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A concept that could put the region’s businesses at the forefront of a revolution in new working practices is the subject of ground-breaking research by SustainIT, part of the Peterborough-based UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development (UK CEED).

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In partnership with Peterborough City Council and BT, the feasibility of a revolutionary telework centre or ‘shared e-workplace’ is being studied to give businesses and individuals keen to develop flexible work patterns access to a cutting edge facility equipped with the latest Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

While previous initiatives have struggled because of a reliance on individual energies, a focus on expensive equipment and limited term funding, the new study has identified that there is huge potential for a new system of ‘shared e-workplaces’ supported by a national network of business centres that include meeting / conference facilities.

An earlier SustainIT study into teleworking (www.sustel.org) – the largest ever undertaken on the subject – identified the benefits of ‘remote working’ as well as the disadvantages; such as employee concerns about social isolation and a poorly developed infrastructure to support the growing number of mobile workers.

The new research is focused on solving these problems while proposing a facility that will provide more employment opportunities, increase business flexibility, and assist office relocations.

The concept is to be explored by government, businesses and ICT experts at a SustainIT workshop in London on 24 March. To find out more or to take part in SustainIT’s ‘shared e-workplace’ survey, please contact Simon Hills on [email protected] or 01733 312286.

March 2004

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