7 Mar 2021

Navigating Through Unprecedented Times

The last twelve months have been extraordinarily challenging for us all. While we have been unable to bring our members together in person at the flagship events we know our members enjoy, we have worked to continue to offer the maximum possible value to our members in the current virtual world. To illustrate this, since April 2020 we have:

  • Hosted 50+ digital events, including topical panel discussions, research launches and virtual tours
  • Facilitated the opportunity to meet industry peers online and network on digital platforms
  • Hosted 5 Regional Awards events on a virtual platform, which allowed guests to network face-to-face and watch the announcement of the regional winners live on a virtual stage
  • Celebrated the achievements of young professionals in our sector at the Virtual NextGen Awards, an online ceremony, which has since been viewed over 1,000 times on YouTube
  • BCO NextGen brought back it's Design Competition, where entrants were asked to share their vision of the Post Pandemic Office of 2025
  • Published 11 Research Reports and Briefing Notes
  • Set up a CPD certified online learning course, which aims to increase understanding of  best practice in office design, development, and occupation
  • Launched a national mentoring programme, with senior BCO members providing support and guidance to our NextGen members in group or one-to-one online sessions
  • Launched 'The New Normal', a weekly interview series with prominent members of the BCO on the immediate impact of the coronavirus crisis, and what the new normal might look like once it has passed
  • Launched #BCOvoices on LinkedIn, which brings together different BCO members, all sharing their thoughts on how we can work effectively at this time and in the future.


Last year, the BCO recorded a series of interviews called ‘The New Normal’ where Richard Kauntze, the BCO’s Chief Executive, talked to leading figures from across the office sector, as well as a few special guests. The series focused on the immediate impact of Covid-19.
Following on from ‘The New Normal’ comes ‘The Office Briefing’ which will see Richard explore our way out of the pandemic and broader issues through conversations with members, economists, academics and more special guests.
We are delighted that our first guest in this new series of interviews is Co-President, Political Risk Advisory at Teneo - Wolfango (Wolf) Piccoli. Watch it on our YouTube channel now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWnivE0z28o