Offices are no longer the permanent fixtures they once were. The worst of the economic slump seems to be over and while businesses are keen to start getting back on their feet again, they’re no doubt also eager to keep saving as much money as they can in case of future rainy days.
This could be the reasoning behind some new trends noted in the office real estate market. Serviced Offices said it is currently receiving more enquiries than ever before for its flexible serviced offices, which are available fully furnished, equipped with IT infrastructure like the internet and can even be provided with a temporary secretary.
A spokesperson said start-up businesses and growing companies in particular are looking for more flexibility, especially if they’re on a tight budget or not in a position to implement long-term planning.
"They can be leased on a day-to-day [basis], so tenants will only pay when they actually require the use of a serviced office," the representative pointed out.
At the same time, commercial estate agent DeVono reported this month that demand for offices in London has shot up by almost 40 per cent in the past year, with sites in King’s Cross, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch proving the most sought-after.
Property director Adam Landau said this is because these areas offer more floor space than central city locations for the same price.
One key trend that we’re picking up from this is that companies are no longer choosing their perfect office and sticking in it for years on end – the economy and other circumstances just don’t allow it any more. As a result, it’s important to be flexible with what’s in your workplaces so that you have what you need if you have to work from a serviced office or move to another location at short notice.
Something that could really help with this is using Dajon’s document scanning services to go paperless, something more and more firms are doing right now. Digitised documents are easier and cheaper to handle, store, modify, copy and reproduce, plus they don’t take up as much room if your new office is smaller than your last one.
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