Debenhams has revealed new sales figures that show more people than ever before are working from home to beat the recession.
Demand for home office furniture and equipment – compact desks, chairs, and filing cabinets – has jumped by over 340 per cent in the past year alone, says department store Debenhams.
The trend could be good news for the Government which believes that encouraging more people to start their own business is the secret to beating the recession.
Debenhams spokesperson Carie Barkhuizen said: “Our figures show that thousands of people who have lost their job are seizing the opportunity to begin working for themselves.
“While redundancy is never good news, for many it will be the push they have needed to take the plunge and set up their own company.
“Judging from past history, there’s no doubt that many of tomorrow’s highly successful entrepreneurs are currently to be found running their very first business from the corner of their own living room.”
Small triangular shaped work stations, designed specifically to fit unobtrusively into room corners or under the stairs are the top sellers in Debenhams recently expanded office furniture list. Small, glass-top desks – just the right size for a laptop computer, a telephone with a printer alongside – are the next favourite buys.