Bruntwood Works launches new ‘business buddy’ office sharing service


Bruntwood Works has launched a new service helping businesses adapt to the “new normal” – by helping them partner up to share a space together.

The workspace and leisure provider said its new ‘Office Share’ initiative provides flexible and cost-effective solutions to help companies adjust following the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will mean businesses can spend half the week in the office, enabling staff to work flexibly, and Bruntwood Works said the initiative has proved successful for many during the period.

The company’s “business buddy” will use the space for the other half of the week.

Ciara Keeling, CEO of Bruntwood Works said: “Hopefully this new trailblazing service will be a match made in heaven for so many. It’s normally not possible for businesses to share space, but as we own and manage all of our own spaces, Bruntwood Works is in a really unique position to offer this.

“Businesses of all sizes have been severely affected by the pandemic with many forced to change their ways of working.”

The service is designed to support those firms that want to carry on working from home, but still need office space at certain days and times for their employees to come together, as well as supporting those who might need reduced space or to decrease overheads. 

Ms Keeling added: “Finances and expenditure will be tightened for many, but we know that the right workspace is a place that’s vital for staff wellbeing and is a place where great ideas and people come together.

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“Providing the right fit for our customers is nothing new – we’ve been providing flexibility for the needs of businesses for years through our adaptable workspaces.

“Our Office Share initiative is another string to our bow that offers support to businesses who may want to adapt; whether that’s needing a dedicated space for a couple of days a week for their employees to get together, but the rest of the time they may want to work from home.”

The Office Share service follows the launch of Spark by Bruntwood Works, a service designed in partnership with small business support network, Enterprise Nation, to SME management teams with the support needed to develop new ideas, take the next step on their growth journeys and navigate the challenges created by coronavirus.

It’s also hoped to spark further collaboration among businesses and encourage knowledge-sharing among the company’s network of 55,000 customers and 2,000 member businesses across Birmingham, Cheshire, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

Ms Keeling added: “For businesses and cities to thrive – we need each other – so we are providing tailored support and guidance by buddying up firms together to form a lasting partnership that helps them save costs and grow their business in an adapted workspace.”

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