Professor Ruth Ashford, Dean of Manchester Metropolitan University presented Martin with his graduation certificate at a celebration event on Wednesday 6th March. The dinner was held at the magnificent new Manchester Business School building. Interestingly this building was the successful entrant in last years Excellence in Building Awards where Swift were also nominated in the Educational Development category.
“The Business Programme has been a powerful, demanding and rewarding experience that will help Swift for expand their business in the design and supply of high quality, tailor-made garden rooms and home extensions.
Martin Lawson, Swifts Director, was extremely proud to have been selected as a participant on the10,000 Small Businesses programme in the North West.
10,000 Small Businesses is designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises operating in the United Kingdom. The programme is targeted at small businesses and social enterprises with clear ambitions to expand. The goal of the programme is to provide participants with tools and resources to help them lay the foundation for long-term sustainable growth and job creation in their communities.
10,000 Small Businesses is funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation and is delivered in the North West in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.
Are you a creative person? Whether you’re writing a book, an album or painting a masterpiece, history has shown that escaping to your own secluded spot can free up the mind and yield great creative results. Statistics show that people doing creative work are 11%-20% more productive out of the office, so maybe it’s time to create your own secluded space at home. Roald Dahl escaped to his writing hut, Virginia Woolf to her shed and William Wordsworth to ‘Dove Cottage’ in the Lake District. With the exception of J. K. Rowling, who wrote most of the Harry Potter series in cafes, most writers seem to agree that isolation is the first thing necessary to generating a creative environment.
Our team at Swift is dedicated to creating unique and elegant bespoke garden rooms, offices and extensions. We are confident that you will find your garden office pod to be both a serene and a creative environment to get the creative juices flowing. You only need to glance through our gallery to see some of the creative environments we have created for our previous clients. Whether you’re looking for a brick garden room, a summer garden room or an insulated garden office, we can cater for your individual needs.
It’s our job to design and construct beautiful and distinctive contemporary garden offices, so if you’re looking to build somewhere you can escape to and get creative, please download our free guide and brochure to start getting some ideas of how you could transform your space.
It’s no secret that January is an unpopular month for many people across the UK. Christmas is over and many of us are left with maxed out credit cards and the guilt of already breaking our New Years resolutions only a week in. January is both the coldest month of the year in Britain and contains what the Saxons believed to be the unluckiest day of the year (January 2nd). It’s not looking good so far.
However, here at Swift, we’re looking on the bright side. Though January can be a bad time of the year for all of the above reasons, it can also be a very tranquil and beautiful time of the year, which is why much of the first month of 2013 will be spent in our bespoke garden rooms. When the ground is too hard to do any gardening and the air is too cold to stays out, we are the making the most of January’s aesthetics from behind the glass doors of our fully insulated and heated bespoke garden office. There is simply no better way to make the most of what’s left of winter than sitting reading a book while watching this glorious month pass by.
Gone are the days of disused summer houses at the bottom of the garden. Here at Swift we are dedicated to creating modern, stylish, innovative and (most importantly) useable luxury garden rooms across the UK.
S – Spacious.
When you ask us to design your bespoke garden office, we’ll always set out to make the most of the space you have. We understand that if it’s a garden studio you’re after, it’s because you want to make more quality space for you and your family.
W – Worthwhile
According to the Daily Mail, adding extra living space to your property is one of the best ways to increase the value of your property. If you’re looking to add value to your property, we are sure that one of our bespoke garden rooms would be a worthwhile investment. However, as well as this, our garden rooms are an investment that will stand the test of time and act as a wonderful place to spend time alone or with your friends and family.
I – Interesting
If you want to impress your friends and make your home a more interesting place, then bespoke garden offices or office pods are a great way to do this. You could turn your garden room into a gym, recording studio or an outhouse for guests or family members. Because our garden offices are insulated and fully powered, the possibilities are truly endless.
F – Fast
We build quickly and efficiently. We have a history of happy customers who we have built garden rooms for across the UK from London, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire to Yorkshire and Shropshire.
T – Tidy
Because a large proportion of your luxury garden room will be made offsite in our dedicated factory, your home will be relatively mess and waste-free! We also believe that constructing most of the structure offsite reduces disturbance and makes for a much smoother build.
If you’re thinking about installing a bespoke garden room on your property but you’re not sure about the effects it could have on the value of your home, don’t worry. Luxury garden rooms are becoming increasingly popular across the UK and building one could give an edge to your property when you come to sell.
According to The Independent adding decking, paving and water features won’t push the price of your house up. On the other hand, adding extra square footage to your living space that can be used as a bedroom, gym or office is one of the most profitable improvements you can make to your home.
Here at Swift, we are pleased to be able to offer both garden room extensions and standalone bespoke garden offices. While we have seen first hand the value our garden studios can add to a property, we also understand that for some buyers, ample garden space is an equally attractive factor.
This is where Swift sets itself aside from the competition
Instead of dropping a prefabricated, mass-produced structure in the middle of your lawn, we can design and create a beautiful and bespoke structure the way you want it, where you want it. Just take a look through our gallery to see the range of designs we can offer. If you’re looking for a contemporary garden office that will act as a statement piece in your garden or an inconspicuous garden office pod that blends in with nature, we’re certain that we can provide a structure that adds value to your property.
Back in the office today for the first full day of work and it is clear that more people than ever are seeing Swift as great a route to more space! The website has achieved all-time records for the number of hits in any single day and the requests for information have been similarly record-breaking.
We have three builds in operation right now and planning applications are being submitted for exciting new studios and extensions over the coming weeks. We have new designs and landscape projects in the wings and continue to covr the whole country with our excellent service.
Why is this such a great start to the New Year? There are many answers coming back in reply to this question… and they all focus upon the satisfaction of customers demands. Speed of build, flexibility of approach and a truly Taylor-Made product make the whole process of creating more space so exciting. Also, our successful projects over previous years and the accreditation of our services and buildings gives added reassurance to clients.
Garden rooms continue to provide the increasingly popular and amazingly trouble-free method of creating a new office, studio, family room or gymnasium. Though it is home extensions that have witnessed the most dramatic increase in enquiries. People are realizing that an extension does not have to mean months of turmoil and upheaval. When so much of the work can be carried out in the controlled and accurate environment of our factory, the time on site is cut to a minimum … and the whole process becomes much less invasive.
Whatever your aspirations are for 2013, please let us help you reach your aims for more space .. with less hassle! Please contact us for more information.
Happy New Year from all the team at Swift.
What an amazing year! … but we will blogg about that another time!
Now is the time to send our heartfelt thanks and good wishes to all the people and companies who we have had the pleasure of dealing with over the year. We have had an amazing time creating new space and design concepts and look forward to much more in 2013.
The office phones and emails will be monitored over the Christmas period though the main office will be closed until Thursday 3rd January while the Swift team enjoy time with the people thay love the most…. having fun and relaxing. We hope that you can do the same and we look forwared to an exciting and aspirational New Year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Martin and the Swift team.