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Lockdown Lessons – 5 ways 3M BIC can help businesses post-lockdown

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Many businesses are using the pandemic as an opportunity to streamline their operations, but adapting to new ways of working can be challenging when you need to consider the financial implications to your business, as well as the wellbeing and safety of your employees.

Over the last few months, we have been refining our offering to support businesses as they adapt. Here are 5 ways the 3M BIC can help businesses post-lockdown.

  1. Satellite offices & overspill space

As well as offering dedicated offices and lab space to a diverse community of start-ups, spinouts, and growing firms, we are happy to welcome professional firms or established companies seeking office space for their staff who live in/around Huddersfield. This may be a temporary solution whilst social distancing is still in place or it may be a longer-term arrangement – we can flex to suit.

Leeds-based patent and trademark attorneys Bailey Walsh & Co LLP have been based at 3M BIC since 2013. According to Partner Phil Stephenson, the benefits of the Huddersfield satellite office are highly valued by the firm, particularly the proximity to clients and the University of Huddersfield.

  1. Virtual Office

For early stage entrepreneurs and freelancers, we also offer the benefits of a ‘virtual office’, through our 3M BIC Membership package, from £200 + VAT per year. Benefits include a professional business address, discounted access to meeting rooms and add on services for call handling post-forwarding and hot desks in our coworking space.

  1. Rent-a-desk

We plan to introduce a ‘rent- a- desk’ option from £200 + VAT per month in a lockable shared office with other like-minded people once the pandemic subsides to a lower risk level. This might suit individuals who work in Leeds or Manchester but prefer to work closer to home in Huddersfield for the foreseeable future.  Parking on site is available for a monthly fee.

  1. Pop-Up Offices

Meanwhile, for those who might prefer to rent a complete, enclosed office to themselves for an occasional day of peace and quiet, we are planning to offer pop-up office spaces to rent by the day. Watch this space for more details and let us know if you are interested.

  1. Design Diversification

Our innovation and technology team has developed a ‘Design Diversification’ offer for companies seeking to pivot into new product ideas or to refresh and update an older product. This is a 3-day support package delivered by our experienced product designer resulting in a 2D product realisation. There is scope to extend this to include prototype production and CAD files suitable for manufacture.

How can we help your firm recover and thrive after lockdown? Drop us a line at info@3mbic.com for further details.

To hear more about our key insights during the Covid-19 lockdown, check out our Lockdown Lessons series here.

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