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Industry study identifies SME office space requirements

09 August 2018

There is increasing demand from SME companies for office space that provides a variety of options to meet the needs of workers and the tasks they need to perform.

This was one of the main messages from a recent survey conducted with 500 leaders of SME businesses located around Britain.

It revealed that 28% of those surveyed said they need more areas for quiet working and confidential discussions, with 26% requiring open and flexible spaces.

While 25% wished for improved storage, 21% highlighted the need for energy efficiency, including LED lighting and their own heat and power sources.

Improved broadband speed and wireless technology was identified as a requirement for 19% of respondents.

SME leaders were also asked about the barriers preventing them from creating optimum working environments, leading to 38% stating cost of rent as the main obstruction.

Length of tenancy and lack of suitable office space was identified as a barrier by 19%.

The inflexibility of landlords was also referred to by 19% of those surveyed.

When asked about what they were least willing to compromise on, 25% said this would be the cost of rent or mortgage.

A further 21% cited the importance of location and the ease of commuting as areas where they would not compromise.

Car parking was also cited by 20%, along with open plan office space for 17% and the provision of bike sheds for 9% of respondents.

The research was conducted by Crown Workspace.

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