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Obsidian Offices Blog

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National Apprentice Week: My Apprenticeship

With it being National Apprentice week this week, as well as my final full week as an apprentice here at Obsidian Offices, I feel like it is fitting for me to be able to reflect on my time as an apprentice and give advice to apprentices to come... Read More

 

Author:  Erin Davies| 8th March 2019 |

New Year, New Business 2018

Have you decided 2019 will be the year you become the business owner you’ve always dreamed of, or that you want to expand your already growing business and start making big waves within your industry? The new year is the perfect time to get the ball rolling, making plans, setting goals and sticking to them... Read More

 

Author:  Erin Davies| 4th January 2019 |

Christmas Jumper Day 2018

This year we don’t want a lot for Christmas, we would just like you to join in with Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 14th December in aid of Save The Children. We will be coming to work on Friday 14th December wearing Christmas jumpers to show our support and to raise money for Save The Children... Read More

 

Author:Erin Davies| 30th November 2018 |

What Is A Business Centre?

A Business Centre can be many things to many companies; a helping hand, a crutch to lean on, a stepping stone that can take them one step closer to achieving their goals. Business Centres, like Obsidian Offices, can help businesses to grow at their own pace, achieve their potential and help them thrive... Read More

 

Author:Erin Davies| 19th October 2018 |

World Mental Health Day

Mental health is everyone’s business, from time to time everyone has days where they feel down, stressed or frightened. For most these feelings pass, but for others they develop into more serious issues; depression, anxiety, PTSD and many other mental illnesses... Read More

 

Author:Shelly Cox| 12th October 2018 |

Obsidian's Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Wednesday 26th September we held a Macmillan Coffee Morning at Obsidian Offices Chester. This year marked the 11th year that we have held a Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support... Read More

 

Author:Erin Davies| 1st October 2018 |

Why SEM Businesses Need a Virtual Office

As we are a small business ourselves we can understand the pressures that come along with it, that’s why we make it our business to help your business. We know that the benefits of working within a small company can outweigh the struggles and we can see this daily through helping small businesses thrive through a Virtual Office... Read More

 

Author:Erin Davies| 21st September 2018 |

Coworking, Serviced and Leasehold: A Guide to the Different Office Options

Traditionally, companies looking to set up a business and find office space for their outfit would have sourced a property, leased it from a commercial landlord and fitted the space out themselves. This option still stands and many companies still choose to lease their space. However, there are a number of other office options available today to fulfill the needs of a variety of companies... Read More

 

Author: Free Office Finder| 14th September 2018 |

Macmillan Coffee Morning – 26th September

At Obsidian Offices we are currently organising our 11th annual Macmillan Coffee Morning to show our support and appreciation to all the nurses who work tirelessly for Macmillan to provide support for people facing cancer every day. Macmillan rely heavily on donations, so they can do their much-needed work... Read More

 

Author: Erin Davies | 7th September 2018 |

Marketing Review Series: WordPress

Nowadays it is considered the ‘norm’ for businesses to have their own website, as most consumers are searching the web and doing research before making a purchase or signing up to a service. Having your own website gives you a platform which you can display your business to your customers and consumers in the way that suits your business the best... Read More

 

Author: Erin Davies | 17th August 2018 |

Tips and Tricks for Scheduling Posts on Social Media

When operating within a business, time is of the essence and each task that you complete should be completed as time efficiently as possible. Being able to manage your time effectively can make or break a company, therefore people often get frustrated when they need to post on social media as it can often take time away from another task... Read More

 

Author: Erin Davies | 27th July 2018 |

Using Facebook For Business

As we are swiftly moving into the age of digital, more and more consumers are searching online for products and services, this increases the importance for businesses to create and maintain an online presence to compete with their competitors... Read More

 

Author: Erin Davies | 13th July 2018 |

Marketing Review Series: MailChimp

A lot of businesses, small and large, send marketing campaigns to their clients/subscribers, but what application could help a business do that? Here at Obsidian Offices we use MailChimp for all our marketing emails such as; newsletters, invitations, important news and updates and many more.... Read More

 

Author: Erin Davies | 6th July 2018 |

What It’s Like Studying As An Apprentice

A big part of an apprenticeship is learning new skills and applying them in a working environment. During my apprenticeship I must undertake numerous training exercises and online courses to learn the relevant skills to become a Digital Marketer... Read More

 

Author: Erin Davies | 8th June 2018 |

10 Ways Renting A Serviced Office Can Save You Money

Renting an office can be costly and time consuming. Rent, furnishings, utilities and maintenance soon add up. Given these expenses and the cost of time to put it all together, more and more companies are turning to cost effective and convenient solutions, like Serviced Offices... Read More

 

Author: Free Office Finder | 8th June 2018 |

Marketing Review Series: Introduction

Digital Marketing is made up of many different areas and at times it can be difficult to keep on top of them all, that is why I am constantly looking for applications that can help make my job easier and more efficient... Read More

Author: Erin Davies  | 1st June 2018 |

Returning to work after an Injury

Life changing injuries are something that you hear about on social media and in the news, but no one expects to have a life changing injury happen to them... Read More

Author: Shelly Cox  | 18th May 2018 |

Shared Office Vs Private Office

Deciding what type of office best suits your business isn’t always as straight forward as it sounds. There are a lot of things that you need to take into consideration, that you might not have even thought about... Read More

Author: Erin Davies | 11th May 2018 |

5 Tools That Will Help Your Business Grow On Social Media

Having your business in the public eye can be quite daunting at times, especially if you aren’t presenting your business in the way that you’d like to. Consumers are discovering brands and businesses more and more frequently through their social media channels, learning how to manage these for your business, can really optimise their use... Read More

Author: Erin Davies | 4th May 2018 |

What is Shared Office Space? And How It Can Benefit Your Business

A Shared Office Space is exactly what it sounds; office space that you share with one or more company/business... Read More

Author: Erin Davies | 27th April 2018 |

Easter Bake Sale

On Wednesday of this week we held a Bake Sale to help raise money for the Motor Neuron Disease Association... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  13th April 2018 |

The Motor Neurone Disease Association

The Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  06th April 2018 |

Obsidian Easter Eggs-perience

As we move into the beginning of Spring, with flowers blooming and the sun shining it is evident that Easter is a holiday that epitomizes life, joy and happiness... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  29th March 2018 |

How To: Create a Branded Template using MailChimp

MailChimp is an application that allows you to create email marketing campaigns to send out to your mailing lists. It provides you with everything you need to enable you to create the campaign that really showcases your business. They have pre-set templates available to use, as well as an option to start from scratch and code your own... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  26th March 2018 |

Benefits of Administrative Services

Administration within businesses can be a lengthy and repetitive process and can sometimes feel like a burden, especially when your business is in high demand. From keeping all your documents to a high standard with consistent branding, to submitting forms to various external sources, it can all seem a bit tedious... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  16th March 2018 |

National Apprentice Week 2018

National Apprentice Week 2018 is a chance for apprentices and employers to come together and share their stories and to celebrate all the successes from apprentices. It’s a chance to encourage people to apply for apprenticeships by showing them what it is like to be an apprentice... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  9th March 2018 |

How to Find Your Perfect Office

Finding the right office space for you and your company can be difficult, time consuming and not to mention, costly. A lot of people don’t know what to look for, or even where to start looking, when it comes to office space; as there are so many different options out there... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  2nd March 2018 |

Top 10 Foods To Avoid In Work

When working in an office environment, bringing the same or even similar lunches everyday can get a bit boring. So, like many of us you may feel inclined to get more adventurous with your food choices, but before you do, have a browse of the Smell-O-Meter and make sure you are keeping this list in mind... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  23rd February 2018 |

Spread The Love This Valentine's Day

Valentine’s day is widely known as a cultural and commercial holiday that celebrates love and affection. Hallmarked with cupid, the national holiday is celebrated by the exchanging of gifts, cards and letters addresses to our loved ones and marked from ‘Your Valentine’. This red and pink holiday is commonly shared between couples on the 14th of February, with romantic gestures and love in the air, it is a picturesque day.... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  9th February 2018 |

We Need To Talk...Period!

This week’s blog is very different to our usual content, but it is something that we have discussed as women and all agreed is very important and doesn’t get talked about enough... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  5th February 2018 |

5 Simple Steps To Help You Re-invent Your Business

An important aspect of owning a business is being able to recognise when it’s time for change. The way in which customers shop for their needs have changed rapidly in the past few years, so the way in which you work, advertise and sell as a business needs to match your target audiences shopping trends... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  26th January 2018 |

How to Make your Business Customer Service Centric

Customers play a huge part in every business, whether they are long term customers or short-term customers, they should be treated with equal measure. Each customer should have a pleasant experience when they come into contact with your business, and be treated as if they are the most important person to your company at that point in time... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  19th January 2018 |

The Rise Of The Virtual Office

Virtual Offices have become increasingly popular among businesses. Its easy to understand why, as the amount of new businesses and entrepreneurs is forever growing, they’re eager to grow their businesses at a fast pace but at a fraction of the cost of an Office. It’s easier than it’s ever been to set up a Virtual Office for your business and to create an image that you can present to your customers... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  12th January 2018 |

5 Easy Steps to Help You Stick to Your New Year's Resolution

As we welcome a new year we often think about things that we want change to better ourselves and our businesses. Whether that is to eat less chocolate, exercise more or make introductions with those business contacts that you really want but have been putting off... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  5th January 2018 |

Seasons Tidings

As Christmas is around the corner, we begin to reflect on what this year has brought us, what we have achieved and what we are grateful for. At Obsidian Offices we have achieved a lot this year and we are so grateful for everything. We have made new connections, raised money for charities, celebrated birthdays and events, welcomed a new apprentice and so much more.... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  15th December 2017 |

Introducing Some New Faces at Obsidian Offices

It has been very busy here at Obsidian over the past couple of months and we've had the pleasuring of welcoming some fantastic new customers, both in house and through our Virtual Services.  The Obsidian Team would like to give a warm welcome to everyone who have joined us this month... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  24th November 2017 |

The New Face of Digital Marketing at Obsidian Offices

As another year passes, it’s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to a member of our team. Jake has completed his Digital Marketing Apprenticeship and is now venturing out onto bigger and better things... Read More

Author: Erin Davies |  10th November 2017 |

Thank you for supporting our 10th year anniversary of Macmillan Coffee Morning!

We would like to thank everyone who has supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning last week. We hope you all enjoyed the cakes and treats. We've raised £300 for Macmillan Cancer Support thanks to your generosity.... Read More

Author: Jake |  6th October 2017 |

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017

Do you want to raise some money for a fantastic cause? Then come along to Obsidian Offices Macmillan Coffee Morning on Wednesday 27th September 2017 at 10am! We’re hosting our annual coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and we’d love it if you could join us for some coffee and cake. This will be our 10th year of holding the event and we want to raise more money than ever!... Read More

Author: Jake |  19th September 2017 |

If You’re Not Using Google My Business Yet - Here’s Why You Should

Google My Business listings aren’t new, in fact, they’ve been around for a few years now. But many Small Businesses still aren’t taking advantage of this incredibly useful directory feature. Google My Business makes it easier for potential customers to find you online and best of all, it’s completely free to use... Read More

Author: Jake |  4th August 2017 |

3 Reasons to Rent A Serviced Office in Chester

Chester has consistently been voted as one of the best places to live in the UK and it’s not surprising why. In 2015, Chester was voted the best place to live in the UK by the Hot Housing Index, which takes into consideration many scoring factors such as employment levels, internet connectivity and school provisions. But Chester is not only a wonderful place to live, it’s also a great place to work. Here are 3 reasons why we think you should rent an office in Chester. Read More

Author: Jake |  14th July 2017 |

Facebook Scams: The Fake Free Holiday Competition

Facebook is full of all sorts of great competitions and giveaways, most of them are legitimate but there is a real growing trend of fake competitions designed to trick users to steal personal information... Read More

Author: Jake |  30th June 2017 |

Top Tips To Keep Your Email Inbox Clutter Free

Email is an extremely useful communication tool that most of us use every day, but it easy for our email inboxes to become cluttered very quickly. Here are some tips to help keep your email inbox clutter free.... Read More

Author: Jake | 22nd June 2017 |

How Much Office Space Does My Business Need?

We often get asked the question “How much office space do you think my business needs?” and as each business is unique, the answer is not always going to be the same. It may not be as straightforward as you might think when it comes to deciding on how much office space you require.... Read More

Author: Jake | 2nd June 2017 |

The Real Cost of Missing Business Calls

The way we communicate with each other has no doubt massively changed over the years, with advancements in mobile communications more and more business owners and managers are using their mobile phone to answer their business calls, meaning the need for landlines is not as great as it once was. But what happens when calls are missed because you are in a meeting with a client, already on the phone with another customer or simply have poor signal? Read More

Author: Jake | 26th May 2017 |

Obsidian Offices Welcomes CharterHouse Surveyors….

The Obsidian Team would like to give a warm welcome to our latest Serviced Office Client CharterHouse Surveyors. Obsidian Offices have been working with CharterHouse Surveyors for many years providing our Business Plus Service and now as the business has grown, they have taken the next step to move into their own office. It is really exciting for us to watch as companies change and succeed and working with Gerry and Jake is no different. A brilliant new addition to the community here.... Read More

Author: Jake | 19th May 2017 |

Shared Office or Private Office – Which is Better?

With an increase in the number of small businesses with 1-2 employees looking for office space in the recent years, many business centres have seen an increased demand for starter and shared offices. In this blog post, we look at the benefits and drawbacks of both shared offices and private offices... Read More

Author: Jake | 12th May 2017 |

What is ‘Social Listening’ And How Can Small Businesses Use It

Social listening is the process of identifying and assessing what is being said about a company, product or brand on the internet. It’s a valuable tool that can be used to find out what people think about your company and its products, whether that be positive or negative, or a mixture of both... Read More

Author: Jake | 5th May 2017 |

5 Ways You Can Use a Telephone Answering Service to Benefit Your Business

Obsidian Offices work with many different businesses, in a variety of sectors. We provide a flexible Telephone Answering Service that allows businesses to concentrate on providing an excellent service for their customers. Allowing them the time to streamline processes, procedures and ensure customer satisfaction with an increase in repeat customers... Read More

Author: Jake | 21st April 2017 |

Things To Consider When Searching For Your First Office

Searching for your very first office can be a daunting task as there are so many factors you will need to consider. Ensuring the office is right for both you and your team is essential. Here are some things you should consider when searching for your very first office space... Read More

Author: Jake | 13th April 2017 |

Join Us for Our Easter Charity Cake Sale!

We’re having an Easter Charity Cake Sale on Wednesday 12th April in aid of Alder Hey Children’s Charity and we’d love it if you’d show your support. The Cake Sale is taking place in reception between 9:30am and 11:00am on Wednesday 12th April 2017, so come and join us for some tasty cakes and treats all in aid of a great cause. Read More

Author: Jake | 7th April 2017 |

The Beginners Guide to Linkedin

LinkedIn is the third most popular network in terms of unique monthly visitors and with 467 million users, you might be missing out if you’re not using it. It is the largest network in the world for business professionals. Here are some tips that can help you get the most out of your LinkedIn profile... Read More

Author: Jake | 31st March 2017 |

How loyalty programs can help small businesses retain customers

More and more businesses are using loyalty programs as they are an effective way of improving customer retention. After all, selling to your existing customers is much easier than attracting new ones. Here are some tips on how you can use loyalty programs to benefit your business.... Read More

Author: Jake | 27th March 2017 |

Here’s 3 Things You Should Consider If You’re Thinking of Starting Your Own Business

Starting up your own business is no easy task, there’s all the paperwork that needs to be completed and if you’re serious about setting up your own business then you should do plenty of market research beforehand to find out more about the market you’ll be operating in. Here are 3 things you should consider if you’re thinking of starting up your own business (or if you currently run a startup business) that can help you get on the road to success. ... Read More

Author: Jake | 17th March 2017 |

Case Study: William Lea Ltd

William Lea Ltd is a screeding contractor based in Liverpool with their main office being here at Obsidian Offices. William Lea employ several screeding teams, with the majority working on site while the office team is based at Obsidian. Billy Lea, the founder of William Lea has an impressive and extensive track record in the screeding industry spanning over 50 years... Read More

Author: Jake | 10th March 2017 |

How To Make A Virtual Office Work for You

Virtual Offices are becoming increasingly popular with business owners and managers because of the simplicity and flexibility they provide. Virtual Offices can be used for a prestigious business address to improve the professional image of the business and inspire confidence in your customers and suppliers. Here are just some of the types of people who use virtual offices and how it benefits their business... Read More

Author: Jake | 3rd March 2017 |

Business Rates Changes: What They Mean for Small Businesses

Firstly, what exactly are business rates? Business rates are a tax on business properties, which is set by the government and collected by local authorities so that those who occupy non-domestic properties contribute towards the cost of local services. Shops, offices, pubs and warehouses all must pay business rates to their local council... Read More

Author: Jake | 27th February 2017 |

Mobile Apps Vs Mobile Websites: Which is More Important for A Business?

Smartphones are becoming an increasingly common way for people to search and view business websites, so it’s important that your website works and looks good on mobile devices. If customers have an awful experience viewing your website on their phone, they’re more likely to turn to a competitor, which means you could be losing customers..... Read More

Author: Jake | 17th February 2017 |

7 Myths About Serviced Offices

There are many myths about serviced offices, that need clearing up so that you can see the true benefits of using serviced office space for your business.... Read More

Author: Jake | 10th February 2017 |

Here’s A Quick Way To Plan the Perfect Meeting

We know the importance of creating a great first impression with clients and getting your meeting right. Here are some tips and advice to help you plan the perfect meeting... Read More

Author: Jake | 3rd February 2017 |

6 Benefits Taking on An Apprentice Can Bring to Your Business

Apprenticeship schemes are becoming an increasingly popular way for young people to build up their skills and gain valuable on-the-job experience while earning a wage. Many big names such as IBM, John Lewis and Airbus are all taking on apprentices to benefit their business, but they can also benefit your business too... Read More

Author: Jake | 20th January 2017 |

SME’s: Tips for Successful Employee Recruitment.

Recruiting the right employees for the right job is no simple task. Reviewing CV’s, assessing candidates and interviewing is a lengthy and tiring process and it’s important that you get it right so you can attract the best talent for your business... Read More

Author: Jake | 13th January 2017 |

Top Money Saving Tips for 2017

You might be thinking about all the things you want to do this year, perhaps a nice long holiday or maybe even a new car, but saving up for these things can be difficult and sometimes seem almost impossible! Here are some money saving tips to help you in 2017.... Read More

Author: Jake | 6th January 2017 |

The Best Tools for Easy Social Media Content Creation

A good social media profile contains engaging content which includes the likes of images and videos. Creating content for your business website or social media can be troublesome if you aren’t using the right tools or if you don’t have much experience, however there are some great tools on the web which can help you create better content... Read More

Author: Jake | 19th December 2016 |

Simple Tips To Improve Your Network Security

Cybersecurity has been huge issue in 2016 and you need to be aware of the current threats that almost all businesses are facing, as cyber-attacks are likely to increase in 2017. Big names such as TalkTalk, Apple and eBay have recently been affected by cyber-attacks and while they have large security teams working 24/7 to protect their network it shows that everybody and anybody can be affected by attacks...

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Author: Jake | 9th December 2016 |

6 Tips To Successfully Communicate With Your Team

Communication is a key part of everyday work and It’s important that we communicate effectively so that tasks are completed correctly. Communication is all about how we exchange information, whether that be today’s tasks or how you speak to your team... Read More

Author: Jake | 2nd December 2016 |

A Day in the Life of a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Obsidian Offices

Let me introduce myself, I am Jake Bagby, Obsidian Offices Digital Marketing Apprentice. I've been at Obsidian for just over a month now and I have been learning all about the Business Center and all of our clients. My role is to manage and create content for our social media profiles, create content for Obsidian's blog, update our website regularly and much more... Read More

Author: Jake | 25th November 2016 |

All you need to know about creating a new business website that your customers will love

Perhaps your business website needs updating, or you might not even have a business website yet! Websites are becoming increasingly important as a way of connecting you with your customers and they are a great way of marketing your business to any potential customers.... Read More

Author: Jake | 18th November 2016 |

Why Social Media is a powerful tool for small businesses

Social media is a great tool for small businesses, with many using social media to their advantage. But there are some businesses that are ignoring their social media platforms. Did you know that 91% of retail brands use two or more social media channels?... Read More

Author: Jake | 11th November 2016 |

5 great ways to increase your productivity at work

We all have those days, sometimes it can feel like your whole week is full of them! That to-do list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter, if fact it’s probably getting longer and you leave the office feeling like you haven’t really achieved anything or got what you needed to do done. Productivity is a problem for most people and most businesses.... Read More

Author: Jake | 4th November 2016 |

New Beginnings

After a year at Obsidian, Courtney has completed her apprenticeship and is moving on to become a marketing assistant elsewhere. Courtney has been an integral part of the team and has gone above and beyond to provide brilliant customer service to all our clients over the past year. We have been grateful to have her in the team and are sad to see her go, however we wish her the best of luck for the future... Read More

Author: Jake | 28th October 2016 |

BCA research reveals rocketing value of UK Flexible Workspace Industry

Following on from its first report, the BCA has just released a second commissioned research report looking into the size and value of the UK business centre market. As expected, the figures reveal the ongoing growth and success of the UK flexible workspace industry, and suggests that this flourishing sector is set to continue its upward trajectory over the coming years.. Read More

Author: BCA | 14th October 2016 |

Deadly Dridex Gang Has Muscled Into Ransomware Racket

One thing that is driving mainstream recognition of ransomware is the move by the Dridex banking Trojan gang into ransomware with their Locky strain. They have taken over from CryptoWall, which from their perspective is just an upstart. Locky was linked to the notorious Dridex gang by both Palo Alto Networks and Proofpoint. The Russian Dridex criminal group is the most prominent operating banking malware.. Read More

Author: Jordi Morell | 7th October 2016 |

Thank you for supporting Macmillan with us!

We would like to thank every single person who did anything today or within the last few weeks to help us in supporting Macmillan Cancer Nurses - whether it was buying a cake, a raffle ticket, donating a prize or simply baking! THANK YOU.. Read More

Author: Courtney Williams | 30th September 2016 |

Our Story so Far..

Obsidian Office’s story isn’t as straight forward as most SME’s, as we have been around for over 50 years. Since 1964 we have adapted and changed ourselves to keep up with current trends and to continue delivering a high standard of service..Read More

Author: Courtney Williams | 23th September 2016 |

Time Management Tips from Busy People

This week I found an interesting article on The Guardian Online which I thought could help many Small Business owners with their time management. There are a number of tips on how to manage with a busy life style, from the busiest people around.. Read More

Author: The Guardian Online | 16th September 2016 |

Ace the Interview with these Psychological Tricks

There are heaps of advice on what is best to do and say when in an interview; however, very few take into consideration the cognitive side of things. Although it may seem like the interviewer is inhuman, you must remember that they are wired up the same as us and they too have psychological preferences which can alter their opinion of people. Because of this, there are certain things that you can do to make yourself more likeable and employable... Read More

Author: Courtney Williams | 9th September 2016 |

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2016 

At Obsidian Offices we are currently organising our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning to show our support to the nurses who work tirelessly for those suffering with cancer. Nobody should have to face cancer alone, but unfortunately the Macmillan Nurses must rely heavily on donations in order to do this. Thus, we need your help!  Please join us on 30th September to drink coffee and eat cakes all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support... Read More

Author: Courtney Williams | 2nd September 2016 |

Social Media VS. Email Marketing

Stop what you’re doing and think about what you did last week. Think about how much time you spent on social media, liking, sharing, commenting, posting. Now, think about how little time you spent on your email campaigning. If you spend just as much time email marketing as you do on social media, fabulous! If you don’t, read what I have to say because it may prove to be pretty surprising.. Read More

Author: Courtney Williams | 19th August 2016 |

Things to Consider When Searching for a Serviced Office

Your office is the first and last thing that people see when they meet with you. It is so important in business to impress your potential and current stakeholders. These impressions are immediately formed from your office condition, the location, the staff, the appearance. EVERYTHING has to be perfect.. Read More

Author: Courtney Williams | 12th August 2016 |

The Most Common Computer Issues - SOLVED

Computer issues can have a negative effect on your businesses dynamics. Little do most people know, these problems are extremely common and in most cases can be easily solved as long as you know how! I have chosen a handful of common problems that I think cause the most computer chaos, along with the solutions to these techy issues. Read More

Author: Courtney Williams | 29th July 2016 |

Tips and Tricks to Giving Great Customer Service

Building your business to survive in an economic struggle is not done by lowering prices, it is achieved by valuing the loyal customers who keep coming back. You gain these customers by giving an outstanding level of customer service. We have come up with a number of tips and tricks to give your customer service a boost.. Read More

Author: Courtney Williams | 29th July 2016 |

Congratulations to Angela for completing the Race for Life 2016!

We felt that this weeks post should be dedicated to Angela, our Receptionist and Customer Care Assistant who completed the Race for Life on Sunday. Not only does she work tirelessly to care for our customers here at Obsidian, she is also an eager fundraiser.. Read More

Author: Courtney Williams | 19th July 2016 |

Top 5 Facebook Scams of the Week

Facebook now has over a billion sers, that's a mind-boggling thousand million people who check their page regularly. The bad guys are irresistibly attracted to a population that large, and here are the top 5 scams they are trying to pull off every day of the year.. Read More

Author: Jordi Morell | 15th July 2016 |

Hiring a Receptionist VS. Business Plus Service

The number of secretarial job roles are estimated to go from 73,000 to 58,000 by 2020. This is due to the huge growth in administration services such as telephone answering services andd business address services. Business owners have realised that it is much more cost effective to pay for a business plus service than it is to invest in a member of staff.. Read More

Author: Courtney Williams | 8th July 2016 |

Meet the Team

Obsidian Offices would not be able to deliver the great service that we do without our dynamic team members. They give 100% 9 hours a day, 5 days a week all because we all have the same vision for Obsidian - to be a service focused business centre with flexible solutions. So get to know them.. Read More

Author: Courtney Williams | 1st July 2016 |