DeVono are the UK’s leading tenant-only advisory consultancy, providing corporate real estate insights and leasing services to a London, UK and global client base. We are proud to be working in association with Founders Forum, helping to advise companies about their COVID-19 response and workplace strategies. We are helping businesses stay connected through this period of change.
A considered and informed workplace and corporate real estate strategy will be crucial for business of all sizes as they respond to the pandemic in the short, medium and long term.
We offer a full suite of services, including; Flexible Workplace Solutions, Occupier Advisory, Occupier Disposals, Dthree-Design & Build, Project Management, Industrial Agency and Portfolio Solutions.
With over 100 years of combined experience working within the commercial office sector, our experts will help you find a serviced office or co-working solutions that fulfils the exact need of your organisation, or advise you on options with regards to your current lease. Should you require advice with regards to a Design and Build solution, our in-house experts at Dthree Studio are here to help.
To find out more about how DeVono can help you formulate your workplace strategy, contact us using the enquiry form below.
Please see below some of the insights we have provided to our clients during the pandemic to help navigate and manage their corporate real estate strategy.
Technology - Power on through the pandemic
Adoption of workplace tech to bolster technology firm performance
In our latest blog, DeVono's Head of Insight, Shaun Dawson, highlights the adoption of workplace technology to strengthen the performance of technology firms.
Planning for Growth
Unlocking Your Real Estate Potential in 2021
As businesses plan for the year ahead, in this blog, DeVono outlines learnings from our ‘Commercial Real Estate Roadmap’ - a handbook to help all organisations devise their future commercial real estate strategy, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Office Market Predictions 2021 - A Time for Occupiers
2020 has left a mark on all of us and will be remembered as a year to ultimately forget. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all our lives – including how and where we work. Whilst most of us may have felt like we were ‘on pause’ for much of the year, the workplace, workforce and associated working practices underwent a supercharged evolution.
Commercial Real Estate: What is the New Normal?
With 2020 drawing to a close, numerous changes have occurred to both our working and personal lives. In this blog, DeVono’s Joint CEO, Robert Leigh, details how DeVono is celebrating differently this year, the many changes in the commercial real estate sector in 2020 and what he looks forward to in 2021.
7 Ways to Create a Positive Organisational Culture
DeVono’s Head of People and Premises, Ruth Lynch, and People Director, Dthree Studios, Hannah Grothier, share their insights on helping your firm to enhance your company culture and better your workplace in the ‘new normal’.
What Constitutes a `New Normal' Workplace
In this blog, DeVono’s Head of Insights, Shaun Dawson, discusses the post-COVID-19 environment, what constitutes a 'new normal' workspace, including the shift to flexible leasing, re-imagining office design and return-to-work strategies.
The Next Generation of the Office
Adopting a Hub & Spoke Strategy
Whilst the original lockdown in the spring showed the resilience of businesses to adopt new ways of working such as opting for a more hybrid working solution, the summer months have showed people’s desire to return to the office, which until the past couple of weeks was growing.
Commercial Real Estate Roadmap
Unlocking Your Future Real Estate Strategy
DeVono is pleased to launch its ‘Commercial Real Estate Roadmap’ – a handbook to help all businesses devise their future commercial real estate strategy, both during, and post the COVID-19 pandemic. In the handbook we outline the ways in which business leaders should approach commercial real estate decisions using our ‘Return, Revitalise and Transform’ model.
The Occupier Q3 2020
In this edition of The Occupier, we bring you a comprehensive analysis of the central London office market for Q3 2020. The summer of 2020 provided little let-up for businesses trying to navigate these unsettling times. Whilst a lifting of some restrictions offered a brief respite; this was only to be followed by a second wave of the pandemic and lockdown. As we look towards 2021, we can do so with more optimism buoyed by the roll-out of multiple vaccines and the implied knock-on effect on market sentiment and economic activity.
This report aims to provide greater transparency on the total cost of leasing office space in London to ensure that businesses have full visibility of their office cost base, not just the rent, rates and service charge. This report highlights that there are seven components to office occupancy costs, not just the three that are traditionally used.
Why Flex Leasing Works
In a Post Covid-19 World
COVID-19 and the measures adopted to combat it have presented extraordinary challenges to the economy and to busi- nesses. Some of these challenges relate to productivity, revenue-generation, capital preservation and workforce-wellbeing. Paradoxically however, it has also presented some significant opportunities. One such opportunity for businesses is their real estate footprint, and its potential optimisation.
COVID-19 Secure Guidelines
Offices and Contact Centres Summary
DeVono has summarised the UK Government’s guidance for employers to help them get their businesses back up and running and workplaces operating safely. The full guide for offices and contact centres is available here.
Employers should display this notice in their workplace to show they have followed the listed guidelines.
Return to the Office Key Findings
The easing of lockdown measures and the gradual reopening of the economy is prompting more businesses to implement a return-to-the office process for their staff.
Businesses need to adhere to government guidelines on what constitutes a safe return as well as how the workplace should be accessed and used.
"We appointed DeVono because we knew they would care and take the trouble to understand our business, our objectives and help us deliver on our commitment to our clients and our people. The outcome of the process has been entirely positive and surpassed all of our expectations. We would always choose to work with DeVono."
"It was a pleasure working with DeVono - the team were very professional, knowledgeable and provided the right advice when needed. The most important aspect was that you took time to understand what we were after rather than position everything on the market. I would not hesitate recommending you and your firm."
"With the myriad tools available to brokers, for me, the key ingredient to a successful partnership is how acutely our needs are heard and translated into action. The entire team at DeVono deciphered our ambitions with patience, pragmatism and good humour. Not only did they present options that answered the questions I had, they provided alternative directions informed by their local expertise, which, being based in the USA, was vital for me to be able to make solid, well-informed decisions. I would not hesitate to recommend."
"Having appointed DeVono in March 2016 to find our next high profile London office from 2018, we have not been disappointed with their high level of service and meticulous attention to detail from the very first day, through to signing the Agreement for Lease and beyond. They assured us during the tender process that they would be right by our side all the way through and not just appointed to “do the deal” and this is exactly what we received."
"Our experience with DeVono and you specifically could not have been better. It was a relief to have an expert negotiating on our behalf and, most importantly, sticking with a long and difficult assignment."
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