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The importance of flexible workspace

By | Chameleon, News, Office Design, Uncategorised

Now more than ever it is important to have flexibility in the workspace. Whether the need for flexibility comes in the form of areas for staff to collaborative or the ability to efficiently socially distance, workspace proxemics are an important element to consider when designing an office space that can adapt to the demands of its users.

Proxemics is the study of human use of space and the effects that population density has on behaviour, communication, and social interaction. It goes without saying that a loud overcrowded office isn’t the ideal environment for communication and productivity! Since the outbreak of COVID-19 back in March many of us have seen the way we work drastically change, and with social distancing measures becoming mandatory we have all had to adjust. For many organisations, the number of employees safely allowed in their office drastically reduced overnight leading to staff working remotely from home. But global pandemic or not, the priority of a space should always remain the same, the people who work there.

At Chameleon we believe in designing for people, not a pandemic, and have been designing flexible people inspired workspaces for over 20 years. Each space we design takes proxemics into account and is tailored around our clients’ company culture and the well-being of the employees that work within it. By working to this mantra, we have created spaces that have enabled our clients to successfully adapt to the ever-changing guidelines relating to COVID-19 and allow for vital human interaction to continue safely.

Our designers Kev and Fiona have shared some top tips for designing a flexible space:

Multi-purpose Furniture

By introducing multi-purpose furniture you’re able to give a space a variety of uses, booths are a great example of this.  Booths not only provide the perfect space for a meeting or to take a break but they can also be used as an alternative working area should desk space become limited.  Booths also permit a natural, physical separation for social distancing providing the short-term solution for social distancing instead of acrylic screens. Our designers recently used the JDD Bob booth in a project we completed in Sheffield for First Group to add flexibility to their workspace, check it out…

Modern technology to provide better connectivity

Providing ample connection points throughout the space allows staff to work from a variety of locations, rather than just their nominated desk. By including sockets, USB points, server connections and additional WAP points in communal areas, staff can move freely and you can get more use out of the space. This also applies to AV hook-ups, providing these in areas other than your designated meeting areas you can create more space appropriate for presentations or larger meetings. having the right connections and technology available such as a Smart TV or Apple AirPlay for your staff enables you to transform breakout areas or communal spaces into flexible spaces perfect for collaboration and increased productivity.

Separate space with moveable dividers

Space dividers such as moveable walls and screens on wheels enable a space to be transformed. These are a particularly great addition to meeting rooms so that they can be divided into smaller areas or opened to create a large area for staff to collaborate. In July of this year, we handed over Victory Leisure’s new customer experience centre. Their team were looking for somewhere they could bring clients to impress, but also somewhere their team could collaborate and brainstorm ideas. Check out the flexible space we created for them…

Utilise all your space – even if it’s outdoors

Outdoor areas can not only be a great way to boost staff morale (especially on a sunny day when no one wants to be stuck indoors!) but also allow staff to effectively social distance due to being able to maintain closer working proximity in open-air. Whether you have land around your building or an unused roof space there are so many options for transforming it into a brilliant extension to your workspace. Check out this space we created for Hugh Rice

If you’re interested in transforming your workspace into a flexible hub for collaboration and productivity – get in touch with our team here

 

 

A call centre with a difference

By | Chameleon, News, Office Design, Uncategorised

We have recently completed the design and fit-out of FirstGroup’s newly refurbished national call centre. But this is no ordinary call centre, we have redefined the traditional ‘call centre’ look and feel using contemporary features throughout, giving the new workspace a modern and minimal feel.

Kevin McIntosh, head of design said: “The refurbishment and fit-out of the new space was extensive – it started life as a completely empty shell! We worked with FirstGroup to put a fresh, creative stamp on the new area.

“Yes, a call centre needs banks of desks, but we knew that there was the potential to do more and challenge the outdated ‘call centre’ model with new concepts that would inspire and uplift staff. It’s a call centre; but not as you know it.

“The space has been rationalised, to create a free-flowing, flexible working environment for FirstGroup’s 119 staff.

“There’s a designated collaboration space in the heart of the building, which will allow First Group’s team to take a step away from the hustle and bustle of the busy call centre to recharge and refresh.

“A variety of different seating and lighting has been incorporated into the kitchen and breakout area, creating a light and interesting break out space. It’s so much more than a ‘call centre’.

“We’ve negotiated all manner of challenges relating to lockdown to get to this point. But it’s all been completely worth it. We’ve completed a number of projects for FirstGroup, and this is certainly our most exciting. The finished result is absolutely fantastic!”

Rebecca Bebbington, Director of Operations, First Customer Contact, said: “Our new call centre is not only functional and suits our team’s needs, it is dynamic and presents a refreshing new take on what a call centre ‘should’ look like. Chameleon has done a great job, presenting a creative solution which certainly fulfilled the brief we set for them.”

Check it out here: First Group Sheffield

 

Project Team Expansion

By | Chameleon, News

The next few months are packed full of exciting projects for our team to get stuck into and so to keep up with demand we are delighted to welcome two new members of staff to Team Chameleon!

Pete North has joined us as a construction manager and is currently based at Spa Medica in Wokingham which started on site last week. Pete has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry and is responsible for overseeing the direction of the project, ensuring our client’s specifications and requirements are met by reviewing progress and leasing with our client and delivery teams.

Carl Holiday has joined us as a site supervisor and got straight to work at our project at Hymers College which is due to complete in the coming weeks. Carl is responsible for ensuring projects complete on time, to the client’s requirements and that our sites are a safe environment for everyone who visits or works there.

Chairman, Shaun Watts said: “We are delighted to welcome both Pete and Carl to the team. They bring a lot of additional experience to the company, strengthening an already successful project team. We’ve been very fortunate to be working with a number of new clients that have had the confidence to invest in their people and their workspace. Adding Pete and Carl ensures we are adequately equipped to deal with the number of upcoming projects successfully”.

We are so excited to have these two specialists join our brilliant project team to enable us to continue delivering great workspaces for our clients. Interested in transforming your space? Get in touch here!

 

Team Chameleon is expanding!

By | Chameleon, News, Uncategorised

The past 12 months have seen us work on some of our best projects yet and with some exciting new jobs in the pipeline, we are delighted to announce 6 new members of staff have joined the team here at Chameleon. Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper introduction if we didn’t tell you a bit about them (even the embarrassing bits!)

Pat joins us our business development manager for the North East and brings with him an impressive 31 years’ experience. Pat is a huge football fan and a supporter of Newcastle United. As well as men’s football he also enjoys being involved in Newcastle’s women’s team and attends Durham and Sunderland’s Sunday leagues. Alongside his love of football, Pat is an avid runner and you can often find him running 10k road races (rather you than us Pat!) “I guess it’s quite funny when you see someone my age trying to get up a hill”.

Steph has worked in the commercial furniture industry for 12 years and joins our team as business development manager for the Midlands (her hometown!) Steph is dog-obsessed and if she isn’t out walking her three dachshunds – Ozzy, Sharon & Nora, she is volunteering at her local animal shelter “I know they only have little legs but honestly we go for miles and they love it!” Aside from her love of animals, she is also a huge fan of mini-golf, little does she know we love a crazy golf course so prepare to lose Steph!

Jess is our new brand manager and will be taking the lead on our international marketing and branding activity. Not only does she have 6 years’ experience in the industry but she is also a huge interiors fan and spends her spare time redecorating her own home and documenting it on her Instagram account @the_middle_terrace. “I’ve always been obsessed with decorating and no room in my house is the same for longer than 12 months, much to my other half’s disappointment!” Brilliant, we know who to come to when we need our living room painting!

Harriet has worked in the commercial furniture industry for 12 years and joins our team as business development manager for West Yorkshire. Harriet is a sun worshiper with a real love for the Greek islands and runs away to them at any chance she gets. When she isn’t chasing the sun, she is at home with her little girl Imogen, exploring the local countryside and drinking plenty of gin! We aren’t sure what sounds better Greece or gin?!

Ray brings a fantastic 30 years’ experience and a wealth of knowledge to team Chameleon as he joins us business development manager for North Lincolnshire. He loves cooking although often refers to himself as a ‘frustrated chef’. His culinary skills don’t go a miss at family BBQs where he cooks up a storm for the whole family, including Bentley the labrador who makes short work of any leftovers! If he isn’t cooking you will find him on the golf course hitting more bad shots than good, however, in true Ray style, his positivity and sense of humour carry him through to the 19th where he has been known to be above par!

Sophia has worked in the furniture industry for over 15 years and joins our team as business development manager for the Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire region. She loves a challenge and has even climbed her fair share of mountains including Snowdon in Wales and Table Mountain in Cape Town. When she is isn’t risking her life on the side of a big rock, Sophia is jumping on a plane and jetting off across the globe to experience new cultures and even admits flying is one of her favourite parts of her trip! Rumour has it she thinks she has a pretty good singing voice and may or may not be the new Karaoke queen of the office.

The new editions to our team mean we’re ready and raring to tackle anything else 2020 and beyond can throw at us. We are looking forward to expanding our client base across the UK and Canada and getting stuck into some new and exciting projects!

If you’re looking for a workspace designed for people with a focus on collaboration, agile working and team culture then get in touch!

Job Vacancy: Marketing Executive

By | Chameleon, News, Uncategorised

Location: Hull

Job type: Permanent

About the company

Chameleon Business Interiors (CBI) is a leading commercial interior design and fit-out company with an impressive client roster and ambitious growth plans. CBI has coverage across the UK as well as in Toronto, Canada. CBI has a strong, tight-knit team based at the Hull headquarters with a very positive internal culture.

 

About the role

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced marketing executive to manage our marketing activity. You will be responsible for delivering the marketing plan, in conjunction with our marketing agency. Your day will be varied, but essentially, you’ll need to work with our wider internal teams to help generate key commercial opportunities through our new and existing client base. You’ll need to develop and maintain relationships with clients, suppliers, third parties and prospects as well as managing the relationship with our marketing agency partner.

 

Working alongside our team and agency partner, your key responsibilities will be:

 

  • Delivering marketing campaigns to drive brand awareness and lead generation in our target markets
  • Measurement, analysis and reporting of campaign performance, providing insight and progress against commercial objectives
  • Creation and publication of all marketing collateral and assets
  • Social media – curating content with our agency partner and monitoring social engagement / interactions and taking action where necessary
  • Providing visibility online to past and current clients by engaging with their content
  • Creating and curating our email newsletters, ensuring we continue to achieve industry-beating open and read rates
  • Exploring opportunities for news and blog pieces and keeping the website up-to-date
  • Brand management – acting as brand guardian ensuring everything we produce adheres to the company brand guidelines
  • Identifying and managing PR and award opportunities
  • Organising team events, exhibitions and attendance at major events
  • Preparing monthly reports for our regular board meetings
  • Monitoring industry press for key trends
  • Monitoring and updating our CRM with new leads and liaising with internal teams for sales pipeline updates
  • Liaising with clients for marketing and PR permissions and collaborative pieces
  • Organising project round-up tasks, including photography, PR and case studies
  • Preparing our client move-in gifts for delivery

 

Required skills & experience:

 

It’s essential for you to have the following skills and experience:

 

  • Minimum 5 years ideally in a B2B Marketing role with some events experience
  • Creative thinking
  • Microsoft Office proficient
  • Very high level of written and spoken English
  • Confident telephone manner
  • Efficient with a good work ethic
  • Self-starter and excellent management of time
  • Ability to juggle and prioritise many important tasks on a daily basis
  • Full UK driving licence

Desired but not essential skills & experience:

 

  • WordPress experience
  • CRM/HubSpot experience
  • InDesign/Illustrator/Photoshop experience
  • Event and trade show experience
  • Email marketing experience
  • Content marketing experience
  • PPC experience

 

Employment features and benefits:

 

  • Work within a brilliant team with a people-centric culture
  • Free city centre parking in a secure private multi-storey car park
  • 28 holiday days per year
  • Flexible hours, with work-from-home an option if productivity targets are achieved
  • Monthly team events
  • Annual team events
  • Very strong progression opportunities internally

 

To apply, please send your CV to Linda Adland, lindaadland@c-b-i.co.uk and let us know why you’d like to join us.

 

 

Job Vacancy: Business Administration Apprentice

By | Chameleon, News, Uncategorised

We are looking to recruit a business administration apprentice to join our team in Hull. The successful candidate will support the sales co-ordinator with sales activities, produce quotes and liaise with clients and suppliers regarding projects.

Applicants will be supported to complete a Level 3 qualification in Business Administration and must have a minimum of 2 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications in their chosen subjects, as well as a GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths. The main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Supporting the Sales Co-ordinator with Sales Activities
  • Producing quotations in line with company policy
  • Organising installations and project deadlines
  • Communicating with suppliers to agree discounts and lead times
  • Using internal computer systems to keep information updated
  • Liaising with clients regarding their orders – build relationships, resolve queries, provide updates
  • Filing on request
  • Taking calls and make sure they are action/ filtered accordingly
  • Diary Management
  • Collecting of information requested
  • Monitoring deliveries & Installations
  • Organising enquiries that come into the business

If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity and would like to be a part of our team, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Application deadline: 14/09/2020

Salary: £6.45 per hour

 

Apply here!

 

 

Chameleon go green with three-year university contract

By | Chameleon, News, Uncategorised

Chameleon Business Interiors has been appointed for a three-year contract with The University of Hull, securing the first project to design and fit-out the new Energy and Environment Centre at Hull University.

Located in the Chemical Engineering Building, the university is looking to provide an innovative and modern open-plan workspace to further drive the successful institute, placing a strong focus on the health and wellbeing of the team.

Chameleon will work on all aspects of the design process, to ultimately provide a modern, functional interior that is immediately ready for use.

With sustainability being a key element in the design, 100% recyclable carpets have been sourced from carbon neutral business – Interface, alongside eco-friendly fabrics from Camira Fabrics. Plants will be a focal point within the design, which will help to purify the air within the Centre. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of September this year.

Once finished, the Energy and Environment Centre will be used as an example of what can be achieved at the university – showcasing the benefits of open-plan working. This is the first step in creating a more agile working environment across Hull University, as they look to remove the cellular offices across the campus.

Established in 2016, the Energy and Environment Institute gathers leading scientists together to conduct impactful research into the global challenges that currently surround climate change, and its potentially devastating consequences. This includes focusing on predicting how the world’s climate will affect communities to ensure that people can carve out a sustainable future.

Kevin McIntosh, Head of Design at Chameleon Business Interiors, says about the project: “We view this as a fantastic opportunity to work with the university and the EEI department in creating a tailormade solution to support their needs, enhancing their productivity and enabling them to grow with a design centred towards sustainability and wellness in the workplace.”

Professor Dan Parsons, Director of the Energy and Environment Institute at The University of Hull, says: “The Energy and Environment Institute is at the forefront of innovation and research in some of the biggest challenges our planet faces today.

“We are a hub for research across campus, working with businesses, organisations and communities across the world to seek out ideas, systems and solutions that will tackle a range of issues – from flooding and cutting carbon emissions to renewable energy and waste management. It’s important that we have an inspirational collaborative space to do that and we are delighted to be working with Chameleon Business Interiors to achieve that.”

 

To find out how we can transform your workspace, get in touch!

 

 

Hull & East Yorkshire People In Business Awards 2019

By | Chameleon, News, Uncategorised

We are celebrating a hat-trick of successes after three of our team members have been shortlisted for an award at the 2019 Hull & East Yorkshire People in Business Awards.

Competing against the best talent in the region, Head of Design – Kevin McIntosh, and Design Co-ordinator – Sarah Williamson, have made the shortlist for the Team Impact award. Additionally, our Assistant Project Manager Harry Gamble, is a nominee for the Rising Star award.

The awards encompass companies from all areas of work, and across all industry sectors. The Team Impact award celebrates a team of unique, determined individuals who consistently produce great work. The Rising Star award recognises individuals who have made a notable difference to the workplace within their short time in the business.

Shaun Watts, chairman of Chameleon Business Interiors, said:

“We believe Kevin and Sarah’s contribution to the working environment of so many people across the region through our projects should not be underestimated.

“Their ability to interpret the needs of our clients and convert that into a workspace that not only looks amazing, but addresses the issues surrounding health and wellbeing in the workplace deserves real recognition.

“I am also delighted that Harry has been shortlisted for the Rising Star award. He has made an outstanding contribution to the business, receiving notable recognition from our clients in respect to his approach and ability to manage an interior design project, and taken the lead role in the ongoing development of our health & safety procedures both internally and externally.

“Harry has a great future with us and I’m so pleased he is getting the recognition he deserves.”

Founder of the Hull and East Yorkshire People in Business Awards, Jo Fleming, said:

“There have been some outstanding entries from businesses of all shapes and sizes, and everyone who entered should be really proud of themselves.

Narrowing down the shortlist was a difficult task, but we believe that we’ve chosen the best of the best that have the potential to be worthy award winners. Supporting talent in the workplace is essential, and the Hull & East Yorkshire People in Business Awards give both individuals and businesses as a whole the chance to gain recognition for their hard work.”

Kevin, Sarah and Harry will now compete against five other finalists in their respective categories with the winners due to be announced at a ceremony in July.

 

 

Chameleon Business Interiors expand overseas portfolio with leading Canadian company

By | Chameleon, News, Uncategorised

We have collaborated with perks company Perkopolis on the relocation of their head office to celebrate our joint 20-year anniversary.

 

The refresh, for which employee health and wellbeing was paramount, has seen Perkopolis move into an office space that was designed for the company’s needs and brand personality. With a rapidly growing workforce, it was essential to provide the team with an internal meeting space that sparked creativity when working on new projects and exciting new initiatives.

 

The perks company also prioritised the importance of incorporating as much natural light as possible within the office. The aim was to keep the team feeling refreshed, boost creativity and increase concentration levels, as to provide a space for staff to take a break from their desks in a café type environment that encourages socialising and conversation. This focus on health and wellbeing aligns with both Chameleon and Perkopolis’ key values – reflecting how they provide services to clients.

 

Morgan Marlowe, Founder & CEO of Perkopolis, said:

“Refurbishing our office has been a huge milestone, and was the perfect way to celebrate 20 years in business. It’s such an opportune time to have our brand showcased in a space that fits our personality, and we look forward to hosting our vendors, suppliers and partners, as well as business events in the future.

“The whole process with Chameleon Business Interiors was seamless. They offered us an all-inclusive solution, and it was wonderful to avoid working with multiple suppliers. It was such a relief to still be able to run my business and not worry about the small details.

“Our new space is so inviting – the best part is that when guests walk in, they all love it!”

 

Perkopolis is Canada’s leading provider of fully managed perk programs, currently used by over 2,000 organisations. Continuously sourcing exclusive, high value offers, rewards and benefits, all offers are exclusive and only available to members of their partner businesses.

Founded in 1998, we are specialists in office design, office refurbishments, office relocations, office redesigns and fit-outs. We provide a complete range of interior design & contracting solutions for commercial office interiors; including space planning, workplace analysis, furniture supply and installation. As well as our office in Toronto, we also have UK offices in the cities of Hull, Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle. Like Perkopolis, we are celebrating 20-years in business this year, undertaking a range of charity activities, team building experiences and celebrating our success. 

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