37% increase in single desk enquiries ‘tip of the iceberg’ for start-up businesses
Single desk enquiry statistics by officebroker.com have increased by 37% this year. This suggests that 2009 to date has seen a potential increase in start-up businesses when compared to the same period in 2008 (January ΓÇô November inclusive).
While this may suggest a rise in self-employed individuals, it is expected to be just the tip of the iceberg. This figure equates to office enquiries alone, therefore it only includes those who are considering office space, and discounts any businesses who are at an earlier stage – such as those planning to continue working from home for the foreseeable future.
It also excludes those looking for slightly more space, such as 2 or 3 desks, so in reality the figure is expected to be significantly larger.
For self-employed individuals that are considering single office space, these statistics show that for the most part, enquiries have been rising steadily throughout the year and remained consistently ahead of last year’s figures.
Where enquiry figures have dropped, for example November declined by -9% compared to the previous month, this trend is often mirrored by the same period in 2008. Plus, the drop in November is likely to be seasonal, as many businesses choose to shelve their office search until the New Year.
Overall single desk enquiries have shown impressive growth throughout the year. This comes despite the ongoing recession, and promotes a somewhat positive outlook for the start-up business community.
For more details, view our latest small business report: Single desk enquiries 37% up in 2009, despite slowdown in November.