If you work or run a business on the Isle of Wight, you’ll be aware of some of the logistical challenges when it comes to connecting with clients on the mainland and sourcing local talent who can help you grow your business.
In 2018 a total of 4,585 enterprises were recorded on the island. Records also showed that 11,500 residents identified as self-employed.
For many of these businesses, their size means they are unlikely to have a physical presence on the mainland. However, they are still likely to do business with other companies or customers based in the UK, and their growth opportunities may be strongly tied to how well they can grow this market.
SO Fourteen can offer these businesses an affordable, professional space that they can use to meet clients, house employees who aren’t located on the island and make new connections based in Southampton.
Meeting with Clients
If you’re working with, or hoping to work with, a client based elsewhere in the UK, meeting them face to face can give you the chance to promote your business, make a strong connection and answer any questions or concerns they have first-hand.
While many clients are happy to travel to meetings, they may be reluctant to come all the way to the Isle of Wight, due to the cost and time involved in catching the ferry. Similarly, it can mean that should you travel to their office in London or elsewhere, you may end up losing a whole day for a 30 minute meeting.
The space at SO Fourteen provides a common ground to meet, with the office located a two-minute walk from the Red Funnel ferry terminal and in the centre of Southampton, so it is easily accessible from other major cities such as London.
The office is fully equipped to accommodate professional meetings, with high speed Wi-Fi, bookable meeting rooms and a stylish and eco-friendly design. It can help you present a more professional image than meeting in a coffee shop or restaurant without the costs of renting a permanent office in Southampton.
Broaden your search for the best talent
When trying to recruit in a remote location you can find that you end up missing out on candidates perfectly suited to your role. While a lot of people travel back and forth from the Isle of Wight for work, advances in technology mean that many jobs can now be done from anywhere.
Allowing employees to work remotely may mean your vacancy appeals to more people, but when taking on new employees this can sometimes feel like a leap of faith and many businesses feel that employing someone who works at home full time is too risky.
With permanent and flexi desk options at SO Fourteen, you can provide professional office space for your employees that’s not only convenient for them, but also allows you the peace of mind that they aren’t going to be distracted by other things at home.
Making new connections
Trying to network with business on the mainland can prove more difficult when you must rely on ferries to transport you back and forth, particularly as most of these events take place straight after working hours or during the day.
The community aspect of coworking gives you the chance to meet and talk to other businesses without taking time out of your working day.
No matter if you use the space every day, a few times a week or only once or twice a month, the Community Manager will be able to help introduce you to any new connections who may add value to your business.
As well as the above benefits for Isle of White businesses, there are many more generic benefits to using coworking spaces.
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