In response to the rapidly growing freelance economy in the UK, TOG (The Office Group), the British pioneer of shared workspaces, today launched a lounge membership to meet the growing need for flexible drop-in workspace.
With recent data showing that the number of freelance workers in the UK has increased by almost a quarter (22.4%) since 2011* and many smaller cafes switching off their free wi-fi provision**, this revolutionary lounge membership enables members to access 22 lounges (including The Shard) and 15 roof gardens, for up to 32 hours a month at a cost of £50 per month.
TOG is home to start-ups and SMEs with 75% of companies having less that than 10 people. There is also an increasing number of high-profile companies, including tech giants such as Facebook, AOL, Dropbox and Pinterest, as well as large corporates such as British Gas, Hochtief and Santander. This innovative membership option is an opportunity to be part of a vibrant community of over 11,000 like-minded members, from consultants to start-ups to global tech companies.
TOG’s portfolio now stands at 33 buildings, of which 31 are in central London. Growing businesses can also benefit from flexible office space, co-working memberships, virtual business addresses, meeting rooms and event spaces.
Olly Olsen, co-CEO at TOG, commented:
“Now that one in seven people in the UK are self-employed and the UK freelance economy is flourishing, there is enormous demand for flexibility. Our working patterns have changed and the traditional office set up is simply outdated. We know that people thrive in environments with a buzz and creative edge that they are proud to call their office and that is at the heart of every TOG location.
“We still remember how hard it was to get off the ground as a fledgling business, so we’re delighted to be able to provide this flexible offering by providing members, especially in transition, a space to grow and succeed amongst like-minded people. The days of table-hogging in cafes and lounging at home are long gone!”
TOG was founded in 2003 by entrepreneurs Charlie Green and Olly Olsen, who set out to challenge the commercial property sector by offering design-led flexible workspaces and a viable alternative to traditional leases.