Since the first lockdown, 60% of adults have been working remotely. Even as restrictions ease, hybrid working or remote working is set to become the standard for millions of workers. 

SWURF, which launched in Edinburgh on Tuesday 4 May 2021, promotes welcoming workspaces via a downloadable app, allowing workers to select from a range of social venues, connect with others or just to help better separate work from home life. 

Nikki Gibson (SWURF Founder) commented: 

“Working from home this past year has shown employers and employees across the world that you don’t need an office to do your best work. Forbes reported that an estimated 70% of the workforce will be working remotely at least five days a month, by 2025. With my experience and knowledge of venue sourcing, I wanted to create an App that would help remote workers to find welcoming spaces to work in whilst supporting venues such as hotels, restaurants and cafes looking to promote their facilities to this rapidly rising community. 

“According to recent reports [from Finder] one in five remote workers have admitted to struggling with loneliness. There is no doubt that a positive company culture is strongly linked to mental health and wellbeing. For many workers, they will benefit from finding new places to meet with colleagues, for others they will be missing the connection of office working, they need to escape working from home or looking to avoid the distractions of kids at home.” 

“SWURF is designed to create a community of remote workers and bring them together in welcoming spaces where collaboration is encouraged and people can continue to do their best work whilst, supporting local hospitality businesses that have experienced one of their toughest times.” 

Confirmed host venues in Edinburgh include Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, McLarens on the Corner, Boda Bars, Moxy Hotel, Chaophraya and The Dunstane Houses, amongst others.  

The app will be free to download, with Hosts paying an annual subscription fee.

Nikki concluded: “Our starting place is my home city of Edinburgh but we plan on expanding across the UK. Our mission and vision is to build a global community of Swurfers.” 

Further information on SWURF here 

Sources:  

  • Forbes – This Is the Future Of Remote Work In 2021  
  • Finder  

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