Flexible office spaces are becoming an important part of modern business, and will no doubt continue to grow in popularity in London. No longer the choice of the small company or startups alone, large and established businesses are also leaning towards flexible office spaces in London to accommodate their growing pools of diverse and evolving talent.
Businesses need to manage physical and remote teams. Work with contractors, freelancers and international teams. When deciding to rent an office, there are a number of considerations to understand and prioritise. Outlined below are many attributes to hold in mind when looking for your next office space and why they’re so important to any sized London business.
Flexible offices – Responsive to business needs
One of the core attributes of flexible office spaces is just how responsive they can be to the needs of a business.
Flexible offices with shorter leases
From the short notice period can give, to the layout and size of the office space you sign up for – these are flexible and can be adapted to your needs. Having this level of freedom in your office space is a huge step forward from the days of long leases that tied businesses to properties that no longer fulfil their purpose. In today’s dynamic business environment flexibility is key.
Access to meeting rooms & facilities
Open plan office spaces are great for creating a platform for open communication and team efficiency. They’re not always so handy when you need to hold an interview, confidential chat or larger ideation sessions that could be disruptive to the rest of the team. Having access to the meeting rooms and facilities within your property – and in other buildings – allows you the privacy and forum to manage those ad hoc sessions. Hiring traditional meeting spaces can prove to be incredibly costly, so it’s worth exploring flexible spaces within your office building or choosing a flexible office provider that offers free use of meeting rooms.
The majority of flexible workspaces will be serviced, which saves a great deal of time and money. Benefits include having a receptionist for the building to field and allocate calls, office and building maintenance on hand for repairs, technical support on hand at all hours and speedy WiFi. Serviced offices also usually boast 24/7 access, which allows for overnight tech deployments, last minute deadlines and socials.
It’s like renting a home – opting for a furnished office allows you to save money for the things you really need and value, and also enables you and the team to get up and go should you need to.
As the team grows, you don’t need to worry about additional furniture. Your office provider will take care of this for you once you’ve shared your requirements.
If you’re looking for temporary office space, selecting a furnished office allows you to avoid the additional costs for office furniture you may not need in a month or a year’s time.
Workspaces that inspire talent
Now more than ever, business leaders hold their future talent in mind when deciding to rent an office.
Ability to make the office your own
You’ll want to find office space that allows you to tell your team and any visitors you host, who you are and what you stand for. Whether it’s bold transparency or wild creativity – each of these can be illustrated in your office design. By having the freedom to decorate and design the space yourself, you’ll be able to commit to the brand you sold to your hires. No matter the industry, you should be thinking about creating spaces where people want to spend their time – and feel happy to spend their time in.
Aside from DIY and decoration, is the ability to include additional office features – from a breakout space filled with beanbags and sleep pods to fridges stacked with snacks and beers for staff socials and celebrations.
Flexibility to upsize – or downsize your office
Once you’ve built that momentum, you won’t want to stop. By having that flexibility to move within the building to a larger (or smaller) space, you also give yourself the freedom to continue hiring and scaling your business at pace. Supporting your teams by allowing them to hire essential roles also works to support staff retention. Growth can improve team morale and empower career progression.
Office space in London – At the heart of all the action
Finding an office for rent in the right London area is also a key factor in attracting the right talent and maximising the potential of your business. Cultural hubs are most desirable, with flexible office spaces in London being in the biggest demand. Areas like Shoreditch, Old Street and Dalston offer a creative backdrop for the team, while the likes of Mayfair holds a stronger corporate base. Locations are usually chosen based on the perceived business districts and their access to amenities like transport, restaurants and bars.
It is also worth thinking about who your clients are and positioning yourself based on their needs, and in their image. Clerkenwell is a great location for flexible office spaces. Known for its inclusion in the Culture Mile and access to incredible food markets like Leather Lane and Exmouth, it’s also within walking distance of St Paul’s and Holborn, both known for their bustling corporate infrastructure.
Flexible offices in London
Selecting an office space for your team may be one of the most important decisions you make, so it’s important to consider each feature in isolation, as well as part of a whole. Weigh up what you value in your workspace and how that carries through to your team and the rest of your business. If you find that you’re still undecided, this may also make you lean towards a flexible office space for the simple fact that you can change your mind without a lengthy complicated lease to hold you back.
Put your staff and your customers at the heart of your decision making and you won’t go wrong.
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