Shane, what prompted to you start a business specialising in the provision of serviced offices back in 2015?

Previously I managed a serviced office business and we had five centres in Dublin. I had years of experience dealing with serviced office brokers and I really liked the model. I liked the way they brought us quality leads.

Were you involved in aspects of commercial property prior to this? 

Yes, I managed a serviced office business as stated, as well as a larger residential and commercial portfolio that was all part of the parent company. I was there for about 11 years and the projects were mainly in Dublin and London, with some in France and South Africa.
This broad exposure to the property world was invaluable experience which I brought into Click Offices.

What services do you offer and how does the pricing work?

We assist companies who are looking for shorter term, more flexible office space to find the right office for them. These can be startups with 1-2 staff up to larger or international companies with thousands of employees. Our service is always free to the company who is searching for office space as the landlord pays us directly.

What type of office set-up are your clients looking for and what currently tops the charts? 

Firstly, it must be a flexible contract that suits their needs. Generally serviced offices are either in large modern buildings or more Georgian or Victorian houses. The new centres are generally more modern in nature as they allow for larger companies with their big, open-plan floor plates. Facilities such as break-out areas, meeting rooms, kitchens, reception services are among those that are important to companies. The most important factor is really good IT. No matter how nice your offices are, if this isn't right, the clients will leave.

Has this changed over the last ten years in your view as more global players have entered the market?

Yes, for sure we now have much more choice. The market now compared to 10 years ago is so different in terms of the size, availability, office styles and services they provide. We see a growing, global demand for flexible offices space. Some experts believe that by 2030, 30% of office spaces globally will be flexible. We now see many more companies choosing flexible offices as part of their overall office requirements.

What's in the plans for Click Offices over the next five years?

Our plan is to grow in the London market and then the wider UK market. Our next step will be the US market. 

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