hen I say I love my job, friends will often quiz me as to why. It’s not hard to explain that for me I have the ultimate job; meeting people, listening to what they want from their new office, looking at concepts with them, meeting new suppliers and seeing their latest ideas, creating something wonderful, new and exciting and ultimately seeing the complete transformation of an office space. That moment when the office fitters have left and you can stand back and look at the change, the transformation…that for me sums up why I love my job!
I work with many different clients and clichéd though it is, no two clients are alike. I have worked with a lot of schools for instance, and even there, every school is different. Some are looking to refit a small office space and with the increasing demands on schools meaning every scrap of space is precious, there’s little chance of the office being able to bag some additional space. We have to work with what we have. Challenging as this can be at times, in a strange way, it’s even more satisfying. You take a cramped space which has evolved over the years into an office which simply can’t function effectively anymore and with the right colours, furniture and clever layout it can transform the lives of those who work there.
Coupled with a first-class pool of worldwide suppliers, I strive to develop an office that will deliver more than was first imagined… an office space that won’t just work for my clients now but will continue to grow and deliver results in decades to come.
Clients have many reasons for contacting us and wanting us to look to work with them. We have grown as a company over the years and offer many more services and products than we did 20 years ago. A lot of our clients started working with Powell when we simply delivered the office essentials, copier paper, pens, post-it notes. Yet it’s probably this experience of working with (and seeing first-hand) a variety of different offices that enables us to really get underneath the skin of a client and understand what will truly work for them.
It’s for this reason I often challenge a client too, trying to get them to see beyond the here and now requirements and can them ‘future-proof’ their new office design. I have seen companies, large and small evolve, grow, shrink, merge and disperse. I have seen technology revolutionise how an office works, what is needed and how staff engage. I often question a client’s brief to us. Not to be pedantic; simply to find out what is really important and what is secondary. Often a client will come to us with a shopping list of requirements, each as important as the next. If I were to take that at face value and not challenge it (which many office fit-out companies I know do) the end result would be lack-lustre, functional and without any kind of energy. I am passionate about what I do and determined that each of my designs will leave the client feeling euphoric. This sometimes has to be at the expense of something which perhaps was deemed to be an absolute necessity at the start of the process but through detailed conversations and careful questioning, together we can establish where the priorities really lie. Coupled with a first-class pool of worldwide suppliers I strive to develop an office that will deliver more than was first imagined, an office space that won’t just work for my clients now but will continue to grow and deliver results in decades to come.