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Benefits of Corporate Accommodation – Is It All That?

Some people enjoy travelling on business and see it as a perk of the job and others find it a tiring, lonely experience but in the non-stop world we live in, it’s a necessity that can rarely be avoided. Most short trips involve airports, client offices and nondescript hotel rooms but for longer stays and secondments, Euracom has the answer, and the benefits of business travel are better than you think….

As we’ve said, coming to London on business for a few days is easy and quick to organise. Flights are cheap and you can find decent hotel rooms all over the city. You meet with your clients, they take you for dinner and you’re back on the plane home before you know it.

As a long-term business traveller, it’s slightly more complex than that. Flights are no problem but accommodation might be. Three or more months in a hotel is prohibitively expensive for all but the biggest organisations, as is eating out three times a day. Organising laundry, work, entertaining and relaxation is also a hassle in a hotel.

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London Skyline Picture © Neil Howard

But there’s a solution, and it’s much, much easier than you think…

As a business traveller, the things that are most important to you when staying in another country are:

  • Comfort with plenty of space
  • A home-away-from-home feel
  • Close to the tube and mainline rail stations
  • 15-20 minutes to Central London
  • High-speed wireless broadband
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Modern, high-tech apartments
  • Immediate availability
  • Fully-equipped kitchen and all mod-cons

Have you considered West Hampstead? If you haven’t, it’s time to start! Our brand new apartments are perfectly located just to the northwest of central London and offer some incredible advantages over staying in a hotel.

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West Hampstead Picture © Nico Hogg

As we’ve mentioned, apartments are much cheaper than equivalent hotels and it’s exactly like being at home. You come and go as you please; you do what you want, when you want; you can cook, clean and relax in the lounge; you can entertain friends, colleagues or clients, you can work in spacious comfort and you can be in the beating heart of London in 10-15 minutes.

West Hampstead is west of Hampstead, one of London’s most exclusive (and expensive) residential areas and you should expect no change from £10m if you want a five-bedroom family home there. West Hampstead is a thriving, friendly community with a real, old-school Bohemian vibe. Some say it’s a yuppie stronghold and while that’s true to a certain extent, you’ll find all sorts of people buzzing around, from City-types to peaceful old hippies to families, young urbanites and the newly crowned millennials.

The main road that cuts through the middle of West Hampstead is West End Lane and it’s one of the very best high streets in London full of fantastic restaurants, bars and cafés, quirky, independent shops, delicatessens, bakeries and boutiques with a true village feel. You’ll find all sorts here including furniture, art, books and clothes and you are a few minutes away from the delights of Primrose Hill, Hampstead and Regent’s Park.

Not only that, but also, the overall benefits of long-term business travel can’t be ignored:

  • See new and exciting cities with new foods and new experiences
  • Meet new and interesting people from all over the world
  • You don’t suffer from routine burnout with such variation
  • Network with businesses you wouldn’t normally have access to
  • Your confidence and business acumen grows
  • Days are structured for you to get the most out of them

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Heathrow Airport Picture © Sergey Yellseev

See! Coming to London on business for three months of more needn’t be a chore, a hassle, a bind or in any way stressful if you contact us on 020 8420 7666 orinfo@euracom.co.uk and book your corporate apartment in West Hampstead today!

By Rob at 22 Feb 2016

Is Social Media Important For Business?

A decade ago the answer would have been ‘probably not’.

Today, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.

If you Google ‘benefits of social media to businesses’, you’ll find almost 39m results and the chances are you’ll also get 39m different answers, so which one is right?

Well, a lot of them are. Naturally it depends on a number of factors including the nature of your business, your audience and how you want your business or brand represented but for us at Euracom, perhaps the biggest benefit to us is how cost-effective it is.

Most of the sites we looked at have the same, clinical reasons why social media is good for our business:

  • Business exposure
  • Increased traffic to our website
  • Grow a loyal client base
  • Improved sales
  • Improved rankings on Google

They are all fine, but how does a small business like us (and you) effectively market ourselves to get our voices heard above all the noise in our industry?

This is what we think and please, if you have something to add about how you use social media, please let us know, via, ahem, social media! You can follow us on Twitter@EuracomLondon and ‘like’ our Facebook page!

  1. Setting up social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest etc. is cheap and it gives you the ability to reach a targeted audience very quickly.
  2. According to socialmediatoday.com, 83% of customers like to connect with their favourite brands on Facebook and 53% on Twitter and a study by Nielsen suggested that 50% of purchases are made based on recommendations your customers see on social media outlets.
  3. Facebook has 1.3 billion monthly active users and Twitter has around 280 million. That’s a lot of people who have potential access to what we’re saying and selling!
  4. We now have the ability to interact directly with our customers. We can respond very quickly to questions and issues and we add value to our service offering by writing monthly blog posts (like this one). Company engagement is now a two-way street. We don’t know what you want unless you tell us!
  5. Ultimately, we’re a business like any other and we have competitors so we need to do all we can to generate leads and sales. Another report by socialmediatoday.com said that 71% of social media users are more likely to purchase products from brands that they are connected on social media websites.

Since we’ve been active on Twitter and Facebook, we have seen our enquiries forapartments in London increase dramatically and we have been able to convert more of those enquiries thanks in part to social media but also because we are all lovely people to deal with and we have the best selection of vacation apartments in Londonand student apartments in London!

The flip side of using social media to drive awareness of your brand and to drive sales is the all too familiar ‘social media fail!’

This is precisely how not to engage with your audience on social media!

Call us today on 020 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk for the best accommodation in London!

By Rob at 17 Oct 2014

Has London REALLY changed in the last decade?

Has London changed that much in the last ten years? Did we really do anything hugely different then than we are now? Has the landscape changed much in terms of the arts, business, sports and economics? This article will take a fun, irreverent and reminiscent look at how our wonderful city has shifted in time over the last decade…

Let’s start with the facts –

 

2004

2014

Prime Minister

Tony Blair (Lab)

David Cameron (Con)

Mayor of London

Ken Livingstone (Lab)

Boris Johnson (Con)

Tallest Building in London

One Canada Square (771 ft)

The Shard (1,004 ft)

Unemployed in London

260,000 (approx.)

368,000 (approx.)*

Population

7.3m (approx.)

8.3m (approx.)

Average House Price

£125,000 (approx.)

£380,000 (approx.)

Pint of Milk

35p

49p

*Source: Office of National Statistics

In the news, serial killer Harold Shipman was found dead in his cell; 23 Chinese cockle pickers drowned at Morecambe Bay; Maxine Carr, convicted of ‘assisting an offender’ in the Soham murder case was released under a false identity;  relatively unknown football coach Jose Mourinho is appointed manager of Chelsea; it was the 60thanniversary of D-Day; England are (unsurprisingly) knocked out of Euro 2004 on penalties by Cristiano ‘winker’ Ronaldo  and his Portugal team; Chancellor Gordon Brown announces plans to cut 100,000 civil service jobs; Great Britain won nine gold, nine silver and 12 bronze medals at the Olympics in Athens; British hostage Ken Bigley is beheaded by Iraqi militants; Home Secretary David Blunkett resigned and the tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed 228,000 people including 9,000 Europeans.

In the world of entertainment, the biggest selling artists in the UK were Eminem, Britney Spears, Scissor Sisters, Franz Ferdinand and The Streets; films released includedAnchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Scorsese’s The Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Pegg and Frost-inspired Shaun of the Dead and Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby.

In sport, Mourinho-inspired Porto beat Monaco in the Champions League final, Greece surprise everyone by beating Portugal on their home turf in the final of Euro 2004, legendary football manager Brian Clough died at the age of 69, Justin Gatlin was Olympic 100m champion winning in a time of 9.85s (Usain Bolt’s record is now 9.58s), the Great Britain 4x100m team triumphed in Athens, Team Europe beat Team USA 18½ – 9½ to retain the Ryder Cup, Amberleigh House won the Grand National and ‘Rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan won the World Snooker Championship.

Fast-forward a decade and where the news is concerned, nothing very much has changed. People are still doing awful things to each other, politicians are headline news often for the wrong reasons and England are still rubbish at football!

It’s evident that after years of recession, public sector cuts and financial turbulence, London remains a spectacularly exciting, vibrant and global city at the forefront of fashion, trade, technology and food (we now have 61 Michelin-starred restaurants in London). Also, due to the dearth of creative talent, we can now attract world-class tech behemoths such as Amazon, Google, Cisco, Facebook and Intel. While we retain cautious optimism, the economy is showing real and lasting signs of recovery as more and more businesses look for commercial property in the West End and surrounds. Of course with international businesses arriving, international staff will arrive and Euracom has a wide range of corporate apartments in London. Have a look at our site and then call us for information.

There has been a noticeable move towards a denser, more sustainable and urban style of living (with a much higher concentration of tall buildings going up). There are noticeably more bicycles on our streets, more and more people and businesses paying attention to recycling and having one eye on sustainability and over the last decade, there has been an explosion of farmer’s markets popping up all over the city trying to persuade Londoners to buy local. And we are.

Immigration has been the textbook political hot potato for the last decade and with any diaspora, issues will almost certainly arise about the numbers coming in but collectively, we rely more and more on Europe, so can we have our cake and eat it? It’s a discussion that will undoubtedly run and run.

As with any major city, London has it’s fair share of challenges moving forward into 2014 and beyond including urban regeneration, housing and economic development and given our unprecedented funding and delivery situation, it’s become vital for people to come together to share best practice, to develop thinking that is both innovative yet practical and to invest in the future to keep our city relevant, vibrant, cosmopolitan and exciting.

What are your memories of London over the last ten years? What changes have you seen that you like and dislike? What should we be doing but aren’t? We’d love to hear your feedback, thoughts and ideas.

As always, Euracom can satisfy your accommodation requirements in Londonincluding holiday and vacation apartments in London, student apartments in Londonand corporate accommodation in London so please call us on +44 (0) 20 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk and we will happily talk you through everything you need to know.

By Rob at 20 Jan 2014

London’s Markets

Here at Euracom, we have built our business on the strength of offering excellent accommodation to students, executives and tourists.

Three relatively disparate groups of people, but the all have one thing in common and while each group goes about their daily business, we’re sure that at one point or another, every one of them has visited one of London’s markets.

London’s markets are world-famous. Their origins are grounded in the Middle Ages where, under ancient charter, they were set up to serve the expanding numbers of people coming into the City of London. As the years passed, some grew into huge, wholesale markets catering for the new breed of retailer and some became street markets to meet the needs of the growing suburbs.

There are traditionally two types of markets here in London – wholesale and consumer – but there is a third type of market that has emerged over the last 5-10 years that Londoner’s have come to love – the Farmer’s Market.

We won’t focus too much on the wholesale markets but they are worth visiting simply because of their sheer scale and history.

Wholesale Markets

New Covent Garden Market is the UK’s largest fruit, vegetable and flower market. It supplies 40% of the fruit and veg eaten outside of the home in London and 75% of London’s florists buy their flowers there each morning.

Billingsgate Fish Market is the UK’s largest inland fish market and they process 25,000 tonnes of fish and seafood every year.

Smithfield Meat Market is one of London’s oldest markets – meat has been traded here for over 800 years – and is open to the public.

Consumer Markets

The beauty of London’s consumer markets is in their eclectic nature. You can buy, within reason of course, almost anything, from high-end art and antiques to second-hand books to flowers, clothes, food from every corner of the globe, gifts, curios, handmade goods and jewellery.

Opening hours vary from market to market (some are permanent and some operate on certain days of the week only) so it’s worth checking before you go but one thing is for sure, there are great markets operating every day of the week and you will never be lost for a market in London to go to!

Borough Market – Fresh foods, fruits and vegetables as well as specialist ingredients. A gourmet’s paradise!
Greenwich Market – Jewellery, clothes, accessories, gifts and pictures. There’s also a food court and lots of local, independent shops.
Covent Garden Market – London’s most famous craft market. Look out for the street performers too, some of them will blow your mind!
Jubilee Market – Antiques on Monday, arts & crafts on the weekend and then a general market. It’s in the heart of Covent Garden and definitely worth a short detour!
Camden Lock Market – Clothes, art, workshops, accessories, gifts and punky counterculture stuff with a very cool vibe and lots of street food stalls.
Broadway Market – Artisan foods as well as clothes, gifts and furniture in Hackney, one of London’s coolest and vibrant areas.
Old Spitalfields Market – A covered market selling clothes, art, food and gifts and you can nip up the road to Shoreditch to hang with the cool crowd!
Portobello Market – Antiques, artisan foods, posters, vintage and designer clothes and artwork. It’s been here for almost 200 years and Saturdays is the best day to come.
Leadenhall Market – Designer clothes and shoes, fresh food, gifts and services. It dates back to the 14th century and is in the heart of the City.
Brick Lane Market – Bric-a-brac, leather clothes, saris, spices and other Eastern delights. A real hotbed of cultures, Sundays is the best day to come.

Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s markets are a relatively new addition to the London market scene. Simply put, they are weekly markets set up by local and artisan food producers to sell the fruits of their labours. Where previously we have bought our French cheese, our Spanish ham and our Middle Eastern fruit from American supermarkets, now Londoners can buy direct from the source. Local, seasonal foods that haven’t been corrupted by ‘food miles’ and import duties made by local, artisan producers who care more about the quality of the produce they serve rather than their profit margin.

Every week around the country, farmer’s markets are popping up wherever there’s a suitable space – car parks, school playgrounds, fields, town squares and high streets and while there is an argument that you may end paying slightly more for your apples that you would at any high street supermarket, you know for sure they have been picked off a tree by the guy selling them to you within 10 miles of where you’re standing rather than having been mechanically harvested in China or Turkey.

To find your nearest farmer’s market, click here.

Remember, we have some of the best apartments to rent in London so browse through the website and then call us on 020 8240 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk today!

By Rob at 11 Oct 2013

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