Recently, Clockwise has moved out of its office in Reigate, instead opting for co-working spaces in Redhill and London. This has invigorated the business, giving us the opportunity to improve both our working environment and the work itself.
Firstly, it’s made the business less insular. Breaking down internal silos has been a well-worn theme for big businesses for decades; but individual businesses still tend to take refuge in their own premises, effectively building a silo around the whole business. In these collaborative times, that seems an outdated approach.
The co-working environment has taken us out of our silo and put us in the middle of a new and exciting working environment, giving us an opportunity to connect with a larger network of businesses and individuals and benefit from the wider range of ideas and experiences they provide. On top of this, the variety of personalities in and around our office make for a more thriving social environment, giving our space energy and verve that we haven’t experienced before. We’ve become part of a larger community since moving office, bringing a new drive to the working environment.
Secondly, the new arrangement means we have a lot more flexibility. The workspace company we use in London, for example, has five different offices in the city, meaning we can move between them if we need to. Far from being tied to one office, the business can, at least within a group of co-working spaces, go wherever it needs to go. On top of this, we’re not working in a leased building anymore, meaning that the business isn’t tied down by a set period of time and can move whenever it needs to. Our newfound freedom means that our business is constantly vitalised; far from finding ourselves in a rut, we’re able to keep moving forward
Of course, because of the economies involved, co-working spaces were once associated with start-ups and struggling businesses, yet this is no longer the case: our move is part of a larger trend of more established companies discovering the merits of co-working. Companies such as IBM, Verizon, and even Microsoft are among the big beasts discovering these benefits. They use co-working environments not just because of their flexibility, relaxed atmosphere and cost-effectiveness, but the opportunity they provide to interact with other companies. Often the most exciting ideas come from smaller companies sharing office space with these giants, the interaction between innovation and experience benefitting both. The collaborative atmosphere of a co-working space is not just useful for new, struggling businesses, but for companies of any size.
Overall, moving to a co-working environment has been an overwhelmingly positive step for Clockwise. It’s invigorated the business, giving us greater flexibility, a wider network of other businesses to engage with and a more varied set of working spaces from which to step up our own services and new business development. So if you’re thinking about your next move, I can thoroughly recommend co-working.