A new, dynamic business space has arrived in Hertfordshire with the launch of Grant Thornton’s innovative St Albans premises designed to bring business leaders together to work, connect and develop.
The space has been created by the leading financial and advisory firm to encourage a new way of working which leaves behind the traditional ‘office’ to offer an open, modern venue where businesses can meet, network, exchange ideas and hold events.
More than 100 business leaders joined Grant Thornton last week to officially open the St Albans space at Churchill House, Upper Marlborough Road, and get a taste of what the new concept in business working is all about.
Jeremy Read, Partner, Grant Thornton UK LLP said: "When most people think of an office they imagine people sitting at desks, in front of their laptops, writing reports. Here in St Albans we’ve deliberately steered away from that to create a space where our people and clients can connect, have open and insightful conversations in a relaxed atmosphere and develop stronger relationships.
“Hertfordshire is a region of opportunity, with the eighth highest employment rate in the UK amongst business professionals. Our new space is designed to build on this, combined with Grant Thornton’s dynamic, forward thinking approach, to create an entirely new concept for our county’s businesses.”
The St Albans space includes a business lounge area, a theatre which seats up to 30 people for larger meetings and presentations, and noise-cancelling booths to enable conversations to take place without distraction. There is also a CEO room for board level meetings.
In keeping with the exciting new space, guests at the launch party enjoyed hospitality with a difference including ‘nitro food’ such as poached meringues which break in the mouth to leave a vapour trail. Visitors also experienced sensory experiments including wine tasting whilst listening to different music, with drinks supplied by Hertfordshire companies.
Claire Sharp, partner at Hertfordshire law firm Debenhams Ottaway LLP who attended the event, said: “It certainly lived up to expectations, very enjoyable and the space is splendid, very impressive.”
Jeremy Read added: “Over the past two years we have built up a strong market presence in the county which is now cemented with the opening of the St Albans space. We look forward to regularly welcoming clients and other local businesses to share this with us because they like the space - but most importantly it gives them access to conversations with relevant, interesting and insightful people."