We interviewed Paul Eatock from Spatial Office Environments who spoke to us about what makes his company stand out from competitors and why he chose Manchester to set up his business.


Paul Eatock – Spatial Office Environments Transcript

What’s your name, position and where do you work?

My name’s Paul Eatock. I’m the Director of Sales at Spatial Office Environments.

Describe your business in one sentence.

Yes, we are a one stop shop full turnkey office fit-out company based in Manchester.

What separates you from the competition?

Our USP is our ability to deliver projects of all sizes. I think what stands us out from our competitors is we understand furniture as well as fit-out and one margin over the both disciplines which makes us extremely competitive in the market place.

What have been the highlights of your company so far?

The highlight of our company? Wow, there’s been so many in the two and half years since we’ve founded Spatial. It’s got to be recognition within the industry and as of last Friday, we’ve been nominated for three awards at Mixology, which is the Mecca of our industry so it’s showing that all our hard work is paying off. We’re shortlisted for Best Small Commercial Fit-out, we’re shortlisted for Best Furniture Provider and perhaps the best of all the accolades, we’re shortlisted for Best Commercial Fit-out Company of the Year.

What qualities are needed to succeed in your industry?

I think you need to be transparent, hard working, dedication, passion about what you do and be yourself and it’s all about good customer relations and networking and being the best you can.

Why do new businesses choose Manchester?

I think new businesses should choose Manchester because it’s a great place to be welcomed, even though you’re not from the area per se. It’s a small business community and I think as long as you base yourself along successful people and entrepreneurs they’re willing to give and share contacts and if you can reciprocal in the way you promote business, it’s a win-win situation. Manchester’s a great small mixed community.

Who are some local companies you would recommend?

There’s lot’s who we’ve developed with really, the same time as launching Spatial. Urban Bubble, My Accountancy Place, all part of a BNI group in Manchester, which has helped my business grow. Entrepreneurs we surround ourselves with. Reece Wabara, Maniere De Voir, sponsor Anthony Joshua, to name a few. I think the guys who have been more influential. We’ve taken CarFinance247, from 75 staff up to 450 in two years. The Ricks brothers are great people and a great example of how to do business.

Who do you think are the most influential people in the local business scene?

Again, because we’re dealing with commercial property people, who are thriving in the industry, even though it’s been potentially difficult economic times, you’ve got the likes of Maniere De Voir, who i’ve mentioned, Reece Wabara, we’ve just fitted out San Carlo, so there’s Marcello who’s a great guy, a good example of doing business. UK Fast Lawrence Jones who we’ve dealt with in the past. Yes, there’s plenty to name a few.

Do you have any advice for new businesses in Manchester?

New startup companies, don’t act like a startup company. If you’re a one-man-band, you don’t need to portray yourself as a one-man-band, you know, if you reach for the moon, you might hit the stars, you know, anything’s possible. Kind of like New York, but in Manchester. Try and make everything happen, be proactive and network.

What’s the main benefit of working in Manchester?

The main benefit of working in Manchester is that it’s a small business knit community, transport links are amazing, you can walk around half the city to all your meetings and with the added metrolink infrastructure it means that you can get about even from the surrounding areas more easily.

Where are your favourite places to eat and drink in Manchester?

I’ve got to say San Carlo because they’re obviously one of my clients. We’ve just done  their new Manchester headquarters. And I do like Chaophraya It’s a fantastic Thai restaurant where we like to take our clients.

Have you got any final words?

If I could say some final words about the development of Spatial. I’m one of three founders so we come from me and Elliott Pace set up the company two and a half years ago, we come from independent furniture consultant backgrounds. That tied in with 25 years plus experience of Phil Simmonds in the fit-out industry and from two and a half years up to where we stand now, we’ve turned over in excess of 5.8 million. It’s been a fantastic story and it’s all about the Spatial client experience and the brand.

Thank you for watching. My name’s Paul Eatock from Spatial Office Environments and this is huddled.

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