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This is about making working life as flexible and convenient as possible, and sharing available resources amongst the thriving SME and freelancer sectors

Rooms for the working week specialist launches desk space and meeting place initiatives

Figures show that there are now 1.6 million freelancers in the UK, a 12% rise since 2008 – unsurprising considering unemployment peaked at almost 2.7 million at the end of 2011, its highest level for 17 years. This influx of freelance workers and the buoyant SME sector has created a demand for more flexible work options and an increase in home working. It is as a result of these trends that rooms for the working week specialists has launched Desk Space and Meeting Place services.

Freelancers may enjoy the flexibility and freedom of home working but many miss the background noise and interaction offered by a traditional office environment and the accompanying facilities. It can also provide a disciplined environment for those who struggle to motivate themselves to switch of the TV or resist the urge to hang out the washing. The Desk Space service will enable companies with spare desks to rent them out to freelancers or consultants looking for somewhere to work without the overhead or commitment an office contract brings. This will also suit freelancers posted on a short term contract or away from their home or normal office, as well as people in the early stages of setting up a new business.’s Meeting Place will offer a unique search facility to find a suitable meeting location to talk business over a cup of coffee without resorting to a soulless hotel reception area. Venues could include museum coffee shops, art gallery cafes, garden centre restaurants and beautiful historic houses. The service offers a way for these venues to increase footfall and incremental purchases, whilst offering the business community a straightforward way to find somewhere more convenient and inspiring to meet. Equally, for a more formal meeting, SMEs with an available meeting room could advertise it for hire.

According to Judy Niner, founder of, “These two new services grow naturally out of our core business – providing professional people with living space during the working week. This is about making working life as flexible and convenient as possible, and sharing available resources amongst the thriving SME and freelancer sectors.”

Desk Space and Meeting Place services launched in August 2012. Both services are free to users. Office owners can advertise desk space for £79.99 for a 3 month listing or £99.99 for a 6 month listing. Venues can advertise their facility as a meeting place for £99.95 a year.

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Notes to editors

Launched in 2004 by founder Judy Niner, is an online service offering space to live, meet and work during the working week. It offers rooms to lodgers who need to live near their place of work during the week, and return to their own home each weekend, as well as flexible desk and meeting space.

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