Bored of the view from your office window? Not enough light in your dingy office? A solution could be found in Cardiff’s Marina where a South Wales company are pioneering floating offices.
The H2Office spaces are pods that cost around £60,000 and allow one to three people to work comfortably.
Steve Evans, Sales and Marketing Director of Floating Offices, and part of the team that came up with the idea thinks they’ve got a unique concept.
He said: “These really are a different place to work. There are significant savings for businesses as you don’t have to pay business rates, just a mooring fee. It’s not every day you get swans or ducks swimming past your office window.”
The office pods can be customised to meet the needs of the business and everything from the internal colours to how much desk space is negotiable.
Evans is confident that businesses will see the sense in having somewhere different to work.
He said: “It’s a sound investment, you’d probably get your money back within five to six years – and think of the amount you’re not paying in business rates!
“We came up with the idea after we were looking for office space overlooking the marina but struggled to find anything. We also had a look around Penarth Marina but couldn’t find anything there – so we said why don’t we be in the marina and so the floating office was born.
“The best thing has to be that if you get boored of the view, you can get a small boat and tow the office to a different location. Plus on a sunny day, having your lunch out on the deck is superb.”
The three units are built locally, with manufacturers in Bridgend and Barry involved in the production.
Evans and his partners, Andy Masters, Gavin Davidson and Alan Gillard, want the company to be a Welsh success story.
He said: “We want to build them locally and use businesses who are local, rather than just import from China or somewhere. We want to be proud of where these are produced. It’s a bit of a departure from what we currently do, as we ran an insurance company in Penarth.”
The floating offices are currently three in total but the company is looking to expand their production as they get more takers.
You can find out more information on the Floating Offices on the company website