How To Make Vibrant Workspaces With Your Local London Authority
As a London coworking space owner or community manager, you know that local authorities became rapidly more alert to what ‘coworking’ and ‘shared workspace’ means for their area in 2020.
Naima Omasta-Milsom and Tash Thomas,
On the panel are:
Mandy Weston – Co-Founder of Town Square Spaces
Honey Nounou – Principal Regeneration Officer at Brent Council
Steve Pette – Founder at Think Hearts + Minds, Co-founder Ormeau Baths
Business rates advice for London coworking spaces.
Our friends from Gerald Eve will be here to share how your coworking space can successfully deal with business rates and landlord negotiations.
Run in partnership with London Business Hub and London Business Partnership,
About this event
In 2020 COVID restrictions brought a change in commuter behaviour.
We saw the rise of ‘neighbourhood workspaces’ in London as people adapted to ‘work from home.’
Soon ‘work from home’ became a quest to ‘work near home’ and it looks like this is ‘the next normal.’
Research projects like Boot The Commute show how we average 251 hours a year on commuting.
For once, our whole nation changed where they do their work and got an entire year to reflect on it – 10 years of behaviour change condensed into a year, businesses recognising that remote work can work.
Pre covid 15% of people worked remote, currently that now sits at around 60% even after lockdown – Pandora’s box is now open on work-life balance …
Do we seriously think we will go back to the inbound journeys at 7.30 am and 5.30 on packed trains and buses and tubes, paying handsomely to stand in overcrowded transport and essentially waste up to 3 hrs a day journeying?
What if everyone could walk to work?
What if people who travel from Zone 4, 5, and 6 to their work in Zone 1 stayed in their local London Borough?
What if all the creatives, developers, startups, DJs, and freelancers stayed close to home?
Because now they all want to travel into central London to meet people like themselves.
What if they all walked to work?
What if thousands of people were to buy their lunch with a local business?
What if we never bought a sandwich in Liverpool Street Station again?
Read: what if everyone could walk to work?
Local London Workspace Stories
Of course, London already has successful coworking and shared workspaces in local areas.
How do the London Coworking operators work with their Local London Authority?
How do you cut through the political hype to build a vibrant workspace real people want to use?
What does a local authority need to consider around budget, branding, and coffee to make a space work?
Does the procurement process prevent smaller operators from working with their local authority?
What is in it for a Local London Authority?
A substantial opportunity for economic growth now lies in the outer London zones.
Small, micro, and freelance businesses in our coworking community are already growing back.
Local London authorities who support coworking spaces will keep these growing businesses local.
The wealth will stay in your local borough.
Every pound spent in a local business goes around four times.
2020 and COVID made us change the way we work forever.
Terms like ‘coworking’ or ‘neighbourhood workspace’ became understood like never before.
Local authorities are now able to see the value of a coworking or shared workspace to their economy.