Hotels are realising that their lobbies donâ€™t have to be empty for most of the day â€“ the army of freelancers that have traditionally taken up tables can be moved to a dedicated, paid-for workspace, where they can have all the benefits of an office as well as the food, beverage and service of a hotel. Rosalind Mullen reports on the new breed of flexible workspaces
Freelancers have been flipping open their laptops and getting down to work in cafĂ©s, hotel lobbies and countless other spaces for at least a decade. A study by MyVoucherCodes found that 13% of UK staff work from a coffee shop every day; and workspace companies such as office space giant Regus have been rolling out flexible businesses. According to statistics on Allwork.space, the global market value for these workspaces is estimated at $26b (ÂŁ21b).
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