Since the invention of the wheel, mankind has always sought-out new technology to make life easier, quicker, and simpler. And things are no different today, with a constant drive for faster, better and more intuitive, but with businesses now increasingly leading the way.
Compare a 1970s office to a contemporary offering, and the differences are palpable: automated accounts processes, e-mail, video conferences, webinars – communicating has never been easier. And the next big change will be the demise of the office phone as we know it today, with BT saying all hardwired lines will cease to be by 2025 at the latest, to be replaced by cloud based services which will allow far greater flexibility and new ways of doing business. One company working on that premise is FSB members Circle Loop, which has just established its core base at Manchester’s digital hub, the Sharp Project. Their smart phone app allows users to channel all their tele-com requirements through their mobile, removing the need for rental equipment and contracts.
“We’re not the only ones offering this type of product, but it’s certainly the way the market is going. The big players in tele-comms are dragging their feet as they make billions out of landline contracts, so it’s small players like us who are leading the charge,” said Circle Loop boss, Damian Hanson. “Our USP is no landlines, no hardware, and no contracts – so we’re very much aimed at start-ups and anywhere workers who hot-desk all over. You can have a national, local, and a mobile number, all routing through an app on your own mobile. It’s that simple. The system even transcribes voice mail messages and e-mails the user using voice recognition software. “Our objective is to challenge the big names and disrupt the market – and ultimately telecommunications cheaper and easier for small firms.” With ‘mobile’ now a buzz word in both the tech industry and business, new technology like that offered by Circle Loop is sure to catch-on. It will mean being anchored to an office will become a thing of the past, and could further change the future look of the modern office.