You can feel a certain change of winds when even banks turn their attention towards coworking. The dated cubicle partitions and the formal surrounding of the banks’ interior is steadily paving the way for a more open-plan, collaborative work environment beneficial for both employees and clients. Banks are a place for transactions with a strictly established barrier between employees and clients, but some of the forward thinkers in this sector are ready to change that and become part of the global excitement around coworking.
Royal Bank of Scotland is certainly one of the first to take upon that route, opening doors to Desk Union at the Square – a pioneering coworking space, located on the first floor of Royal Bank of Scotland’s iconic flagship branch on St Andrew Square in the heart of Edinburgh. The trendy, open-plan design of the space is tailored toward a budding community of local entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers, as well as all the employees of RBS. The space aims to provide stimulating workplace environment to help ideas and innovation thrive. Desk Union also provide an exciting and quite different alternative to the formal setting of the bank. In her own words, Victoria Arnold, CEO, Desk Union shares:
“The way we work is changing. We are no longer restricted to set hours or based in office cubicles. Businesses crave ‘touchdown’ workspace, where workers can meet, connect and collaborate with like-minded coworkers. In recognising this growing trend for shared space, flexible working, Royal Bank of Scotland will be supporting growth businesses across Scotland that are looking for workspace in the city’s capital.”