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THE L A TES T REP OR T S FR OM B US INES S ES


IN FR ANC HI S ING NEWS&TRENDS


IWG eyes rapid expansion in Scotland


u IWG, provider of flexible workspace including Regus and Spaces, has signed its first franchise agreement in Scotland to meet growing demand for hybrid ways of working. The new deal will serve towns and


suburbs in the Central Belt of the country and give those previously commuting into cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh the chance to work closer to home long-term. This follows a surge in demand for IWG workspaces in Scottish suburban areas, where the provider has witnessed a 20%-25% increase in enquiries for its centres over the last quarter.


"The pandenic has accelerated a trend we were already seeing across the world"


Partnering with IWG to spearhead


its franchise expansion in Scotland are Tommy Nevin, BT and EE franchisee; Graeme Orr, freelance Project Management Consultant for multiple blue-chips; Tony McCabe and Scott Gibson, both experienced Operations Directors who've run and partnered with some of the UK’s biggest organisations in Financial Services and Telecoms. Tommy Nevin is one of Scotland’s most


experienced franchise investors and with Scott and Tony now runs 70% of BT’s Scottish operations through his existing portfolio. They are planning to move their BT staff members to the first IWG franchise centre in the country. The pandemic has accelerated demand


for flex workspace outside the UK’s cities, with many seeking greater freedom in where and how they work in the long term. Indeed, half (46%) of Brits now say


they would quit their job if asked to return to the office full time with 83% more likely to apply for a job that offers flexible working. Julian Chambers, Head of Franchise at


IWG – UK & Ireland said: “The pandemic has accelerated a trend that we were already seeing across the world, the shift towards hybrid working. Employees want the freedom to work closer to home, avoiding a lengthy commute to the office – and businesses are listening. “We’ve seen the demand soar


considerably around the world in 2021 with more than a 350 percent increase in new locations committed by franchise


partners so far this year, compared to the same period in 2020. Our UK partnerships have played a huge part in this and now, we are delighted to bring the opportunity to Scotland where there is still plenty of unmet demand across the country.” Tommy Nevin added: “We’re putting


our collective business knowledge together to make a real difference to the lives of commuters, and are on the lookout for property owners interested in helping this vision come to life.” Tommy Nevin is keynote speaker at The National Franchise Exhibition, presenting ‘Change your life through franchising – my story’ on Saturday 2 October.


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