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Satellite offices: Is it time to rethink where your staff work?

Satellite offices: Is it time to rethink where your staff work?
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Satellite offices: Is it time to rethink where your staff work?
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

Amidst talks of hybrid working and phasing back to the office, there are reports that larger companies are looking to scale down their London space and support staff with regional workplaces. At Capital Space, our nine satellite locations support businesses across the country. We’ve compiled some benefits of satellite offices for teams, and the reasons why more companies are leaning towards them.

What is a satellite office?

A satellite office is a separate location from a company’s main premises, performing as a branch. These separate offices can help businesses easily access clients in multiple locations and provide shorter commutes for staff who live locally. Demand for these properties has risen during the pandemic, as staff may have been more reluctant to travel via public transport. According to commercial property marketplace EG Propertylink, Coventry has seen the biggest rise in demand for these satellite properties, increasing by 113%.

Benefits of a remote workplace

Satellite offices offer multiple benefits for businesses, allowing more flexibility compared to working from one central location. These include:

  • Reduced commuting time for staff in the local area
  • More confidence in the team by ruling out public transport
  • Greener, more attractive work settings
  • Staff able to enjoy more of a work-life balance
  • Cheaper renting prices.

Do satellite offices really work?

Depending on how your team operates best, a satellite office can work for your business in a variety of ways. A remote workplace could operate alongside your main London office to supplement it, or it could replace it completely. There are reports that civil servants are in line to get more flexible office space, seen with the Government’s promise to make more spaces available for these workers outside of London.  

How to get the best out of a satellite office

  • Good IT infrastructure: If your team is going to be separated into different locations in a hybrid working model, it’s a good idea to have a stable IT connection. Capital Space provides fast internet speed with a full failover system to ensure customers can stay connected with their teams and clients without interruption. Best of all, this internet service is included in the monthly licence fee.
  • Build on virtual team skills: If lockdown has enabled you to become versatile with video-conferencing, it’s a great idea to hold onto these skills. Benefits include ensuring your team is communicating effectively, especially as you can easily schedule in regular catch-up calls to keep everyone on the same page.

Satellite offices have the potential to bring productivity and efficiency to the workplace, whilst maintaining peace of mind for staff. At Capital Space, our nine satellite locations support businesses across the country and stand by the benefits that the flexibility of multiple locations can hold for SMEs. 

To find out how Capital Space could benefit your growing business, call 0800 107 4667.