The “Coffice” economy is booming and four out of five Brits are part of it

Are you a coff-preneur?

New research has been published Wednesday, by Research Without Borders reveals the value and work that is added to the British economy from people working out of coffee shops and the coining of a new term,  the “Coffice.”

The size of the “Coffice” economy is extensive, as four out of five Brits have worked from a coffee shop and do so regularly.

The research, conducted by leading discount voucher website MyVoucherCodes, discovered that 81 per cent of us spend roughly three and a half hours working from a coffee shop every week and it’s not just start-ups or self-employed workers doing so.

‘We each spend an average of £2,160 a year working from coffee shops – but we close business deals worth £14.5bn to the UK economy

Findings from the research included:

  • Business deals closed in a coffee shop represents an estimated £14.5bn for the economy.
  • One third of Brits have closed a business deal in a “coffice.”
  • 56 per cent of respondents work from a coffee shop on a weekly basis.
  • On average, we spend up to £10 on food/drink each working session. Whilst 43 per cent of us are concerned with the lack of privacy in a coffee shop, 1 in 3 people have attended a job interview there.
  • 67 per cent of respondents said their place of work supported the idea of working from a “coffice”, perhaps proving that companies are more forward-thinking than ever before.
  • The average working session in a coffee shop lasts for 93 minutes.

Contrary to what might be a common assumption that the self-employed may be more partial to working in a coffee shop, three in four employees in large-sized businesses (250+ employees) often decide to shun the office for the coffee shop, with the approval of their bosses no less.

These bosses may be increasingly aware of the added monetary value that working from a “coffice” brings. The data shows that coffee shop workers have great success in closing business deals, valued at an average of £1,732 each, representing an estimated £14.53bn contribution to the UK economy.

The “coffice”, however, does come with its own costs. When considering travel and food/drink expenses, the average Brit spends over £2,160 a year[1] working from a coffee shop, 8 per cent of their salary, and this climbs to nearly £2,600 for the self-employed worker. Suddenly the Wi-Fi isn’t so free.

If buying a hot drink is a form of “coffice” rent, then what is the coff-preneur’s drink of choice? In a thoroughly un-British turn of events, only 8 per cent of us choose a cup of tea to power our work. In fact, it is the Italian cappuccino that fires British business (26 per cent), closely followed by a latte (21 per cent).

Chris Reilly, managing director at MyVoucherCodes, said: “This new research shows the rise of the “coffice” as a place for Brits to work and cut business deals.

With 13 per cent of us working out of a coffee shop every day and the UK coffee shop market experiencing strong growth that is forecast to continue[2], the “coffice” trend is also set to maintain popularity for a while yet.


[1] Based on an average of three sessions per week, £13.85 cost per session

[2] http://www.mintel.com/press-centre/food-and-drink/uk-coffee-shop-sales-enjoy-a-growth-high

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