Our rapidly evolving workspaces


Covid has been a massive home working experiment and it’s made us realise that we don’t need to go to an office to sit at a desk from 9 - 5. We discussed this in depth at our recent webinar on flexible working and the rapid changes in our workspaces.

Hybrid working may be our new reality, but if we are to thrive, we still need spaces where we can collaborate, and bounce ideas off each other. We need spaces where we can maintain our culture, sense of community, wellbeing and productivity. And we are seeing some exciting things happening.

Big names such as Debenhams, John Lewis and Topshop are turning their retail buildings into boutique workspaces. Rupert Dean who runs x+why showed us an example they’re working on - an ex-Mothercare building converted into new workspace for SMEs in the Grafton Centre in Reading, amongst cinemas, gyms and shopping.

We’re seeing shared workspaces in hotels and hubs where like-minded businesses are clustering into clubs. It’s happening on our high streets and on the fringes of our towns and cities. Zoe Ellis-Moore who runs Spaces to Places showed us former nightclubs turning into workspace in Deller’s Wharf in Taunton and Godalming.

So while new and interesting workspaces are transforming our high streets right before our eyes, what exactly do we need from them? According to Rupert from x+why, “A place that’s really easy to get to, really easy to book, and really easy to access”. Somewhere where we can tap into additional amenities as we need it.

Catch up on the full webinar with Zoe and Rupert on the latest episode of ‘The British BIDs Podcast’ available wherever you normally listen to and download your podcasts.

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