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encourages members to build their networks and connect with like- minded people to share ideas. That means a mixture of open plan areas, private spaces and segmented areas for smaller groups to work together while still being part of the buzz of the open areas.


“JUST UNDER HALF (48%) OF GLOBAL


PROFESSIONALS NOW WORK OUTSIDE THEIR MAIN OFFICE AT LEAST SOME OF THE TIME.”


new and inclusive, design-led way of working for entrepreneurs and established businesses alike. With an on-site coffee house complete with baristas serving nutritious lunches, delicious pastries and healthy snacks, Spaces London replicates a model that has enjoyed considerable success in Holland by offering have a warm and inspiring environment that suits everyone’s working needs and encourages collaboration and creativity – be they freelancers or teams from large corporations. Collaboration isn’t just for the creative industries either. A quarter of the companies to walk through Spaces’ doors collaborate with each other in areas such as media, HR and law.


While it has attracted significant numbers of freelancers, portfolio- careerists (who have more than one job on the go at once) and start-ups, Spaces’ lifestyle-driven working environment founded on principles of collaboration, inclusivity and authentic, considered design has also gone down well with global firms across Europe.


The design of its “playful and inspiring” layout specifically


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It is the rise of this kind of dedicated, design-led working environment that has helped the UK hit a tipping point with flexible working. Even traditionally-minded firms are beginning to see the new flexible working laws are worth taking advantage of – especially if their employees will still be based in a working environment rather than surrounded by the distractions of home.


While a study earlier this year by tech giant Microsoft found the majority (55%) of British office workers are still required to work from the office within designated working hours, research from office outsourcing firm Regus found just under half (48%) of global professionals now work outside their main office at least some of the time. Three quarters (73%) added they had noticed more project outsourcing compared to five years ago.


Spaces’ community driven workspace at Mappin House on London’s Oxford Street marks a new phase of global expansion for the company, and it will roll out Spaces New York, Melbourne and Rotterdam in the next six months.


This should enable Spaces to tap into new trends like ‘Workcationing’ (now arriving on UK shores from the US), and provide for a generation of workers coming through who have never used a network cable in their lives.


MARTIJN ROORDINK, SPACES’ MANAGING


DIRECTOR SAYS: “It doesn’t take rocket science to understand why people are far more productive and successful in an enjoyable, social and inspiring work environment.


“Spaces began in 2006 with the sincere belief that the working world was changing and that work could be more fun and effective by creating an inspiring social place for people to go and to interact. This idea resulted in Spaces Herengracht, the first of our three Amsterdam based locations, which opened its doors in September 2008.


“What we’ve tried to do is give members the opportunity to take their careers into their own hands. Our events enable them to get involved in the buzz of the Spaces way of life and connect with like- minded people while we take care of all the day-to-day logistics of the workplace.


“Our dedicated, highly qualified staff are on hand to help at all times with support services designed to make members’ lives easier including secretarial, business and virtual office support, teleconferencing, mail and print services and ICT support.


“We have more than 1,500 members currently and 60% of them tell us they are international travellers, so Spaces membership includes access to all our locations. That means they become part of a global, creative community who can use beautifully designed office and meeting spaces in some of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities.”


The flexible working law has just passed its first birthday. It’s not too much of a stretch to claim that by the time it reaches its fifth, “workplace” will mean where you are working right now – not a fixed desk in a corporate HQ.


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