Magenta on tour: Workplace Week New York 2019

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Last week, our director Jo Sutherland crossed the Atlantic to lend her support to Workplace Week New York, a five-day series of tours and fringe events that showcase some of the city’s best workplaces. It’s only the second time Magenta client Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA) has run this event in the Big Apple, but it’s already creating lots of buzz …

Magenta opens new London office

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The Magenta team has opened a new London base to complement its Brighton office. The company will be based out of Workplace House in Clerkenwell, a collaboration between several different organisations bringing together the best workplace furniture, interiors, technology ­– and now PR – in one agile showroom The move coincides with Magenta’s eighth anniversary. “I’m delighted to become part …

EFMC12 proves to be a Smörgåsbord of European facilities management

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The food at last week’s EFMC 2012 neatly summed up the conference itself.  Serrano ham and chorizo from Spain; Nordic coalfish; Italian salamis; Danish brie from the host country; French wine; German rye bread; and even the beleaguered Greeks got a look-in with bowls of tempting Greek salad all consumed over a diet of the English language. It was a …

Down to the wire

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Having a good old rant about my dire, yet fortunately temporary, WiFi access yesterday I realised how crucial wireless access is to our working lives, especially if you’re a mobile worker. Responding to my woes on Twitter Adrian McNeece argued that WiFi’s rapidly becoming an essential utility like power or water. I’d argue that it’s even more fundamental, at least …

Doesn’t Boris Johnson need to chill out anymore?

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What a shame that London mayor Boris Johnson has bowed to pressure and axed two so-called “chill-out” spaces at City Hall. The report in today’s FM World Daily claims that the business lounges where staff can read, eat and hold informal meetings are being removed to make way for more desks. The “chill-out” spaces have caused controversy because of the …

Where not to work

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New technology and flexible working mean that 21st century workers can find themselves setting up a temporary office almost anywhere.  But while some locations make for a perfect laptop stop, others can be testing encounters: The bus Unlike the generally smooth-running inter-city train, London buses lurch from side to side, fly over speed bumps and take corners on two wheels …

Things you rarely see in the 2011 office

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Despite renowned architect Frank Duffy claiming that the modern office is on its way out, it remains the base for the majority of people from 9 til 5. But new ways of working combined with new technology have made obsolete pieces of furniture that were, until recently, stalwarts in the office – and home. 1. The Desk Experts (read consultants) …

Why the train is the new office

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There’s a certain romance to travelling by train. Even if you’re heading out of London’s Euston for the Facilities Show at Birmingham’s NEC as I am this week, there’s a distant echo of more glamorous journeys taken on the Orient Express. There are quiet lounges to sit in if you choose to arrive early for your train, or unlike planes …