A low-rise building in a trendy part of east London bears testament to the far-reaching impact of the coronavirus crisis on the UK’s smallest companies.
The building’s central atrium has a series of doors leading to its 98 offices and workshops, but many are locked and the blinds on windows pulled down.
It highlights how some workers will never return to Brickfields, the building in Hoxton owned by Workspace, a FTSE 250 property company. About 10 companies that were tenants have either left or are due to leave, while another eight have cut the amount of space they are using in the building.
However Brickfields is far from a ghost town: many companies in the building have so far survived the crisis because of emergency government support, and a few are thriving amid the pandemic.
Businesses have made good use of chancellor Rishi Sunak’s menu of assistance, led by the