REMOTE-FIRST BUSINESS More organisations are doing away with bricks and mortar HQs in favour of being remote-first. For many people, this could mean continual or, at the very least, increased time abroad. Bridging the gap between the nine-to-five office worker and the digital nomad running their business from a laptop by the pool are companies that have introduced “agile” working. Lancaster University’s Work Foundation predicts that 2017 will be the year that flexible working will reach a tipping point, with more people working outside of an office than in one. By 2020, 70 per cent of UK organisations will have embraced mobile working. Co-working spaces such as We Work are on the rise for people who are “location independent”, while “co-working retreats” are springing up overseas. Initiatives include Hacker Paradise, Coconat, Surf Office, Koh Hub, Alpine Coworking and Coworking in the Sun.