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Last week saw Mix Week descend on Manchester, including the inaugural Mix Design Collective event and the highly regarded Mixology North awards. Mix Week is always a hotly anticipated event, but with the addition of the new Mix Design Collective, the A&D community came out in their droves to discover what was hot and innovative in the world of workplace design, employee experience and technology.

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What will the office of the future look like?

As more research is undertaken into the future of the workplace, what we consider to be innovative office design will continue to change. 30 years ago, open-plan office spaces with breakout zones and games rooms were practically unheard of, nowadays they’re becoming the norm. As the younger generations join the workforce, companies are changing the way they design the office space (click here to find out how to engineer your workplace for next-gen employees), and the amenities they offer as standard. But what will the workplace look like in 10, 20 or 50 years?

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We’re excited to share that Vladimir, one of our valued TopBaristas, has recently moved to our Technical Team as a Field Service Engineer.
After several years with the company, Vladimir has shown a keen interest in joining our team of TopBrewer engineers, and we are very proud of the hard work that he has put in to ensure he is ready for this exciting move. Thanks also to the support of the rest of the technical team both in the UK and Denmark for helping Vladimir to become fully qualified for this role.
Vlad’s main responsibilities will be installing and programming new machines and responding to service calls and we know he will be a fantastic addition to our Technical Team.

Meile Skaskauskaite joins the TopBarista team

We’re excited to share the newest addition to our team of TopBaristas!

Meile Skaskauskaite joined the team at the end of October, and brings with her lots of hospitality experience, most recently in the corporate world. We’re thrilled to welcome another positive and energetic person to the TopBrewer team, and we’re sure Meile will be a great asset to the team.

Meile’s main responsibility will be to safeguard the TopBrewer experience, ensuring our clients receive only the best experience

Welcome, Meile!

Marcin Sklarek joins Team TopBrewer

We’re thrilled to welcome Marcin Sklarek to Scanomat UK and Ireland.

Marcin will be joining Business Development Manager, Brian Kelly, in Ireland as a TopBrewer technician. Marcin’s main responsibilities will be installing and programming new machines, responding to service calls, as well as assisting Brian with client support.

Marcin joins us with a wealth of knowledge, having worked in the coffee machine industry for almost 8 years, and has previous experience working with TopBrewers.

We’re certain that Marcin will be a great addition to the TopBrewer team as we continue to grow in Ireland.

We’re excited to share that Natasha, a valued member of our TopBarista team, has recently been promoted to Client Experience and Support Manager.

After her previous Barista support role, Natasha has a unique perspective and a range of experience that will aid her in adding value for our customers in terms of the experience they receive. Natasha will be responsible for managing the journey of our new clients, and managing the experience of our current clients, in terms of barista and technical support and training.

Natasha will be working with different teams throughout the business to deliver a smarter and more efficient way to deliver a tailored, first-class experience for all of our clients.

We know Natasha’s wealth of experience will be put to excellent use in this new role, and we’re excited for what’s to come!

We’re thrilled to share that after close to 2 years within the Barista Team, one of our TopBaristas, Abbi, has been promoted to Pre Sales & Client Development Executive.

We have seen huge growth and change within Scanomat in the past few years, and Abbi’s new job role is a reflection of our business needs. Abbi will be involved in the early sales process, and will be tasked with raising awareness of our key products and developing relationships with a range of current clients.

Abbi will provide more support to the Sales Team, and will work alongside other teams within the business to ensure our clients continue to receive a first-class experience.

Abbi has been an extremely valuable part of the Scanomat team since she joined the company, and we can’t wait to see her thrive in this new, exciting role.

Co-working spaces, sometimes known as shared offices or flexible workspaces, aren’t a new trend, but have increased dramatically in popularity in recent years. A couple of months ago we attended the GCUC (Global Co-Working Unconference Conference) and they estimated that between 2017 and 2022 there’ll be an increase of 15,000 spaces and over 3 million members. We’ve already shared the best co-working spaces in both London and Dublin, but with co-working growing outside of the capital cities we thought it was about time we shared our list of the best spaces across the North of the UK, including Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow.

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The Rise of Biophilic Design in the Workplace

As more companies  become aware of the fact that a well-designed workspace can have a positive impact on the employees working in it, they are devoting more time and money to designing the space that works for them. Whilst certain workplace features will be specific to each company, one growing trend is suitable for each and every firm, no matter the size, location or budget: Biophilic Design.

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It’s a really exciting time for the coffee industry right now. Consumers are developing a deeper understanding and interest in coffee, including the processes and science behind their beverage. Because of this increased interest, the expectation of the average consumer has grown significantly, forcing all involved in the coffee sector, including non-specialist operators, to up their game. Premium coffee is not concentrated in coffee shops any longer, consumers expect a barista-quality beverage wherever they go – from the office tea point, to the supermarket, to the hotel lobby. In this blog, we explore the biggest opportunities and challenges facing the coffee industry right now and identify simple changes to help operators meet and exceed consumer expectations.

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