Workspace consultancy 360Degrees recently designed and installed a dedicated customer area for Derby technology firm CommonTime. The refurbishment to the newly leased ground floor of their existing premises ensures a professional welcome for visitors as CommonTime’s business grows.
Derby has the fastest growing economy in the UK and technology is one of the city’s biggest claims to fame. As well as being home to global names in innovation such as Rolls-Royce and Bombardier, it is also where hi-tech firms like CommonTime are driving the future of business.
CommonTime develops bespoke mobile applications to help businesses improve everything from customer service to productivity. Based in Pride Park in Derby, CommonTime already occupied two floors of its current building. When the ground floor tenants moved out, CommonTime seized the chance to expand.
With a diverse customer base and new opportunities emerging all the time, CommonTime wanted to stamp its mark on the building to capture visitors’ attention. The ground floor transformation gives CommonTime a dedicated customer area, including a reception, meeting and training rooms.
“We’re a rapidly growing business, so it’s great to be able to expand into the ground floor. The additional space is used to focus entirely on customers. This gives us more space upstairs for product development and greater flexibility as we grow,” commented Dean Bates, Head of Design at Commontime.
“Our services are mostly business to business, so it’s important that the design reflects our professionalism – but we wanted to balance that with a sense of personality, too.
“360Degrees brought some great ideas for refreshing the space in a way that matches our brand. The design has a clean, contemporary look and feel, with splashes of colour.”
The refurbishment includes a bespoke reception area, rooms for meetings and training and a staff kitchen. 360Degrees also put together combinations of furniture and fittings to add vibrancy to the settings.
“Feedback from customers and the CommonTime team has been great. Employees like the open, spacious feel that 360Degrees has brought to the ground floor.
“The kitchen is proving a popular place for people to spend time and they’re even using it as an informal workspace for break-out meetings.