Inbox Workspace, with its unique level of sophistication, is the most anticipated working environment on the Sunshine Coast and is set to challenge the future of work as we know it. Ken Sutherland, one of the partners of Inbox, shares a profile exclusive insight into the exciting prospects of the inspiring coworking space, ahead of their big launch in early 2016.
Ken Sutherland and his business partner envision that Inbox Workspace will revolutionise the way we work on the Sunshine Coast. For the first time, business owners, entrepreneurs and workers will have the opportunity to be inspired by the unique coworking eco-system and elevate the perception of professionalism in their business.
Ken’s role requires him to hold a sense of forward thinking, and his progressive nature equips him well.
“Coworking spaces have caught on overseas in a big way. What we look forward to most is disrupting the traditional barriers to establishing a professional business. We hope that Inbox will enable businesses on the Sunshine Coast to grow much faster without the insane investment that was once required to be taken seriously.”
“The Sunshine Coast is a unique environment, with the ability to incorporate a dream-worthy lifestyle with a thriving professional life.
When starting Inbox it seemed so obvious to pair state-of-the-art facilities with such an incredible landscape.”
Ken’s market research led him to discover that the existing approach to coworking has been too quirky and grass roots to create a truly productive environment. Inbox Workspace was intentionally designed to offer a sophisticated workspace with professional facilities, which until now, weren’t available to small businesses and start-ups.
Ken has a background in corporate business management and has travelled far and wide, developing an impressive air of worldliness which no doubt inspired the dynamic concept that is Inbox Workspace.
“The search for constant inspiration in a work environment is very evident in our world today, coffee shops are quickly becoming the new impromptu hot desk which isn’t their purpose, with this comes disorganisation and an unstable environment competing with too many surrounding influences,” says Ken, “Inbox Workspace has the inspiring environment you crave, with the coffee that you need, so that you can work productively alongside other talented people who are striving for success.”
As we talk, Ken pulls out blueprints and concept drawings from his sleek compendium to demonstrate Inbox’s unique layout. Rather than transforming an existing office space, Inbox has been intentionally designed by an award-winning architect who was briefed to fit a ‘Google-type’ concept of casual, modern sophistication.
“It’s all new and all state-of-the-art, we want to push boundaries and explore something different.” Shared workspaces are more available in regional areas, so Ken and his business partner take pride in Inbox’s CBD location in the three-floor complex neighbouring the Sebel Resort on Aerodrome Road – the hub of emerging businesses and traveling business men and women.
The spectacular facilities will include high-speed fibre optic internet connections, and state-of-the art technology with detailed attributes such as binding and scanning available for use. And then there’s the balcony, offering serene ocean-front views sure to relieve a stressed mind. The undercover secure parking with direct access from the carpark to the entrance ensures the safety and convenience of a five-star experience for all.
Booking the space is based on a membership structure, on a casual, weekly, monthly and even annual basis, with 24/7 access offered to monthly clients to decide when and how they like to work, with Ken noting that a large percentage of the workforce would prefer to break out of the traditional 9am to 5pm working hours – the future of businesses in this growth-filled, idea-fuelled market we live in.
“We can cater for a broad spectrum of clients. You could be a travelling businessman, a business consultant, a team of auditors who may need to take over the boardroom for a week, an entrepreneur working from home trying to open their own business, or a business needing a boardroom, seminar or training facilities,” says Ken.
“Even holidaymakers staying next door at the Sebel can access the space to do a couple of hours work and then go back to the beach. ”
“Being open plan, the opportunity to network with other people is the greatest asset,” he says, “We want people to come in and integrate with others when needed yet also have the privacy to go into a boardroom or meeting room if need be.”
Ken wants to nurture and propel the collaborative environment of the Sunshine Coast through Inbox by providing the space for a community of engaged professionals, productive workers, and well connected people, be it creative or business orientated.