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New recruits

August sees more new recruits at Chameleon!

By Chameleon, News, Uncategorised

Chameleon continue to grow with two new hires in August!

Paul Saunders has joined us as Purchasing and Procurement Lead to support the pre-construction team. Paul will be responsible for sourcing and purchasing equipment, materials and services in the most efficient way to ensure all projects are delivered successfully and smoothly.

When we caught up with Paul, he said: “I have seen Chameleon’s work and the impact is has on businesses, so I am excited to be part of the team here”.

We asked Paul what he does in his spare time and he said “ I spend a lot of my time riding my Harley Davidson and playing the guitar.”

During August, we also were joined by Sue Dobbs as our Project Coordinator. Sue will be ensuring everything is organised before the start of construction so that projects are delivered to the highest standard.

When we caught up with Sue, she said: “I’m very much looking forward to being part of the team at Chameleon and supporting the team to ensure projects are delivered to the highest standard.”

Welcome to the team Paul and Sue!

Are you looking for make the next move in your career? We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

To apply send you CV to marketing@c-b-i.co.uk

new hires

Chameleon expands with two new team members!

By Chameleon, Uncategorised

Chameleon are expanding again with two new hires last month!

Hannah Clark has joined us as Purchase Ledger to work alongside our Office Manager, Linda, to support with the processing of purchase orders, invoices, expenses and other tasks associated with the business running successfully.

When we caught up with Hannah, she said: “I am really excited to be part of Chameleon. I love doing accounts as I’m a bit of a nerd, so I can’t wait to get started!”

We asked Hannah what she does in her spare time and she said “I love spending time with my little girl.”

During July, we also were joined by Georgina Barkworth, our Marketing Executive. Georgina will be looking after the marketing at Chameleon.

When we caught up with Georgina, she said: “I’m really pleased to be back in the construction industry and I’m excited to lead the marketing here at Chameleon.”

Welcome to the team Hannah and Georgina!

We are currently hiring for an experienced Sales Administrator and a Business Development Manager (West Midlands based). Email your CV to marketing@c-b-i.co.uk if you are interested. 

Office lighting for wellness and productivity

By Chameleon, Office Design, Office Interiors

Everyone knows how lighting can impact their mood. Many employees often choose to get out the office and into the sun during the summer months because of how it makes them feel much more uplifted. It is important to provide good office lighting not only to improve the well being of your employees but to also enhance their productivity.

Whether you opt for artificial, natural, bright, dim, cold or warm office lighting, the choice of lighting you choose will impact the mood, physical health, productivity and creativity of your employees. It is important to get the right balance as office lighting that is too bright can be harsh on your eyes, alter your sleeping pattern and trigger headaches and lighting that is too dim can strain your eyes and make you tired. Your brain shouldn’t have to be working overtime to compensate for inadequate lighting.

Check out our previous projects here to see how we use lighting.

What are my office lighting options?

Fluorescent V LED

When choosing the best office lighting for your employees deciding between fluorescent and LED is often the first place to start. While fluorescent options are typically cheaper than their LED counterparts, they are known to trigger headache and migraine symptoms among staff. Fluorescent lighting can also affect sleep patterns as it is known to hinder the production of melatonin. Alternatively, LED lighting is often seen as the more preferable option, despite being more expensive as they are energy efficient and can be dimmed to match the daylight outside which is better for both employees well being and productivity.

Natural Lighting

Its widely known that exposure to natural light reduces the likelihood of eye strain, headaches and blurred vision while working. Natural lighting also helps with other elements of health and wellbeing such as regulating hormones, supporting a healthy sleeping pattern and working productively on tasks.

Incorporating windows into office design significantly benefits the workforce. If you don’t have many windows, perhaps consider the addition of skylights to your building as a way to add natural light.

Colour and Temperature

Choosing between warm lighting and cool lighting can be a difficult decision but should be based on the task at hand. Typically, warmer lighting in shades of yellow or orange is better for relaxing where as cool lighting in shades of white or blue are good for waking up, concentrating or working in general. If possible, it is advisable that during the morning, the lighting is best to be of cooler shades and warms up through the day supporting employees to wind down easier at the end of the day.

Brightness

Ensuring that your office space has the correct brightness for your employees is essential. Non-working areas such as communal spaces and the kitchen  make sense to have lots of natural light as employees aren’t looking at screens or concentrating on tasks. In areas where employees spend a lot of time at screens, supporting them by taking away more of the natural lighting which overwhelms the screen and replacing it with lighting that can be controlled more easily is a better option.

 

Making the correct lighting choice for your employees is vital in order to look after their wellbeing and support both productivity and creativity in the workplace to get the most from your employees.

Junior Interior Designer

We’re Hiring: Junior Interior Designer

By Chameleon

The Role:

We are looking for a confident and creative personality, who is up for a challenge ideally has experience within the office & workplace sector, who can show initiative and respond to deadlines.

Working within a tight-knit and fast-paced working environment, you will be required to assist in all aspects of the design process from inception to completion.

Responsibilities would include; assisting in the layout space-planning, production of 2D drawing and detailed design information, realisation of design into 3D, meeting with clients and the design team, attending site, and dealing with project queries.

Our firm is able to offer a wonderful chance to be part of something creative and special. You will pick up great experience, given the opportunity to progress and develop your career and skill sets, and have a great time working within a fun and sociable practice whilst doing it!

Our Story so far:

Chameleon Business Interiors is experiencing substantial growth, operating throughout the United Kingdom and in North America.  We provide commercial office design, office fit out and furniture to a wide range of clients, focusing on collaboration, agile working and team culture specific to each client’s needs.

 Requirements & Experience: 

  • Relevant formal qualifications
  • Industry experience in commercial workspaces
  • AutoCAD
  • SketchUp/3D Modelling & V-Ray (desirable)
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • MS Office

Salary: Dependent on experience

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to marketing@c-b-i.co.uk

Senior Interior Designer

We’re Hiring: Senior Interior Designer

By Chameleon

The Role:

We are looking for a confident and creative personality, who is up for a challenge ideally has experience within the office & workplace sector, who can show initiative and respond to deadlines.

Working within a tight-knit and fast-paced working environment, you will be required to assist in all aspects of the design process from inception to completion.

Responsibilities would include; assisting in the layout space-planning, production of 2D drawing and detailed design information, realisation of design into 3D, meeting with clients and the design team, attending site, and dealing with project queries.

Our firm is able to offer a wonderful chance to be part of something creative and special. You will pick up great experience, given the opportunity to progress and develop your career and skill sets, and have a great time working within a fun and sociable practice whilst doing it!

Our Story so far:

Chameleon Business Interiors is experiencing substantial growth, operating throughout the United Kingdom and in North America.  We provide commercial office design, office fit out and furniture to a wide range of clients, focusing on collaboration, agile working and team culture specific to each client’s needs.

 Requirements & Experience: 

  • Relevant formal qualifications
  • 5+ years industry experience in commercial workspaces
  • AutoCAD
  • SketchUp/3D Modelling & V-Ray
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • MS Office

Salary: Dependent on experience

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to marketing@c-b-i.co.uk

We’re Hiring: Business Development Manager West Midlands

By Chameleon

The Role:

Creating and managing new business within the West Midlands, you will be responsible for selling commercial interior design, fit out & furniture products and services. This will be out in the field but also with a satellite office based in Birmingham and our company HQ based in Hull.

Engaging & connecting to a wide variety of clients, notably End Users, Commercial Agents, Landlords, Consultancies, Surveyors, Developers, Architects and Interior Designers.

Selling to all sectors of businesses ranging from SME’s through to large corporates & PLC’s.

In this sales role you will be managing the sales process from the initial brief (conceptual stage) through to the delivery stage, working closely alongside and partnering with Designers, QS’s, Estimators, Project Managers & Procurement Teams.

You will be dealing with new prospect business as well as your own existing accounts/projects already in the pipeline so the ability to prioritise and manage your workload is essential.

Networking and developing/generating your own new leads is essential.

Flexible working from home, the office and/or on site in the field.

Our Story so far:

Chameleon Business Interiors is experiencing substantial growth, operating throughout the United Kingdom and in North America.  We provide commercial office design, fit office out and furniture to a wide range of clients, focusing on collaboration, agile working and team culture specific to each client’s needs.

Requirements:

  • Field sales experience.
  • Have existing relationships & connections with End Users, Commercial Agents, Landlords, Consultancies, Surveyors, Developers, Architects and Interior Designers
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to pitch presentations, proposals and quotations.
  • Be able build a strong pipeline of opportunities.
  • Proactive, Driven & Self Motivated.
  • Ability to hit the ground running.
  • Be able to listen carefully and take a detailed brief.
  • A passion for commercial interiors and furniture.
  • Good time management.
  • Customer service focused.
  • Computer literate & proficient with MS Office packages.
  • UK Driving License

Salary: Excellent package which is negotiable dependent on experience

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to marketing@c-b-i.co.uk

We’re Hiring: Experienced Sales Administrator

By Chameleon

The Role:

This role is focused on supporting the sales team with quotations, job packs and negotiating and placing orders with manufacturers.

The ideal person for this role will have sales administration experience in a B2B environment. You will champion effective communication with all stakeholders and value relationship building.

Our Story so far:

Chameleon Business Interiors is experiencing substantial growth, operating throughout the United Kingdom and in North America.    We provide commercial office design, fit office out and furniture to a wide range of clients, focusing on collaboration, agile working and team culture specific to each client’s needs.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Preparing quotations for client based on client/designer briefs and CAD drawings
  • Order Processing
  • Collating profit margins, project costs and identifying where additional profit can be made
  • Organising installations and coordinating delivery of furniture with clients and on site team
  • Collaboration with design team to specify finishes and fabrics
  • Sourcing, procurement and supplier management
  • Identifications and implementation of cost saving opportunities
  • Communicating on all levels with the sales team, supporting them in their daily roles
  • Dealing with customer after sales enquiries, processing customer aftersales orders and dispatching through to monthly invoicing
  • Creation of job pack for installation teams and organising install
  • Assisting with any ad-hoc work where required

 

Skills:

  • Excellent administration and organisation
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to build strong relationships
  • Ability to organise and prioritise work effectively
  • Ability to update and maintain databases
  • Ability to respond to any internal and external queries effectively, whilst providing excellent customer service
  • Sales Administration experience in a B2B environment
  • Strong business acumen

Salary: £28,000 per annum

Please email your CV and covering letter to marketing@c-b-i.co.uk

Work begins at Hull’s 35,000 sq ft Cherry Tree Court

By Chameleon

Work has begun to transform prominent Hull building, Cherry Tree Court, into a co-working space and business lets. The significant investment in the refurbishment of Cherry Tree Court, which is situated next to Double Tree Hilton, is being led by asset managers FI Real Estate Management (FIREM).

The first stage of the refurbishment, undertaken by Chameleon Business Interiors, will see the fit-out of a new, high-spec city centre co-working space ‘FigFlex Offices’ alongside a 6,000 sq ft office let.

Harriet Wagstaff, head of sales at Chameleon said: “This is a great project for the city and it is great to see more inward investment coming into the city. FIREM is known for developing and managing mixed-use spaces that nurture businesses. It’s a pleasure to be working with the team at FIREM and Garness Jones on such a prominent Hull building.

“Following on from recent investment in the Hull Truck Theatre and Double Tree Hilton, it is great to see some grade A office space being introduced to the area to increase footfall at this side of the city. Cherry Tree Court offers a number of attractive office accommodation options over across three floors – and the co-working space is perfect for those looking for a flexible city centre address. We look forward to seeing which businesses choose to make their homes there.”

A spokesperson for FIREM said: “We’re really excited about what lies ahead for Cherry Tree Court. It sits in a fantastic location, right in the heart of Hull city centre, with virtually every amenity you’d need within walking distance.

“This makes it the ideal place for businesses of all sizes to set up and embrace the progressive working environments made possible by FI Real Estate Management and the help of the team at Chameleon.

“FigFlex is FIREM’s dedicated serviced office provider and Hull will become the first FigFlex location north of Coventry when it officially opens this Autumn, demonstrating our confidence in Hull and its bright future.”

 Phase one of the work is due for completion later this month.

 

Is your workspace ready to attract and retain the top talent in your industry?

By Chameleon

Flexible working is becoming a major consideration for professionals seeking a new role post pandemic…

New research has shown that more than half of UK professionals consider flexibility of hours or location to be more significant when seeking a new role than it was before the pandemic, whilst 38% thought that workplace culture would play a greater role!

While the majority (68%) said flexibility about work location had improved during the pandemic, and more than half (57%) said flexibility of hours had got better, attitudes towards workplace culture were less positive – only a third of respondents said the quality of their company’s culture had improved in the pandemic, with 20% saying it had declined.

Workspaces now have to adapt to suit the changing needs of their users, including introducing technology to make flexible working more accessible for everyone.

Find out more about how we can transform your workspace into a flexible hub that encourages collaboration and inspires team culture here!

 

Chameleon creates contemporary experience centre for Victory Leisure Homes

By Chameleon, Office Design, Office Interiors

Victory Leisure Homes have been creating luxury leisure homes and lodges for over a decade and in the summer of 2020 they enlisted us to bring their customer experience centre vision to life at their head office in East Yorkshire.

The once empty and under-utilised reception area has now been transformed into a 140m2 showroom. The bright and modern space includes: a welcoming meet and greet area, a refreshments corner and an L-shaped seating zone, where customers can look through samples and discuss design options. There are also two meeting rooms included in the design.

Fiona, our interior designer said: “Victory wanted an experience centre that would be welcoming for customers but would also work for more corporate, formal meetings. Together, we developed a space that perfectly balances an aesthetically pleasing, relaxing customer area alongside practical, ergonomic meeting spaces.

“It’s a fantastic project and we’re really proud to have been a part of this impressive transformation.

“We developed a tonal colour palette, which has created a very relaxed feel to the experience centre. There’s lots of wood, planting and neutral accents that all naturally complement one another and create a really contemporary finish.

“The meeting rooms’ foldable walls mean that these rooms are very flexible. Victory wanted the option to transform the meeting spaces into VR rooms, so the ability to reconfigure the design via the foldable walls is a great addition.

“We designed a handleless storage unit, incorporating wooden slats to the front of the design, creating interest whilst incorporating the natural design elements Victory requested. The piece large enough to hold a variety of samples without being too bulky. It’s sleek and smart and ties all of the natural elements together perfectly.”

Gary Corlyon, MD of Victory said: “Our new customer experience centre is exactly what we were looking for. It’s light, bright and modern, giving customers a taste of what they can expect from one of our models. We’re extremely proud of the space and truly believe that it sets us apart.”

See more of this project here – Victory Leisure Homes