Written by: Kate Tattersfield, Copywriter at searchofficespace.com

If you employ a VA or are thinking of doing so, you probably value efficiency and flexibility, particularly when it comes to running your business. If this is indeed the case, have you ever considered moving your business into a coworking space?

Until relatively recently, if a business wanted to rent an office, they’d have to do so by way of a long-term lease lasting upwards of five years. That’s all changed. Since 2010, we’ve witnessed a sharp rise in the amount of serviced and coworking properties offering their tenants flexible contracts and ad-hoc, shared workspace. And in an age of financial unpredictability brought on by political uncertainties (Brexit, etc), who wants to be shackled down to long-term financial commitments?

Unlike leased options, coworking offices offer:

  • Tenancies starting from one month
  • The option to acquire more (or less) space at short notice
  • A building filled with other interesting companies – and contacts
  • PERKS. These include gym memberships, events and even free beer

Coworking spaces are incredibly popular with startups who are looking for cost-effective desk space and a place at which to meet like-minded people. Similarly, many freelancers find they are much more productive when not working at home and are able to self-motivate better in a shared office. Increasingly, however, larger organisations are turning to coworking as they embrace flexible working hours and want to attract the best young talent.

Here are five of the most innovative co-workspaces on the market today. To understand what it’s like to be in a coworking environment for a day, check out Search Office Space’s Coworking Diaries series.

Mark Square, Shoreditch

With a stylish brick frontage and a charming interior, this new serviced workspace in Shoreditch’s Mark Square is ideal for tech and creative companies looking for an on-trend place to do business. The provider is a global company with locations across the globe.

Kings Road, Reading

Situated in the epicentre of the Thames Valley business scene, this new workspace is just moments from Reading station and the city centre’s growing number of restaurants, bars and retailers. Occupiers benefit from limitless networking opportunities and a flexible working environment.

Bath Street, Glasgow

With stunning views over Glasgow, coworkers at this new centre can pause to enjoy a well-brewed cup of coffee from the on-site barista café, enjoy a healthy lunch or indulge in a tasty cake or two. Superfast WiFi ensures connectivity throughout the working day.

Quay Street, Manchester

Popular with startups and entrepreneurs, this hub of innovation is comprised of both private and coworking space, and provides all the services with a growing business could need, from access to a network of fellow members to table tennis chill out quarters.

City Road, Old Street

Set in a recently refurbished Art Deco building that retains many of its original features is a spacious high ceiling environment full of like-minded entrepreneurs. Huge windows let in an abundance of natural light and tenants enjoy their own private meeting room and a kitchenette.

Just as AVirtual specialises in flexible employee solutions, Search Office Space specialises in flexible workspace solutions. So if you’re looking for a long or short term tenancy in a creative coworking or serviced office space, check out their listings and contact the team today.




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