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Tec Marina founder, Chris Griffiths, shares why a creative workspace is worth the investment

Inspiring workspace, Tec Marina

Last week, our founder, Chris Griffiths, shared his experience of designing Tec Marina with those attending the Inspiring New Workspaces event that took place in St. Donat’s Castle.

So, with a growing software company already established, why did Chris decide to take the plunge and set up Tec Marina? He shares his three main motivations with us below…

A more engaged workforce
A huge thing for me was to create a space that promoted employee engagement. Happier and more productive employees are more engaged in their work. When employees are happy with their work environment, they are more likely to remain with the company for longer, reduce their number of sick days and feel proud of their organisation. A Havard Business Review investigation found that a happy workplace results in 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales and 37% higher creativity levels. This is something that every Tec Marina company has benefited from.

Encouraging collaboration
In a space like Tec Marina, employees feel encouraged to get to know their co-workers and employees of neighbour companies. Spaces like our communal gym and games room not only boost productivity and wellness but can lead to the cross-pollination of ideas between departments, organisations and industries. This was a huge motivation for us, it’s exciting to see different companies working with and learning from one another.

Driving innovation
My lifelong passion is innovation. And environments like Tec Marina are built to foster it. Innovative ideas rarely emerge from behind a desk. We give companies a chance to give their employees the flexibility and space to relax, play and get fit. This kind of environment gives them the thinking space to spark creative connections between thoughts. New ideas are then fed back into each business.

If you are interested in bringing your business and team to Tec Marina, call us today on 029 2167 8391. We would love to show you our available spaces and introduce you to our friendly community.

A Workplace Defibrillator for Tec Marina

AED sign

At Tec Marina we are committed to providing a happy, healthy and safe working environment for all our residents, and this week saw the arrival of the building’s very own defibrillator.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest. The chances of surviving a cardiac arrest are increased if emergency treatment is given as soon as possible. Almost half of all casualties are successfully resurrected when defibrillation is given in the first four minutes of the person collapsing – so having a defibrillator in the workplace will certainly increase survival chances.

13 Tec Marina residents have undergone training on how to use the defibrillator, to give them the confidence to provide a speedy response in emergency situations.

Red Nose Day at Tec Marina

RND

On Friday 24th March, we joined in the fun taking place around the country for Red Nose Day. Nothing gets Tec Marina’s atrium more full than the temptation of cake and table tennis tournaments, and our Red Nose Day had the two in abundance. We played sweep-stake games, ran ping pong competitions, and held a delicious bake sale. The total money raised around the UK on this year’s Red Nose Day is stand at a whopping £73,026,234 so far – and this figure is still rising! All donations will be put towards transforming lives across the UK and the world’s poorest communities. A great cause, and another fun day at Tec Marina.

Watch this year’s Red Nose Day highlights below:

ITV Cymru Wales Away Day at Tec Marina

Last Saturday, we were very excited to welcome ITV Cymru Wales to Tec Marina for their annual company away day. The aim of the day was to set goals and spark ideas for the year ahead. Bringing their team together on a Saturday, meant that it was even more important to set the tone for a fun, engaging and inspiring day – and they felt this was exactly what Tec Marina could offer.

With nearly 100 people in attendance, ITV took over Tec Marina’s Atrium for talks, team building exercises, and interactive quizzes. They made use of our Upper and Lower Boathouse meeting rooms for break-out workshops, and challenged each other to games of ping-pong and air hockey in our Games Room.

Feedback from the event was extremely positive, with lots of comments on the creative and engaging environment that Tec Marina provides. ITV’s Planning Editor, Sarah Drew, said, “‘Tec Marina hosted the ITV Cymru Wales’ Away Day and I was delighted with the service they provided. It’s a great space, and all the staff were incredibly helpful and went out of their way to make it a successful day for us.”

It was a pleasure to host ITV and to work alongside their fantastic team throughout the preparation for the event; they are welcome back anytime. We hope they took away lots of bright ideas and feel ready for a successful 2017!

Keep an eye on our Twitter page for more images from the day.

If you are looking for somewhere a little different to bring your team or entire company together, get in touch with a member of our Tec Marina team on contact@tecmarina.com or call 02921 678 391.

ITV Away Day

 

Tec Marina Bootcamp – Week 1

Train together

On Monday, we started the week off right with our very first Tec Marina bootcamp session. Personal Trainer, Matt Bowring, took a group of 14 Tec Marina residents into our gym for a lunchtime fitness fix.

As this was the first session out of 8, we partnered up and went through some tough fitness tests, including timed cardio, press-ups and sit ups. We noted down our scores and will be using these as a starting point to track our progress over the next 8 weeks. Fitness tests out of the way, Coach Matt then made the decision to inflict some serious pain on the Tec Marina bootcampers with a group squatting session, and we certainly felt the burn.

Squats

But the pain will not be stopping there. Each bootcamper has been set some weekly homework. 2 x 20-min workouts are to be completed by everyone before next Monday. No excuses are valid when you have a gym in the same building as your office.

Session over, high fives all round, and time to hit the showers. Despite the wobbly legs, the afternoon saw a peak in motivation with lots of post workout endorphins floating around the place.

With a full house already booked for next Monday, we’re looking forward to seeing how far we can progress as a group over the next 8 weeks – Go team!

Health and well-being are high on the agenda at Tec Marina, and that’s why we want to offer sessions like these to our residents for no extra cost. Follow our progress over on our Twitter page.

Games Room of Thrones

Casual Friday for Jon Snow...

Casual Friday for Jon Snow…

 

A cold, cruel wind sweeps across the atrium. Honour is at stake. As the Kingdoms of Tec Marina brace themselves for battle, a solitary rallying cry echoes through the building…

’Table’s free!’

They converge at the doorway of the hallowed space like men possessed.

This is the Tec Marina Games Room…

It’s safe to say that our Games Room, complete with Table Tennis, Pool, retro video games and Air Hockey, has proved immensely popular amongst our residents. Not only a place to relax, chat and catch up with co-workers, it seems to have brought about a resurgence of that most primitive of human instincts.

Competition!

A winner is coming......

A winner is coming……

 

Having a competitive nature often has negative connotations, but the truth is that it needn’t be an indicator of the ruthless need to get ahead! In fact, in recent studies, psychologists have claimed that it’s important for us to get comfortable with and embrace our competitive feelings. These feelings we are told, are indications of what we want and by knowing what we want, we can get to know ourselves.

Healthy recognition of our competitive streaks, even during a friendly game of table tennis at work, often means we have respect for our opponent and beating them has meant that we have channeled our feelings into motivating ourselves to focus and work harder in order to do so. This go get em’ attitude doesn’t end at the table though. After a vigorous and fiercely competitive knock about at lunch, we are often more productive for the remainder of the day!

So long live the Games Room and may the dynastic battle for the Iron Throne of Tec Marina continue!

The benefits of serviced office and co-working space at Tec Marina

Deciding where to house your business is a big decision and can often seem like a daunting step. On the surface, serviced offices can seem like an expensive option. However, in reality serviced office space, like Tec Marina, can prove very cost effective for small, fast growing businesses.

Here are 5 reasons serviced office space can benefit your business:

One single monthly bill.

At Tec Marina, we provide our serviced office and co-working residents with one single monthly bill. This bill includes business rates, heating costs, utilities, building maintenance, cleaning, unlimited hot drinks and use of our gym. We pride ourselves on having no nasty hidden fees. Having one, inclusive bill delivered to you every month makes managing your finances simple, and gives you a clear view of your monthly outgoings. It just makes life that little bit easier and that’s what we all want.

The professional image your company deserves.

Sure, running your business from home can mean less overheads. However, one of the main benefits of renting serviced office space is that it provides your company with a real, professional image. No more meeting clients in coffee shops or restaurants. At Tec Marina, our friendly team will welcome your guest and you can hold your meeting in one of our Atrium’s relaxed seating areas. Or, if you are really trying to impress, you may want to hire our one of our meeting rooms.

We do all the housework.

Running a business requires a lot of energy and undivided focus. You don’t want to be washing the dishes or thinking about changing a lightbulb. Your time needs to be spent achieving your goals, not cleaning up after your team. At Tec Marina, our friendly facilities crew keeps the building looking spick and span so you can focus on what’s important – taking your company to the next level.

Ready-made inspiring environment.

Lots of business owners dream of working from an environment that inspires and spurs creativity. However, transforming your regular office into a productive and positive space takes time and money. At Tec Marina, we have done the hard work for you. We’ve created a workspace that makes our residents love coming to work. We’ve added perks like an on-site gym and a games room to give our residents the best possible working day. Our Atrium is the perfect break out area with live walls and ambient background noises. Running your business from a space like Tec Marina, will improve employee happiness and attract top candidates when you recruit for the next role.

Meeting rooms and event facilities.

We have 8 different meeting and event rooms at Tec Marina. From our creative Snugs to our large Deck studio, these spaces can be used for big product launches or relaxed brainstorming sessions. Booking is simple and each room can be hired by the hour, half day or full day. No more phoning around uninspiring hotels to book a lifeless conference room. Impress your clients without the fuss of cross-city travel and invite them to your business’ innovative home.

With the above benefits taken in to consideration, serviced office space is a great, cost effective and flexible option for any small, growing business. Tec Marina makes renting commercial space as seamless as possible and leaves you to concentrate on what matters most – growing your business.

If you are ready to make the move into serviced office space that’s as creative and forward-thinking as you and your business, get in touch with our team today.

 

 

 

Greener Tec Marina

Being hot on innovation and creativity is one thing, but we are also doing all we can to do our bit for the environment and make Tec Marina a little bit greener than your usual workspaces.

It may not be the most beautiful from the outside, but we are proud to have taken over an old redundant building that may otherwise have fallen into disrepair. Breathing new life into an old building reduces waste and definitely has a more positive impact on the surrounding environment.

This building may have been here for a long time, but Tec Marina has been kitted out with modern, state of the art fixtures and fittings that make this place as eco-friendly as possible.

The building has been designed to make the most of natural light with large windows and skylights in the roof. Our windows and doors are aluminium double glazed with a low emissions inner pane. When natural light just isn’t enough, we have LED, motion sensor lights so you don’t have to worry about switching the lights off if you’re the last one to leave.

Air conditioning and effective heating is something that we wanted to offer our residents, however some models can consume a lot of energy. We invested in a state of the art Mitsubishi system with reduced CO2 emissions and a seasonal efficiency increase of 33%. Being in Wales, we are rarely blessed with tropical climates and so our air conditioning is completely optional for each room.

Being close to cycle paths, walking routes and a train station, there are plenty of ways residents can avoid bringing their car to work. Having premium shower facilities on site will mean keen cyclists, runners or ramblers can sweat it out on the way to work, then freshen up before knuckling down. You can check out local cycle routes here thanks to Sustrans.

We have future plans to invest further in our sustainable workspace. These plans include installing solar panels, a charging point for electric vehicles and Greener Tec Marina events such as, “Cycle to Work Day”.

We have incorporated numerous eco-friendly solutions to lessen our impact on the environment and to create a sustainable, healthier workspace for our residents. If you are interested in office, co-working or event/meeting space that can support your efforts to become a little bit greener, then get in touch with our Tec Marina team.

Get more out of your meeting – take it offsite

According to studies, employees spend 31 hours in unproductive meetings and most employees are attending up to 62 meetings a month. These wasted hours have a negative effect on the productivity and morale of an organisation. Taking the time to plan an offsite meeting can have significant benefits for businesses and employees and here are some reasons why:

Increases Productivity

When planning an offsite meeting, extra thought must go into the agenda, the attendees and the running time. With most meeting rooms being hired by the hour, meetings are forced to run on time and in an efficient manner. Being offsite, employees tend to be more focused as they are not distracted by daily tasks.

Encourages Creativity

Remaining in the same old surroundings makes it difficult to break free and become inspired. Being in a new location will break habits and put people in a creative mind-set. Employees are more likely to collaborate and spark ideas off one another.  This relaxed environment is an ideal place for companies to brainstorm and come up with innovative ideas.

Provides Newer Technology

Your usual meeting room may be fine for quick catch up meetings, but why restrict yourselves? Offsite meeting rooms usually provide access to newer technology. Meeting rooms at Tec Marina come with touchscreens fitted with Mind Mapping software, perfect for large presentations and idea sharing.

Develops Teamwork

Offsite meetings give employees a chance to build relationships face-to-face rather than over email. Sharing travel to the meeting, sitting next to someone new and swapping ideas in a non-territorial environment can increase camaraderie and create a more cohesive organisation.

Boosts Morale

Who doesn’t enjoy a change of scenery? An offsite meeting feels exciting and indulgent and can make employees feel valued. This boost of morale and positive energy can often be a source of productivity and creativity throughout the meeting.

Tec Marina has various sized meeting, event and training rooms available to hire. Each room has its own touchscreen and comes with access to unlimited hot drinks. We have worked hard to create an inspiring environment that will help you get the most out of your meetings. So whether your a large organisation looking for a change of professional scenery, or a small business needing a bit more space, download our brochure or get in touch here contact@tecmarina.com for more information.

Office perks – Coffee in the workplace

Coffee is a big deal.

It is the most popular beverage in the world and is a key part of most people’s daily routines. Having access to good quality coffee in the workplace is an office perk that most employees would struggle to live without.

In the past, coffee breaks may have been seen as a poor use of an employee’s time. However, in more recent years it has been proven that there is a direct link between good coffee and the productivity of an organisation. Complimentary, bean-to-cup coffee is an affordable way for a company to recognise and reward its hardworking employees and for them to feel valued by the organisation.

Here are 2 big reasons why we have invested in top-quality coffee machines that are free for Tec Marina residents to use:

Increased productivity – Coffee breaks have a proven positive effect on productivity levels in the workplace. A break from the computer screen gives a worker the chance to recharge their battery, destress and avoid burnout. As a stimulant, coffee has the ability to improve mental alertness, energy levels and endurance, keeping employees focused for longer.

Let’s get social ­ – In Sweden, the word “Fika” is used to describe an informal coffee break. These breaks can happen any time of day as often as required, and are seen as important social events used to help keep up morale and boost group spirit. A coffee break with fellow colleagues, a manager or clients is the ideal setting for a bit of relaxed relationship building. Not only can you spark ideas off one another, but this caffeine-fuelled bonding session will help improve office culture and inter-employee relationships.

So bosses, if you are looking for an affordable way to keep staff happy and motivated, keep those coffee machines fully loaded. And I’m not talking about those coffee vending machines with the white plastic cups; quality is everything. Providing unlimited, quality coffee to staff is an easy way to show that an organisation cares about its employees’ well-being and happiness and contributes to creating the best kind of working environment.

Tec Marina has invested in 2 premium bean-to-cup coffee machines that will produce the highest standard of hot drinks for residents. If all-you-can-drink, top quality coffee is an office perk you and your team would appreciate then get in touch for more details about our brand new office space.