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Pubs are becoming ‘second offices’, survey says

PUBLISHED: 15:33 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:34 18 March 2013

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Pubs are increasingly being used as a second office, with people using them as a work base as well as having a drink, according to a new report.

A survey of 2,000 adults found that almost four out of five logged on to a pub's WiFi to stay on top of emails while one in five send a message to their boss to give the impression they are hard at work.

About one in six of those polled by WiFi provider The Cloud said they had taken a video conferencing call in a pub.

The study suggested that people who work while in a pub send an average of 25 work emails a week each.

Vince Russell, managing director of The Cloud, said: "As business becomes increasingly pressurised, workers are finding a need to connect wherever they are, whether they're between meetings or just need to escape the busy office to get through their to-do list.

"We knew WiFi was valuable for getting reliable access to work emails or quickly downloading large documents - what we didn't expect was that Brits do so much of this in pubs, this may reflect how pubs are changing to become more flexible spaces throughout the working day and into the evening."

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