Posted on: 15 February 2016

Driven by technology enablement, the growth of online and creative industries coupled with the generational change, co-working has moved from a niche market to a fully-fledged alternative to the traditional office.

“Technology has enabled people to work away from the office and for an increasing number of individuals and businesses, work is no longer a physical or fixed place.” explains Phil Dodson, Director of @WorkHubs in London.

The growth of micro businesses and self-employment is also a distinct factor in the success of co-working environments. Out of the 5.4 million businesses operating in the UK currently, 95% of them are micro businesses, employing between 0 and 9 people.2 

“In London alone, over 50% of businesses are SMEs which is a very significant number and they are a really important part of the economy. That’s why we think it’s crucial to provide small businesses with affordable and flexible workspaces.” says Sara Turnbull, founder of the Bootstrap Company.

The need for affordable workspaces is on the rise and a recent survey by QualitySolicitors revealed that nearly three quarters of small and micro business owners said that a flexible co-working space would be a business priority in the future.3

View our full co-working guide here or browse through the content below to learn more.

  1. What is co-working?
  2. Why is co-working popular? (You are here)
  3. What are the benefits of co-working? 
  4. What is co-working really like?
  5. Choosing a co-working space

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2 House of Commons Library, Briefing paper number 06152, 7th December 2015 ‘Business Statistics’by Chris Rhodes


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