The second of our series of blogs focusing on the stories and people behind the business spaces, we interview some of Flexspace’s unique and varied customers – this time a business based in our Watford Office.
In the second in our series of blogs focusing on the stories behind the business spaces, we highlight a flourishing Quantity Surveying business. We talked to Norman Sharp Ltd (01923 243112) , and interview the founder and owner, Kevin Baker.
It’s an incredibly varied and long list of services which we provide for the construction industry.
Essentially, we help manage costs and contracts within the building industry to try to ensure that the process runs as smoothly as possible.
We provide estimates, budgets & cost plans to clients and manage the procurement of building contractors and trade contractors on their behalf.
We also advise on the best type of contract to be drawn up and then help set up those contracts as well as running the contract administration and the project management.
Finally, we can help resolve disputes, assess variation costs and agree the final accounts if required.
Yes, that’s pretty much the whole gamut – I hope I’ve not put you off! Laughs.
We don’t provide house valuations – every time I went for a new mortgage I was asked if I could do my own house valuation!
We also don’t stand at the side of the road with a theodolite, as my dad thought I did for years. We’ve also been called ‘brick counters’ which is a very narrow understanding of what we can do.
Clients would pay over the odds for building work, and there would be a lot more disputes, that’s for sure.
So there’s some really important benefits to clients employing your services
Absolutely. Selecting the right contractor, verifying the contractor has priced up all the elements of work (and in accordance with the right drawings and specification), checking a contract (the right contract) is in place, and ensuring the client is getting value for money are just some of the tangible benefits that we bring to the table.
To be honest, there is no typical day, it’s a very varied profession. This is one of the reasons why I studied it in the first place: I didn’t want to be stuck in an office all day.
However, let me outline an example of some typical days’ work to give you a better feel of the variety:
Well, a lot of people’s initial exposure to the subject of QS is via a Monty Python bookshop sketch where a customer asks for Ethel the Aardvark does Quantity Surveying – you can check out the sketch on You tube here:
Well, I’ve been going for well over a decade and like to think we provide a bespoke service for all of our customers. We’re also a member of RICS (the Chartered QS body) which should give customers confidence that we’ll act with integrity, provide a high level of service, take responsibility and treat others with respect.
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Flexspace have helped me turn my little dream into a profitable reality! Being a small business owner looking for premises can sometimes be daunting but Loraine and the Flexspace team helped me with every step in finding the perfect solution for my business and I couldn’t be more grateful.
The team go above and beyond to look after their tenants and nothing is every too much trouble. Premises are clean, well maintained and I always feel extremely safe when I’m at work even on those dark winter nights! I have highly recommended Flexspace to fellow business owners – a hidden gem in Peterborough!
Our offices in Blackpool are easily accessible for the people we support, some of whom are in wheelchairs, there is a ramp to the entrance door and disabled facilities. Our offices are nicely decorated, comfortable and affordable.
Our Area Manager is very helpful and readily available should we have any queries or problems. The public areas are kept clean, safe and presentable. She goes over and above the call of duty for the clients.
I have enjoyed renting from Flexspace for the last 3 years and hopefully will be there for a good few years to come. Found the staff very helpful and easy to get on with.
Excellent service, the Centre team are happy to assist with meeting rooms at short notice. They ensure that repairs are carried out quickly. I needed several new sockets in my room and these were provided very quickly with no inconvenience to myself.
The staff are friendly, professional and knowledgeable and nothing is ever a problem.
Flexspace Dunfermline has had a big impact on the growth of my business over the last 3 years. Offering the ability to offer in-house training to clients with the use of the meeting room facilities. The team always ensure that the rooms are set up to the exact requirements I need to deliver the training to my clients. From equipment set up to the supply of refreshments to my delegates.
Having a dedicated team onsite that are always on hand to assist with anything from reception to administration is a real benefit to my business. The staff are always very approachable and nothing is ever too much for them when I ask for their assistance.
RDM Group has occupied buildings on the Bilton Industrial Estate for over 22 years and we have seen many owners in our time. In 2007 ‘Flexspace’ acquired the estate and through their resident manager, we have seen a dramatic improvement in the overall operation of the estate together with a continual investment and improvement program into the buildings, security and facilities which makes the estate an extremely good place for our company to be located.
Big thanks to you and Alan for your efficient handling of the whole process.
Many thanks for your support in our move into new office space, everything has been really smooth and easy even down to ensuring locks were changed and secure.
The facilities are excellent and spotlessly clean throughout and it’s so helpful for us to have access to additional rooms for booking for training events when we need it. We are so glad we made the move into a really pleasant and well maintained working environment.