As lockdown rules ease across the UK, all eyes are now on how businesses will adapt to a new normal, with many companies reappraising the need for expensive permanent offices and rigid 9 to 5 regimes.
Remote working has largely been successful during lockdown, allowing for business continuity and even improvement. There is no question that people still want/need human interaction in their working lives, this is where co-working spaces come in, providing a solution that is the best of both worlds.
Use.Space, an innovative co-working space based in central Manchester, is set to re-open its doors on the 1st July, with a plan to not only help businesses and freelancers survive, but to help them thrive during this transitional period.
David Walter, founder of Use.Space, says ‘Co-working spaces offer the flexibility that traditional offices simply can’t, and as well as the benefits a remote desk space allows, we also ensure our members are given additional support in the form of resources, strategic intelligence, business mentoring and investment.’
Commitment to providing members with the very best support has led the team at Use.Space to develop three additional pillars of the business. Use.Invest will provide mentoring and support for start-up businesses, Use.Today will be a physical and digital hub for positive change and sharing sustainable solutions, and Use.Smart will be a centre for learning, with masterclasses, talks and workshops.
David added ‘We know from experience that co-working can add real value in comparison with the normal 9-5 experience, and we aim to expand these benefits when we reopen our doors.’
A recent survey by Coworking Insights reported 88.6% of people who utilised co-working spaces before the pandemic are set to return. The survey also highlighted a majority of first-time remote workers who worked in an office prior (to lockdown) said they would consider joining a coworking space in the future.
All of the evidence suggests that the traditional 9to5 permanent office regime is out of date and out of sync with modern life. It’s clear that coworking could become the default office space of the future, and Use.Space is aiming to provide coworking with benefits.
During July and August Use.Space will be offering 20% off memberships for new sign-ups for the ‘drop-in’ level membership – usually £199+VAT. This gives unrestricted access to our co-working spaces within opening hours with no fixed desk.
Use.Space is based on Paddock St in Manchester City Centre and is open 7am-7pm.