Q&A with KAL Media
PUBLISHED: 09:58 20 December 2010 | UPDATED: 15:36 20 February 2013
Kerrie Allman and Lou Butt tell us about their business and give their five top tips for for getting set up with serviced offices...
STARTING FROM SCRATCH
Discover how a growing business can manage its workload
Kerrie Allman and Lou Butt
Owners of KAL Media
Tell us about your business
KAL Media is a new publishing company owned by Kerrie Allman and Lou Butt, specialising in high quality craft magazines.
Where are you based?
We are based in two offices, one at Thremhall Park in Takeley and one in Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire.
Where do you see the business in five years time?
In five years time we hope to be the leading publisher of craft magazines in the UK.
How did you get started?
We both worked from home for a while and relied heavily on emails and phone calls for communication. As the company began to grow really quickly we soon realised that we needed a more professional way to do business and we signed contracts for a virtual office at Thremhall Park, this gave us an address to use.
Have you seen an increase in the number of people using serviced offices?
The offices at Thremhall Park are always busy, and full of small companies.
Tell us more about your experiences of using serviced offices
Thremhall Park has been brilliant for us. We are able to have an office without having to worry about all the usual overheads.
What do you love about your job?
We love looking at the magazines that we produce when they arrive in our offices fresh from the printers.
Tell us about your family
Kerrie lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and her three children aged, eight, four and one. Lou lives in Wiltshire with her husband and children aged seven and five.
What are your hobbies?
We are both avid knitters, of course.
FIVE TOP TIPS
for getting set up with serviced offices
1. Shop around. There are lots of variations of serviced offices and all will offer you something different in terms of contracts and terms. Find the one that suits you best
2. Don't be afraid to ask to speak to other tenants in the serviced offices. It's always good to hear what other companies think of where they work
3. Introduce yourself to people. It can be quite lonely working in a serviced office, with so many small companies with just one or two people working by themselves.
4. Drink lots of tea. The kitchen is often the only time you see someone else.
5. Set up standing orders to take care of your rent and phone bill payments. This means you really don't have to think about anything office related.
ASK THE EXPERT
Julie Budden explains how JAB, a virtual business service, can be a business solution for expansion or in the credit crunch
Many people are unsure about exactly how a virtual business service like JAB can help their business. But in the current economic climate, the efficiency of a virtual business service providing all aspects of secretarial work can help a firm save time and money.
A virtual business service can offer a genuine solution to all administrative functions and is also very flexible. If you require out-of-hours typing support or you need daily, weekly or monthly help, or cover for holidays and sickness absence, this service can easily fill the gaps. You can also get access to costly equipment that your business is not ready to invest in but can still benefit from. In particular, digital dictation offers clearer recording resulting in faster transcription and turnaround of documents and therefore greater efficiency.
Behind the business
JAB has more than 30 years experience in all aspects of secretarial work. Julie is married with an 11-year-old son and a fluffy black Newfoundland dog and lives in Takeley. Her hobbies include taking her son to Sunday football and the occasional trip to see West Ham United play.
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