Go Native Shortlisted for Award

Go Native has been shortlisted for this years Re:locate Awards in the category -
Best Property Provider or Solution

The other shortlisted companies include:

  • BridgeStreet
  • SACO
  • SilverDoor

We are delighted to have been shortlisted and look forward to the awards evening on May 12th 2011.   For more details click here.

Go Native’s Red Nose Day

Go Native on the fundraising trail for red nose day

Go Native are pushing the boat out and having a day of fun and fundraising for comic relief

Go Native has been getting in the red nose day mood today including everybody in the office wearing red, most donning red noses and several activities taking place throughout the day in order to raise as much money as possible for Comic Relief.

This year comic relief will be more important than every with people in country’s that we would have never thought would need our help, in desperate need of charity. From the atrocious natural disasters in Japan, the struggle that people are having all across the middle east and the earthquake victims of New Zealand. Add these to the already vulnerable people in the world and the work that comic relief is doing is vital.

In order to raise money we have:

-       had a coffee morning complete with an array of breakfast treats and sweets

-       Entered a quiz

-       Everybody in the office is wearing red, those who don’t must pay a fine (towards comic relief)

-       A pick a pose sweepstake

-       1 metre sprint race

We hope that we can raise a substantial amount towards this fantastic cause whilst also having fun!

Go Native’s first Youtube video

Go Native’s first Youtube Video

Go Native has a look at how our reservations team is getting on with their new years resolutions

Click here to watch the new Video

Go Native has finally ventured into the world of online video making and today see’s the premiere of our first ever Youtube video. Many thanks goes out to the reservations team who were kind enough to let the film crew document their new years resolutions and see how they are getting along with them.

The first video outlines the various vices that our team are hoping to overcome and how well or badly they are doing in tackling them.

Go Native hopes that the videos will let people get to know the real us rather than simply our now infamous senior team (who appear in this week’s OK! Magazine). These will hopefully give us the chance to show the world that we are more than just voices on the end of a phone and as well as booking fantastic serviced apartments we also like to have fun whilst we work.

We are hoping to include as many of these videos in our future correspondence as possible and we have several ideas about what we are going to put up and the slightly quirky things that happen around the office that we feel should be shared with the world.

So if you have any comments about what our video please let us know and watch this space for more videos in the future.

Survey says 94% of people prefer serviced apartments

Apartments In London

A recent Go Native survey has shown that 94% of people prefer serviced apartments to other forms of accommodation

In recent years serviced apartments in London have seen a marked rise in the numbers of visitors staying in them. There are several reasons for this,  from saving people money to offering several luxuries that people still crave whilst away from home.

It is for this reason that when Go Native conducted a recent survey, 94% of the people asked said that they would rather stay in a serviced apartment than other accommodation options. In London, serviced apartments have become one of the most popular places to stay, especially when people are away from home for an extended period of time. This may be due to the flexibility that serviced apartments afford the occupants or the convenience of many Go Native apartments.

William IV for instance is not only aesthetically impressive with a large roof terrace offering views over the surrounding area, but is also located within a 30 second walk of trafalgar square, a 15 minute of Buckingham Palace and a 5 minute walk of Covent Garden. This makes it ideal for both sightseeing and traveling throughout the capital.

Go Native’s Bespoke business solutions also offer great deals for corporate clients who may be bringing several people across to London on a regular basis. Go Native’s management of  a relocation or a number of extended placements takes the stress from both the company, who may worry where their employees are staying, and the employees themselves, who have every help when settling in to a new country or city.

Why not see why 94% of Go Native clients prefer serviced apartments?

Some of the praise we received

Two of the Emails we received yesterday

The following are a selection of emails in response to our offer to Stranded passengers at Heathrow and St Pancras

Hi

I just saw your reps on the news regarding the rooms for the guys in the st pancreas queue.

We’ve been at heathrow for 2 days and had to canx our christmas holiday and your news story really hit me.

nice one to you and your team, truly inspirational!”

Hi

just seen what you have done on Tv with regard to the letting of your apartments for stranded people  – brilliant guys – there should be more people like you in this world !!

I really hope you all have a wonderful christmas and new year.

Take care”

The effects of our EMMA award

The EMMA award is a stepping stone to further success

Go Native’s success at the EMMA awards will provide a firm foothold from which we can climb higher

The entire office at Go Native has had a buzz of excitement since it was declared that the team had won the corporate housing company of the year 2010 at the EMMA awards. This award has really justified the continued dedication and hard work from all members of our team throughout the company from London to Bangalore.

There is a definite feeling that we are on the cusp of some amazing years to come with new relationships being formed and an influx of bright eyed new faces who are looking to improve the company further by joining the team.

We will not be simply sitting back and admiring our (admittedly pretty and shiny) new trophy and thinking that we did well in 2010, the momentum that this year has created will be a foothold from which we aim to climb higher.

Our Serviced Apartment portfolio is continuously growing (have a look at our new William IV apartments, our most central and arguably most impressive property) and our team is constantly learning, expanding and saving both business and leisure clients money. With this dedication we are aiming to go above and beyond all that was achieved this year.

We have had a hugely positive response from many of our partners, competitors and individuals who have heard about our success, which has compounded the idea that we aren’t just doing this to win awards and be successful, but also to make life easier for our clients, both new and existing.

If our award winning services may help out on any business or leisure accommodation solutions please contact us and we will do our utmost to make a trip to one of our serviced apartments as pleasant as possible.

Go Native Wins Corporate Housing Provider of the Year 2010

Corporate Housing Provider 2010

Go Native is delighted to announce that we have won the Corporate Housing Provider of the Year 2010 Award at the EMMAs (Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards).

With over 240 nominations in 15 different categories from Global Mobility professionals around the world, an independent panel of judges created a shortlist and then established the 15 winners for each category.

The Go Native office had an electric atmosphere yesterday morning after news broke that we won our category. Our CEO and COO arrived yesterday morning holding our shiny award and certificate. The entire team is ecstatic at the result which was earned through a mixture of hard work, dedication to succeed and fantastic customer service.

Go Native received the accolade at the EMMAs Awards ceremony on Monday 15th November following the Global Mobility Summit.  Both events were held at the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor square.

We are delighted to have won this award, especially as it was in one of the most hotly contested categories with competition from companies such as Frasers Hospitality (runners up), Bridgestreet Worldwide (highly commended) and SilverDoor, The Apartment Service and HCR.

Go Native Founder and CEO, Guy Nixon made the following comment:

“All of us at Go Native are immensely proud of our long standing corporate relationships and our reputation in the industry for integrity, innovation and thought leadership. Everything we do from our housing market intelligence reports, to the unique solutions we offer to our clients reflects this focus. It’s always a great pleasure to have those efforts recognised.”

Go Native would also like to thank its clients and partners for their support.

Well done to everybody on the Go Native team!

Go Native at the EMMAs

The EMMA’s and The Global Mobility Summit

Today the team are at the Global Mobility Summit and we have also been nominated for two EMMA’s

Today Go Native are taking part in the Global Mobility Summit and the EMMA awards after, both held in the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square.

Not only are we going to have a stall at the event but after the summit, we are taking part in  the EMMA’s, which are the annual ‘Expatriate Management and Mobility Awards’.

Go Native are sponsoring the Relocation Management Company of Year, and are also nominated in two categories ‘Corporate Housing Company of the Year’ and also ‘Best Vendor Partnership’ for our combined work with Logica. We have been pitted against some stiff competition, but we hope that all of our hard work over the past year has paid off and we can come away with an award of two.

The team is giving information about what we do and how we can provide corporate housing solutions,  so if anybody is at the summit today, we have a stall next to the entrance and registration stand why not come over and have a chat?

Go Native’s Financial Times appearance

Go Native in the Financial Times

Go Native is very proud to have ourselves and our research reported in the FT

Go Native has always maintained that Serviced Apartments are one of the best options for many business users, and it seems that Jill James from the Financial Times also agrees with us.

In a recent article which mentions many of the top Serviced Apartment providers including Go native, Ascott and SACO the concept of Serviced Apartments is praised as a great alternative to traditional business travel accommodation.

Some of the qualities that are exemplified are the flexibility that they provide and the chance to invite family and friends to either stay or spend the evening that a hotel may not be appropriate for. In addition to this the flexibility, the timings from short term to long term options are also mentioned as an important element in the rise of the industry’s popularity.

One of the aspects of the article that all at Go Native are very happy about is the inclusion of our London serviced apartment report, using some of the data that we have found to analyse the industry in the capital such as the trend of staying in more peripheral locations and with multiple occupants in an apartment. The Association Of Serviced Apartment Providers also has data quoted which shows an increased demand for serviced apartments in the UK, with an occupancy rate of 90% in London and 75% throughout the rest of the country.

Another sign that the market is beginning to improve is that some of the larger hotel companies are beginning to invest in Serviced Apartments, such as the Leela Kempinski Gurgaon in Delhi which offers serviced accommodation coupled with the facilities that are offered in the hotel such as gym and swimming pools. This shows that traditional accommodation providers are seeing the potential in the market, which is currently showing a burgeoning strength.

The article is available on the Financial Times website.

Go Native goes charitable

Charity at forefront of Go Native’s mind

In the past few weeks Go Native has been involved in many charitable events including Movember, Breakthrough breast cancer and Macmillan cancer support

As well as being involved in Serviced Apartments across the globe, in the past few weeks Go Native has been involved in a plethora of charity work in the past few weeks. We have been involved in coffee mornings, table tennis tournaments, raffles, themed bingo and multiple other charity related endeavours all to raise money for various different charities.

Before our 'pink raffle'

Last week the Go Native team across London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Bangalore all took part in a pink themed week in aid of breakthrough breast cancer, a charity that is very close to all of our hearts. We had days of pink bingo across the office with people frantically checking off words when not concentrating on serviced apartments, we had a pink raffle which involved popping pink balloons in order to get raffle tickets and we also had a pink themed table tennis tournament which was played with a pink ball. On Friday, everybody in the office also decked themselves out in pink including dashing pink wigs, tutus worn by certain members of the office over jeans. All in all we are very proud to say that as an office we managed to raise £345.00. As our original target was £200, we have decided to give the excess money raised to cancer research UK, to help support their brilliant work.

Part of our coffee morning feast

After feeling slightly emasculated with all of the pink-ness last week however, some of the men of the office have given their faces over to charity. They will be growing handlebars, pencils and anchors on their top lips to raise money for various men’s diseases. This is of course Movember, where men around the world will be letting their facial hair go out of control to look manly and also to raise as much money as possible. Although this cannot be as all encompassing as other charity events (as certain members of the team lack the ability to grow facial hair) Go Native is hoping to raise even more money than we already have for charities all around the world.

Most of the men in the office hope to look like this

But will more than likely look like this

These two events add to the Macmillan coffee morning that we had in September, in which we raised 158.00 for Macmillan cancer support.

In the office we believe very strongly in charity, which is why we have taken such an active interest in raising money in these various ways. We hope that we can continue this charitable feeling in the future and with the level of enthusiasm shown by all members of the team, this is bound to continue.