The office space is increasingly seen as a tool to help recruit and maximise the best people within an organisation. In an ever competitive world it is increasingly important to attract the best employees that will have the right skill-set to help grow your business and move it forward. Keeping those valuable employees is even more important and having the right workplace environment, one that reflects your company culture and what you stand for as a business, can be a great asset to keeping staff happy, motivated and staying put. Here’s our top tips to creating an office environment that will help to attract and retain the best talent in your industry.
Coffee can be an extremely lucrative business for hotels when executed in the right way. With over 2 billion cups of coffee drunk ‘out of home' every year in the UK there is a huge market for premium coffee. Read on to discover our top tips to creating a 'wow factor' coffee experience.
Once again this year we are have a stand at HOST, where we hope we can surprise you once again.
In today’s fast-paced work environment social spaces that encourage collaboration, accidental interactions and informal meetings are increasingly important. Here we identify a number of ways to encourage collaboration amongst your workforce.
TopBrewer topped the polls on the Currys Tech Talk run down of the top 5 smart tech devices featured at the Ideal Home Show.
"This amazing tap not only delivers hot and cold water, it makes the coffee too." Click here to read the full article
Source: Currys Tech Talk
"This minimalist coffee system delivers maximum luxury. All that appears above the counter is a swan neck faucet. Hidden underneath is a coffee grinder, refrigerator, frother, and, of course, a brewer. Use your tablet or smartphone to order a coffee, macchiato, cappuccino, latte, sparkling water, or even milk (warm or cold) at the size and strength you prefer..." Go to full article
Source: Atlanta Magazine
Many offices in the UK are currently being transformed into open, flexible and agile workspaces. This can seem like a daunting step for Facilities Managers, CEO’s and Company Directors but we look at why moving to an open plan office and encouraging agile working practices can be a positive step for both your business and your employees.
TopBrewer has been specially chosen to feature in the Ideal Smart Home at this year's Ideal Home Show. The Ideal Smart Home will offer visitors a unique insight into what the house of the future will look like and show how technology can enhance everyday lives in an interactive, interesting and jargon free way.
We don't mean to hog your screens but we were over the moon that the TopBrewer was featured yet again on The Gadget Show; this time as part of a 'connected home' feature. If you missed it, then never fear, as you can still watch it On Demand
In this episode (Season 20 - Episode 14), Ortis and Jason look at the growing trend of Home Automation and put a range of connected products to the test; including a smart control system which allows you to consolidate up to eight remote controls into one app, a wireless music sound bar that you can communicate with via text message, light bulbs that flash red when the smoke alarm sounds, and a smart heating system which learns which rooms you use and warms them up for you in advance.
These 'smart' products can be categorised under the ‘Internet of Things’ which is a term used to describe a category of 'things' that have embedded technology and are able to enhance our daily lives through information sharing and data.
When TopBrewer was last featured on The Gadget Show (Season 19 - Episode 2) it was highly acclaimed for the quality of the coffee by none other than Italy's top barista, Giacomo Vanelli, who said it was "The best coffee he’d ever tasted from an automated machine.”
Featured alongside us on The Gadget Show was a product that’s also packed full of technical wizardry, but is practically invisible! Consisting of a few discreet components linked by a wireless network, the Heat Genius smart heating control system links your radiators to the internet, allowing you to control the temperature of each room from an app, wherever you are.
What’s unique is that it even lets you go one step further: full automation. Stick a wireless ‘smart sensor’ in each room and it’ll watch and learn when you normally use each room of your home, and schedule that room to warm up in time for your arrival. It’s even smart enough to work out how long it needs to pre-heat the room by checking the weather conditions. It can also reduce the temperature when it’s sunny and automatically turn the radiator off when you open the window.
All this intelligence means you can stay cosy without wastefully burning gas on heating empty rooms, cutting bills and carbon pollution. And even better, it’s so smart you’ll probably forget it’s even there!
TopBrewer: Make a cup of coffee using your smartphone!
Smartphones have come a long way since the days of Snake and physical keyboards (although Blackberry, you stay strong). As technology continues to evolve at such a rapid pace, we gradually become less and less surprised at exactly what it can achieve. Startup campaigns are able to gather more pace than ever before thanks to the likes of Kickstarter and Indiegogo and a host of other crowd-funding sites that serve as a platform for the dreamers of the world to bring their ideas to life, blowing the minds of millions along the way.
We’ve come across one such development that seems to have taken the world by storm in recent months. Introducing the TopBrewer by the brilliant minds at Scanomat, the tap that lets you make a cup of coffee using your smartphone. This is one of the more incredible developments in smartphone integration, combining elegant design with innovative genius. Let’s take a quick look at exactly how it works.
The TopBrewer is designed in a manner that lets you fit it pretty much anywhere in your kitchen with a simple mounting bracket that ensures easy accessibility. Water flows through an isolated pipe within the TopBrewer to ensure the ideal temperature. The perfect latte, however, requires perfectly steamed milk, so how did Scanomat get over that obvious obstacle? Well, as stated on their website, “We have patented the smallest milk foamer in the world. The foamer is installed at the very tip of the coffee tap. Fresh milk is heated “on demand” and foamed to the correct texture.” Ah, well that explains it then!
TopBrewer can be controlled from both Android and Apple devices in a seamless manner, simply swiping to reach your desired levels of each ingredient to make the perfect beverage. And this machine doesn’t solely focus on coffee either, no sir. The TopBrewer is able to dispense both still and sparkling water, fresh juice, hot chocolate and boiling water for that much needed cup of tea.
That was the title of our Co-Founder, Simon Bracken's, talk at last week's Workplace Week convention. Workplace Week is organised by AWA and brings together a mix of advanced workplace tours and fringe events culminating with the annual advanced workplace convention where thought leaders share their knowledge on what the future of work will look like. Once again AWA delivered a thought-provoking week looking at the design, technology and work practices that come together to create the workplace of the future.