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Thursday, 25 January 2018 / Published in Blog, News
By Jerry Williams and Caroline Pearce-Browne, Directors Reps Ltd and Rob Shorrick CEO The Leadership Gallery Ltd. Successful strategy implementation will only occur when it is carefully constructed, communicated and enabled throughout an organisation. The real estate situation of a company is an integral component of this...
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 / Published in News, Press Gallery
Prepare for VR to take the collaborative environment, training, marketing, document management and data visualisation to the next level. Since 2012 the number of VR companies has grown by 250%. Facebook acquired VR company Oculus for $2 billion in 2014. It’s serious.
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 / Published in News, Press Releases
LONDON, 24th October, 2017: Reps Limited, the Real Estate Project Solutions provider, today announced the successful relocation of a well-known fitness app provider MINDBODY Online to their new c.9000 sq. ft. space at One New Change, EC4M 9AF. Previously located in the established digital hub of Clerkenwell, MINDBODY ventured further into the City to find
Monday, 19 June 2017 / Published in Blog, News
You know you have an occupational Real Estate project looming, you don’t know whether to move or refurb, to increase space or decrease space let alone how much it will cost or how you really should go about it. But you do know you have a project on your hands. So, why not start with
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 / Published in Blog, Event Post, News
Women's Charity Golf Day: Kate Vine, Perkins and Will, winner of ‘Woman’s Longest Drive’
Reps, the Real Estate Project company, together with Women in Property (WiP) hosted their first Women’s Charity Golf Day yesterday at the Chigwell Golf Club in Essex. The aim of the event was to promote diversity in the industry and to give women their own opportunity to play golf.
CCBI Metdist Atrium
Reps is pleased to announce the recent successful relocation of CCBI Metdist Global Commodities (UK) Ltd to 111 Old Broad Street in the City of London, which represents its third successful project in this landmark building.
Sunday, 12 March 2017 / Published in Blog
Open plan atrium at Watson Farley WIlliams LLP, London
Having worked with a law firm recently, we were interested in the drivers for their workspace decisions. We therefore talked to a number of firms, both UK and US-based, and have noticed a greater appetite for ‘going open plan’. Engaging with clients early in the process, whilst they are still considering their options and their
Friday, 10 March 2017 / Published in Blog
Caroline Pearce-Browne answers a big question in the February edition of Mix Interiors magazine
Saturday, 04 February 2017 / Published in Blog, News
Charity Golf Day: Chigwell Golf Club's 1st and 18th holes
Last few places left for the Reps Charity Women’s Golf Day On the 18th May, Reps is hosting a Women’s Charity Golf Day. What with the weather warming up and a snap general election just announced, it’s shaping up for an exciting summer! It is rare that I see ladies on corporate golf days, despite
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 / Published in News, Press Releases
Reps are delighted to announce that their client, Watson Farley Williams, have completed refurbishing their offices on Appold Street, EC2. Having stripped out and re-fitted the entire 4th floor and substantially refurbished the other 4 floors totalling 74,000 sq. ft., we have delivered an exceptional space for this international law firm and their Partners, Associates

by Jerry Williams and Caroline Pearce-Browne, Directors Reps Ltd and Rob Shorrick CEO The Leadership Gallery Ltd

Successful strategy implementation will only occur when it is carefully constructed, communicated and enabled throughout an organisation. The real estate situation of a company is an integral component of this – ensuring your company’s facilities are set up to allow it to deliver on its goals is key to the success of the wider corporate strategy.

Embarking on a significant property project – a wholesale review, consolidation, expansion or upgrade – can be a challenge. To employees, the environment you create for them can be seen as the physical embodiment of the strategy in practice, and a working environment that is fit for purpose has a positive effect on how well structures, capabilities, processes and systems are understood or utilised throughout the business.

So, what are typical scenarios we see in success or failure when it comes to real estate strategy?

The purpose of the business is inadequately conveyed or understood throughout the company.

Without clarity over the purpose of the business, employees may not to be fully engaged with the ‘new future’ that is represented by a real estate move or expansion. A new real estate project is unlikely to achieve the maximum positive effect unless it is consistent with the company’s purpose, but more importantly, will be easily undermined if employees do not understand the connection between the environment you are trying to create and the behaviours that need to be in place.

The vision is not aligned and carefully cascaded throughout the business.

Often certain functions will continue to pursue different goals, sometimes using different or inconsistent behaviours. It is common even in new, updated environments, that some people will continue to do as they’ve always done rather than embrace the brave new world. This undermines the delivery of the strategic ambition and makes the real estate plan and expenditure an unnecessary cost.

The capabilities required to deliver the strategy are not present.

If successful strategy implementation is dependent on integration of the Internet of Things (IoT) such as Cyber-Physical systems or Future Factories, or in office environments with the integrated design of advanced facilities management structures, then employees may become frustrated if the workspace does not effectively facilitate this, hindering execution of strategy. This may be equally true of the leaders responsible for the delivery of the new strategy, i.e. they may not have the ability or inclination to work differently and embrace new thinking.

The structure of the organisation is not conducive to the new strategy.

The environment created must allow the structure of the organisation to operate efficiently. The environment must also be completely consistent with the overall culture that is required to properly deliver the vision of the business as well as to present a strong reflection of the company’s purpose. An organisation which understands that it will only be truly successful if all its employees operate seamlessly in an environment of collaboration and inclusion is much more likely to succeed if the real estate plan encourages this to happen.

The processes in the organisation are not consistent with the strategy.

In real estate terms this may be something as commonplace as the utilisation of a paperless process. If teams have not adapted to embrace the paperless process, then this part of the strategy will fail.

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In summary, all employees need to understand, believe in and have the capabilities to deliver the strategy throughout their day-to-day work. A real estate plan that accounts for these factors will help to ensure that the right environment is created to encourage compliance and ownership, and ultimately, the success of the organisation’s processes. Real estate is a significant overhead, and a crucial enabler to an organisation – it is far too important to get wrong.

It is essential to align your strategy, leadership teams and employees to your strategy. To do this effectively, you must also align your real estate plan to your organisation strategy.