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Accounting firm finds best practice in workplace interior

National accountancy practice, Baker Tilly, has recently completed a refurbishment of its Hereford regional office.

The refurbishment was carried out by local VERCO dealer, A4 Office Products, chosen on the basis of presenting ideas that embraced the practical and aesthetic needs of staff and clients.

Verco and Baker Tilly

Baker Tilly has occupied its three-storey 1960s-built offices in Hereford's Holmer Road since 1987. Partner Mike Horwood oversaw the project which included the complete stripping out and replacement of interiors.

Mike said, "I researched into the local supply base for an interiors partner for the refurbishment and Alan Thomas of A4 Office Products, who is also based in Hereford, was best recommended. Our policy is always to use local businesses when we can."

Baker Tilly's brief called for workplace furniture that complemented the corporate culture and philosophy of a modern, forward-thinking professional business advisor.

"We give twenty-first century advice, so we wanted a twenty-first century workplace," said Mike.

Verco and Baker Tilly

Another important factor was that the furniture should reflect the values of authority, assurance and longevity. "We are not here to show off or shock, but provide good counsel," Mike said.

The building's furniture stock was ageing and had been added to on a piecemeal basis over ensuing years.

"It was functional enough but did not make for an ambient environment," said Mike. "One benefit of having to start again was ridding ourselves of a culture where promotion equated with having better furniture.

"I decided that we should specify furniture from a reliable, single source that could satisfy every conceivable need for all grades of personnel with a handful of designs that complemented one another."

Verco and Baker Tilly

His brief to attain the appropriate ambience within a tasteful, understated and clutter-free environment saw ceiling levels lowered, new lighting and an improved colour scheme implemented.

Furniture was chosen with the full involvement and consultation of staff. "Everyone got to choose from the same catalogues," said Mike. "It was an enjoyable process that benefited in practical and morale terms too."

Verco and Baker Tilly

The new environment features a reception area with break out seating for informal meetings plus three formal meeting rooms. Beyond lie six executive suites for the partners and open plan administration areas.

Executive suites have been fitted with VERCO Intuition desks, with credenza and kidney table tops, and matching storage in cherry or walnut veneer finishes complemented by Select high back chairs in a variety of colours.

Other areas employ VERCO Visual 3 panel-ended desks in Oak MFC together with black-upholstered Profile task chairs.

Verco and Baker Tilly

The three meeting rooms feature Intuition round tables and Visual MFC tilting tables in meeting rooms with Focus chairs.

Baker Tilly's partners and staff have commented favourably on their new work environment. It is clear that the quest to find furniture that fits the firm's culture has been a success.

"The office looks completely fresh yet everything belongs to the extent you could believe it had been there forever," Mike observes.

Verco and Baker Tilly

He cites his working relationship with A4 Office Products and its supplier as "very good, very professional".

"A4 and VERCO acted as an extension to our family here," he said. "Everyone worked to the time scales we set and we've had good feedback from clients in terms of what's been achieved."

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Issued October 2008 on behalf of VERCO Office Furniture Ltd by

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About Verco

Founded in 1912, VERCO is one Britain's best known and respected office furniture manufacturers. Take this link for the full story …

About Baker Tilly

With 2,200 employees and over 280 partners, Baker Tilly operates from 30 offices in 25
locations across the UK. The firm, which generates a fee income of over £204 million, provides accountancy and business advisory services ranging from compliance to facilitating growth.

As an independent member of Baker Tilly International, it can call upon 138 member firms across 104 countries to assist clients in any overseas marketplace.

Founded in 2000, A4 Office Products specialises in the provision of turnkey office interiors solutions to a wide range of business customers ranging from SMEs to the regional offices of national organisations. The company additionally provides the broader needs of workplace requirements, ranging from office consumables to business machines.


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