Planning an office makeover?

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We often invest a lot of time (and large amounts of money!) decorating and redecorating our home, to get it looking and functioning just right. It is much less common, however, to put the same level of thought into our workspace. Considering that many of us spend upwards of 40 hours a week in the office, it is worth investing time to create a nice, relaxing and motivating space in which to work.

When you’re at the height of productivity and the work is flowing, it can be easy to keep your head down and forget everything else around you. However, on those days where things aren’t going quite so smoothly, your happiness, motivation and productivity could all be negatively affected by the unkempt office environment around you.

Perhaps your office just seems a bit run down, suffering under everyday wear and tear: worn out carpet, peeling wallpaper, dents in the walls. All of this can make your office feel dated and in need of a serious makeover. It could be that the company has undergone some hard times and needs to downsize to a smaller premises, or maybe the opposite is true and you are relocating to a bigger building. Whatever the reason, you will want to make sure that your office makeover goes as smoothly as possible.

The amount of preparation and assistance you will need when redecorating your office will depend on the size of your office and extent of the makeover. Whatever you need, Pickfords offers a range of business services to help you through your transition.

Whether you need help with reorganising your workplace, packing and moving your equipment, storage or recycling services for your excess furniture, or assistance with employee relocation, Pickfords can help. Visit our website to find out more.

How to ensure the successful relocation of your company’s IT systems

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Moving business premises is never easy, is it?

There’s just so much to remember, and at the same time it’s important to try and maintain your professional profile, availability and company image.

If your company prides itself on being available 24/7, transferring your IT systems is one of the most crucial challenges. It’s a complex process, and a successful transfer can be vital to the continued success of your business.

As with anything important, relocating your company’s IT systems takes very careful planning, and you’ll need to know that your move is going to be proactively managed rather than reactively supported.

Create a Business Continuity Plan

The earlier you start planning your office relocation, the greater chance you have of making sure your business is not disrupted too much during the move.

This is especially important when installing new telephone and ISDN lines that have fixed lead times. Conduct a risk analysis before the move and make sure your business is not left without essential connectivity.

Ensure all your equipment is safely and securely shut down, relocated, and up–and-running again as soon as you need it to be. Make sure it’s also restorable in the event of delays or failed network connections.

If there is cabling in your new building, it might not be fitted to a suitable standard. Moving is a great opportunity to upgrade your IT systems, so have a look into this in the months before.

Phone lines also need careful consideration. Check what speed of broadband is available and that your new premises have a sufficient power supply. Again, this is where forward planning is key; use the move as an opportunity to shop around for the best phone providers or packages and order telephone connections as soon as possible.

Why not take the opportunity to assess your current setup, too? Consider: how many lines and handsets do you need? Can you keep your current phone numbers? Do you need voicemail or a call answering service? How will you let people know about your new numbers?

Finally, it’s always best to get the experts in for any relocation so you can rest assured that everything will go smoothly.

Pickfords’ IT relocation experts will work with your internal department or appointed supplier to ensure a seamless move and minimise the disruption and downtime of your business.

Our team begin the process by compiling user data information and testing your systems prior to disconnection. They then plan the phasing of the re-connection of your IT and telecoms equipment in line with your departmental and business needs too.

Pickfords Business Moving also has packing materials that have been specially designed for IT relocation projects to ensure the safe transit of your systems.

Other services include:

  • PC disconnection and re-connection services
  • Server and data storage relocations
  • Network patching and auditing services
  • Portable appliance testing
  • Cable management

It’s vital that your business doesn’t suffer just because you’re moving premises. With Pickfords, you can rest assured that your company or business relocation is in safe hands from start to finish.

Pickfords supports relocation project for Glenfield Hospital

Pickfords was contracted earlier this year by Leicester NHS Hospitals Trust to handle the relocation of the Respiratory Medicine departmental laboratory at Glenfield Hospital to its new home at the Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit.

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The Respiratory Specialties, Clinical Immunology and Allergy Business Unit at Glenfield Hospital provides specialised services for investigation and treatment of patients with respiratory conditions from Leicestershire, Rutland and the surrounding areas.  The Department has developed rapidly over the last decade and is the only respiratory facility for the 1m people living in the district served.

With a complex move planned involving relocation to the second floor of the new building, Pickfords Business Solutions was asked to develop a bespoke solution to move equipment including fume cabinets, glass-lined sample cabinets, and ten freezers and fridges weighing up to 400kg each. These last units could not be transported via the stairs owing to their size, so the team constructed a specialised external scaffold and crane to deliver them to the second floor.

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The move itself was handled in two phases with the fridges and freezers removed and sited in the new facility, allowing clinical staff to transport samples to the new site promptly. The remainder of the equipment was transferred by the Pickfords team people and sited according to a newly-developed floor plan, maximising space and efficiencies in the new site.