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Why should I choose an office in Cardiff?

View of offices in Cardiff city centre from castle grounds

When searching for an office in the UK for your startup, London might be the first and most obvious choice – but is it necessarily the best one for your business? If you’re keen to reap the benefits of being based in a bustling city centre, but want to forgo the increased competition, high costs and busy commutes that being in London brings with it, then the Welsh capital of Cardiff is a great alternative city to set up a business.

Since being crowned the capital of Wales in 1955, Cardiff has become one of the coolest places to live in Britain, with it being placed at number 7 on Condé Nast Traveller’s ranking of the best UK cities in 2020 – and this is due to factors such as its great restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and the friendliness of the locals. Cardiff is also a blossoming tech centre that attracts exciting new businesses and hungry young talent from all over the UK, making it an exciting place for modern companies to put down their roots.

However, if you need more convincing of why this small but mighty city is such a great place to live, work and play, check out our round-up of the top reasons why you should choose to set up your office in Cardiff below.

It has great transport links

Thanks to its more compact size (being considerably smaller than other popular UK cities, such as London, Birmingham and Edinburgh), it’s extremely easy to get around Cardiff. Many of its key attractions are a short journey from each other (such as the main city centre and Cardiff Bay), plus there are regular bus and train services, and a total of 20 railway stations located in the city for those that don’t drive. There’s also plenty of cycle routes – in fact, Cardiff was named the best city for cyclists in a poll last year.

View of Cardiff city centre from the bay

Based in South Wales, Cardiff is also a great commuter city if you do need to travel to London or other key towns and cities in the UK. It’s actually located on the M4 corridor, which connects the fellow Welsh city of Swansea to Cardiff, as well as Newport, Bristol, Bath, Reading, Swindon, London and other popular business and tech hubs.

There’s a lot to see and do

Life is never boring in Cardiff, with it being famed for its fantastic choice of shops and attractions to visit, such as the Museum of Cardiff, Cardiff Castle and St Fagans – and this isn’t forgetting its many great restaurants, coffee shops, and cocktail bars! As well as all your favourite chains that you’d expect to see in the city, from Costa Coffee and Starbucks, to Bill’s and Miller and Carter, there are some great independent eateries dotted around the city too. So, whether your staff are looking for a place to grab lunch quickly, have after-work drinks together, or even hold a casual meeting, there’s plenty of options to choose from nearby.

It’s full of green spaces

For an urban city, Cardiff is surprisingly green – which is good news as living and working near parks and other green spaces have been proven to boost our health and happiness by giving us places to exercise and socialise in the fresh air. Not only that, but plants also reduce pollution. Sophia Gardens, Roath Park, Bute Park and Llandaff Fields are just some of the beautiful parks located in the city – there’s also the popular Cardiff Marina and Taff Trail which are perfect for your employees to take a casual stroll or run along during their lunch break.

View of river and greenery in Cardiff park

It has a wide talent pool

Despite its relatively small size, there are a number of universities with campuses in the city of Cardiff, including Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of Wales – and around 70,000 students study at these institutions. With many individuals choosing to settle down in the town or city of their university after graduating, or even completing work placements at local companies alongside their studies, Wales’ capital city has plenty of hungry young talent to help you grow your business.

As a matter of fact, Meanwhile Creative reported last year that 48% of Cardiff’s population (69% of which are of working age) are qualified to NVQ4+. This is not only higher than the average for the rest of Wales (at 35.15%), but the rest of the UK (which is 38.4%). Cardiff was ranked 36 out of 90 cities in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2018.

Why choose our serviced offices in Cardiff?

Being just a short drive, train journey or cycle ride away from Cardiff’s city centre, our home of Tec Marina in Penarth is the perfect location for any startup that wants to experience any of the benefits of being a new business in Wales’ thriving, talent-filled capital city.

Located on the outskirts of Cardiff, next to the stunning Penarth Marina, Tec Marina offers great views, as well as fully furnished offices complete with 1Gb fibre-optic broadband and reliable IT support, rentable meeting rooms, an onsite gym, colourful kitchens fully stocked with all the tea and coffee your team could want, a spacious atrium, and a friendly reception team that are here to help you with anything you need.

bird's-eye view of the atrium in Tec Marina's Cardiff offices

Our building is also compliant with current COVID-19 guidelines to help keep our residents and visitors safe, has secure onsite bike racks, and is near a free public car park and Cogan railway station, making it extremely easy for commuters.

Want to book a free viewing or simply find out more about our current available office space in Cardiff? Email us at contact@tecmarina.com or give us a call on 02921 678391.

How to encourage a healthy workplace

Woman stretching outside

With the vaccination rollout currently in full swing throughout the UK and plenty of buzz being generated about how Wales might exit lockdown once and for all, many of us are hopeful that our employees will soon be able to return to the office in the near future – in some capacity, at least. Although there is still some time to go, preparing early will ensure that nothing gets missed when it comes to creating a safe and healthy workplace.

Obviously, your first priority before your employees return to the office should be checking that it is compliant with any new COVID-19 measures that are in place during that time. However, you should also be actively taking other steps to encourage your workplace to be more healthy. This isn’t just in terms of your team members’ physical health, but their mental well-being too.

In fact, even if you and your employees haven’t been directly affected by the virus, it’s likely that the pandemic has still affected your mental and physical health. With gyms and leisure centres being closed for much of the past year, many of us are exercising less – and although people in Wales are allowed to leave the house for exercise in lockdown, motivation to do so remains low for many of us.

In fact, there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate the negative effect the pandemic is having on the mental health of many people, with one study in the UK concluding that between spring 2018 and spring 2020, rates of mental distress in the general population increased from 18.8% to 27.3%.

So, what steps can you take to encourage a healthy workplace not just in lockdown, but when your staff have returned to the office for good?

Promote healthy eating

A shared fruit bowl might be out of the window right now (especially if your team is still working remotely), but that doesn’t mean that you still can’t encourage them to swap the biscuits with a healthier alternative! There are a number of services you can use to get healthy snack boxes sent directly to your employees while they work from home. This is sure to be appreciated by staff who will feel valued and as though their company has gone the extra mile to look after their general health and well-being.

Close-up of fruit bowl

Encourage workers to stand more

Whether people are working from home or in the office, it’s not uncommon for many to feel guilty for stepping away from their desk too often during the working day. Despite this, health experts have stressed for many years that you shouldn’t remain seated for too long (as a matter of fact, the maximum amount of time should be a period of 30 minutes). With this in mind, you should be educating your workforce on the importance of stretching their legs, making it clear that they should be taking regular breaks throughout the working day to do so – even if this is only to walk to the kettle and back!

Get your workforce exercising!

Although this tip may be difficult to put into practice currently, offering discounted (or even free) gym memberships to your employees won’t just help them to feel appreciated, but because you have contributed towards their membership, they will be more inclined to visit the gym and get active. However, if this just isn’t feasible for your business right now, another great option is to allocate a set amount of time (such as one afternoon each month) for workers to focus on their fitness. This could be used to go for a solo walk, run or bike ride, or even to exercise with others on their team (if this is permitted by social distancing rules, of course)!

Onsite gym at Tec Marina's serviced offices

Check-in with employees regularly

Isolation and plans being cancelled due to the pandemic aren’t the only things that can have a negative effect on the mental health of your workers. Factors such as unmanageable workloads, unrealistic deadlines and feeling as though they don’t have a great relationship with those they work with can all lead to stress – and ultimately, burnout – which isn’t great for anyone’s health. Particularly during this difficult time, managers should be arranging regular one on one meetings with their team members to check how they’re feeling and whether they need any additional help and support. This can be done in person or a video call, depending on what the COVID-19 guidelines are at that time.

Offer ‘mental health days’

If someone on your team wasn’t able to focus on their work due to feeling physically unwell, you wouldn’t ask them to work regardless – so why shouldn’t the same rule apply when it comes to how they feel mentally? After all, sometimes, we simply can’t face the day – and that’s perfectly okay. This is why more and more organizations are now allocating a certain number of days (which are completely separate from their regular annual leave allowances) for their staff to take the day off and focus on themselves when needed. If possible, this is something your company should be offering too.

Looking to relocate for your team’s return to the office?

Choosing the right working environment can have a substantial effect on your employees’ health and well-being, making them happier and more productive. So, before they make their formal return to the office (whether full-time or part-time), could now be the perfect time to relocate to a new office that your team will love spending their time in?

Boat in Tec Marina atrium

If you’re looking for a new office in South Wales, Tec Marina (located near the beautiful Penarth Marina) is designed to inspire creativity and well-being. As well as having a free onsite gym for all residents to use, secured bike storage, colourful kitchens with all the free tea and coffee you could want, and a bright, open atrium with plenty of room to relax and hold meetings, our offices are fully serviced and furnished with everything you need. We have also taken all the necessary steps required to keep our residents and visitors safe from COVID-19, such as making it easy to adhere to social distancing guidelines, putting up screens between the seating in our atrium and installing automatic hand sanitising stations throughout the building.

Want to find out more about Tec Marina or book a viewing with a member of our team? Give us a call on 02921 678391 or email us at contact@tecmarina.com.

Office space available in Cardiff: Why choose Tec Marina?

Looking for the perfect office in Cardiff to relocate your team? Maybe you’re a start-up looking for its very first office space to call your own? Whatever the case may be, we have some great news… Tec Marina now has a number of serviced offices available to rent which are equipped with all the facilities you need to help you keep your employees happy, healthy and motivated!

Offering bright and spacious breakout areas, fully-equipped offices and exciting facilities such as a free on-site gym for residents, Tec Marina is the perfect home for forward-thinking businesses to reach their goals and become part of a wonderful community. Located in Penarth Marina, just outside of Cardiff, you can get inspired and impress your guests with the stunning scenery, while never being too far from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

We are also complying with current COVID-19 guidelines set out by the Welsh government to keep our residents feeling safe. Tec Marina has plenty of room to allow for social distancing and the building is regularly cleaned to a high standard.

Whether you’re a one-man-band or your company is made up of multiple teams, we’re sure to have the ideal office space to suit your needs – and we’re happy to announce that we now have a number of our flexible, fully serviced offices now available to rent!

So, why should you choose Tec Marina for your new office space?

It’s in a great central location

Tec Marina is ideally situated in the beautiful location of Penarth Marina, so you can enjoy the nearby green spaces and the beautiful view of the dock on your lunch break, or whenever you need to get up from your desk and grab some fresh air! You can also take advantage of the supermarket and petrol station that’s just a stone’s throw away from the building, as well as the great selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants that the town of Penarth has to offer.

Boats in Penarth Marina

Not only do you have everything you need nearby, but Tec Marina is extremely easy for your staff and visitors to get to. If you or your employees use public transport, Cogan railway station is a 5 to 10-minute walk from the building and is a short train ride away from Cardiff Central – Cardiff’s principal station. Prefer to drive? Tec Marina has great links to the motorway and we offer affordable on-site parking for residents, as well as secured bicycle storage for any keen cyclists! Have a large team or a lot of visitors to your office? There’s also a free public car park just a short walk away from the building.

It has all the facilities you need

Tec Marina residents have access to a wide range of on-site facilities and services, including a free 5-star gym with changing rooms and shower facilities, two spacious kitchen areas stocked with all the free tea and coffee you could ever want, and private meeting rooms that can be booked whenever you need. Additionally, our bright, open atrium is always available for lunch breaks and meetings, boasting plenty of seating areas and screens that you can connect your electronic devices to.

Kitchen in Tec Marina

All offices include superfast 1Gb fibre optic broadband and IT support from our trusted partners. Additionally, our friendly reception team is on-hand each day to greet your guests and make them feel welcome, collect and sort your business mail for you, and provide help with anything else you need – all you have to do is ask!

We focus on health and wellness

We know that keeping physically and mentally healthy is vital for keeping employees happy in the workplace, which was a huge motivator behind designing Tec Marina. It can be difficult to plan your fitness fix around your working day, so all residents have access to our free on-site gym at any time of the day, Monday to Friday – so you can work out before or after work, or even during your lunch break. Our gym is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for cardio and weight training, and we also offer showers and changing rooms on-site.

Tec Marina gym

We want everyone who visits Tec Marina to feel safe and that their health is being looked out for, which is why we have taken all necessary steps to comply with COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Welsh government. As well as ensuring that regular high-quality cleaning of the building is maintained (including our gym when it reopens), we have installed automatic hand sanitising stations at the entrance of the building, its kitchen areas and washrooms, put up screens between the seating in our atrium and implemented a one-way system throughout the building.

It’s home to a great community

Our reception team is always happy to help our residents and any visitors to the building with anything they need. However, one of the reasons that Tec Marina is such a great place to work is due to the friendly and supportive community made up of both staff and residents. Whether you’re grabbing your lunch from the kitchen or sitting down and having a 5-minute coffee break, there’s always someone to have a chat with!

The Tec Marina community is also extremely giving and charitable. In fact, we regularly host fundraising events that our residents are always more than happy to get involved with, whether it’s taking part in a raffle or making cakes, cookies and other tasty treats for a bake sale. Just some of the charities and causes we have supported over the years (and continue to support) include Comic Relief, Children in Need and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Close up of table filled with cakes

Can you see yourself at Tec Marina? We have a number of offices available for teams of various sizes – whether you need a private office or a shared co-working space. To book your virtual or physical viewing, please contact us by emailing contact@tecmarina.com or calling 02921 678391.