With the rise in flexible and remote working, coworking brand WeWork currently operates in more than 280 locations across over 70 cities worldwide, and is the largest private-sector occupier of office space in central London, with 24 locations in the capital and over 33,000 members across the UK and Ireland.
Within hospitality, many brands are also recognising this trend and including communal coworking space as much as in-room desks as part of their future plans.
WeWork had a funding round in June which valued the business at $35bn (£27bn), making it the world’s second most valuable startup after Uber, meanwhile sales more than doubled in Q1 2018 to $342m.
WeWork owns all its own buildings, so can create a blend of workspace, relaxation areas, cafés, restaurants and bars.
Of its 256,000 members worldwide, WeWork is looking to expand its membership from freelancers towards companies with 1,000+ employees, which currently total around 25% of its customer base. Many large companies such as Citi Bank and Microsoft benefit from membership with staff free to use any WeWork desk space wherever they travel, and enjoying a sense of community, participating in weekly events such as Pilates classes or wine tastings.