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Back to Business: Shared office spaces tentatively reopen

Serviced office managers across the country have been working flat out to reopen their offices during June, installing facilities to protect clients and help them get back to business, according to Jonathan Ratcliffe at serviced office provider offices.co.uk. He added that, across the network of 5,000 shared office spaces in the UK, the task of being able to reopen safely has been a huge one – requiring careful planning and determination in the face of negative press and Government restrictions.

“I’ve never seen an industry pull together like this in the face of such adversity - the office space sector has really pulled the stops out to get workspaces reopened for business”, said Ratcliffe.

Office centres with large open-plan shared co-working desks face the biggest challenge – the Government is actively discouraging this type of workspace for now. However, centres which are formed from mainly private office suites are obviously an easier option and with only 30% of staff thought to be returning to work over the next few months, keeping distance is much easier when offices are closed off from each other and locking down communal spaces within an office building restricts the chance of contamination.

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