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New Year Resolutions: Adding a dash of realism with Fitspace Gyms

Lifting weights in a gym
Getting fit for your new year resolution

With the new year rapidly approaching, it’s that time of year when our thoughts start drifting to achievements in the last year and goals for the next. Whilst most of us won’t have managed to secure a life ambition of performing at Wembley Arena or representing Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, we can still dream!

The desire to achieve more in the coming year sees 30% of us setting goals for the year, according to a YouGov survey held for The Times in 2014. Research in the USA saw a higher figure of 45% given, but of those only a tiny 8% actually go on to attain their goals. With such a small number of people succeeding in achieving their aims, it seems wise to ensure that you have an escape plan in place for any expenditure!

At the heart of the community at The Studios in Islington is the Holloway Road branch of Fitspace Gyms. With the vast majority of resolutions being related to exercise (51%) and losing weight (47%), the local gym is a likely destination for many of us to go to shed the pounds.

With joining fees, annual membership fees and training gear all draining our bank balance, the canny resolution-maker could opt for a Flex Monthly membership with Fitspace. This level of membership allows the most flexibility, with the minimum length being just a single month. So when all the motivation has been sapped from your body, there’s always the opportunity to cancel your membership with just a month’s notice. Phew! There is still a joining fee to pay, but this covers arranging your membership, induction etc.

The gym is a popular destination for tenants of The Studios during lunch and after work, and it’s easy to see why with the no-nonsense membership packages and facilities available. If you are looking for flexible office space in London then having a gym on your doorstep is definitely an added bonus when it comes to attracting motivated and successful staff.

The Studios in Islington are a collection of studio spaces that are central to the local community. Our studios offer such flexibility that tenants can tailor an empty shell to their needs, or opt for a fit out designed by award-winning architect Sarah Featherstone.

Right, time to don our gym kit, oh-so-stylish headbands and head down to Fitspace Holloway Road to sign up! With the average British adult consuming 7,000 calories on Christmas Day, we think we’re going to need it!

Finding the right motivational celebrity speaker for an office Christmas event

Speakers Corner staff holding letters to spell company name
© Speakers Corner

With Christmas quickly approaching, so is the time for us to don our finery and join our co-workers for the annual event that is the office Christmas party. Even the most hard-working of company stalwarts makes time to let their hair down and display their penchant for loud shirts. Whilst many office parties can quickly fade into obscurity, one way of making sure they make an impact and last long in the memory is to hire a celebrity speaker.

This is when residents of The Studios, Speakers Corner, come into their own. One of the world’s leading speaker agencies, they have a wealth of experience in helping company’s find the right celebrity after dinner speaker. Their unique business model of not representing any speaker exclusively allows them to offer a thoroughly impartial service. This brings the reassurance that when dealing with Speakers Corner they will genuinely be advising you rather than selling to you.

Naturally every office Christmas party has a budget, and there are a range of speakers from under £2,500 an event, including former EastEnders actor Shaun Williamson and comedian Holly Walsh, a regular on both TV and radio. Or you could look to motivational speaker Bob Champion, winner of the Grand National and tireless charity worker following his much publicised battle against cancer.

If you’re not so restricted by budget, you could look to be entertained and inspired by Karren Brady, one of the UK’s most recognisable female business figures. Currently on our TV screens as Alan Sugar’s assistant on The Apprentice, the vice-chairman of West Ham United is an entrepreneur, journalist and author.

Or you could choose former Olympic gold medallist and MP, Sebastian Coe. Lord Coe was named “Greatest Briton” in the Morgan Stanley Awards and was instrumental in helping bring the Olympics to London in 2012.

Speakers Corner were formed as a family business and have worked hard to become a market leader in just 15 years. They personify the type of innovative and successful businesses that choose to reside in the community of flexible office spaces at The Studios in Islington.

Situated at the heart of North London’s cultural quarter in Islington, The Studios provide a collection of creative office spaces that are central to the local community. The flexibility of our studios means that tenants can move into an empty shell to be tailored to their needs, or benefit from a fit out that has been designed by Sarah Featherstone, an award-winning architect.

So now it’s time for us to put our thinking caps on and decide who’s going to be the celebrity speaker at our own office Christmas party. Shall we go for comedy, or motivation? Or how about both?! We’re off to Speakers Corner to see who fits the bill…

Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge in aid of Bloodwise

4Ps Charity Dodgeball Tournament

4Ps Marketing, tenants of a flexible office space at The Studios, have a commendable mission statement that includes the desire to be good human beings. This commitment sees them take on all sorts of charity challenges for a chosen charity for the year. The current recipients of the goodwill of 4Ps staff is Bloodwise, the UK’s biggest blood cancer charity.

The events that 4Ps have taken part in include a bake sale and poker night, whilst their Head of Client Strategy, Luke Knight, even took part in a triathlon!

The aim for 4Ps is to raise £5,000 for Bloodwise, the charity that used to be known as Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. It’s a challenging target, but one they are well on their way to achieving with the help of staff, clients and acquaintances.

Next up is their first event in what is planned to be an annual charity dodgeball tournament, held at Play On Sports in Whitechapel, London. Teams of 6 to 8 people will take part in the event on Thursday 26th November, all vying to win the coveted trophy.

If you’re not familiar with the sport, take a look at the 2004 movie of the same name, starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller. You’re not expected to undertake the sort of training regime that legendary ADAA champ Patches O’Houlihan would endorse, but having the same spirit as the team from Average Joe’s Gymnasium would give you an edge!

With a bar on site there’s ample opportunity to dodge, duck, dip, dive, dodge and drink! The tournament is for staff, clients and friends of 4Ps, so why not come along for a great night and make some new friends?

The 4Ps Charity Dodgeball Tournament takes place on Thursday 26th November at 6pm in Whitechapel, London. For more details and to book your place, visit

We’re really excited that good people like 4Ps Marketing are part of The Studios, and we’d love to speak to you if you’d like to learn more about joining the community with one of our flexible office spaces.

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