Remote working creates a new market for shopping centres
Having the freedom to tailor your working hours to suit your lifestyle while being able to work from just about any location is the modern-day dream. A study released by Zug, a Swiss serviced office provider, last year found that 70% of people worldwide work from home at least once a week while ONS estimates that 50% of workers in the UK will work remotely by 2020.
This offers a perfect opportunity for shopping centres to tap into a fast-growing market by adding co-working spaces to their offer. It is an attractive option for workers, being vibrant social hubs with shops, restaurants, bowling alleys, gyms and more - all under one roof. Shopping centres have the advantage of great transport links, making it easy to commute into or to use as a base for meeting clients. Co-working spaces can foster new relationships and aid shopping centres in becoming a true beating heart of the community.
Remote workers also make great customers, with numerous trips to coffee shops throughout the day, breaking for lunch, buying groceries or socialising after work.
Whilst this trend is still very new in the UK, there are more and more fantastic coworking spaces popping up in shopping centres around the world to get inspiration from!