The number of pubs in the UK is on the decline and, given the important role they play, this loss has been felt particularly strongly in rural communities. At the same time the pandemic has prompted a shift towards remote-working and the demand for co-working spaces has increased.

This research explores the potential of using rural pubs for co-working from the perspective of the manager, customer and community. It considers whether offering co-working space may help to reduce the vulnerability of rural pubs and strengthen community-orientated networks, in addition to meeting the needs of post-pandemic ways of working.

The research is being funded through NICRE’s Research and Innovation Fund.

Next steps

The team is seeking people's views of working in rural community spaces such as pubs, cafes or village halls - complete the online survey.