Evans EasySpace, a company that deals with commercial and executive office space rentals, has decided to show some holiday spirit. The U.K.-based company will open both its Dunfermline center at Pitreavie Business Park and its Kirkcaldy center at the John Smith Business Park up for temporary office space use for commuters left stranded from the recent Forth Road Bridge closure, according to U.K. news source TheCourier.co.uk.
?Enabling workers to operate from a professional location closer to home can provide a solution for businesses, helping their staff avoid difficult and lengthy commutes and ensuring they stay positive and productive,? said Richard Morris, the company’s CEO.
Much like in the United States, flexible, remote, and virtual office spaces have become popular alternatives in recent years. In the U.K. 40% of workers spend at least 2.5 days a week working outside their main office space.
The temporary office space EasySpace is providing will be entirely free and based on a first-come first-served basis. And yes, WiFi is included.
The temporary office space industry has exploded in recent years thanks in large part to new technology and businesses that don’t necessarily require the traditional permanent space. In the U.S. one of the factors that’s influenced this change is the rise of many small businesses and startups.
There are currently almost 28 million small businesses in the U.S., defined by the Small Business Association as companies with fewer than 500 employees. Many of them, especially the tech-type startups, have significantly less than that number though. Some start with the just the owner in his apartment. Eventually the need to grow and expand propels them into the commercial real estate market, but many times they don’t want to, or have the financial means to commit to a long-term lease.
Flexible and temporary office space lease terms offer the perfect alternative. They can be rented for an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year, or more. The usually come with all the amenities you can imagine making a move in and out quick and easy.
While Evans EasySpace gesture is certainly kind, it also might not be a bad marketing ploy to attract new customers. Whether or not that was their intention is a mystery, but kudos to them either way.