Bristol’s flexible space operators to assemble amid “booming” sector growth

Jane Sartin, Executive Director at the Flexible Space Association

The Flexible Space Association (FlexSA) will host its Bristol Roundtable Meeting tomorrow, Thursday 13 July, bringing together industry professionals from the growing flexible space community in Bristol for an afternoon of networking, idea sharing, and collaboration. There has been a 158% increase in flexible workspaces since 2020. The coworking space demand has been high over the last few years, prompting more expansion in this industry.

With a number of flexible workspaces slated for development at Temple Quarter, an Enterprise Zone regeneration programme bringing in close to £100m of government funding, the flexible workspace sector’s involvement in Bristol’s development is a promising signal of growth and innovation.

Savills plc recently reported on the ‘booming Bristol office market’ sharing that the Technology, Media and Telecom sector continues to be the most active sector, accounting for 43% of overall take-up. The Professional sector was second, accounting for 22% of take-up. This can be seen reflected in the opening of several new spaces within the city; Commercial Estates Group’s EQ Building in Bristol bills itself as “the next generation of workspace” and Desklodge opening a new 18,000 sqft space in the city’s Beacon Tower, its second location within Bristol. Data from Flexi Offices also suggests that the average deal size seeing a 19.15% increase to date in 2023 compared to 2022 provides a good growth pointer for workspace providers.

The Bristol FlexSA round table meeting celebrating the industry will be held at the prestigious Origin Workspace, conveniently situated at 40 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HP. Kicking off at 2:30pm, the Roundtable Meeting will provide FlexSA members with a valuable opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals in the flexible workspace industry. Attendees will have the chance to discuss common challenges, explore emerging trends, and exchange best practices to drive growth and innovation.

Jane Sartin, Executive Director at the Flexible Space Association, comments, “We are witnessing remarkable growth of the flexible workspace community in Bristol, and have welcomed a number of Bristol flexible workspaces as new members of the Flexible Space Association in recent months. The city is becoming a thriving hub for professionals seeking innovative work environments and collaborative opportunities. The vibrant atmosphere, coupled with the rich entrepreneurial spirit, makes Bristol an ideal destination for those embracing the future of work.”

Following the meeting, attendees will be given the opportunity to join a tour of Square Works, a renowned flexible workspace located just a short stroll away. This exclusive tour will provide valuable insights into the design and functionality of a successful flexible workspace environment.

Now representing over 1,000 flexible workspaces across the UK, FlexSA remains committed to fostering collaboration, driving innovation, and promoting excellence in the flexible workspace industry. By hosting events like the Roundtable Meeting in Bristol, FlexSA continues to provide a platform for professionals to connect, learn, and grow together.