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Evolution of the office environment: Five trends surrounding co-working spaces

In the last few years, we’ve seen co-working spaces grow from strength to strength. In London alone, there is estimated to be over 1,000 co-working spaces and the capital was recently cited as the leading global market in this sector.
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Co-working spaces are for corporates as well as startups

As shared spaces are often recognised as hubs of innovation, providing a starting point for new and disruptive companies, it was never going to be long before big businesses wanted in on the action of co-working spaces.

Now shared office environments, such as Interchange in Camden, can name the likes of Cisco and KPMG as tenants, alongside its roster of early-stage companies.

Interchange Camden co-working spaces

Team mascots also welcome

Of course, generally speaking, larger companies tend to position satellite teams into co-working spaces (rather than entire departments) with the aim of creating mutually beneficial relationships and connections.

This means that big businesses can learn from and connect with fresh and innovative minds and startup companies have access to the experts and established processes of well-known industry players.

In a step on from this, we’re also seeing large corporate companies, such as US telecoms giant Verizon, launch its own co-working spaces in cities like London and New York, which is a further exciting development in what is surely set to be a growing trend.

Co-working spaces aren’t just for huge capital cities, as we find out on the next page.

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