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From Kitchen Table to Hot Desking

Posted on: June 1, 2009

Many work at home mums start their businesses from their dining room or kitchen table – or if they are really lucky they may have an office or study at home in which to work. But what do you do when you have outgrown your home but are not ready to make the leap to having your own premises?

The next step

ikan-pod-1-webThe answer could be Hot Desking or renting a work-POD at one of the many Business Incubation Units throughout the country. They provide an affordable community for start-up and growing businesses that can provide you with small offices, work-PODS, virtual tenancies (with or without hot-desking facilities), full IT systems, phones and wi-fi capability, meeting rooms and office support services. They also often work with enterprise agencies such as WENTA or Business Link to deliver business support services on site.

Professionalism and personal safety

Even if your home office meets all your present needs, what do you do when you need to meet with a client or supplier? Working from home there are obvious safety issues around inviting strangers into your home. At a Business Incubation Unit you can hire a small or medium sized meeting room, suitable for one-to-one sessions or informal meetings, or larger conference rooms suitable for formal presentations, helping you to maintain an air of professionalism as well as keeping you safe.

Special trial rates for Business Mums in Bedfordshire

ikan-meeting-2-webWe are delighted that The Bedford i-kan Incubation Centre is now a sponsor of Mum’s The Boss, and having used the meeting room facilities ourselves we can highly recommend them. As an offer to Mum’s the Boss members, Bedford i-kan are offering 5 hourly hot desking sessions at £4.50+VAT per hour, or a trial use of one of the meeting rooms at preferential rates, starting from £8 per hour for a 2 seater meeting room, to allow you to try out the facilities before making the commitment of signing up to a virtual tenancy.

To take advantage of this offer or for more information please contact i-kan Manager Alan Levy on 0845 888 4526 / or visit


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