Netherlands workplace platform opens UK HQ in Manchester

Erik Nicolai

Manchester has been chosen as the UK headquarters for a Netherlands-based digital workplace platform.

Workspace 365 aims to simplify business software, empowering staff to be more efficient and enabling businesses to unlock the potential of their teams.

Based at Spaces, in central Manchester, Workspace 365 allows users to access all their software requirements via one adaptive visual dashboard, either on their computer or their mobile device via an app, and boosts productivity by giving each employee up to 30 minutes of their working time back per day.

The move involves six jobs in Manchester, with plans to add two more positions by the end of the second quarter in 2023.

Erik Nicolai, CEO and co-founder of Workspace 365, said: “Our continued growth in the Netherlands is testament to the increasing organisational need for user friendly, bespoke digital workspaces, accelerated by the hybrid working movement in response to COVID.

“Workspace 365 is a unique product which we were keen to launch in the UK to enable British businesses to meet growing employee demand for digital workplace experiences. With its thriving tech ecosystem and talent pool, Manchester was the natural location for our UK headquarters, and we’re excited to be a part of this great city,” he added.

Workspace 365 moves away from the traditional computer desktop to a bespoke, employee-centric digital workspace solution. The interface allows users to access the individual pieces of software they need to do their job from anywhere, using any device that is connected to the internet.

The applications – which will be specific to each individual user based on their needs – are accessible from the ‘one stop’ Workspace 365 platform, which means users no longer need to open separate windows for tasks such as word processing, spreadsheets, web browsing or email.

This will empower each individual Workspace 365 user by saving them time – estimated to be up to half an hour – in their working day, which will allow them to focus on their core tasks. In turn, it will also streamline processes, simplify document management, and increase collaboration and engagement by improving communication, via apps such as Yammer. It also simplifies software adoption and access to information.

A key benefit of Workspace 365 is its simplified single sign-on, which significantly reduces concerns surrounding password management. Owing to its user-friendly interface, the product is also accessible to those with lower IT literacy and can act as a bridge between legacy and cloud applications.

The system, which is already in use in continental Europe, has been built with evolution firmly in mind.

New updates are released every three weeks and each user has a personalised dashboard aligned with the specifics of their role, regardless of how it may change.

This includes the Hub, a platform on which knowledge can be shared and announcements – both company-wide and bespoke to the employee – are made.

Aimed at medium-to-large businesses with 200+ users, Workspace 365 allows for a smooth transition to the cloud as it integrates technologies into a secure, browser-based workspace available as an app on any device.