A fireman’s pole and pink phone box are probably the last things you would expect to see in an office, but these are just some of the features to be found in a Glasgow firm’s new base.
Daily deals and events specialist Itison, whose offerings have included the chance to dine with Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney, has also installed a giant oak tree and fully stocked bar at its Merchant City headquarters.
The group, founded by chief executive Oli Norman, has invested £2.5 million on the revamp of the grade-A listed Cochrane House, the former John Street Church, in a move that has also created a yoga studio, reading room, café area and a pink glass cube for meetings.
Norman said: “Our aim was to create a purpose-built office that’s as inspiring as it is fun – and it’s turned out awesome.
“Each area is styled on the businesses we work with so we have a hotel style reception, a fully stocked bar and a yoga studio – plus loads of fun features, like the fireman’s pole, that are actually functional too.”
Itison, which also has offices in Dundee, Edinburgh and Newcastle, employs 60 people. Last year it ran a competition for one lucky winner to have lunch with The Revenant star DiCaprio, with each £5 donation being used by the Social Bite good cause to buy a homeless person a meal and a hot drink.
So far its annual fundraisers for Social Bite have provided more than 200,000 meals for homeless people across Scotland.