A ‘next gen’ hybrid working facility in Belfast is to create at least 12 full and part-time jobs over the next year as lockdown restrictions ease and businesses review their working practices – and whether it makes economic sense to run a permanent office.
Hubflow, the brainchild of IT consultant Declan Mellan and leading property developer and businessman Gary McCausland, opened its doors at the end of last year and has since experienced a huge demand for its flexi-working facilities, which enable companies and individuals to hire anything from a single desk for one day to a dedicated office suite for up to eight people.
Such has been the rapid growth that the company, which currently operates from two premises on Belfast’s Dublin Road and Adelaide Street, is already looking to expand with more facilities planned in Belfast, London, Dublin and other locations throughout the British Isles.
Hubflow Managing Director Declan Mellan claims that the traditional office working model is all but dead as businesses across Northern Ireland and beyond consider a much more flexible approach to help reduce overheads and increase efficiency.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in one of the greatest shifts in history in terms of how we go about work,” said Mr Mellan, “and the traditional working model has been thrown out of the window as more and more businesses consider their options in terms of how, when – and even if – staff return to the office.
“Every day we read about major companies shutting their offices or reducing office space to adopt a new method of hybrid working, whether that be a combination of staff working between a central office and home, or from a remote office facility – which is where Hubflow comes in.
“The concept of working from home (WFH) is not a new one – it’s been around for decades – and our idea for Hubflow was spawned long before anyone had ever heard of Covid.
“We simply wanted to create an inspiring and collaborative working environment that gave entrepreneurs, freelancers and SMEs access to business grade facilities without the overheads generally associated with running a permanent office.
“What Covid has done though is catapult the WFH model five or 10 years into the future, which has seen demand for our services grow way beyond our initial hopes and targets,” he added.
Hubflow offers a flexible and collaborative co-working environment to companies and individuals, who can book a range of flexible desk and office packages, all in comfortable modern surroundings with superfast wi-fi, full business support and access to key office facilities with complimentary tea, coffee and filtered water.
Prices start at just £5.50 per day with fully equipped meeting rooms also available, and virtual office solutions which include a registered business address, call handling and messaging, mail collection and forwarding services.
Hubflow CEO Gary McCausland said that, despite its launch being delayed due to Covid-19, the company has experienced rapid growth and hopes to confirm new hubs in London and Dublin soon.
“Covid-19 may have prevented us launching in May 2020 as we had planned,” said Gary, “but that gave us time to put in place policies and procedures to enable us to operate a professional Covid-safe working environment, with a socially distanced desk policy, hand sanitisers, air purification systems, temperature checks at the door, and regular deep cleaning with fogging to ensure the facility is fully sanitised.
“Despite the delay, we’re off to a flying start with two Belfast locations now providing flexible and permanent desk and office solutions to over 50 businesses that now use Hubflow on a day-to-day basis,
“However, this is just the start of a long and exciting journey for the Hubflow brand and we have big plans to roll out dozens of Hubflow facilities in key strategic locations across England, Scotland, Wales and the island of Ireland. In fact we hope to announce our first London and Dublin hubs later this year.
“The future of how people work and how offices are used really has changed forever and we want Hubflow to be leading the way at the forefront of this new workplace revolution,” added Gary.
Mr Mellan said Hubflow is not purely about reducing costs but also creating a new way of life for workers with community at its core and collaboration encouraged amongst members.
“Whilst Hubflow offers companies real contract flexibility and amazing value for money, our vision goes way beyond a cost-reducing exercise for companies,” he said.
“Community is part of our DNA and we have worked hard, in tandem with award-winning designers, to foster and create a dynamic and inspirational environment that encourages a community spirit of networking and collaboration which has already resulted in members working together on some very exciting projects.
“And it’s not just about big business either,” he added. “There are lots of people who work from coffee shops with their laptops.”
n For more information on Hubflow, or to book a tour of its facilities, visit www.hubflow.co.uk, call 033 0088 7358 or send an email email@example.com