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Come visit our stand at HOST

Once again this year we are have a stand at HOST,  where we hope we can surprise you once again. 

Find all the details here

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Since our last visit we are proud to say, the TopBrewer has been serving coffee and other beverages in many hotel chains, restaurants, cafés, offices and homes. 

This time we hope to be able to inspire you and once again
do things which others thought were not possible.

We are located at: A10 B11 Pavillon 24
 
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At Takeaway Innovation Expo last month TopBrewer was shortlisted for the Takeaway Innovation Award amongst a host of other tech innovations that are shaping the industry.

We are delighted to announce that TopBrewer was awarded a notable 3rd place!  Here's our Commercial Director, Chris Preece, accepting the award from Just Eat's Managing Director, Graham Corfield.


 
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Many corporate TopBrewer clients have recently moved offices or are in the process of doing so.  One thing that a lot of these businesses have in common is their rationale when it comes to moving to a hot desking or hotelling environment.  As space becomes increasingly in demand and more expensive, particularly in the City, agile working practices are a great way of saving money and reducing wasted square footage. 

So what is hot desking and how does it work?  Hot desking means that employees no longer work from fixed desks.  Some organisations operate a booking in system, known as hotelling, whereby staff literally book themselves into a desk when they arrive at work in the morning.  A strict clear desk policy is often adhered to and lockers are generally allocated to staff to store their personal and work belongings. 

The reception to this modern way of working from staff can be mixed and it is important for businesses to communicate with their employees about the change, why it is happening and what the benefits will be to them and the organisation as a whole.  Some employees view their desk as a second home, this is understandable due to the amount of time we each spend at our workplace.  A desk can harbour a sense of identity and individuality, a place to express ones self through potted plants, family pictures and stationary.  However, the prospect of clearing ones belongings away into a locker each evening can be perceived as somewhat of an annoyance.  

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So what are the benefits to employees? The good thing about hot desking is that companies do not need to allocate a desk to every member of staff.  What with holidays, external meetings and the ability to work remotely, the workplace is never full to capacity, therefore the extra space can be used much more efficiently to create communal areas, hubs, meeting spaces and generally nicer environments to work in and collaborate with colleagues.  If you are working with a specific colleague from a different team on a certain project, hot desking allows you the flexibility to book a spot next to them so that you can collaborate much more effectively.  Not only this, in many organisations this way of working is not limited to staff, Directors are also adopting the scheme allowing for a much more open and relaxed way of working.  Breaking down barriers and obstacles in the workplace both physically and metaphorically can create a genuine culture shift.

 

Scanomat perspective:

"We have learnt from our clients that hot desking makes perfect sense in the modern workspace.  It is an efficient and cost effective model that has many benefits to both the organisation adopting the principles and their staff.  But it can be a long journey for some and communication at every stage is crucial to a smooth transition and positive cultural shift." Simon Bracken, Managing Director, Scanomat UK

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What is the first thing you do when you get to the office?  For many of us the answer will be "Grab a coffee".  We rely on a caffeine fix to get us through our working day, but quite often the office coffee solution is of a substandard quality, particularly if it is free or subsidised for staff, but it doesn't have to be that way - office coffee can be amazing!

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Hugh Gilmartin
, a leading coffee advisor in Northern Ireland and SCAE board member, hosted the discussion on Delivering a quality coffee offering when it’s not your core business” in the Caffe Culture theatre on the Thursday of the show. 

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