Tips To Help When You’re Going Through A Creativity Slump!

We have all been there, sometimes you’re in a slump. You might be feeling tired most of the time, or disinterested in your work. You’ve lost your motivation.

And it could be for a number of reasons, you could be stressed at work or home. It’s a change in the season, and as it gets darker earlier, you could be affected by that. And if you run your own business, it’s important to not stay in that slump too long, or it could affect your business.

In our serviced offices on our sites, we have several small businesses who are run by a very small team, and we know the importance of getting out of those dips to keep your business thriving, so we have a few tips here to help you get out of that business slump!

Get away from the computer

This can be tough, as most of our work is done on a computer, but staring at the screen too long can affect your concentration. So, leave your desk. Walk to the kitchen and make a brew. Weather permitting, go outside and have a walk. At The Craggs we are lucky to be surrounded by the beautiful Calder Valley countryside. Whether you’re up at the main site in Cragg Vale  or at The Chapel in the centre of Mytholmroyd, there’s plenty to see and do in your breaks away from the computer screen.

Mix up your routine

If you come straight into the office and work non-stop, mix up your morning routine, and get a coffee en route to the office. By doing something different, your brain doesn’t fall into your repetitive thought processes.

If you always go for lunch at 12.30 on the dot, go at 12. Or 1.

If you always bring your lunch with you, go out and buy a sandwich. (We have a local farm shop and café on site, so we’re lucky to have fantastic food right on our office doorstep!)

By changing your routine slightly, not to be disruptive, but it will stop you from falling into the same repetitive routines, which will get your brain going, and improve your mood!

If you work from home, mix it up with some co-working or desk sharing

We know that working from home is maybe financially better, you’re not paying for overheads such as rent, electricity etc. However, working form home can be lonely.

But if you can’t afford an office, then there are other options available. You can hire a desk, or a shared office.

That way, you can work from somewhere else, meet new people who might be able to help with you and your business and you will spend time with other people.

At the Craggs, we also offer co-working and shared office facilities. With high speed internet, flexibility in when you use our co-working facilities, and a community of tenants who help and encourage each other in their businesses, you’ll fit right in.

For more information on our co-working facilities, visit the page on the website or call us on 01422 888450 and we can talk about how we can help you!

Remember, it’s normal for us all to have these peaks and troughs when you’re in business, so if you find yourself in a business slump, take our advice, try these steps to change up your routine and your thinking habits will change for the better too!

Business Relocation Check List

So you’re relocating your business, how exciting! There’s already a lot going on with owning your own business, and throwing your relocation into the mix seems like a silly idea, but you’ve got to keep expanding and growing your business!

There’s a number of ways that you can make this much easier for your business and in this article, we’re going to be going through some of these ways.

Self Storage

Self storage can make a huge difference when you’re relocating your business because it allows you to place anything unwanted at the moment in a storage unit. Our self storage Halifax experts are on hand to help, and an explain just how affordable storage can be and how it is definitely something that businesses may want to consider! (Considering how much cheaper it is to do than buying a larger office space for storage!)

Even if by some unfortunate chance, your move is delayed by a few days, you’ll be able to put everything in storage to ensure that it stays safe until you’re able to move in.

If you require any help with self storage Halifax, self storage Mytholmroyd or self storage Hebden Bridge, then our fantastic storage units are perfect for businesses and the general public, offering some fantastic rates!

Self storage is only required in certain scenarios so we thought we’d give it a mention just in case this scenario pops up for you. What we’ve created is a bullet point checklist to help you understand what is required for your business relocation.

  • Select a move committee. This is made up of representatives from IT, HR, Operations and other interested and qualified people.
  • Establish your business relocation budget.
  • Determine whether or not it requires a third party to help with the move.
  • Coordinate your business relocation with the moving of servers and IT provider/support.
  • Contact your telecommunication provider to get new numbers or move your existing numbers
  • Determine if any of your equipment requires specialised or approved vendors to move it.
  • Check the existing lease for restoration requirements/conditions for returning current space to landlord.
  • Order keys from the building.
  • Contact the building to confirm locations of signage.
  • Hire signage vendor to plan, get approval and install new signage.
  • Obtain a qualified mover for your business relocation.
  • Order new letterheads, business cards, forms and any other printed marketing materials.
  • Update your website, emails signatures.
  • Notify your current clients of change of address.
  • Contact the post office for change of address.
  • Contact you bank for change of address.
  • Notify any vendors of change of address.

These are the main areas you will need to cover with your business relocation!

If you are looking for a new office space in halifax, we have several available units in both Cragg Vale and Mytholmroyd, from desk space up to large offices. The facilities of the city, but the scenery of the countryside.

You can see our available offices here

The Craggs from Above

The Craggs Story continues

The Craggs Story continues  …… Having successfully completed the renovation of both The Craggs and The Chapel over the last seven years our attention moves to our site, Riverside Business Park in Mytholmroyd. This existing unit is now available for occupation in its current format with the potential to split or change the configuration if necessary. We also have a…Read More→

The Chapel – Open Events

Chapel Open Events 

Please come and visit the Chapel on either Friday 8th March – 10am to 12pm or Saturday 9th March – 2pm to 4pm

We are holding open evens for local residents and businesses who are intrigued as to what renovations we have undertaken inside the Chapel.

We will be hosting at The Chapel in Mytholmroyd so that people can come along and have a look.

There is no need to book – we will be on hand to discuss the work we have undertaken to restore and modernise this beautiful building.

This development has been supported by Calderdale Council’s Regeneration & Strategy Directorate.

To let us know you will be able to attend please register via facebook Open Event or let us know at www.thecraggs.co.uk

Spotlight on Purple Demand

Introducing Purple Demand – the first tenant of the newly renovated Chapel in Mytholmroyd.

It never ceases to amaze us the different types of businesses that are based on our sites and as part of the ‘Spotlight’ series we will be introducing you to our these fantastic companies.

Purple Demand helps tech vendors and their channels hit mid-market sales targets. They specialise in storage, virtualisation, cloud services and security.

They are a virtual inside sales engine that generates sales-qualified appointments, discovers new leads, and nurtures long-term prospects.

As an organisation they are commercially savvy, technology literate and channel-friendly.  As a result they navigate through organisations to create meaningful dialogues with the right people.

Purple Demand achieve results through rigorous process, cast-iron technology and – most importantly – by employing the best telephone sales specialists in the business.

Purple people are fun, flexible and incentivised by results.  They only commit when they know they can do a great job.

To find out more information http://www.purpledemand.com

Reflections on the year with technology…

I found myself  like many others this week, sat on the sofa full of the pre-Christmas cold.

I was ‘messing’ with my phone and reviewing my year in photographs.

An hour later I had made this; it is work in progress like many things but on balance to wait for it to be perfect and up to the standards of my 13 year old daughter would be pointless.  Either way it made me smile.

We have worked hard this year renovating The Chapel which now offers fabulous and impressive office space in Mytholmroyd.

I am ready for the Christmas break where we can recover our energies for the new projects in 2019.  I’m sure next year will be as fun filled as the previous ones.

If you are interested in office or industrial space at any of our sites please get in touch.  info@thecraggs.co.uk

 

 

Totally Locally – for just £5 a week

Looking around  social media there are some excellent, well thought out and motivational images about why we should look to buy locally.

At this time of year it is more important than ever.  The impact that is made locally is amazing and real.

Totally Locally was devised by Chris Sands with seed funding from Calderdale Council and the fabulous message started in Calderdale 7 years ago.

After the success of the campaign, Totally Locally decided to give the whole Totally Locally concept & tool kit away for free to any town that wanted it.

Totally Locally noted “Since that time it’s a message that people all over the world have used to promote their own town, and we love that. We thought it was time to bring it back home.”


If you would like more information please go to Totally Locally or simply ‘Buy Locally’

Which storage is the best for you?

We found this article to help you work out which type of storage suits your requirements.

Although the costs are in US$ it details what types of storage are available and the pros and cons of each.

At The Craggs we offer self contained indoor units of various sizes all of which can be viewed easily on our live storage map

 

The ‘Beyond the Watermark’ Festival

Save the date: The ‘Beyond the Watermark’ Festival

 

On Saturday 20th August The Craggs Country Business Parks will be hosting a free, fun filled, family friendly festival on the hills above Cragg Vale. The day will include stalls of local produce, live music, fun and games for children as well as food and drink provided by Craggies. Alongside this, the tenants on site will open their doors for the day with guided tours taking you around the breweries and on site mills. On the 20th The Craggs will also host an organised Tractor Run in conjunction with Craggs Energy, Craggies and Calderdale Young Farmers which will leave the business park at midday to travel around the hills above Calderdale. All the event during the daytime will run from 10am until 4pm.

All money raised during the day is for Watermark Calderdale to help them build a resilience fund in case of future flooding. If you would like more information about the event or would be interested in having a stall on the day please call 01422 888450 or email info@www.thecraggs.co.uk.

The Craggs Country Business Parks is easily accessible approximately a 10 minute drive from Mytholmroyd and Ripponden, where you can be in Leeds and Manchester within the hour.

 

Here is how the day went!