Linklaters is set to become the first law firm to open an in-house shop so staff do not have to leave the office for those little essentials.
The move was prompted by the location of its One Silk Street headquarters in the Barbican's “concrete jungle”, which is devoid of shops.
Staff are said to be thrilled with the news as they usually have to sacrifice their lunch break to buy the most basic provisions.The new shop, to be called Silks Essentials, is due to open in two weeks next to the 24-hour staff restaurant, Silks.
Corporate events manager at Linklaters Sue Verey says: “The idea came from both staff and management. When we moved to Silk Street, we moved away from a very busy high street in Cheapside and we realised things would be so much easier if people could get things in the building.”
The shop will provide a dry-cleaning service and sell goods such as newspapers, magazines, confectionary, greetings cards and pain killers, all at high street prices. It will also offer sandwiches to people who do not fancy joining the long queue at the restaurant, as well as books, including guides on countries staff may have to visit for work.
“At the moment it will only open from eight until six, but if there's a need it will open later,” says Verey. “The services out of it could definitely expand. We are going to listen to staff and see what they want.”
The firm prides itself on looking after its staff and designed the restaurant to feel as relaxed as possible, with cosy areas for staff to “chill out” by watching television or reading a newspaper.
The firm also provides a gym, a travel shop, an in-house doctor, a dentist and physiotherapist.