Flexibility and scalability are two of the key reasons why some businesses use co-working office space but, following recent research, serviced offices in London‘s most desirable areas could prove to be the better option.

In a typical co-working space there’s little privacy. This open-plan way of working is part of the point, to allow for collaboration and interaction between individuals, but it can leave workers with no space of their own to retreat to.

According to a recent study from the British Council for Offices, conducted in collaboration with the business architects Gensler, 40% of flexible office space users say they would prefer a more conventional workplace.

In London in particular, satisfaction with features relating to the space and the services provided is low, at 12% under the national average.

The capital deserves better – which is why we would urge anyone currently using co-working office space to consider our serviced offices in London instead.

Why choose serviced offices in London?

Serviced offices in London‘s busiest business districts – such as our serviced offices on the Isle of Dogs, a stone’s throw from Canary Wharf – give you access to high-quality office space and scalability to expand as your business and workforce grow in the future.

At the same time, they offer the advantages of flexible workspace, without the drawbacks. There are communal kitchen areas and breakout rooms, so you can talk to the other business owners and employees who work from the building.

Meeting rooms are available on-site when you need them – just book a room when you need to, so you’re not left to pay for meeting rooms in London when you don’t need them.

But crucially, and unlike co-working spaces, serviced offices give you privacy, with your own office space that you can brand as you wish, and a door you can close against the outside world when you want to focus on building your business.

This is a good match for the BCO research, which found that:

  • 69% of people collaborate more in flexible workspace.
  • 57% of flexible workspace users feel happier at work.
  • But only 29% said they concentrate more in co-working spaces.

Serviced offices are the ideal alternative, giving you all of the collaboration opportunities of sharing a building with other innovators and business leaders, but the privacy of your own office when you need to concentrate.

Inclusive and empowering

The key message from this research is that a workplace that supports only one style of working can be limiting, whereas a variety of spaces from private offices to meeting rooms to shared breakout rooms for relaxation can help to support different working styles.

Cesar Jeri, digital workplace strategy lead at Verizon, told the BCO: “A workspace needs to be first and foremost inclusive and empower people to make a choice so that it can address the needs of most, if not all, its end-users.”

Whether that’s one end-user or a growing business, our serviced offices in London can provide you with the scalable space you need to work the way you want.

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