Enquiries about flexible office space in Belfast have almost doubled in the last three months, according to an office space provider.
Regus said the 85% increase — well above the average UK increase of 14% — was due to a need among small businesses to take advantage of the flexibility and affordability of virtual and campus offices.
The company released the results of a survey on workplace culture, which |revealed a strong entrepreneurial spirit in Belfast.
Around half of employees said they would like to set up their own business — but many said high start-up costs were the reason they had not taken the plunge.
Around 40% of those questioned said they would set up their own business if they lost their job.
Regus said it would hold its next ‘business booster’ event in Belfast to give enterprises in the area access to local experts and the tools to grow in the difficult economic environment.
Michael Osbourne, Northern Ireland representative of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The recession has shaken up the way we all do business. More people than ever are looking to start up their own enterprises.
“It is hugely encouraging to see an 85% increase in office enquiries across Belfast, showing the city is embracing entrepreneurial spirit. This business booster will provide invaluable support and advice to these newly formed enterprises giving them the information and support they need to prosper.”