Advanced – celebrating five years of property strategy & rollout, matched with continued growth
- Advanced Computer Systems
Across the UK
Advanced is one of the largest providers of business software in the UK, with their solutions improving the lives of millions of people every day. We’re incredibly proud to have assisted and accompanied them on their impressive journey so far.
One of the greatest testaments to the quality of our service is when we enter a lasting relationship with a client. The benefits that we can deliver are elevated with each subsequent project we undertake, which allows us to become a much bigger influence on achieving their overall business goals.
We’ve developed a long-term partnership with Advanced over the last five years in response to their continued dynamic growth strategy. The series of acquisitions that drive this growth needed to be complimented by an agile and cohesive real estate strategy.
Our relationship since 2017 has ensured that this happened effectively and smoothly, despite several big challenges.
A property strategy that supports people
Their dynamic growth is achieved through strategic acquisition, which has meant welcoming new people and properties into the organisation. It also means that the business needs to ensure that workplaces fit the incoming roles and requirements, as well as create a unified vision of the organisation.
Every modern work environment demands a people-centric approach. As Advanced continues to spread their people across multiple sites, roles and services, from multiple new companies, these challenges become greater to meet at speed. However, we have always remained focused on making sure that the fundamentals of this approach are set out clearly and delivered in a managed way.
The fundamentals of connecting people to property in the workplace means establishing an understanding of how working patterns, preferences and, crucially for a business like Advanced, work technology will be required to support them. The pace of change within the software development industry can often dictate the direction and ambition of a company, therefore their property and real estate infrastructure and strategies must remain in step.
Making change a pain-free process
With us maintaining a constant watch for any leasing opportunities, lease breaks and business cases for centralisation, where appropriate, Advanced can stay as agile as possible for further growth.
The development of their space in the famous Mailbox in Birmingham acts as a local powerhouse to encourage visits from national management and senior leadership teams from all over the UK. The ideas, brand, and philosophies represented in this space are then reflected in the hubs rolled out across the country, with plans for even more in 2022 and beyond.
We also wanted to effectively match their dynamic development with a similar outlook on how our services can support change management. Understanding more about how people are serviced through their workspaces, and creating the environments to reflect that, is a process that should never stop. Through consultation, courting opinions and translating relevant insights and data, we can inform Advanced to implement faster, and as a result, save on their operating costs.
Crisis, challenge and opportunity
The results that we have achieved together over this time period serves as the biggest compliment we could ever receive as a partner. The focus on true team working across multiple sites, with attention paid to each staff member and role, has had a huge impact for Advanced in what are uncertain times.
Our joint response to the challenge of the pandemic was to be brave. Making decisions quickly, investing in exactly the right areas and navigating growth through complex restrictions has resulted in Advanced now being in great shape for their next chapter.
For us, this demonstrated just how reactive we can be whilst not wavering from our ultimate goal for the client. We were able to design new ways of communication on their behalf, innovate through our thinking, and ultimately exceed the expectations within the brief we were working to.
Advanced now operates from a collection of cohesive and forward-thinking workplaces in key locations that are a massive asset for them in staff retention, talent attraction and the servicing of their client base.
We’re looking forward to making great things happen with them for the next five years and beyond!
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