Serviced Office company Evans Easyspace is the UK’s leading provider of flexible office and workshop space for small and growing businesses. The firm’s current portfolio entails over 50 business centres open, and under construction, throughout the UK.
The company have this week revealed to Easy Offices the results of an independent survey which explored the attitudes of SMEs towards the current UK downturn.
The survey, which was undertaken on-line by independent web survey company, SurveyMonkey.com, approached around 600 companies to gauge their views on the current downturn. Of the 5.75% response rate results saw an overwhelming number of 84% of businesses believing that the UK is indeed heading for a recession. However, despite this majority belief Evans Easyspace reported that the survey also showed positive attitudes of SMEs towards the downturn, stating that: “The significant majority of respondents expect to increase turnover, take on more staff and rate their prospects of business success as good over the next twelve months”. Results also revealed that a whopping 91% of organisations questions rated their company’s business prospects over the next 12 months as “good” or “no change”.
In the report Evans Easyspace MD Tom Stokes drew on the results as suggesting a positive and optimistic outlook from SMEs during the UKs financial crunch. Reports even suggested that, despite the uncertain financial climate, Evans Easyspace had seen an increase in SME office space enquiries with Mr Stokes commenting “We are developing over 300,000 sq ft of office space this year to meet this increasing appetite in the market for workspace.”
For further insight into the current status of the serviced office industry amidst the downturn please see our recent article “Serviced Office Industry Success: Regus Defies Downturn and Avanta Office Enquiries Up”