Procurement · 18 April 2016

These are five of the world’s best co-working spaces – and you can sleep in them too

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Outsite

When live-work spaces around the world cost significantly less than a rented flat in the UK capital, there’s no reason not to give your micro firm a productivity boost with a change of scenery.

It’s a sad reality that holiday isn’t a word that features regularly in the vocabulary of anyone at the helm of a young company. But with co-working spaces with accommodation attached popping up in some of the world’s most desirable locations, travel to sunnier climes and micro business ownership needn’t be mutually exclusive.

(1) Outsite, San Diego, US

Dubbed a “work+play” retreat by its owners, this archetypal Californian spot not only offers open plan working space with beach views, fast internet and organic coffee, but supplies a yoga room and hot tub for when you go off-duty. And if your micro business has recently welcomed its first employees, you can take the whole team – the site accommodates company retreats as well as freelancers.

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Mutinerie Village

(2) Mutinerie Village, France

Combining an idyllic rural location in North-West France with high-speed internet, the price of this farmhouse workspace includes meals made of ingredients from the building’s permaculture garden. And in an unexpected twist on the relaxed countryside feel of the place, the site runs regular digital workshops on topics including creating training graphics and making the most of Facebook ads.

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Sun and Co

(3) Sun and Co, Spain

If well-equipped office space complete with comfortable chairs, printing facilities, projectors and LCD screens wasn’t enough of a lure to the Mediterranean’s first co-living space, the bikes, surfboards and kayaks available to borrow might be. The accommodation also boasts a kitchen to rival Nigella’s, and lots of free organic fruit.

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Mauritius

(4) Dodo WorkPlay, Mauritius

Thought Mauritius was just for smug honeymooners or digital detoxers? Think again. Promising 30 Mbps fibre-optic internet, networking opportunities and a really big swimming pool for when work’s over for the day or you need a break from staring at a laptop screen, this popup coworking community will be coming to the Indian Ocean atoll for the first time in June 2016.

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Outpost Asia

(5) Outpost Asia, Bali, Indonesia

Though the location is more likely to bring to mind gap-year travellers and beach parties than productive work, the 250 square metres of coworking space on offer on this volcanic island do a convincing job of appealing to working adults. At the luxury end of the co-working spectrum, the hub also offers two swimming pools, an on-site masseur and an all-inclusive accommodation option.

Want to improve your employees’ productivity without going quite so far afield? Check out these tips.

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Hannah Wilkinson is a reporter for Business Advice. She studied economics and management at Oxford University and prior to joining Business Advice wrote for Kensington and Chelsea Today about business and economics – as well as running a tutoring company.

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