14 Dec 2023
by Helen Dunn

ACCO UK invests in the future of work with new Buckinghamshire headquarters

ACCO UK Ltd. will start the new year in a new, future proof office.

Over the past two years, ACCO UK, the parent company of beloved brands including Leitz, Rexel, Nobo, GBC and Kensington, has been investing in the future by refurbishing a new office space in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

The company commissioned QUERCUS Interior Design—who specialise in bespoke commercial office, residential, and educational interior solutions—to refurbish and redesign three entire floors of office space, manage the project end to end, and bring ACCO’s vision to life.

The new space prioritises the same well-being and productivity factors ACCO champions in the market and with their products. Working habits have changed dramatically in recent years, and ACCO’s new office is designed to comfortably suit the way people work today and into the future. The new space will be modern, comfortable, cosy, and open plan. Collaboration and community were key focuses of the design, with plenty of areas for teams to brainstorm and connect. This includes Café ACCO, where co-workers can catch up over a hot drink and a snack.

These collaboration spaces, meeting rooms, and all individual workspaces in the new office will be fully equipped with ACCO’s range of products. This will include ergonomics furniture and desk accessories from Leitz ERGO; connectivity solutions from Kensington, timesaving shredders and laminators from Rexel and GBC; collaboration products for brainstorming from Nobo, eco-friendly supplies from Leitz Recycle, and more.

The new headquarters’ sustainability initiatives are not limited to staff equipment alone. During the refurbishment, ACCO – together with the existing building owners - implemented various environmentally focused upgrades including smart building management controls, LED lighting, and an energy-efficient HVAC system. These upgrades will move the building from its current Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘D’ to a rating of ‘B’, a rating only 12% of commercial premises in the UK have achieved. The new office will also maintain compliance with ISO 50001 and ISO 14001, certifications held by all ACCO offices and production sites across Europe.

The town of Aylesbury has been the home of ACCO’s UK headquarters since 1950. Many members of the team are local to the area, so staying within Aylesbury was a priority for the leadership team when searching for their new space. The new headquarters is closer to the town centre, providing much easier access to local amenities and the train station for easy commuting to and from London and other destinations.

Commenting on the move, Mark Wilkinson, Senior Vice President of ACCO Brands UK & Ireland says: “We are so excited to make the move to our new UK headquarters and to be able to provide our team with a workplace that was intentionally designed with their needs front of mind. We kept a firm focus on the future and the changing world of work, and our new space will grow and evolve with us. Not only that, but our new headquarters will act as a living showroom for all our products and brands, and we can’t wait to invite our customers and business partners to the site to see our solutions in action and use by the best spokespeople we have: our team. This has been a large-scale, cross-functional project with many internal stakeholders, and we are grateful to have had so much support from ACCO’s global and EMEA senior leadership. We all look forward to starting the new year and the next chapter of ACCO UK in our new home.”

The ACCO UK team will spend their final workday in their current headquarters on 15 December before moving into their new office space on 2nd January 2024.

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