9 advantages of using a flexible workspace in Gloucestershire

With adaptable spaces, around the clock access, dog-friendly offices and on-site bars, flexible workspaces could be the way forward – according to Clockwise in Cheltenham.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, starting your own business or an established enterprise, finding an office space that works for you can be tricky and expensive.

In this hot list, sponsored by Clockwise, SoGlos shares 9 ways a flexible workspace could benefit your business – from saving money to bringing your dog to work.

About the sponsor – Clockwise Cheltenham

With beautiful offices in prime locations, including Festival House in Cheltenham, Clockwise offers flexible working spaces to business of all sizes – from shared co-working spaces to private offices.

Its monthly membership plans and day passes offer great flexibility for businesses, as well as making significant savings compared to leasing a traditional office building.

For more information, visit workclockwise.co.uk.

1. No upfront investment

Unlike buying or leasing a traditional office, a flexible workspace like Clockwise doesn’t require a hefty CAPEX investment up front – even for your own private office space.

Membership plans cost from £150 per month for Club Lounge, ideal for freelancers and entrepreneurs happy to hot desk, £250 per month for a dedicated desk, going up to £400 per desk in a private office for SMEs. That means a company with 12 employees could save up to £65,000 on office costs in its first year, compared to a conventional arrangement.

2. More flexibility

A flexible office solution means that businesses can expand or reduce their space easily by adding on work stations, customising layouts and furnishings or hiring meeting rooms on a daily or hourly basis, with preferential rates for members.

That flexibility extends to finance too, with monthly rolling contracts and short-term options available, depending on your individual business needs.

3. Move in quickly

It can take as little as 24 hours from the initial enquiry to move into a flexible office space at Clockwise. For anyone needing a temporary office, there are also day passes available giving access to a hot desk in a shared co-working area – and the all-important on site café!

4. Access at all times

Not every business operates during traditional nine to five office hours. With flexible working becoming more and more important to employees and businesses, an office space like Clockwise, which gives members access 24 hours a day, seven days a week, could come in very handy.

There are also a variety of benefits to co-working compared to working from home, with a flexible office space providing a much better equipped alternative to a home office – or the kitchen table!

5. Great facilities

Clockwise at Festival House offers some of the coolest offices in Cheltenham – with dog-friendly offices; a café; a licensed bar in the club lounge; breakout areas on every floor; soundproof booths; and even a roof terrace with stunning views across the town.

Not to mention Clockwise’s impressive tech offering, giving businesses access to everything from helpful apps to audio visual equipment ideal for collaborative working.

6. Unlimited, secure WiFi

Every Clockwise office has unlimited, high speed, secure broadband access, so businesses can enjoy the benefits of having their own private office space, without needing to arrange their own utilities like WiFi – or worry about using up all their bandwidth.

7. Covid-19 secure

One of the biggest concerns for business owners is how to welcome employees back to work safely after the Coronavirus lockdown. Clockwise has a range of measures in place to keep its offices Covid-19 secure.

It has configured office spaces to promote social distancing; implemented one-way systems in busy areas; increased cleaning, including treating all hard surfaces in shared spaces with an antimicrobial coating; introduced a clear desk policy to keep offices easy to clean and clear of clutter; as well as asking people to wear a mask in communal areas and when moving through the building.

8. Dedicated support

Clockwise offers dedicated support – from facilitating expansion and changing business needs, to offering the opportunity to combine traditional and flexible leases within the same building, to create a property strategy that works for your business.

9. Join a community

Clockwise members also get access to a member portal where they can network with other individuals and businesses – which is handy when it’s time to grab an after-work drink!

Shared breakout spaces provide great opportunities to meet people from neighbouring offices and there’s also a programme of events designed to ‘inspire personal and professional growth’ that members can attend.

For more information about Clockwise Cheltenham, visit workclockwise.co.uk.

By Chloe Gorman

© SoGlos
Monday 17 May 2021

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