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Finding flexible office spaces in the UK: a comprehensive guide

Choosing the right coworking space

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Choosing the right office space is an important strategic decision that can really help or hinder your business. Coworking spaces can be a real catalyst for business success, fostering creativity, collaboration and excellent networking opportunities. Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur, a small growing team, or an established brand, flexible office space could be the perfect choice to help achieve your business goals. This guide will help you to decide what to prioritise when choosing a coworking space so you can make the smart choice and unlock your business’s full potential.

Location

Getting the location of your office space right is crucial as it impacts every aspect of your working life, from commute times to your company’s external image. Proximity to transport links should be a big consideration, with access to train stations, road links and even airports coming into play when looking at options. With 17 different flexible workspaces around the UK and mainland Europe, Clockwise offers an excellent choice of strategic locations to suit many different requirements. From the Albert Dock in Liverpool to the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds in Cheltenham, all the spaces provide great bases to boost your business.

Scalability and flexibility

Perhaps the biggest advantage of choosing flexible office space over a traditional office lease is the ability to scale your space up and down depending on your business needs. The right coworking space will support your ambitions to grow your team, provide that additional desk for a big project, or allow you to host that all-important event while avoiding unnecessary expenses or long-term commitments. When choosing a space, look for somewhere that offers a variety of workspace configurations, office sizes and meeting spaces with the ability to upsize or downsize quickly. Clockwise locations offer flexibility in all our memberships, whether you need one seat in our Club Lounges or a Private Office for a team of 50. Monthly rolling contracts are available and whatever package you choose, you’ll benefit from no hidden costs, no initial CAPEX investment, and access to a great range of benefits. Take a look at all the flexible savings and perks on offer in our handy cost calculator.

Finding flexible office spaces in the UK a comprehensive guide (1)

Clockwise Brussels

Facilities

Doing your best work requires top-notch facilities, so looking at everything a coworking space provides is an important element of picking the right flexible office. Evaluate what amenities are essential for you and your team, and ensure the space you choose meets these requirements. All Clockwise locations offer unlimited high-speed WiFi, soundproof booths for phone calls, meeting rooms with video conferencing technology, breakout spaces and kitchens. Our onsite Two Hands Cafés provide delicious food and drink options to fuel your productivity, and bike storage and showers cater for two-wheeled commuters and lunchtime runners alike.

Environment and design

The impact of workspace design on productivity and wellbeing is huge. Along with boosting creativity and collaboration, choosing a flexible office space that prioritises great design provides the wow factor, motivating employees and impressing visiting clients. Clockwise locations all offer eye-catching design features that inspire and stimulate, whilst showcasing the heritage of the buildings. Clockwise Brussels, located in the iconic Arts 44 building, has large floor-to-ceiling windows that provide great views of the city over eight floors. Built in 1963, Linley House is now home to Clockwise Manchester but was previously an electrical station powering the whole city. Prior to its renovation, the impressive Grade II listed Old Town Hall was on the ‘Heritage at Risk’ register before its transformation to become Clockwise Bromley, one of our largest spaces, with original features including marble columns and wood panelling integrated beautifully into the workspaces. Clockwise Glasgow is located in a 1970’s high rise tower block in the heart of the city, offering an impressive 11 floors of workspace with a hidden outdoor terrace and murals by local artists in the stairwells.

Community

The community aspect of flexible offices is a huge draw for many. The opportunity to meet others in the space, network and socialise in a new environment, and potentially collaborate on new projects and share ideas really sets the experience apart from more traditional office space setups. When choosing a flexible office space, research what each space does to facilitate this. Clockwise offers members access to an online networking portal to assist with making great connections, and each location offers bespoke programmes of member events designed with personal and professional development in mind. Looking for the opportunity to be part of a business community but can’t make it to a physical space? Clockwise Campus is the first office space to open in the Metaverse, offering a beautifully designed virtual workspace built with the same focus on creativity, collaboration and community as our brick and mortar spaces.

For more articles on everything from wellbeing to networking, take a look at our Community page.

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