If you thought your office was cramped try working in the back of a van. No really, Volkswagen thinks the cargo area of its new T6 Transporter commercial vehicle can double as the ultimate mobile hot desk and it’s kitted-out to vans to prove it.
VW’s Transporter mobile office conversions have been done to promote a survey it’s commissioned with the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) to show the importance of commercial vehicles to start-up businesses. The brand partnered with start-up business specialists Startup Direct to develop the concept hot-desking environments where people can work in comfort, without being restricted to one place.
There are two types of ‘office’ to suit different types of workers. One is designed as a “Creative Hub” which is fitted with a grass-effect carpet, whiteboards, beanbags and is intended to be a casual space to help encourage ideas, in a more informal setting. The other is a more typical office environment named “Power Office”. It’s in the back of a high-roof Transporter van and is fitted with pictures of city skyline views, leather chairs and a wooden desk. It attempts to gain the high-flying office feel, minus the fellow workers, windows and toilet facilities.
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Volkswagen is the UK’s second largest commercial vehicle manufacturer and is keen to tap into the growing demand for vans from small businesses. Its survey shows self-employment rising by 17.5% since 2009 and the use of registered commercial vehicles rising by 400% over the same period. Van dependent businesses also bring £120billion to the UK economy.
The VW mobile office idea might seem far-fetched but behind the concept vans are the facts that by 2017 there are expected to be 11.7 million start-up businesses creating 3.4 million pop-up experiences. These new mobile businesses need flexible working environments so perhaps working out of the back of a van could become common practice in the future.
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