02 Nov 2017

4 ways a CBD location can enhance your small business

In a time where technology can make office location less of a priority, there are a number of reasons to keep your business in a central business district setting.

With many small to medium businesses focusing on innovation, location remains a huge advantage to so many facets of your success.
Here are 4 different factors to keep in mind when deciding on a CBD location for your office space.

Young Talent

Millennials opt to live in denser inner-city areas due to perceived work-life balance gains. This segment of the population accounts for a third of the workforce in Australia and is key to businesses keeping up to date with the latest cultural shifts, both professionally and socially. When selecting your new office space, the degree to which the tenancy is based in the inner-city should be considered as a factor to attracting young millennial talent to your business.

Connectivity

A key factor to success is being aligned with like-minded businesses or competitors. Sharing a building with businesses where you can exchange services or customers is an advantage. to drive your business towards new opportunities and innovations.

Ease of Access

Inner-city areas benefit from centralised public transport facilities. By positioning your business in these areas, you’re providing the greatest access to your clients, staff and new business opportunities. Ease of access will allow your business to have more face time with clients. This will result in clearer communication, more value and increased retention through better customer service.

Food, entertainment and culture hubs situated in inner-city areas are created through high density living and commerce. These hubs provide unparalleled opportunities to meet with and entertain clients.

For the health or environment conscious talent, being able to walk or ride to work as well as the use of gym and end of trip facilities, offers another level of incentive.

Brand awareness and perception

Positioning your business in the CBD is a great way to boost first impressions and elevate prospective clients’ perception of your business.

Central Plaza is located in the heart of Brisbane’s thriving CBD. A significant multi-million dollar investment program has gone into upgrading all the facilities, aesthetics and amenities to provide an excellent office space for your business. Find out more by downloading the brochure, or contact the agents for more information.

Central Series Brochure

03 Oct 2017

How office design can drive success for small business

For small businesses, office design and fit out is an important factor in running a successful operation. Not only does a small office need to be functional and practical, it needs to provide a pleasant experience for staff and send the right message to clients and partners. It also represents a significant investment for a small business, so it’s important to get it right.

To meet the growing demand for premium small office space, commercial landlords are working with leading architects to maximise the use of space, functionality and overall aesthetic of office suites. This new breed of luxury office suite provides every amenity a small business needs to thrive.

In this article we look at the impact office design can have on small business success, and some of the key features to look for when choosing a suite for your business.

Meeting rooms vs collaborative space

It can be a balancing act to find the right combination of workstations, offices, meeting rooms and collaborative space. In a small office, it’s even more important to get it right, so that your team can work efficiently, individually and together, without feeling crowded.

One way to overcome this challenge is to look for a suite that provides access to shared meeting rooms, so that your own office doesn’t need to be completely self-contained. The Central Series at Central Plaza offers three premium shared meeting rooms on the same floor as the suites, so there is seamless access for clients or partners attending meetings. The rooms can be booked using an online shared booking system, making it easy to utilise these shared resources.

Breakout areas and kitchens

Incorporating a breakout area and kitchen into the design of a suite is critical, as this can be a major contributor towards staff satisfaction. Not only does a kitchen provide a level of convenience, it creates a hub where teams can gather throughout the day. With a large bench nearby, this space can be used for informal meetings, collaboration, dining and office events.

Soft furnishings and decor

As people spend more time at work, it’s important to create a warm and welcoming environment that supports these long hours in the office. Premium suites will typically feature décor that would not look out of place in someone’s home, from soft statement lighting to cushions, comfy chairs, floor rugs and wall art. All of this contributes to a more positive team culture, and creates a sense of calm in a busy office.

Access to facilities and services

As well as the overall design aesthetic, access to facilities and services to make work run more smoothly makes for a winning combination. The buildings that are home to this new breed of luxury suite will typically provide everything from premium end-of-trip facilities, to concierge, security, WiFi connectivity and much more. All of which is designed to create efficiencies and a positive working environment.

Office design can be a defining factor for a small business. The right suite design will help your team work more efficiently, contribute to staff satisfaction, and make it easier to attract and retain staff. It also sends the right message to clients and partners, and positions your business for success.

If your small business could benefit from access to the services and facilities of a bigger business, The Central Series at Central Plaza will deliver all this more. Find out more by downloading the brochure, or contact the agents for more information.

Central Series Brochure

21 Sep 2017

How small businesses can now access big business benefits

Small businesses can now access the same premium facilities and services previously reserved for big business, thanks to the development of small business suites throughout Brisbane’s CBD.

So what does this mean for small businesses? From first class facilities and services, through to premium central city locations, the emergence of these suites is changing the face of small business.

In this article we look at some of the benefits small business owners can now access, and how this can help your business thrive.

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23 Nov 2016

What if you had more time?

We understand your time is precious. You need time for business, time to work and time for life.

Central Plaza is located right in the heart of the CBD, with access to all the services and facilities you need to save you precious time in your day.

We recently surveyed 160 Central Plaza customers to understand how the location helps them save time in their day, from close proximity to transport right through to options at lunch time. Check out the infographic for all the results.

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27 Oct 2016
 

Central Plaza unveils innovative office design project

An innovative new office design has just been unveiled at Central Plaza. Designed by QUT School of Design student Anna Carter, the cutting edge office design brings together flexible work pods with collaborative workspaces and the latest technology. The result is an ultra-modern workspace that fosters new ways of working together.

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13 Oct 2016
 

Meet Carlos, Central Plaza’s Head Concierge

Head Concierge Carlos Umlas is the face of Central Plaza. Most visitors and tenants are greeted by his warm smile as they enter the building, and you can be sure that Carlos knows everyone.

The job of a commercial building concierge is hard to define. In broad terms, they are responsible for welcoming visitors to the building and making sure that visitors and tenants have everything they need. In real terms, this could mean anything from providing directions to securing restaurant reservations.

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29 Sep 2016
 

Central Plaza lights up the Brisbane CBD

Every night, buildings and landmarks in cities around the world light up. Often this is to mark an occasion or to celebrate a local event. It’s an important part of helping to integrate our built environment with the community, and it creates an emotional reaction in each of us.

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14 Sep 2016

Central Plaza’s new foyer is open for business

The importance of making a great first impression is well known, and the foyer of a commercial building is an opportunity to really make a statement.

A well designed lobby sets the tone for the businesses within the building, and establishes an expectation of the level of service that customers and visitors will receive.

To deliver on this for customers, Central Plaza’s new foyer is open for business and the arrival experience is exceptional in every way.

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01 Sep 2016

60 seconds with Joanne Solly

Joanne Solly, or Jo as she’s known to the Central Plaza community, has been General Manager at Central Plaza for nearly five years. In that time, she’s played a key role in managing the wide range of tenants in the building, as well as a number of significant building upgrades.

She recently took time out of her busy schedule to sit down with us to talk about her role, her affection for the Central Community and the exciting changes happening throughout the building.

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