Retired

As planned, I retired at the end of March (except for a very small number of existing projects which I will see through to fruition) and will not be taking on any new work.

Since I started working as a consultant I have assisted a large number of centres and business centre groups and I know that the assistance I gave them has been useful.

The next few months will be very difficult and once the crisis is over, business centres will prosper again as companies spread their risk and both employers and employees have got used to, and embrace working remotely.

Over the past few years the flexible space sector has changed enormously and has been a force in developing businesses and entrepreneurial talent. It has been accepted into mainstream property yet has retained, and indeed, grown its focus on customer service.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working independently and will certainly miss being involved in the flexible space sector, as I am convinced that it will continue to grow again.

Many thanks to all of my clients, and to the exceptional people I worked with in Evans Easyspace and in the BCA.

I hope that you do not suffer too much during this crisis and continue to prosper.

About the business centre specialist

Tom Stokes is the UK's leading specialist in the development and management of Business Centres, Managed Workspace and Serviced Offices. A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), with nearly 40 years experience in property and the majority of that experience in the flexible space market, he comes with a wealth of experience. Quite simply, there is nothing in this sector which he has not experienced. In 2000, he set up Evans Easyspace, retiring from the company at Easter 2011. He built up the company from scratch to having 58 business centres throughout the UK and was the leading provider of new, quality small offices, workshops and self storage units which were let on genuine easy in, easy out terms. The Evans Easyspace brand is highly respected and the company is also one of the most efficient in the sector. He is a firm believer that small businesses want flexibility and that is what he can advise on and deliver in a way which will help your business grow. He is also a past Chair of the Business Centre Association (bca), having joined the Board in 2003. He is a life member of the bca and still advises the bca on certain issues.
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