Eastbourne businesses are ahead of the curve when it comes to returning to an office environment.

While many employers are struggling to entice staff into work for more than one or two days a week, FOUNDRY co-working space in the Eastbourne Beacon shopping centre is close to capacity and expanding onto another floor.

Desk and office space on the first floor is in high demand, so more offices are being built on the ground floor.

The announcement comes just days after FOUNDRY management team took the Outstanding new business/start-up award at the Eastbourne Business Awards. They were one of 22 nominations in this category.

FOUNDRY is shifting the ground floor focus away from pop-up shops and onto wellness and office space.

General Manager Karen Exall explained: “We have seen some great successes with our pop-up retailers, who have gone on to bigger and better things.

“But the time is now right to focus on the stronger element of FOUNDRY, which is the shared office space and wellness areas,” Karen said. “There are 11 dedicated offices under construction, which would suit a small business with two or three members of the team.

“We will also have several open-plan rooms, ideal for a nail bar, hair salon, therapists or other consumer-facing businesses.”

The new units are due to open in January 2024 and bookings can be made now.

Each office comes with a desk and chair. Ceilings will be installed for privacy and soundproofing.

Karen’s trophy for the business award win takes pride of place on her desk. She said: “It was a great night and we were delighted to be chosen ahead of 21 other inspiring nominees. The team have worked really hard to make FOUNDRY a great success story, so I am delighted their efforts have been recognised.”

If you would like to reserve office space or find out more about FOUNDRY, please email the team at eastbourne@foundryuk.com