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Best “Workcation” cities in the world for Brits: Tbilisi, Chiang Mai and Bucharest top the list

Since the end of the pandemic there has been a shift in the mentality for many desk workers in the UK. A study found that 43% of Brits said they would NOT apply for an advertised job if the description didn’t explicitly state that it was flexible and 37% of Brits asked said they would like a hybrid role so that they could work while they travel for a portion of the year.

The idea that the office can be any place along with the practice of working from anywhere has grown in popularity, with UK Google searches for “digital nomad visa” increasing by 130% over the past 12 months.

But where are the best cities around the world in which to work remotely as a Brit? A recent study by computing and tech retailer Currys analysed 268 cities around the world and ranked them on their monthly rent, basic utility price per month, broadband speed, safety index, and the length of stay allowed for UK citizens. These were each scored out of 10 to give a total score out of 50, with the highest scoring city being the best location for digital nomads from the UK.

When it comes to the best city for a ‘workcation’ gothic haven Tbilisi in Georgia takes the top spot. The biggest benefit of Georgia is that with a digital nomad visa, British nationals can spend up to a year in the city working remotely, and there are no taxes for six months. For the first 183 days you don’t pay any taxes. After that period you become a tax resident and pay 20% of taxes. Aside from the legalities, it is also a reasonably priced place to live and safe too, meaning it’s even an option for solo travellers looking for a change of work scenery. Tbilisi features a picturesque Old Town, eclectic architecture and superb eating and drinking opportunities, giving it the reputation of South Caucasus region’s most cosmopolitan city, scoring 37.68 out of 50.

One downside however is that the city scored low for broadband speed with an average of just 26.9MPBS. A good broadband speed starts from 11Mbps for a standard broadband connection, although faster speeds range between 11-50Mbps. These are usually Superfast Broadband packages- so while it may be speedy enough for work related tasks, it might not be fast enough if you’re a gaming streamer.

Chiang Mai in Thailand comes a close second. Visitors are met with a wonderful metropolis full of exceptional food, hip live music venues and a deeply Buddhist population. The city scored high for reasonable living costs, with rent coming in at £179.84 on average for a one-bed outside the city centre and average utilities around £44.31 per month. Not only that but the broadband is fast, and it scores highly in the safety department too, earning a score of 37.45 out of 50.

In third place is Bucharest in Romania, scoring 36.16 out of 50. Bucharest is known for its vibrant cultural scene, with numerous theatres, museums, galleries, and performance venues. In the study it scored highly for cheap rent, fast broadband and a decent safety index score.

The top 20 cities in the world for a workcation*

Rank City Country Score out of 50
1 Tbilisi Georgia 37.68
2 Chiang Mai Thailand 37.45
3 Bucharest Romania 36.16
4 Quebec City Canada 36.07
5 Taipei Taiwan 35.79
6 Madrid Spain 34.53
7 Tokyo Japan 34.45
8 Penang Malaysia 34.31
9 Merida Mexico 34.29
10 Galway Ireland 33.13
11 Yerevan Armenia 33.08
12 Reykjavik Iceland 33.07
13 Budapest Hungary 33.02
14 Jeddah (Jiddah) Saudi Arabia 32.94
15 Christchurch New Zealand 32.78
16 Kathmandu Nepal 32.67
17 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 32.50
18 The Hague (Den Haag) Netherlands 31.86
19 Bursa Turkey 31.70
20 Seoul South Korea 31.53

*Only featuring one city from each country.

It is important to remember that in many places it is not permitted to work on a tourist visa, so it is vital that digital nomads check the restrictions in the countries they plan on visiting and obtain a work or digital nomad visa.

Xpatfone reveals the best travel destinations for digital nomads

Demand for the digital nomad lifestyle is on the rise, with Google searches in the UK for “digital nomad jobs” up +50% YoY

In a world where being a digital nomad is rapidly gaining popularity thanks to technology and the power of the internet, UK virtual phone number provider, Xpatfone has conducted a study to identify the best destinations for remote workers. Utilising the Travellers’ Choice Awards, Best of the Best Destinations 2024, Xpatfone has meticulously ranked these locations based on criteria essential to the digital nomad lifestyle.

50% rise in Google searches for “digital nomad jobs”

In response to the 50% surge in Google searches for “digital nomad jobs” between February 2023 and February 2024 (rising from 2,400 to 3,600 searches), Xpatfone initiated a study aimed at identifying the most favourable destinations for digital nomads among TripAdvisor’s top-ranked travel spots. The data provides valuable insights for the growing community of digital workers looking at crucial factors such as the internet cost and download speed, mobile phone plan pricing, and the cost of accommodation for a month.

Link to full results

*Punta Cana was selected as the Dominican Republic’s representative destination due to its status as the country’s most visited location, as reported by Tripadvisor.

Hanoi: The best destination for digital nomads

Hanoi, Vietnam, emerged as the ideal location for digital nomads, not necessarily topping all criteria but consistently ranking in the top 5 for 4 out of 5 criterias. The city’s internet cost and accommodation affordability were particularly impressive, securing 3rd and 4th places, respectively.

A surprising revelation was New Delhi ranking 11th in the Travellers Choice Awards ascending to 2nd in Xpatfone’s evaluation, topping the rankings in internet cost and mobile phone plan affordability.

Bali, a well-known haven for digital nomads, secured the third spot. Despite its lower ranking in broadband download speed (23rd out of 25), Bali’s competitive pricing for internet, mobile plans, and accommodation continues to attract remote workers.

Kathmandu’s remarkable rise in digital nomad rankings

Kathmandu, Nepal, experienced a significant leap in its appeal to digital nomads, ascending from the 24th position in TripAdvisor’s rankings to an impressive 6th place in Xpatfone’s study. It stood out for offering the most affordable accommodation, ranking 3rd in mobile plan affordability, and 6th for the cost of internet data.

Dubai tops travel destination charts but falls to 19th for digital nomad appeal

Notably, while Dubai was celebrated as the top destination in TripAdvisor’s “Travellers Choice Awards,” it ranked 19th from a digital nomad perspective according to Xpatfone’s criteria. Conversely, New York, which ranked last on TripAdvisor, was positioned higher than Amsterdam and Punta Cana in Xpatfone’s digital nomad-friendly list.

Same country, different results

The study also highlights regional differences within the same country. In Vietnam, Hanoi clinched the first place due to its superior internet speed—40% faster than Hoi An, which ranked 4th—and more affordable accommodation by approximately £70.

Ed Clayton, Co-Founder of Xpatfone commented on the research, 

“As the digital nomad lifestyle continues to surge in popularity, our latest study unveils the most coveted travel destinations for remote workers, with Hanoi, Vietnam, leading the pack. Our research, driven by a significant increase in interest for digital nomad jobs, is a testament to the evolving work landscape. We’ve meticulously analysed factors crucial to the digital nomad experience – internet affordability, mobile plan pricing, and accommodation costs – to guide the digital nomad community towards making informed decisions about their next destination.” 

About the research:


  • Field Dates: 8th – 12th March 2024.
  • Destinations based on the “Travellers Choice Awards: Best of the Best Destinations”. (
    • Punta Cana was selected as the Dominican Republic’s representative destination due to its status as the country’s most visited location, as reported by TripAdvisor.
  • “Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)” and “Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data” – data collected from (
  • “Average Broadband Download Speed (Mbps)” – data collected from (
  • “CHEAPEST Apartment (1 Bedroom) in City Centre based on Airbnb in Oct 2024” – data collected from (
    • Airbnb search based on “1 person staying in a 1 bedroom, 1 bed property with WIFI and a dedicated work space between 01/10/24 to 31/10/24”
  • “Average Score Based on all Criteria” figures worked out by adding all “rank” scores of each criteria and dividing by 5.
  • More details of this research can be provided upon request.

About Xpatfone

With Xpatfone, you can continue using your UK number seamlessly abroad without worrying about any extra charges. 


Xpatfone includes unlimited UK mobile and landline calls and texts, in case you need to phone home. Upgrade to our Solo Pro package to add extra countries and features.


Callers hear a UK ringtone, no matter where you are, and don’t pay any extra. And there’s no need to change phone numbers with banks or insurers. With Xpatfone you can receive verification codes on your UK number.


Move your current UK mobile number to Xpatfone and save on costly contracts and roaming fees. Then take it back to your UK operator if you return to the UK. Or get a new number if you prefer!


Backed by a UK Mobile Network, Xpatfone works seamlessly over your local 4G or Wi-Fi connection wherever you are in the world. Better yet, unlike with roaming, you don’t pay to receive calls.

Top 5 Office Features For Home-Based Workers

Since the global pandemic of 2020, the idea of the office has undergone a total transformation. The rise of home-based, remote work is the newest trend that’s dominating the world of commerce and business. Millions of professionals and workers in all industries are finding out what it’s like to call their spare bedroom or den their workplace. However, as so many individuals migrate from downtown high-rise buildings to work nooks in attics and basements, the need for comfortable, functional home offices has grown rapidly.

Workers are choosing to invest to make their homes productive places for doing their jobs. While they enjoy the flexibility of doing their job in the comfort of their private living space, they are discovering that they need things like meeting space, tech centers, separate bathrooms, and distraction-free rooms. For some, it’s helpful to have domestic lifts too so they can take advantage of having access to a multi-level workspace. Here are pertinent details about what entrepreneurs are doing to make life in a domestic office more productive and comfortable.


Dedicated Office Space

There is no more critical amenity for telecommuters than a dedicated private workspace that shields them from everything else that goes on in the house. While the location doesn’t make much of a difference, it’s essential for people to use spaces like garages, converted attics, basements, or even outdoor work sheds. The core requirement is quiet. Some choose to add soundproof walls or special insulation for their chosen rooms. Many individuals have discovered that attics, when properly furnished and heated, can be the ideal place because it’s naturally isolated from the rest of the house and tends to be quiet. Garages are another good choice because they’re often spacious and comfortable.


Domestic Lift

Domestic lifts can make a world of difference for busy home-based workers who want comfort, convenience, and solitude. Installing a private lift offers users a quick and seamless way to move between floors. The leading manufacturers offer a wide range of modern domestic lifts for all budgets, living spaces, and personal tastes. For anyone who has a mobility challenge, having a lift gives them the freedom to never use stairs unless they wish to. The many advantages of lifts are well-known to those who own them. In addition to everything else, lifts can substantially augment the value of a property and add a touch of elegance to any room. Lifts are becoming more common as manufacturers offer units at every price point and in multiple designs.


Technology Center

For busy professionals who don’t have the amenities of a traditional office nearby, it’s important to have a well-equipped tech center. Most DIY rooms include all the common business devices, like computer peripherals, printers, scanners, a landline phone, multiple monitors, a mini-fridge, dedicated conferencing facilities, and a high-speed internet connection. Having all the necessary devices and add-ons lets people work without interruption, attend required meetings, and be productive throughout the day. Modern employees and entrepreneurs need the right tools for communication, project execution, and collaboration.


Meeting Space

Anyone who needs to meet with clients or customers needs a designated space for conducting face-to-face or virtual consultations. For professionals in brokerage, insurance, medical consulting, accounting, and dozens of other fields, clients expect service providers to have a dedicated space for meetings. It’s essential for these spaces to have the right atmosphere, comfortable furniture, the right kind of lighting, and privacy. When you plan and create a functional space, it can greatly enhance your level of professionalism in the eyes of customers.


Separate Bathroom and Shower Facility

For remote workers, it’s important to keep a clear boundary between the job and personal life. That’s why so many who do their jobs in a spare bedroom, attic, or garage add an extra bathroom and shower to their homes. The main benefit is that they never have to interrupt their work to venture out of the dedicated office space. For those who work long hours and need to maintain isolation from others in the house, it makes sense to have access to a full bathroom, which includes a shower. While the cost of the project can be substantial, with a little planning, it’s possible to boost the value of the property with a well-placed extra bathroom.

Only 17% of over 55s get the option to work from home, despite reporting highest levels of wellbeing

A recent survey of more than 1,000 office workers in the UK by invoice finance provider Novuna Business Cash Flow, highlights a significant gap in work-from-home opportunities for those aged 55 and above.

  • Among those in the 55+ age group who worked from home, a substantial 48% reported a positive impact on their wellbeing. This contrasts markedly with younger age groups, where only 27% of 18-34-year-olds and 34% of 35-54-year-olds reported similar benefits.
  • The majority of the 55+ age group cited “working from home more often has a positive effect on my wellbeing” as the primary reason for their preference for remote work.
  • Despite these reported benefits, only 17% of those aged 55+ had the option to work from home more often due to their employer’s offer, a figure significantly lower than the 44% for the 18-34 age group and 23% for the 35-54 age group.

Work from Home Opportunities and their impact

48% of the over-55s who worked from home experienced a positive impact on their wellbeing

The survey reveals that 48% of the over-55s who worked from home experienced a positive impact on their wellbeing, a contrast to just 27% of 18-34-year-olds and 34% of 35-54-year-olds. This data underscores the particular importance of remote working arrangements for older employees in enhancing their wellbeing.

55+ age group cited “working from home more often has a positive effect on my wellbeing” as their primary reason for remote work

Not only does the survey show that 48% of the 55+ age group feel working from home has a positive effect on wellbeing, it is their primary reason for remote working. This underscores the significance of offering more remote work options to the older workforce.

Just 17% aged 55+ were offered frequent work-from-home options

Despite the clear benefits, only 17% of those aged 55+ were offered more frequent work-from-home options by their employers, compared to 44% of younger counterparts aged 18-34, and 23% of those aged 35-54. This indicates a notable gap in the provision of remote work opportunities across different age groups.


John Atkinson, Head of Commercial and Strategy at Novuna Business Cash Flow, notes, “The opportunity to work from home is crucial for the wellbeing of our older workers. It’s essential for organisations to consider this need and ensure their remote work policies are inclusive for all age groups.”

Role-related factors: Understanding work nature differences across generations

Differences in remote work opportunities across age groups may stem from the distinct nature of their roles. Younger workers often pursue digital roles, well-suited for remote environments, whereas older workers, typically in senior positions, may require office presence for effective leadership and management.

Despite these role-related variations, the significant well-being benefits that older workers gain from remote working cannot be overlooked.

The value of flexibility: Older workers’ appreciation for remote work opportunities

Having often spent the majority of their careers in traditional office settings, the older generation may particularly appreciate the flexibility and change that remote work offers, in contrast to younger workers who may have had exposure to such flexibility earlier in their careers.

This sense of gratitude and newfound work-life balance for older employees reinforces the need for employers to thoughtfully consider extending remote work opportunities to all age groups, ensuring a holistic approach to employee well-being and job satisfaction.

For more information, visit Novuna Business Cash Flow’s blog page here.

About the Research:

  • Field Dates: 31st October – 3rd November 2023.
  • Sample: 2000 UK adults – 1,210 of which were office workers.
  • Weighting: Weighted to be nationally representative.
  • Results based on the following survey question: “You mentioned that you work from home more than you did last year. Which, if any, of the below reasons explain why? Select all that apply.” All options that could be selected are shown in the graph entitled “Reasons why 55+ age group work from home more often in 2023 than 2022”.
  • More details of this survey can be provided upon request.


About Novuna

Novuna is a trading style of Mitsubishi HC Capital UK PLC, a leading financial services company, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have over 2,200 employees, £7.6bn of net earning assets and nearly 1.3 million customers across five business divisions; Novuna Consumer Finance, Novuna Vehicle Solutions, Novuna Business Finance, Novuna Business Cash Flow and our European division specialising in Vendor Finance. For over 40 years, formerly as Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, we have worked with consumers and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as corporate multinationals in the UK and mainland Europe, enabling millions of consumers and businesses to achieve their ambitions.

We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi HC Capital Inc., strengthening our relationship with one of the world’s largest and most diversified financial groups with over £60bn of assets.


Novuna Business Cash Flow

Novuna Business Cash Flow provides cashflow finance solutions to SMEs across a wide range of sectors in the UK, allowing businesses to release cash from unpaid invoices within 24 hours.

With remote digital on-boarding through FLi, its unique platform, and flexible approach to contracts, Novuna Business Cash Flow was recognised as Best Factoring and Invoice Discounting Provider at the 2023 Business Moneyfacts Awards and at the Credit Awards 2023 winners of SME lender of the year over £1million and Best use of Technology, Commercial finance.

Novuna Business Cash Flow is a  trading style of Mitsubishi HC Capital UK PLC, part of Mitsubishi HC Capital Inc., one of the world’s largest and most diversified financial groups, with over £60bn of assets.

Return to office contributes to more than one million dogs being rehomed in the UK

Rising costs and reduced remote work leading to increased dog rehoming in the UK

  • There are an estimated 12 million pet dogs in the UK according to Statista.
  • 1 in 5 surveyed have either rehomed or considered rehoming their dog in the past year.
  • 22% of owners who rehomed their dogs say this is due to the reduction in opportunities to work from home, with 25% saying it is due to financial reasons.
  • Reports indicate a spend of £1,500 annually on dog day care alone.
  • Only 17% of UK workplaces currently allow pets.
  • Nearly twice as many men gave up their dog last year than women.

A recent survey of 2,000 UK adults has revealed a concerning trend among dog owners, with 10% having rehomed their dogs within the last year and another 11% having considered it. The survey, conducted by Novuna Business Cash Flow, shines a light on the impact of changing work environments and the increased cost of living on pet ownership.

22% of dogs being rehomed due to less opportunity to work from home this year

The shift back to traditional office settings has had unforeseen consequences for the nation’s canine companions. Approximately 22% of owners who rehomed their dogs attribute their decision to the reduction in opportunities to work from home. This change in work dynamics has left many owners unable to provide adequate care for their pets during work hours, leading to tough decisions being made.

Financial pressures are at the forefront of these rehoming decisions. A quarter of those surveyed cited the increased cost of living as the pivotal factor. With reports indicating that dog owners can spend up to £1,500 annually on day care alone, as referenced by The Money Pages, the financial burden of pet ownership is becoming too heavy for some.

Men almost twice as likely to rehome their dogs than women

Interestingly, the survey found a gender disparity in rehoming rates. Out of all the dog owners surveyed, 13% of men have rehomed their dogs in the past year compared to just 7% of women. This suggests that the pressures leading to rehoming may be felt differently across demographics.

Only 17% of UK workplaces currently allow pets

Despite these challenges, only 17% of UK workplaces currently allow pets, potentially offering a solution for some. The question now arises: Should businesses adapt to the changing financial landscape and the needs of their employees by allowing pets in the workplace or offering more flexible remote work options?

John Atkinson, Head of Commercial Business at Novuna Business Cash Flow, says, “The data we’ve collected is a stark indicator of the stress that pet owners are facing in today’s economic climate. Are businesses doing enough to help their employees by offering flexible work arrangements, pet-friendly policies, even allowing pets in the workplace. This could be key to keeping families and their pets together.”

Positive shift in dog adoption amidst rising rehoming rates

Despite the challenges outlined, there is a silver lining in the UK’s canine welfare landscape. The Dogs Trust has reported encouraging data indicating a significant increase in dog adoptions, paralleling the rise in rehoming rates.

Adoption numbers on the rise, according to The Dogs Trust

  • +11% increase in dogs being adopted this year, a statistic that highlights the public’s growing preference for adoption over purchasing puppies.
  • A comparison of figures reveals a hopeful trend: from 7,775 dogs rehomed in 2021 to 9,067 in 2022 – a 16.62% increase.
  • The trend is expected to continue, with projections for 2023 estimating around 10,070 dog adoptions, an 11.06% increase from 2022.

This data presents an optimistic counter-narrative, showcasing the public’s increasing willingness to offer homes to dogs in need, thereby maintaining a balance in dog welfare amidst challenging times.

About the Research:

  • Total dogs in the UK:
  • Field Dates: 31st October – 3rd November 2023
  • Sample: 2000 UK adults
  • Weighting: Weighted to be nationally representative
  • Dog adoption figures were provided by the Dogs Trust on 15/11/2023 when asked “Please provide a year on year comparison on how many dogs have actually been rehomed (2021, 2022, 2023)?”


About Novuna

Novuna is a trading style of Mitsubishi HC Capital UK PLC, a leading financial services company, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We have over 2,200 employees, £7.6bn of net earning assets and nearly 1.3 million customers across five business divisions; Novuna Consumer Finance, Novuna Vehicle Solutions, Novuna Business Finance, Novuna Business Cash Flow and our European division specialising in Vendor Finance. For over 40 years, formerly as Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, we have worked with consumers and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) as well as corporate multinationals in the UK and mainland Europe, enabling millions of consumers and businesses to achieve their ambitions.

From 1 April 2021 we became a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi HC Capital Inc., strengthening our relationship with one of the world’s largest and most diversified financial groups with over £60bn of assets.


Novuna Business Cash Flow

Novuna Business Cash Flow provides cashflow finance solutions to SMEs across a wide range of sectors in the UK, allowing businesses to release cash from unpaid invoices within 24 hours.

With remote digital on-boarding through FLi, its unique platform, and flexible approach to contracts, Novuna Business Cash Flow was awarded the Best Factoring and Invoice Discounting Provider at the 2023 Business Moneyfacts Awards.

Novuna Business Finance and Novuna Business Cash Flow are both trading styles of Mitsubishi HC Capital UK PLC, part of Mitsubishi HC Capital Inc., one of the world’s largest and most diversified financial groups, with over £60bn of assets.

Not So Remote: The Large Possibility of Data Loss When Workers Are Offsite

Written by Mark Johnson, Senior Director of Global Alliances, Arcserve

As we all know, the COVID pandemic triggered a rapid and widespread shift to remote work that persists today—and for good reason. Remote work offers many benefits. It gives employees greater flexibility over schedule, eliminates commute, enhances health and happiness, and boosts productivity. There are also downsides, of course. For one, the rise of remote work introduced a host of cybersecurity concerns, as employees who work outside the office don’t have the security features that go with it.

Are companies responding? Many are not. For example, only 38% of financial services companies have a backup and recovery solution for remote employees, according to an eye-opening new study from Arcserve. It is a risky proposition. Financial services companies that don’t have a security solution for remote employees expose themselves to a wide range of serious threats, including data loss, regulatory noncompliance, and operational disruption.

Of course, the situation may not be as dire as that 38% number suggests since much of the data held by financial institutions probably doesn’t exist on employees’ devices. Most of it resides on secure servers, either onsite or in the cloud. Indeed, employees aren’t even allowed to save files to their desktops at many financial companies. They must log into remote virtual desktops or save data on SharePoint or OneDrive, both cloud-based. Strict controls and monitoring capabilities are in place because the main goal is to have as little data as possible on individual devices.

Where remote backup falls short

The financial sector is in pretty good shape regarding security. But if we consider remote workers outside the financial services sector, where regulations and security measures are typically less stringent, we can identify serious issues.

In many industries, individuals are allowed to save data to their devices, which poses a problem. Backing up remote workers is always a challenge because, in many cases, organisations aren’t managing the devices themselves. Instead, they focus on controlling access to company or web-based resources like Microsoft 365, NetSuite, and Salesforce.

Most companies don’t secure remote devices adequately, and even when they try, protecting those devices is inherently difficult because they’re constantly on the move. Traditional backup and recovery methods often fall short when the laptop is unavailable or offline. Not all backup and recovery software solutions automatically resume backup when the device comes online, resulting in days of data loss.

That’s why, with the rise of remote work, the goal is to store as much data as possible in the cloud or corporate servers and reduce reliance on individual devices. This way, if a laptop is lost or damaged, data remains accessible. Like transferring data to a new phone, the idea is to enable users to log in and access their data seamlessly. However, achieving this goal is challenging due to the offline nature of remote work.

Four keys to protecting remote data

In the context of remote working, here are four key lessons and security best practices that organisations can learn from and adopt.

1: Centralize your data

While some individuals may have copies of data on remote workstations, the goal should be to centralise data on corporate servers or cloud-based solutions like Office 365, Salesforce, NetSuite, or a similar platform.

2: Secure remote devices

Whether it’s a laptop, iPad, or home computer, all devices serve as a gateway to corporate systems. For instance, the laptop on my desk is the portal through which I access applications like Salesforce and Office 365. The goal is to enhance the security of these devices. The approach should include robust endpoint security, strong authentication, and regular updates to protect devices from malware, unauthorised access, and known vulnerabilities.

3: Train your users

It’s worth emphasising that many vulnerabilities arise from compromised user credentials. These credentials aren’t limited to super admins or high-level staff. Even regular user credentials can be exploited to wreak havoc, especially on platforms like Microsoft 365. Ensuring that your users are well-informed and vigilant is crucial. Ultimately, organisations should aim to foster a culture of security where every employee understands their role in maintaining cybersecurity and feels responsible for protecting sensitive data and systems.

4: Continuously update your policies and procedures

This best practice applies to security, backup, recovery, and user access policies. These must be updated regularly to keep pace with changes in your environment, such as introducing new applications. For instance, if you look at some major ransomware incidents, many were executed using outdated credentials. When employees leave a company and their credentials aren’t promptly revoked, it creates a vulnerability. Falling behind in policy updates can lead to mismatches between your policies and the data you must protect, whether for backup or security purposes.

Final takeaway

The global shift to remote work has brought both opportunities and challenges. While remote work offers enhanced flexibility and adaptability, it has opened up cybersecurity threats and increased data vulnerability. Considering these issues, there are overarching lessons and high-level security principles that all organisations should heed. These are especially important now that we live in an era where remote work is not merely a temporary response to unforeseen circumstances but an enduring and integral component of the contemporary organisation.


FLEX APPEAL: 10% growth for Flexioffices in Q2 reveals London’s property winners

London’s businesses are continuing to turn to flexible office space as Q2 figures reveal an increase in those opting for shared work environments with the latest data giving a unique insight into the capital’s property trends.

Statistics by Flexioffices, published in its 2023 Q2 State of The Market Report, show the number of listings in core London markets are up as a whole by nearly 10% (9.86).

The growth is driven by finance companies which top the table both in terms of contract revenue and number of shared workspace deals.

Overall, eight out of 15 core London markets saw an increase in the flexible office sector this last quarter compared to Q1.

These are: the City of London, Mid Town, Euston & Kings Cross, West London Prime, Southwest London Prime, Southwest London, Southeast London and East London Prime.


Flexioffices Managing Director, Michael Dubicki, said: “We’re seeing positive growth both in terms of overall building listings’ numbers and quarter-on-quarter increases in desk rates achieved, whilst the rest of the property sector is seeing lead volumes generally subdued across the marketplace.”


After finance, the legal sector is the second largest profession buying into flexible workspace in terms of contract revenue and number of deals agreed, followed by recruitment companies.

The research – published in line with the launch of the office broker’s ‘Flex Appeal’ campaign that aims to help companies find flexible business solutions – shows property hotspots with notable spikes in desk rates since Q1.


Michael explains: “We are in unique position as a flexible working space intermediary to use real-time data to give invaluable insight. It means we can benchmark and position pricing, help clients make decisions on building layout to optimise capital expenditure and crucially, pinpoint the best locations to open new buildings, where industry sectors are active.”


Detailed 2023 trends for key London sub-regions

Euston & Kings Cross saw the highest growth in the capital with a rise in listings of 36%.  East London Prime saw listings increase by nearly a third (32%) and creative hub Mid Town saw listings rise by 29%, whilst Southwest London saw an upturn of a quarter (25%).

The new data also shows six out of 15 markets are achieving desk rates higher than those recorded for the whole of 2022. These are West End, Mid Town, Southwest London, Southeast London Prime, Southeast London and East London Prime.


Michael continues: “It is good news for us and the flexi office landscape that some of London’s key areas are beating the whole revenue for 2022 in this second quarter.

“That combined with the fact that others are showing an increase quarter on quarter indicates the market is on a positive course for the remainder of 2023.”


The West End commands the highest desk rate at £903 and saw a nominal decline in listings, down 3% on the last quarter.  Key sectors buying flexi space in terms of contract revenue are financial, retail and creative industries with media and technology emerging in terms of the number of deals.

Euston & King’s Cross is ranked the second most expensive at £814 per desk and has seen the highest growth since Q1, increasing by over a third (36%), with charity, media and marketing companies driving desk sales.


Southeast London Prime is the third highest in terms of desk revenue at circa £686 but the area is seeing negative growth (minus 9%). The top three businesses taking space here are accounting & payroll, communications and media.


West London Prime comes in fourth with an average desk cost of £541 but remained static in terms of growth with the top three sectors by contract revenue being energy, design, transportation & logistics.


The City of London commands prices of £540 per desk and has seen growth of 11% since Q1, driven unsurprisingly by insurance, recruitment and accounting companies.


Sixth place is taken by booming Mid Town at £491. The are also boasts an impressive increase in listings of 29%, with the top three sectors in terms of contract revenue being legal, marketing and communications. Accounting takes the third spot from comms in terms of the number of deals.


Southwest London Prime comes in seventh with desk space retailing at £465 following a 7% growth. Finance, legal and IT Services are the dominant sectors in terms of contract revenue. When it comes to the number of deals, property takes over the bronze from IT.


West London has desk space retailing at £400, giving it the eighth spot but saw static growth rates, with flexi space taken by creative, marketing and media companies.


The under £400 barrier is broken by North London coming in at nineth at £368, with a nominal drop in growth of just 4%.  In terms of the business sectors when it comes to contract revenue, they are creative, legal and fashion.  In terms of the number of deals, healthcare takes the pole position.

Tenth is Canary Wharf at £355 per desk, following a slight dip in growth in Q2 of 3%, with shipping, design and healthcare taking over most space in terms of contract revenue and design businesses emerging in third spot when it comes to the number of deals.


Southwest London ranked 11th at £346 per desk but is seeing exciting growth of over a quarter (25%) up on Q1. This is fuelled in terms of contract revenue by property, creative and communications businesses and by the number of deals from creative, design and communications.


Taking 12th place is East London Prime averaging £351 per desk and seeing an impressive increase in listings of nearly a third (32%). The growth is driven in terms of contract revenue by marketing, communications and media, with recruitment taking first place from marketing agencies when it comes to the number of deals.


Northwest London saw the cheapest desk rate of £208, with sales down by over a third (37%), the highest decrease in listings since Q1 in the capital. Construction, recruitment and finance companies dominate both in terms of revenue and number of deals.


East London saw no change in sales and ranked the second cheapest with a desk rate of £243, driven by recruitment, finance and cleaning companies.


Southeast London is the third cheapest for desk space at £266 and but is seeing a rise in listings of 19%, driven by cleaning, creative and healthcare in terms of contract revenue with retailing emerging in third place when it comes to the number of deals.


Lead-to-deal times are also falling, in nine out of 15 London markets, suggesting that transacting customers are becoming much more certain in their decision-making process.


Michael adds: “We expect the remainder of 2023 to continue showing growth in building numbers and desk rates, but at a pace closely linked with broader macroeconomic uncertainties. Once inflationary pressures start to ease and there is better outlook on future interest rate prospects, the significant pent-up demand mentioned above is likely to be released and we will experience a significant and sustained period of positive growth. We’ll look to Q1 2024 for this to start accelerating at pace and will look forward to it!”


The company leads the way in helping to negotiate the best deals for businesses to save money on local, national and international office spaces for their clients. has thousands of serviced offices in every major UK city and a curated international offering.



How Digital Nomads Can Cope With Medical Issues Abroad

The way that technology has evolved over the years has definitely changed the way we work and interact with one another. More people are working from home than they had a decade ago or are finding themselves in a hybrid working situation.

The idea of the digital nomad is relatively new and wouldn’t be possible without modern communicative technology and fast internet speeds. Those who have opted for this lifestyle may find themselves living somewhere like Vietnam and paying less for rent. However, while they gain benefits from their new environment, ever wondered how a digital nomad cope with a medical issue while abroad.

The Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Post covid, it seemed that the days of employees having to spend the full working week in the office had long gone. Although some companies are getting employees to come into the office more often, many people are still working from home.

Digital nomads are those who are not tied down to one particular location or country. They work remotely from anywhere they want, often travelling from place to place and working from far flung corners of the globe.

This is the dream working scenario for many people. It offers unbridled freedom and independence, with digital nomads able to earn a living while exploring the world at the same time.

As a digital nomad, you could be working from a skyscraper hotel in New York City one week, then from a tropical Caribbean beach the next.

However, digital nomads often travel solo, and this can come with its own set of risks and could make things difficult in the case of a medical emergency. Especially if the new country that they’re living in have expensive medical care.

Getting the right kind of insurance

As medical services could be expensive or difficult to access depending on your location. If you need to access these services in case of an emergency, you will probably want to be treated as quickly as possible without needing spend huge amounts.

It’s important that nomads get insured. Depending on the situation, whether you’re heading out to one location for a few months each year or to several locations a year, you may need to choose between single or annual policy. Policies all differ, and some may not cover medical conditions or certain locations, so you have to go through the details of the policies. If you do have a medical condition, you might have to look for certain insurers who state they offer this service, as an example, Staysure offer specialist travel cover for something like this. Though you will have to check whether providers are willing to insure those who are working abroad, as a policy that can’t keep a digital nomad out of trouble in the case of a medical emergency, won’t be particularly useful.


Be Aware Of Local Emergency Numbers

Most people know their country’s emergency number. But when working abroad you might not know the local emergency number.

If you are thinking about the digital nomad life, it’s worth memorising the local emergency number. This can literally be a lifesaver should you require assistance in the future.

Better yet, draw up a list of emergency numbers in any major countries you plan on staying in and keep this somewhere you can easily access it, such as on your mobile device. This will mean you won’t be in danger should you need assistance and forget the number.

Looking After Yourself

When working abroad, it’s also important to take care of yourself. If things are cheaper, it’s easy to indulge and maybe even stop having an active physical lifestyle. Digital nomads who go to locations that also house other likeminded digital nomads might often gyms near to their accommodation or upmarket cafes and restaurants that serve healthier alternatives to fried street food.

Make sure you eat a healthy balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, avoid quick junk food no matter how tempting it is. Get plenty of sleep too. Sleep helps our bodies replenish and recharge and is essential for promoting positive mental and emotional wellbeing.


Although a medical emergency can happen as a digital nomad, getting the right framework in place like maintaining a healthy lifestyle or having insurance in place, will help digital nomads not find themselves in a much more stressful position.

12 Tips To Help You Work For A Data Business Remotely

Working remotely has become increasingly common in today’s digital era, and the data industry is no exception. Whether you’re a data analyst, scientist, engineer, or any other role within a data business, the ability to work remotely offers flexibility and freedom. However, it also comes with its own set of challenges. In this article, we will explore some valuable tips to help you navigate the remote work environment successfully and thrive in your data-related role.

Establish a Dedicated Workspace

One of the first steps towards a productive remote work experience is setting up a dedicated workspace. While it may be tempting to work from the comfort of your couch or bed, having a designated area for work can significantly improve focus and productivity.

Ideally, choose a well-lit space with minimal distractions, where you can have a desk, chair, and all the necessary equipment nearby. This physical separation between work and personal life can help create a better work-life balance and enhance your overall productivity.

Set Clear Goals and Deadlines

Working remotely requires self-discipline and accountability. Set clear goals and deadlines for your projects to stay motivated and focused. Break down complex tasks into smaller, manageable steps, and track your progress along the way.

Use productivity tools, such as task management apps or project tracking software, to stay organized and prioritize your work effectively. By setting clear goals and deadlines, you’ll maintain productivity and ensure timely delivery of high-quality results.

Harness the Power of Document Management Tools

In a data-driven business, managing and organizing documents efficiently is paramount. When working remotely, relying on physical paperwork and traditional filing systems becomes impractical. Instead, leverage the power of document management tools to streamline your workflow and ensure easy access to essential files and information.

Consider using cloud-based platforms or document management software that allows you to store, share, and collaborate on documents securely. These tools enable you to create centralized repositories, categorize files, set permissions, and track document versions effectively. You can also find tools that allow you to compress PDFs, which save on space and allow you to send files to colleagues with ease.

Leverage Communication and Collaboration Tools

In a remote work environment, effective communication and collaboration are essential for a successful data business. Take advantage of the wide array of communication tools available to you, such as video conferencing platforms, team chat applications, and project management software.

These tools enable seamless collaboration, real-time discussions, and the ability to share and review data and insights. Stay connected with your colleagues, participate actively in team meetings, and leverage these tools to foster a sense of camaraderie and collaboration within your virtual workspace.

Check In with Colleagues more

Working remotely can sometimes make you feel isolated from your team. To bridge this gap, make it a priority to schedule regular check-ins with your colleagues, supervisor, or clients. These check-ins provide an opportunity to discuss ongoing projects, address any challenges or concerns, and receive feedback on your work.

Additionally, maintaining regular communication helps build trust, promotes transparency, and ensures that everyone is on the same page. By fostering strong connections through regular check-ins, you’ll feel more connected to the larger goals of the data business.

Establish a Consistent Routine

Maintaining a routine is vital when working remotely. Start your day by following a consistent schedule, just as you would in a traditional office environment. Wake up at a specific time, get dressed, and engage in a morning routine that prepares you for the workday.

Establishing a routine helps signal your brain that it’s time to shift into work mode and improves your overall productivity and focus.

Continuously Upgrade Your Skills

The field of data is ever-evolving, with new technologies and methodologies emerging regularly. To stay relevant and competitive in a remote data business, it is essential to continuously upgrade your skills and knowledge.

Take advantage of online learning platforms, webinars, and industry conferences to expand your expertise. Explore topics such as data analysis techniques, machine learning algorithms, data visualization tools, or programming languages relevant to your role. Engage in networking opportunities within the data community, join professional forums, and participate in data-related discussions.

Safeguard Data Security and Privacy

Working remotely poses unique challenges in terms of data security and privacy. As a professional in a data business, it is crucial to prioritize the protection of sensitive information. Take necessary precautions to secure your remote work environment and mitigate potential risks.

Ensure that your devices, including laptops and smartphones, have updated security software and strong passwords. Utilize encryption tools when transferring sensitive data, and be vigilant about phishing attempts or suspicious emails. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks when handling confidential information and consider using a virtual private network (VPN) for an added layer of security.

Manage Your Time Effectively

When you work remotely, you have greater autonomy over your schedule. While this flexibility can be liberating, it also requires self-motivation and effective time management skills. Create a daily or weekly work schedule that aligns with your most productive hours and the needs of your team or clients. Break down your tasks into smaller, manageable chunks and set realistic deadlines for each.

Use productivity techniques like the Pomodoro Technique, where you work in focused bursts with short breaks in between, to maintain your focus and optimize your time. Remember, self-discipline and effective time management are key to meeting deadlines and delivering high-quality work.

Create a Culture of Trust and Accountability

Remote work relies heavily on trust and accountability within a team. As a data professional in a remote setting, it’s crucial to foster a culture of trust and accountability. Communicate openly and transparently with your team, sharing progress updates, challenges, and successes.

Honor your commitments and deadlines, demonstrating reliability and professionalism. By fostering a culture of trust and accountability, you’ll establish strong working relationships and ensure a cohesive and productive remote data business.

Embrace Flexibility and Adaptability

Remote work offers unparalleled flexibility, and embracing it can enhance your productivity and work satisfaction. Embrace the freedom to create a schedule that aligns with your peak productivity hours and personal needs. However, remain adaptable to changing circumstances and business priorities.

Being flexible allows you to navigate unexpected challenges and effectively respond to evolving project requirements. Embracing flexibility and adaptability empowers you to thrive in the remote data business landscape.

Celebrate Achievements and Milestones

Working remotely can sometimes make it challenging to feel a sense of accomplishment. Celebrate your achievements and milestones to maintain motivation and morale. Acknowledge your progress, whether it’s completing a complex analysis, exceeding client expectations, or mastering a new skill.

Share your successes with your team and celebrate collective wins as well. Recognizing and celebrating achievements not only boosts morale but also reinforces a positive and supportive remote work culture.

Working remotely in a data business presents unique opportunities and challenges. By implementing these practical tips, you can navigate the remote work environment effectively and excel in your role as a data professional. Create an optimized workspace, prioritize communication and collaboration, foster trust and accountability, and nurture your well-being.

Embrace continuous learning, flexibility, and adaptability while celebrating achievements along the way. With these strategies, you’ll thrive in the dynamic and evolving landscape of remote work in the data industry.

10 Essential Tools Needed For Any Remote Work Set-Up

In our increasingly digital age, remote work has become the new norm for many professionals worldwide. As we adapt to this evolving work landscape, it is vital to equip ourselves with the right tools to ensure productivity and efficiency, regardless of our physical location. This article will go over the must-have tools needed for any remote work set-up.

High-Quality Internet Connection

One of the foundational necessities for successful remote work is a high-speed, reliable internet connection. You can have all the best tools in the world, but without a good connection, their functionality is effectively moot. Whether you’re sending emails, attending video meetings, or collaborating on documents in real time, the quality of your internet connection can significantly impact your productivity and the quality of your work.

Workstation Set-Up and Lighting

The physical environment of your remote workstation plays a crucial role in your productivity and comfort. Apart from ergonomic furniture, proper lighting is essential to reduce eye strain and maintain focus. Invest in quality desk lamps that offer adjustable brightness levels and colour temperature. Also, consider tools like F.lux that adapt your computer screen’s lighting based on the time of day, ensuring optimal comfort and reduced eye strain.

Virtual Communication Platforms

Whether it’s for daily stand-ups, client meetings, or social interactions, virtual communication platforms have become a lifeline for remote workers. Tools like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet provide features for video conferencing, instant messaging, and file sharing, enabling seamless collaboration across continents. This will be an absolute must for any remote worker.

There are so many tools that can help workers communicate together within projects, too. There are collaboration and project management tools that can help with this. These tools are crucial for managing tasks, tracking progress, and maintaining open lines of communication. Software such as Asana, Trello, or JIRA offer features for task delegation, progress tracking, and deadline setting, keeping teams organized and projects on track, regardless of the geographical dispersion of your team.

VPN Services

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is another essential tool for remote work. VPNs ensure the security and privacy of your data as it travels across the internet, protecting sensitive information from potential threats. Providers provide reliable and robust security measures, crucial for maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of your work.

Secure File Storage and Sharing Services

File storage and sharing services like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive have become a staple for remote workers. These cloud-based platforms allow you to store, share, and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other files in real-time. They offer generous storage capacities and robust security measures, ensuring your data remains accessible and protected at all times. Furthermore, the ability to control the access and edit permissions for each file provides enhanced security and collaboration control.

PDF Management Tools

PDFs are a commonly used file format in professional settings due to their compatibility across various devices and operating systems. For this reason, having a reliable PDF management tool is crucial for a smooth remote working experience.

Software like Adobe Acrobat Reader allows for easy viewing of PDF files, but for more extensive features like editing, e-signatures, and comments, tools like Adobe Acrobat Pro, Foxit PhantomPDF, or Nitro Pro are invaluable. They provide the capability to modify text, add annotations, fill forms, and even convert other file formats to PDF, ensuring that your document needs are covered no matter the task at hand.

There are so many PDF tools out there that can help! You can use AbleDocs to help make your PDFs more accessible, either for yourself or your team. You can find out more about this at

Time Management Applications

When working remotely, effective time management can make a significant difference in productivity. Tools can track how much time you spend on different tasks, providing insights into your work patterns and helping you optimize your schedule. Additionally, these tools often come with features for setting reminders or alerts for breaks, ensuring a healthy work-life balance.

Cybersecurity Software

Remote work set-ups often come with an increased risk of cyber threats. To counteract this, it’s essential to have reliable antivirus and anti-malware software. Solutions like Norton, Bitdefender, or McAfee can provide real-time protection against a host of threats, safeguarding your work and personal data from potential attacks.

Ergonomic Equipment

Finally, while not a ‘tool’ in the digital sense, investing in ergonomic office equipment can significantly impact your comfort, health, and, ultimately, productivity. An ergonomic chair, a height-adjustable desk, and a properly positioned monitor can alleviate the physical strain of long working hours.

You will find that not only will this help you with productivity, but it can also be better for your health! If you have any back pain, or posture issues, then ergonomic equipment will be ideal! It’s not just your chair or desk that will help, but also the keyboard and mouse you use! You can get keyboards and mice that are shaped to your hands and fingers, which can help your wrists from being overburdened and help you crack on with work without receiving any pain.

Virtual Assistants and AI Tools

In a remote work environment, virtual assistants and AI tools can be a real game-changer. They can automate many mundane tasks, schedule meetings, set reminders, and manage your to-do list, freeing up valuable time for you to focus on more critical tasks. Tools like Google Assistant, Alexa, or Cortana offer a wide range of voice-activated commands, and AI-driven apps like can even handle more complex tasks like scheduling meetings based on the availability of all participants.

Of course, there are more and more AI tools being developed for use across many different industries, so you should keep an eye out. Who knows, you may be able to find an AI tool that can remove a lot of tedious tasks out of your typical working day!


The shift to remote work requires adjusting to new dynamics and leveraging the right tools to replicate the efficiency and effectiveness of a traditional office set-up. While each remote worker’s toolkit may vary depending on their specific needs, the tools listed in this article serve as a reliable foundation. As remote work continues to evolve, it’s crucial to stay adaptable and continually seek out tools and practices that enhance productivity, communication, and work-life balance.