Serviced office’ and ‘managed office’ may be two terms you have noticed circulating in post-pandemic business jargon. However, what do they mean?

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What Is A Serviced Office?

What Is A Managed Office?

What is the Difference Between Serviced Offices and Managed Offices?

What Are the Advantages of Argyll’s Serviced Offices?

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Perhaps more importantly, what is the difference? In this article, we will compare serviced offices v managed offices to reveal the function and benefits of both. We currently have over 30 offices across some of London’s most finest locations. We are confident that we have a workspace solution that will work for you and your business. Read on to discover whether you’d prefer a serviced office with us or a managed office today.


What Is A Serviced Office?

A serviced office is a furnished work space which is fully equipped and managed by an operator. This means that any facilities and office maintenance is carried out by the external operating company rather than your team. Serviced offices work by handling all the added extras of running a work space so you can focus on your job. 


What Is A Managed Office?

A managed office is an empty workspace which can be rented out and then allows you to customise to suit your business needs at your cost. Once again the running and upkeep of the office is managed by an outside company allowing your team to stay on task. 


What is the Difference Between Serviced Offices and Managed Offices?

Serviced offices and managed offices do have several overlapping features. Foremostly being that they are maintained by a third party. However they also have some crucial differences. If you are considering renting a workspace in London, consider the following aspects before you opt for a serviced or managed office.

- Furnishings: The most notable difference between serviced offices v managed offices is who has control over the furnishings. Whilst in managed offices you must choose the finishing touches to the space to suit you, in serviced offices, everything is chosen for you in advance.

- Privacy: A large difference between serviced offices and managed offices is who has access to the space. Serviced offices have a variety of spaces including private offices and coworking spaces and are shared with workers from other companies. In contrast, managed offices are exclusive to you and your team.

- How you pay: one of the biggest differences between serviced offices v managed offices is how you rent the space. In serviced offices you can rent anywhere between a single desk to a whole floor. You will typically then pay per desk. In managed offices, you pay for the space and then can furnish with as few or as many desks as suits your business. 

- Contracts: the typical lease period is shorter for a serviced office v managed offices. Whilst serviced offices can often be rented on a monthly basis, managed offices usually require a 12 month plus lease.


What Are the Advantages of Argyll’s Serviced Offices?

If you are considering renting an office space, there is an abundance of reasons why you should consider us. With plenty of iconic office locations to choose from we are sure to find a workplace solution that works perfectly for you. Here are a few of the benefits of choosing an Argyll serviced office:


1. Highest Quality Furnishings

Office spaces are evolving and being designed for the future. We are at the forefront of this movement, bringing modern, contemporary design to all our spaces to create flexible offices which are as versatile as you are. From stylish lounges, inspiring meeting rooms to help you impress clients to zoom rooms to help you do hybrid working right. Our spaces are finished with the highest quality furnishings so you can work in the utmost comfort. What’s more, we go above and beyond our competitors. Our serviced offices include extras such as showers and bike racks as part of our initiative to create bike friendly offices and encourage healthy aerobic commutes.


2. Fully Flexible

We understand how unpredictable the world of work can be at times. As a new business you may be unsure of how quickly your team will grow. Have you thought about trialling hybrid working? There are many reasons why you might want a flexible office solution. Our serviced offices are well equipped to support all eventualities. Your contract can adapt and evolve to best suit your company as it changes so you are only ever paying for what you actually need.


3. The Personal Service

We provide an outstanding portfolio of properties, offering the most exclusive office environments for our customers. We pride ourselves on having exceptional people who work for us who play a central role in our customers’ experience. This includes our professional receptionists that are on hand to greet guests and take calls so you can run your day without interruption. We can also organise dry cleaning, catering and corporate events. Lastly we have an onsite IT support team who are available to help fix any technical issues. Why don't you impress clients and reward employees with the premium treatment offered within one of our offices. 


About Argyll Serviced Offices

Argyll offers the most exclusive office environments at the most prestigious addresses in London.

Driven by a desire to provide businesses with a sophisticated place to work, meet and host events, we design every element of our beautiful properties to create a lasting impression – on our customers, and their guests. Our unique combination of distinctive buildings, contemporary yet classic interiors, unrivalled attention-to-detail and consistently exceptional service, defines our signature Argyll experience.

We pride ourselves on never imposing our brand on our customers. Instead, our unbranded spaces provide a stylish backdrop, while our empowered team delivers a personal service to support our customers’ success.

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