The Ongoing Demand for Rural Office Space
The past nine months has accelerated the move away from town centre offices towards a more flexible working environment. As part of this change, there are signs that rural offices are well placed to flourish in the future.
Here, The Gattinetts Business Centre, who offer rural office space to let for businesses in Essex and Suffolk, look at why flexible out-of-town spaces better fit the challenges business owners are going to face in the future.
There is still a need for employees to get together to brainstorm and collaborate, as well as for formal spaces to host clients and investors. However, the pandemic has accelerated a trend away from town and city centre offices towards smaller, more localised hubs.
Some staff have taken this one step further, requesting offices closer to their homes. As a result of this, there was a lot more interest in rural properties at the start of the lockdown, and this desire for more outdoor space and gardens is likely to continue.
Both employers and employees are also beginning to realise the benefits of smaller, more flexible workspaces because of the varying numbers of people in the office from one day to the next.
The Decline of the Traditional Town Centre
More and more big names (as well as smaller ones) are disappearing from the High Street. Therefore, it is clear that the advantages of working from a central location are fading away. Growth in out-of-town retail parks and the rise in internet shopping has also helped to accelerate this decline.
A Better Quality of Life
People increasingly don’t want to go to town centres – they’re busy, potentially claustrophobic and the air quality is bad. Working in a more rural location provides all your employees with a better home-life balance and the chance to ‘get away from it all’ even while they are at work. You even have the chance to spend your lunch hour out in the countryside.
By working in a more rural location, it is very likely that your commute will be shorter because the possibility of sitting in lengthy traffic jams is almost entirely removed. This means you will be able to leave home later and get home earlier, giving you more time to spend as you please. This is also a huge bonus for clients visiting your office or when making business trips out yourself.
It is also financially advantageous because you don’t have to spend money on expensive town-centre car parks where space is at a premium. Because out-of-town rents tend to be cheaper, where you weren’t able to have a car park, or only had very limited spaces before, a rural office increases the likelihood of you being able to offer ample free parking for employees, visitors and clients alike.
Rural Office Space at The Gattinetts Business Centre
At The Gattinetts Business Centre, we offer a variety of flexible spaces to let. As well as rural office space to let for companies in Essex and Suffolk, we have workshops, storage spaces and industrial units to rent at our East Bergholt base. Our units are highly sought after and if they are currently all let, we can put you on our waiting list and let you know when a unit becomes free. Short-term leases (with a minimum period of 12 months) are the norm, but we are happy to talk to you about your individual requirements.
If you would like to know more, you can contact us by clicking on this link and filling out the online contact form.