A New World of Working
The ongoing pandemic has created an enforced regime of home-working. As many firms have found, use of effective technology still enables the business community to continue operating relatively unimpeded. Roles that were previously office-based have become hybrid roles with social distancing limiting face to face meetings to only those required. Following a reduction in restrictions, team members, for the most part, have chosen to remain working from home, willingly giving up the office commute for a better work/life balance. As a company founded with remote-working technologies at its core, this is nothing new for a majority of our team. However the recent shift towards non-office-based work prompted us to challenge the purpose of our office space facilities.
Fundamental to the success of our team is the environment we create for their personal success and development. Different individuals have differing expectations, and a one-size fits all approach to working no longer fits, particularly when trying to attract and retain talent. Those team members at the beginning of their career path need work space that they may not have at home and greater social interaction. Those team members that are more established in their roles wanted flexibility, work-life balance and the freedom to manage the outcomes they are tasked with delivering. Across the group, the common theme was the need for a collaboration space. Space for project meetings with colleagues. Space for meetings with customers and prospects. Space to interact and learn from other team members.
Following staff consultation, we are pleased to announce the relocation of our UK Head Office from central London to Keele University's Science and Innovation Park.
David Watson, Concentric's Managing Director commented,
" This move opens up exciting opportunities for our company to work with a leading university in our drive to empower our staff and develop better business solutions for our customers. In a world that is ever more interconnected, complex and dynamic, the ability to learn faster than the competiton is as important to our firm as it is to our customers. "
Our Keele office is our new learning and development hub and will be supplemented with flexible, serviced office facilities in London to ensure customer and team meetings can continue to convene in the city. Like Keele, our German office move last year to premises in the University District of Munich is intended to enable access to new talent, learning programmes and local technology initiatives.
Keele University Science and Innovation Park
Keele University is situated near Newcastle-Under-Lyme in North Staffordshire, with motorway and mainline rail links close by and easy access to regional airports. The university campus is the largest in the UK with faculties specialising in medical and health research (including ongoing COVID-19 programmes), sustainable energy research, computing, artificial intelligence, law and business studies. The Business Gateway programme facilitates learning and technology development initatives that promote business growth in partnership with the university and its highly regarded business school.
We are delighted to have secured office space in the Science and Innovation Park, and see our move to the Staffordshire countryside as a commitment to learning and a commitment to grow our team from a pool of qualified university talent.
For visitors to the Science and Innovation Park, overnight accommodation will soon be available in the recently built Marriott Hotel on site.
We look forward to welcoming customers, partners and team members to our new office.
Concentric Solutions UK & Ireland
Innovation Centre 1
Keele University Science Park
How to Find Us
If you are visiting the Science and Innovation Park, please reference directions and travel information on the Keele University website: Where is Keele?