Edwards, who is expanding his accounting systems company Xero in the UK, says congestion and environmental concerns and a growing desire for flexible working mean virtual offices are becoming a viable alternative to real office space. “You don’t need to build a massive tower block. You don’t need to worry about travelling around. A laptop, blackberry and mobile phone is all you need to do business,” he says.
“I think you’re going to see a lot more businesses think of ways they can have their employees working from home all or part of the week.
“I think you might start to see a lot more railway stations put in meeting rooms where business people can come together."
Edwards is hoping to take advantage of a growing appetite for virtual offices through his company, Xero, which provides an online accounting system designed for small businesses and their advisers.
“You can connect to the system anywhere, any time,” he adds. “That links in to the concept of being able to work from anywhere if you need to.”