit your exact requirements we can create a custom office space that overcomes any of your issues and works for you and your business. Our free space planning and design service is incredibly popular - we can fully plan your office space to make sure you see the full picture and can design exactly how your office will work!
Verve Workspace space planning
Our space planning service allows you to create the perfect office

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Best of British

At Verve, we're incredibly proud to use almost exclusively British manufacturers. We find this has lots of benefits for everybody involved - some of which are obvious, and others maybe not so much. 

A4 Bluespot Desks
A4 Bench Style Desks are Modern and Stylish
The main beneficiaries of British manufacturers are inevitably our customers as the end user. You can have more flexible products on shorter lead times, and the quality is almost always to a much higher standard than most overseas factories. This is reflected in the warranties which come with the furniture as standard. Our UK made furniture nearly always carries a five year guarantee, and if there ever are any problems - which are rare, but can happen with moving parts on drawers and chairs etc. - they can be fixed by a factory engineer very quickly. 

One element that end users don't always consider is continuity, and this is another fantastic benefit of buying British. Imported furniture can vary from batch to batch, so if you buy furniture even a couple of months apart then there can be slight variations between the ranges. With our made to order British ranges you can guarantee absolute continuity, even years after an initial order, which allows you to have a beautifully matching office even if you don't kit it all out in one go.

M3 Bluespot Cantilever Desks
M3 Desks Feature a Cable Managed Frame
Bluespot Reflective storage
Reflective Storage with Light Olive fronts
Bluespot Relection storage
Reflecfive Storage with Burgundy Fronts

We've recently started working alongside a manufacturer based in the north of England who match our passion for great furniture and great service. We've introduced a number of new ranges which we know you'll love, and there are also a whole host of benefits that we can also offer beyond the above advantages:
  • Comes with a TEN YEAR guarantee as standard
  • The most popular sizes are kept in stock for immediate despatch
  • A huge range of additional sizes are made to order in under two weeks
  • Stylish gloss finishes are available from the Reflective storage range.
C3 bluespot Desks
Square Panel Base Corner Desks
These new ranges all offer fantastic style and are great value for money - whether you're after one desk or a full office fit out. The variety of available shapes and sizes allows you to fit out your entire office with matching furniture, no matter what limitations your office or working practices might have. This gives you excellent consistency and continuity throughout your space, and doesn't have to break the bank either!

If you need any further details about our new ranges, or indeed any of our older ones, then please just give us a call on 01604 217879, or email us on!

Friday, 2 May 2014

Keeping the Office Running Smoothly...

Monitor Arm Verve
Screen Mounted Monitor Arm
We all know what an office needs to operate; the basics that are required to make it function. Desks, chairs, computers, storage, telephones etc. are all very much an established part of the modern office, but what else can we bring in to make it run more smoothly, effectively and stylishly than it otherwise would?

There are some very basic additions which are essential for running an effective office space and have been going unnoticed and unappreciated for years. We're talking about desk divider screens, and they certainly do a lot more than just stop mess from spilling onto neighbouring desks! Noisy call centre environments in particular are prime candidates for upholstered screens, they operate as fantastic sound barriers and absorb any excess noise.

Pure Office Furniture Verve
Pure Desks with a Range of Accessories

There are plenty of less obvious things that you can also bring into your office to help make things operate as smoothly as possible. One of our most popular products in recent years has been monitor arms. They raise the monitor away from the desk top, either via a screen attachment or a desk clamp, and create a lighter and more open desk space beneath. The development of monitor arms has come on leaps and bounds in recent years as flat screen monitors have become more widely used in offices. With office space at such a premium, desks are getting smaller as more workers have to be fitted into the available space, and any methods of optimising desk space become worth their weight in gold (fortunately monitor arms are very light, so this doesn't price them off the market!).

Ambus Boardroom Table Cable Managed Verve
Ambus Boardroom Table, with Lift Out Cable Access Tiles
Effective cable management is also essential for keeping both a tidy and an operational office space. It's very difficult to keep your desk ship-shape and operational if there are cables everywhere, so finding a place to hide them away is very important. This can be done through the cable ports, a sliding top, cable trays, cable managed legs, or a combination of a few of these. Sliding tops are particularly useful for allowing regular access to plugs, and are especially popular for hot desks or IT workers. Additional power modules can also be put in cable trays, under sliding tops or beneath cable access tiles to allow a range of power/data sources to be fed throughout the office neatly and easily.

The range of accessories that are available in the modern office to make sure that it runs smoothly is fascinating. The requirements of offices have developed at such a rapid rate in recent years that accessories have had to keep up, and in some cases even outstrip the technological advances.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Sitting or Standing: the Great Debate

Gresham Height Adjustable
Gresham Crank Handle
It's become widely accepted in recent years that an office should be laid out a certain way. The basic structure generally consists of a desk, with a computer and phone of course, a little bit of personal storage and an operators chair. A new trend is developing however. Question marks are being raised about the long term future of the conventional office chair, and the standard heights of the desks that we use too. Whilst it'll never be suggested that seating should be entirely eradicated from our modern offices, the emphasis and the nature of this seating is shifting ever so slightly towards a healthier and more malleable office space.

iBench height adjustable
iBench Height Adjustable
Various health studies have found that cardiovascular and circulatory problems, and a vulnerability to diabetes, can develop over time if people are sat at their desk for too long. Whilst the quality and affordability of available seating has improved no end, this can never alleviate the risks entirely. Mobility around the office has been found to be very important for maintaining a good circulation, which in turn encourages a better attention span, creating an energetic, productive and healthy workplace. It's widely accepted however that standing desks aren't a practical permanent solution - which is the main drive behind the development of height adjustable desks.

Elite Height Adjustable
E-Lite Crank Handle
Height adjustable desks are being continually developed to be easier to use and cheaper to manufacture, which is making the concept of the standing height office a far more realistic one. There have been some fantastically designed height adjustable desks in recent years, but these are rarely cost effective enough to be practical for large scale offices. Likewise, there have been some very cheap ranges developed - but these are considered too impractical or time consuming to adjust, and are therefore not right for the wider office either. Once an effective compromise has been reached, we can see height adjustable desks being a mainstay in the majority of offices. After all, not all people are the same height - so why should all desks be at the same height?

Elite Height Adjustable
E-Lite Electric Adjustments
With the continuing development of the height adjustable desk, we're sure that the office of the (not too distant) future will be more flexible, healthier and more productive than ever before.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Office Storage: Getting it Right.

Creating a neat, tidy and organised office is essential for the smooth running of any business - and there are lots of factors which can determine how your office is run. Whilst the personnel running the office, and the systems that are in place are of course essential, it's also very important to consider the storage and filing that's available to them. An office needs to have the right amount of the right style of storage in order to run at maximum efficiency. Whatever you need, we'll have something available to suit!

Personal storage for each desk is important for encouraging every employee to keep their own desk neat and organised. Pedestal drawers, whether they're under the workstation or integral to the desk, help each worker to feel more at home whilst at work. They create a personal space, and somewhere to organise their paperwork and avoid cluttering the desk. Under desk pedestals can be mobile to allow greater flexibility in a malleable office, which are perfect for businesses which have a high staff turnover, large numbers of seasonal workers or hot desks. 

Two Door Cupboards
Standard cupboards are available in a variety of styles and sizes. They're particularly popular at desk height to create continuity throughout the office and a consistently practical worktop, but they're also available at full height, and plenty of sizes in between. A range of available internals and a wide choices of finishes make this basic style flexible to suit your space and your needs. 

Tambour Cupboards
Verve Cupboard
Tall Tambour Cupboard
If you're looking to introduce secure storage into a tight space, then tambour cupboards could be the perfect solution. The very nature of tambour doors means that they don't need a lot of space to open out. The full depth of the unit is used for storage, which allows you to maximise the use of a narrow area. Some people find that cupboard doors can get in the way if they're not closed properly, whereas tambour doors don't have any risk of that problem. 

Side Filers and filing cabinets are perfect for creating an organised and practical office space. Papers and brochures can be stored effectively and accessibly, with no risk of being lost or buried among piles of other things. Filers are where the users become just as important as the storage itself: we can provide you with the best filing storage imaginable, but unless everybody adheres to the system in place then they won't go very far!

With office space at a premium, made to measure and fitted storage is becoming ever more popular. You can make the most of every nook and cranny within your office by tailoring the storage to fit, and it's often far more cost effective than people expect. You can cherry pick the types of storage you need in your office too: whether you need pigeon holes, roll out filing, suspension frames, fixed shelves or anything else - we can design you a cupboard to suit. 

This is only a 'whistle stop guide' to the office storage that's on offer. Beyond the standard ranges, dedicated teams of specials designers are also on hand to put together fresh ideas to suit any unique needs that you might have. Ultimately, whilst we're always on hand to advise about what storage is most effective, you're the person that knows your business best, so please let us know about any specific requirements that you have.

Verve Storage Imperial
A Selection of Available Storage