Dutch office company Spaces targets UK expansion

3rd January 2017

Dutch work space company Spaces is to expand in the UK this year with ten new sites to cash in on the trend for shared offices.

The Amsterdam-born firm, which was founded in 2006, provides offices and desk space to rent and aims to foster community and collaboration among its clients by building in meeting rooms and shared space for people to work together.

It opened its first UK location just off London’s Oxford Street in 2015, but after growth in the popularity of flexible offices among companies looking to rent space on a shorter term basis, Spaces has decided to significantly increase its presence in the country.

A second location in a business park in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, opened in December, and deals have been signed for the company to open in Glasgow and Liverpool in February, plus three further south east locations throughout 2017. The company will also open two more offices in London this year, plus three in the North of England.

Spaces already has a number of offices in the Netherlands, USA, Australia, Japan, Singapore and Mexico and will soon be opening sites in India, France, Switzerland and Israel. It counts taxi firm Uber and technology company GoPro among its tenants.

Richard Morris, UK chief executive of Spaces, said: “People are far more productive and successful in an enjoyable, social and inspiring work environment and we’re rolling out our network to cater to this demand for new ways of working.”

A report by office procurement group Instant into serviced and co-working offices around the world, which was published last year, found that enquiries from companies looking for flexible workspace in the UK was up 21pc during 2015/16. In regional cities, the rate of enquiries was growing even faster, up 39pc in a year.

Expansion among major brands such as Regus, The Office Group and WeWork pushed the amount of office space available up 11pc in 2015/16, bringing the number of centres available in the UK to almost 3,000.

Larger firms are increasingly seeking short-term space within serviced office environments, despite perceptions that the space is mostly used by start-ups, it said.

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