Better than home working

Jane Brook, Space Coworking and the brewery Yard Club

Are your kids back to school in June? Will you be returning to the commute?
The upside of the lockdown is that we have all had time to reflect on our busy lives and many parents with young families are embracing spending more time together and getting  much more involved in their children’s development.

Nine weeks into lockdown and while many are benefiting from a slower pace of life, businesses are suffering terribly, with chancellor Rishi Sunak warning of a deep and significant depression on the horizon. However, for some people, working from home is not a long-term workable solution.

Lack of space, distractions (sunshine, dogs, kids, housework) are productivity-blockers. It can be a challenge to separate work and home life when your office is also your kitchen/bedroom/living room and those without a family around them find social isolation has a negative affect on their mental wellbeing.

These are real problems that are not going to go away anytime soon. Having proven working remotely is possible, many employees will feel entitled to demand more flexibility and even look to cut out the commute altogether. How will companies support their employees back to the workplace? The good news is that professionally managed co-working spaces offer an attractive option – for both employers and their valued teams.

For some WFH (work from home) will be replaced with WCTH (work close to home) at a Covid-19 secure workplace in their hometown. As the owner of Space Co-working I believe that offers a realistic alternative and solution to the traditional need to commute to work.

Bright and well equipped working space is good for personal well being.

Here at Space Co-working in Rye, (where small is beautiful!) we consider ourselves an independent ‘boutique’ operation and, with space now at a premium because of physical distancing measures, we will be even more exclusive when we return on June 1! We’ve certainly seen an increase in enquiries since the easing of lockdown and like most other businesses, we’ve had to adapt our business model. We’ve made some important changes:

We have removed our communal lounge area and communal hot desks. Naturally, there are new rigorous cleaning regimes and we’ve introduced new health and safety protocols aligned with the latest government guidelines.

Plenty of space to work within government guidelines.

To apply maximum social distancing we have reduced capacity by HALF in our bright and airy open plan space, so that each member now has a very generous workspace to themselves.

From June 1 and through to September we will have just four dedicated workspaces available at a very special price of £200 / month excluding VAT.

If you need just the odd day here and there, we have Co-working Day Passes and Day Offices on a casual basis, bookable only in advance and available on a limited basis.

Whilst events are temporarily suspended in line with government guidelines, our fully equipped (software and hardware) conference room will be available for meetings and again will need to be booked in advance. If you are moving your business to a more sustainable online model, it’s a great space to record professional workshops/webinars.

Virtual office and mail handling demand is growing and we are in the process of adding a digital mail option to our service, which includes scan and mail forwarding, ideal for those who are no longer travelling to their physical space or isolating. We’ll still be accepting small parcels for our members, where we can quarantine in a locker ready for collection when you are ready.

To learn more, or to go onto the waiting list for a dedicated office, call Jane Brook on 01797 222857 / email We are re opening on June 1, see you then!

Image Credits: Jane Brook .


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