Renewed Life: What’s Next for Cambridge’s Business Sector?
In Cambridge, the approach of Spring is heralded by carpets of yellow and purple crocuses appearing on college lawns. This year, these bright flowers symbolise a particular feeling of optimism throughout the city. For Cambridge’s business sector, the significant relaxation of the UK’s COVID restrictions last month, alongside the return of international travel, means organisations can look forward to a future powered by the unique vitality and connectivity that in-person working has to offer.
Relocating and Reuniting
After several months of conducting property viewings via video link and guiding overseas clients through quarantine regulations, Relocation Specialist, Natalie Langdon, is thrilled to see signs that Cambridge is, once again, thriving as an international business hub.
Cambridge Relocations works with leading companies to ensure relocating employees (and their families) enjoy a smooth transition to life in the area, and Natalie believes the organisation can look forward to some “incredibly positive” months ahead as the easing of restrictions sees the wealth of diverse opportunities in the city expand.
“We are seeing more requests for Orientation tours,” from people seeking a new life Cambridge, Natalie explains, “[and] with the continuing growth of industry and housing [….] I expect this to continue as the year progresses.”
Karis Parker, Assistant Marketing Manager for Mantle Business Centres (who have two sites in Cambridge) also notes a welcome sense of forward momentum in the U.K’s business sector. Mantle provides office spaces for a wide range of organisations and Karis feels that many of their clients have become disenchanted with working from home full-time and are now appreciating a return to the affinity and engagement that office working provides. “[Clients] are seeking out space to reunite their teams,” says Karis, who goes on to describe how businesses are benefitting from the unique vitality of face-to-face interactions, including the spontaneous, “office conversations [or] ‘water cooler moments’ [that] encourage, creativity, ideas and solutions” and which are hard to reproduce in a home-working context. In Cambridge, the return to office working means people can expect to see more cyclists in business attire on their daily commutes, and colleagues enjoying lunchbreaks outside cafés as the days brighten and more organisations invite co-workers to meet in person again.
With the Spring months of 2022 set to see Cambridge’s business sector busy and flourishing, both Natalie and Karis envisage promising futures for their companies as an increased number of restrictions are lifted and more global travel routes are opened. Natalie describes how serviced apartments can help those seeking a smooth transition into life in Cambridge at this dynamic time since they offer guests the stability of staying in a fully-equipped apartment and enable them to view properties (to rent or purchase) as soon as they become available which is advantageous in a rapidly moving housing market. Those relocating to Cambridge, or staying for an extended period, may, therefore, benefit from choosing a serviced apartment as a flexible, comfortable base from which to explore a city that is well on its way to being thoroughly up and running again.
Our thanks go to Natalie and Karis for sharing their insights with us. From the vivid colours of Spring flowers to the confident reinvigoration of the business sector, there is a great deal of positive and exciting growth to celebrate in Cambridge, and we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful city soon.