Why flexible office space at the heart of Gloucester’s regeneration is in demand

Covid-19 forced businesses to embrace flexible working, even ditch permanent offices altogether, and one centre at the heart of Gloucester has been helping make that revolution a success for companies big and small.

By Andrew Merrell  |  Published

Gloucester’s stock continues to rise with millions of pounds being invested in its city centre, quays, docks, retail, theatre, and road networks – and together with relative affordability and new post-Covid-19 ways of working, an increasing number of eyes are turning to the city.

At the heart of it all is FigFlex Offices Gloucester, a flexible workplace on the first floor of Southgate House, former home to the Bank of England. Mandy Sibley, its building and centre manager, tells SoGlos just what the location has to offer.

The foyer at Southgate House, entrance to FigFlex Offices Gloucester.

What does the term flexible offices mean?

For our clients, it’s the flexibility of what services they require and building a service around their business requirements. Our services can be used on a pay-as-you-go basis with coworking options, or benefit from longer term contracts with private office space. You have the freedom to grow your workspace as and when your business does.

Can you describe the Gloucester office space to us?

FigFlex is located on the first floor of Southgate House, consisting of 31 serviced offices ranging from workspaces suitable for one person all the way up to 100-plus. You’ll find collaborative, co-working space equipped with all you need to get stuck into work, as well as modern meeting and training rooms that can hold up to 30 people.

One of the communal areas at FigFlex Offices Gloucester.

Whereabouts in the city is FigFlex and why is this such a good location?

FigFlex overlooks the historical Docks and next to the Gloucester Quays Outlet which is perfect for some lunchtime shopping! We’re in easy reach of bars, restaurants and cafés and just a short eight-minute walk to the train, bus station and taxi ranks. You can also get on the M5 in 10 minutes, which gives you direct access to Birmingham and Bristol.

What about the services and options FigFlex offers clients?

We offer virtual offices; co-working and hot desking spaces; meeting and training room spaces; private office space and fully serviced offices available with flexible terms. Clients also benefit from conveniences of shower rooms, break out spaces, kitchen area and bike storage to make their workday simpler!

One of the private office spaces at FigFlex in Gloucester

Do you have to be an actual client to make use the facilities?

Not at all, we offer ad hoc services for meeting rooms, co-working space and private day offices, we do our best to find the best match for all enquiries!

It sounds like you will tailor every agreement to best-fit the business or individual?

Yes, we offer a consultative approach and create a tailor-made package which best suits their business needs, whether they are there for a few hours, a day, looking to host a board meeting or training day, want to base themselves there for a longer period, are looking to grow their business, get to know the area or waiting to move into a new headquarters elsewhere – we can accommodate them.

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