New Blacktown work hub key piece of puzzle for Regus’ Greater Sydney expansion
New Regus location at 81 Flushcombe Road brings flexible working options to Blacktown
Expanded network of 25 locations means that 90% of Sydney’s population is no more than 20 minutes drive from a Regus work hub
Regus customers can utilize all 25 locations outside their home location as flexible ‘drop-in’ work hubs enabling a true networked flexible working approach
Employees and businesses in Sydney’s West will have new opportunities to work flexibly and cut the lengthening commute with the opening of a new Regus centre in Blacktown today, making it the 10th Regus work hub in Western Sydney and 25th in Greater Sydney.
The opening caps a rapid year of growth for Regus, which has doubled its presence in Western Sydney over the past 18 months to 10 Regus work hubs, as changing work styles and increasing flexibility mean more Australian professionals are working remotely. The new Regus Blacktown centre caters to these flexible workers by providing a range of workplace options, including a drop-in business lounge, co-working space, private offices and meeting rooms. Blacktown businesses and workers using the new work hub will also plug into Regus’ wider network – allowing them to use any of Regus’ 25 centres in Greater Sydney or any of the 60 across Australia.
Paul Migliorini, CEO of Regus in Australia and New Zealand, said that the continued emergence of Western Sydney as an engine of business growth made it a perfect fit for Regus’ expansion plans:
“The population of Western Sydney is set to increase by four million in the next 40 years, and Western Sydney’s $100 billion economy is already Australia’s third largest, home to 30% of the country’s top 400 companies. We are excited to be a part of Blacktown’s fast developing business eco-system, and look forward to helping more companies establish themselves in the area and assist local businesses expand their reach throughout Sydney or even globally.
“We have a first rate management team in the centre who will be on hand to help our customers transition to the workplace of the future.”
A recent survey conducted by Regus found the daily commute in Sydney is an average of 32 minutes each way and has increased by three minutes each way nationally since 2012. The Bureau of Transport Statistics has also estimated that road congestion alone, costs NSW at least $5.1 billion lost in productivity annually, most of that in Sydney.
Mr Migliorini said he hoped that the expansion of Regus across Western Sydney would help more people avoid stressful commutes: “Each morning 200,000 commuters leave Western Sydney on crammed trains, packed buses and choked roads heading eastwards to job rich-areas such as the CBD, North Sydney, Pyrmont and Macquarie Park.”
“With the majority of commuters traveling 50-plus kilometers to get to work, we hope our network of work hubs can help to alleviate some of the daily congestion on our roads, as well as increase productivity and help businesses and ensure workers have a healthy work:life balance at a cost that won’t hurt their back pocket. Our Blacktown customers will no doubt benefit from having a professional, flexible work hub in the heart of town, as well as being able to drop in to use our extensive network of CBD locations when they are in the city.”
The new Regus Blacktown work hub is located in the recently refurbished 81 Flushcombe Road, and offers over 600sqm of flexible workspace and meeting rooms. Businesses who have already signed-up to occupy the hub include an international software provider and the office of a local law firm.
One local business already implementing this new way of working is boutique film studio, Onsight Films. Co-owner, Marlon Simmons, said: “We deal with a diverse range of clients so we have decided to base ourselves in the Regus Blacktown centre for a few days a week. Working close to home saves us time and increases productivity and the added benefit of Regus means that when necessary, we can meet our clients at a range of locations across Greater Sydney."
"Being apart of the Regus community gives us confidence to expand and security that we have a safe and professional place to work."
 Dr Ken Henry, The Shape of Things to Come: Long Run Forces Affecting the Australian Economy in Coming Decades, 22 October 2009.
Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of more than 2,000 business centres in 104 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.
The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.
Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com.au