2018 Business Predictions: Ann Bhatti Connect Derby Manager

Ann Bhatti Connect Derby Manager

Continuing our series, in which Business Link Magazine invites business leaders to offer up their predictions for the year ahead. We catch up with Ann Bhatti Connect Derby Manager, who offers her take on the year ahead.

Demand for quality office accommodation in Derby city centre is consistently high. Here at Connect Derby we receive more than 250 enquiries a year for office accommodation and all indications point to this trend continuing over the next 12 months.

The public sector has led the way in trying to rejuvenate the office market and Connect Derby is the prime example of this. However, there still remains a shortage of quality accommodation for larger companies looking for more than 2,000 sq ft in the city centre. In my view it will take time for the private sector to have the confidence to commit to building this level of quality accommodation.

I predict big things in 2018 for Infinity Park, the 100-acre manufacturing focused commercial and technology site located to the south of the city, close to the A50.

The £12m iHub innovation centre, the centre-piece of Infinity Park, had a tremendous first year, with all the office accommodation now occupied or under offer and several workshops now occupied or under offer too.

Whilst we’re still unsure about the effect that Brexit will have on businesses’ expansion plans, the rail, aerospace and automotive supply industries appear committed to innovate, grow and develop.

ICT is an area that managed workspace providers really need to address in 2018. Businesses now need a fast, efficient broadband infrastructure to enable them to deliver software, apps and files across the globe. ICT is integral to the successful operation of every business, regardless of their size and the ability to deliver this will be key to whether managed workspaces retain their tenants over the next couple of years.