Currys to close London HQ and launch hybrid working model

Currys is set to exit its London HQ and launch a new hybrid working model for all its corporate and commercial employees in the UK after signing a partnership with WeWork.

The electrical retailer will equip its 1,400-strong corporate workforce with WeWork All Access passes, enabling them to visit over 50 UK WeWork locations across the UK.

The company has taken permanent space for 400 employees in WeWork next to Waterloo station in London and is also planning to turn unused space in its stores into office space for corporate staff.

Currys said it is looking to shift to a more creative, agile workplace strategy that provides greater flexibility as its workforce steers away from the ‘old normal’ way of working.

In addition, Currys said it will also be refurbishing several spaces in its own stores across the UK to support its regional hubs.

“We are not just paying lip service to hybrid working as we come out of the pandemic,” said Alex Baldock, group chief executive officer at Currys. “We have listened to our colleagues, who have been outstanding through Covid’s many challenges, and have implemented the changes they wanted to see.”

“Our workspace of the future embraces what genuine hybrid working means, not just where you work, but how you work. We want to bring our people together again, but in a way that works for them.”

He added: “We are really excited to unlock the potential of truly hybrid working and believe that being innovative today will prepare us for how we adapt to new ways of working in the future.”

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