Connect Derby launches Covid-secure offering

Connect Derby, the managed workspace provider, has launched fully-furnished Covid-secure office accommodation at its Friar Gate Studios headquarters.

The building on Ford Street, which was launched in 2007, has furnished nine of its offices, which will be available to rent on a short-term basis of up to six-months.

The move comes as a result of the changing working environment since the advent of the pandemic and the increasing demand from prospective tenants for a more flexible, short-term letting arrangement as they reassess the impact that Covid-19 has had on their business.

The offices, which range in size from 282 sq. ft to 442 sq. ft, are equipped with desks, chairs, and storage units, along with phone lines, high-speed broadband, and sundry items, including tea and coffee making facilities and waste bins.

Some offices also have their own breakfast bar and bar stools, sofas, tub chairs, coffee tables, plants and artwork frames.

Tenants taking furnished offices at Friar Gate Studios can also take advantage of a range of other services and facilities, including an on-site café, business support and mentoring, plus the use of Covid secure meeting rooms.

When their initial six-month tenancy at Friar Gate Studios comes to an end, tenants will be given the opportunity to take a permanent office space at any of Connect Derby’s workspaces across the city.

Back in June 2020, Connect Derby was the first building in Derby to open following a robust COVID-19 risk assessment carried out by Derby City Council. The Council’s Health & Safety team awarded the managed workspace a score of 92% and a rating of ‘Outstanding.’

A range of safety measures have been put in place to ensure all Connect Derby buildings are Covid compliant. This includes the introduction of a one-way system, Perspex screens, extra hand-washing facilities, and social distancing signage.

Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, said: “Friar Gate Studios has been the hub for Derby’s thriving business sector for almost 14 years. We have created a wonderful working environment for tenants in the creative industries and most recently in the supply chain to the creative sector.

“By offering new Covid-secure furnished offices on a short-term basis, we hope we can encourage more people back into the city centre now lockdown restrictions are being lifted and support the Derby Economic Recovery Task Force in their bid to kick-start the city’s economy.

“We look forward to welcoming new businesses to Friar Gate Studios and providing them with the support they need to help their business flourish.”

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