Have you altered your offering in terms of membership/how people can use the space?
We have rolled out a use ‘every other desk’ policy across our workspace and lounge areas to ensure that social distancing can be achieved at all times.
Do you see the changes to your spaces/offering as short- or long-term solutions?
We will maintain our new cleaning and safety protocols for as long as is required and, whilst we hope things return to normal, we will still focus on delivering the very highest levels of cleanliness throughout.
Are you seeing a change in the demographic/businesses now using your spaces?
We are seeing the largest section of clients returning to the office as under 30 years old. It’s easy to forget that, for younger people, the office is a crucial part of the their social wellbeing, where they meet new friends and build their lives. As the novelty of no commuting wears off, these people want to be back in a thriving environment where they can focus and be creative. Many don’t have access to a garden or a spare bedroom to work in and are very keen to return to their workspace.
What are the greatest challenges for coworking/flexible workspace?
A continued message from the government to stay at home is not helping the return of strength to our sector in the short-term, but also penalising many other sectors of industry. Continued protection of workers is hugely important but the balance for mental wellbeing, requirement for social interactions and job creation is also crucial.
What are the greatest opportunities for coworking/flexible workspace?
The flexible workspace industry has been one of the biggest growth areas across the world over the last decade, and will continue to thrive going forward. As companies look for more flexibility for their office accommodation, our sector will flourish. We are aware, more than ever, that delivering first class service and building a thriving community is going to be key going forward.