As part of our #SkillsAtTheHive focus, the spotlight turns to QED Advanced Systems Limited. QED’s Business Development Manager, Andy Fisher tells us about the company, its products and why having an office at The Hive has been a positive move.
Tell us about your company
QED Advanced Systems have been established in Weston-super-Mare for 27 years and started out providing computer hardware supply and support packages to many local and national businesses. We began to specialise in software support and development for Lotus Notes (Now IBM Notes) back in the early 90’s and developed a Room and Resource booking application which proved so successful we stopped doing everything else and further developed the application so it could be used with MS Exchange, Office 365, Google Calendars and many other 3rd party web-based booking systems.
Our resource management software application called ResourceXpress is used by some of the world’s largest and most prestigious organisations. To compliment this, we also supply a wide range of touchscreens for meeting rooms and have developed our own unique booking device called Qubi, which can be used to book rooms, flexi desks and other resources. The entire solution helps companies maximise office workspace usage, improve communication and lower real estate costs with interactive room, desk & resource booking features. The software can also be used with interactive kiosks displaying floor plans to indicate the status of all office resources and an opportunity to search and book from strategic points in any building. From lite – non-interactive up to fully featured interactive versions to suit all requirements and budgets, ResourceXpress really is one of the most versatile resource management products available.
When did you move in to The Hive?
It was in April 2016 – so we’ve been here for a couple of months now.
Why did you choose The Hive?
The flexibility of terms and having space for expansion was particularly attractive. Maximising the use of resources is what we deliver for our customers, so to be in a flexible environment where we only use meeting room resources as and when needed is particularly attractive and makes sure we practice what we preach!
How have you found The Hive experience so far?
Wonderfully refreshing! The support of the staff at The Hive is great and being in a shared work environment is particularly stimulating. Being part of the NSEA also provides a route to local support networks and further integrates us into the local business community.
Would you recommend it and why?
I would equally recommend it for start-ups and established businesses for the flexibility of commitment. It’s ideal if you’re just starting out and don’t want to commit to a ten-year lease! Or if you’re expanding and are unsure just how much resource you actually need. It allows you to concentrate on your core business activities instead of worrying about your own office infrastructure. Being part of a shared community is also a great way to benefit from local business services and networking opportunities.