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How the BEC is supporting co-working survival

Before COVID-19 over recent years, coworking spaces have seen a great surge in popularity as freelancers, sole traders and independent contractors alike have begun to recognise the benefits that come with sharing a workspace instead of trying to work from home or rent a full-time office.

However, with the arrival of COVID-19, there are some concerns from the industry about the survival of such spaces. Not us here at Barking Enterprises Centre (BEC). We know that we are able to provide a COVID-secure environment to ensure that our current and prospective co-working tenants can survive and thrive. This includes socially-distanced desks, overflow space should everyone arrive together, and the implementation of some pod-style booths in our BEC 2 building.

Recognising that co-working might offer a solution 

Despite the problems that COVID-19 has thrown our way over the past few months, it’s clear that coworking spaces still offer users a host of benefits. In fact, a whole new category of workers has now recognised the advantages of these spaces – those who are now working from home due to the pandemic.

With companies nationwide now being asked to allow staff to work remotely, the need for suitable workspaces for those employees has become obvious. Not everyone can work effectively in their own home. From children and pets getting in the way and causing distractions to a simple lack of room, remote workers have realised that renting a coworking space is the best way to make sure they get their work done on time. 

Coworking costs in these uncertain times

If the local coffee shop is your escape from the kitchen table, then great! A change of scene is essential. However, did you know that the price of a co-working space at the BEC is less than two cups of your favourite latte or flat white per day? Our new BEC Touchdown space will allow you to work for a whole day with free tea and coffee for just £10 per day, a day being from 8am-9pm of course! Coming from mid-November, no join up fee, just touchdown and enjoy the experience.

Ensuring COVID-Safe Workspaces

With the need for COVID-safe workspaces firmly in mind, coworking spaces have been getting an overhaul for 2020. As more people than ever before are now working outside the office, there is an increased need for such spaces. BEC is working to accommodate this need, having ensured a COVID-friendly environment that is ideal for remote workers of all kinds to use as a base during these unprecedented times.

We’ve been catering to the needs of freelancers and independent contractors for some time, but now we’re helping a wider range of individuals who are looking for a suitable place to work during the pandemic instead of working from their dining table or going into a non-COVID-secure office. 

If you’re looking for a safe and comfortable place to work, BEC is here to help. Our workspaces are furnished and fully serviced, with a front desk service, secure offices, free refreshments, high-speed Wi-Fi, mail handling services, daily cleaning, and all utilities included in the price. You can even benefit from access to complimentary professional events including business growth coaching so you can network and learn as you work. Contact us here to learn more.

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