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Chris Smith, Head of Kajima Community, discusses how their BookingsGuru service can make letting out your school facilities easier in the COVID-19 era…
Many schools have benefited in the past by renting out their facilities to the wider community, using the additional revenue raised to invest in new educational resources, buildings and site improvements.
But managing lettings effectively can be hard work without the right support.
As we all get used to the ‘new normal’, schools are increasingly turning to lettings management solutions for support, to introduce new efficiencies and free up time for other priorities, including helping pupils catch up on what they’ve missed.
BookingsGuru, the unrivalled lettings administration and marketing service brought to you by Kajima Community, offers the chance to take your lettings to the next level without the administrative burden.
And even when the unexpected happens, our team of experienced Gurus will keep things running smoothly. Our service will help you to be better able to focus on your core mission.
Letting out your school facilities can be very time-intensive and require a significant amount of administrative work. Often as a result, business managers who are responsible for overseeing the lettings are not able to focus on the most important matters to their schools.
But with a service like BookingsGuru, a designated account manager is on hand to deal with the daily tasks, freeing up valuable time for business managers to focus more on what’s important for the school’s core mission and the extra challenges created by the pandemic.
Many schools often find themselves only engaging with hirers as and when bookings are made, rather than spending time focusing on developing longer term relationships.
By contrast, with the BookingsGuru service and our market expertise, we can help develop a strategy which enables you to reach a specific audience that benefits your school and students.
A key part of the service also focuses on website development and exploiting a social media strategy to promote your school and the facilities on offer to relevant key groups in the community.
It’s important that the prices you are charging hirers are a reflection of the school facilities. With our BookingsGuru service, the team will conduct a full review of your facilities alongside a competitor analysis to compare what else is in the market within your community.
This can help to readjust your pricing strategy if necessary, and also maximise the use of your assets during different times through suggesting space optimisation techniques. As a result, both your customers and your school can benefit from better costing and usage.
With any new hirer coming in to use your school facilities, the correct documentation must of course always be checked.
This can be time-consuming, but with BookingsGuru you can ensure all the processing is carried out rigorously, whilst also keeping on top of any renewals so that all safeguarding is adhered to.
Our team is also on hand to advise on health and safety procedures, staff training and dealing with difficulties to ensure that all the facilities are appropriately managed, allowing a seamless transition ready for the next school day.
Our BookingsGuru service allows schools to easily employ and manage their own staff. This means that better relationships can be formed with staff directly, as well as building confidence that the correct policies are being followed.
It can also empower existing students to take on leadership roles, allowing them to gain valuable work experience within the community.
And during peak times, such as the start of the new academic year or during times of uncertainty like the current COVID-19 pandemic, the service will ensure that resource is correctly allocated to enable smooth and timely communications and service continuity.
If your school already has the in-house resource to administer and promote your facilities for hire, you could benefit from our online school lettings software, BookingsPlus.
Our complete lettings system is designed to streamline administration saving you time by automating bookings, cancellations, invoicing and communications.
The centralised, easy-to-use platform enables you to share important lettings information with administrators, site teams and hirers ensuring an efficient and seamless operation.
To find out more about Kajima’s lettings solutions call 01604 677 764, visit kajima.co.uk/community or search ‘Kajima Community’ on LinkedIn.
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