Louise Jaggar, operations manager at Scriba PR, explains how the team took an old textile mill in the village of Lindley, and make it scream ‘SCRIBA’!
Describe your business in no more than 100 words.
We specialise in PR for niche, technical organisations that often think their story is too complex to tell. And we prove them wrong. We favour the business that other companies shy away from – we don’t believe in ‘fluffy’ PR, but instead prefer the gritty briefs that we can get our teeth into!
Our small – but results-driven – agency has a strict focus on delivering engaging, profile-boosting and results-driven communications campaigns for a range of B2B clients in the UK and overseas. And we’ve stuck to that principle since we launched in 2013.
What kind of workplace do you have? Factory, offices, home office...
We’re based in a converted mill in the village of Lindley, Huddersfield. Earlier this year we relocated into a larger space here – our third move to date – to accommodate our growth. We’re now situated in an airy loft conversion – complete with large wooden beams and trendy skylights. We love it!
Is there an interesting history to your workplace? For example, did it have a different use before it became your workplace?
Yes, the whole mill complex – Heritage Exchange – was previously two of Yorkshire’s finest Victorian textile mills. Renovations to the property began in 2004, and we secured our original spot in here just over two years ago. The building definitely has an old feel, but with a modern twist. It’s nice to be sat typing away at your desk and contemplating the history of your surroundings – the whole place has wonderful character which visitors comment on as soon as they arrive.
What makes your workplace special?
It’s different. And it’s ours. The whole place just screams ‘Scriba’ – from our signature green paint on the walls, to the amazing personalised lightbox (provided by our client Leach) in our adjacent meeting room.
It isn’t just ‘an office’. It’s a welcoming space with a meeting room that clients have started to use for their own creativity sessions. Some of our furniture is handmade from reclaimed scaffold boards, we’ve got personalised artwork on the walls and our clients’ stories are very visible rather than being hidden away on a computer. It’s a fabulous place to work, with the added bonus of every amenity we could wish for on our doorstep – the mill is also home to a spa, a deli, a gym and a hairdressers! What more could a woman want?
Who is responsible for making your workplace brilliant?
The whole team has an input, and as a close-knit unit we are all involved in any decisions surrounding the space. But Katie – Scriba’s MD – has amazing vision, and a real eye for what will enhance our surroundings. She is definitely the brains behind it all.
What made you want to deviate from the standard ‘desk, chair, kettle’ office setup?
We’ve never really been of that mindset. We have milk bottles for our flowers, brightly coloured glass boards for team brainstorming and notices, plus a giant ‘Scriba green’ rocket on our meeting room wall. The atmosphere really suits our team – vibrant!
How does this affect morale, productivity, staff retention?
It boosts the employees enormously. How many people can say they truly love their place of work? In addition to the above, we have access to a free fruit bowl, fresh flowers on our desks, and even regular yoga sessions in our meeting room! A free monthly office lunch is provided, and we also have a breakout space containing huge beanbags, for when staff want to just relax. Working hard at Scriba certainly does not go unnoticed, and the rewards are endless!
What kind of reaction do you get from visitors and clients when they see how you work?
Visitors love the office – I’ve lost count of the number of people who want to come and work here!
How far is too far – have you had to say no to anything?
Not yet no. Although there was mention of an office pet at some point – that might be pushing it! (But never say never!)
What other plans do you have to make your workplace even better?
I honestly don’t know how we could make it better at this moment in time, only perhaps with a great coffee machine. As we continue to grow, new staff will bring fresh ideas into the mix, so watch this space!
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