Regus expansion in Kampala backs local and international businesses

Two years on from the launch of its first business centre in Kampala, Regus has expanded its presence in Uganda. It’s opened up new workspace in the same prestigious building – Course View Towers – due to strong demand for its flexible workspaces.

The expansion means Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, has increased its footprint in Kampala by over 40 %, and it plans further expansions to meet the huge appetite for its workspace in Uganda.

Driving demand for Regus workspace are factors like East Africa’s energy boom and steady economic growth forecasts for the next 5 years. Regus has supported numerous oil & gas companies since it launched in Kampala in April 2011, enabling them to explore new energy opportunities.

Other factors driving demand are infrastructure development; investment in agriculture, information technology and industrialisation; telecoms development; and the growth of the middle class and local entrepreneurship. These factors mean demand for Regus workspace in Uganda is coming from both local SMEs wishing to expand, and international companies looking to explore the options here.

Joanne Bushell, Vice President Africa for Regus, explains: “One major attraction of the Regus workspace in Kampala is the speed with which it allows businesses to set up in Uganda. Working to short timescales, firms in sectors such as oil & gas often expect to be on the ground in a matter of days – this is rarely possible with traditional office space.

“In contrast, Regus workspace allows them to be up and running in international-standard premises within days, with everything they need in terms of office equipment, IT and telecoms connectivity, full facilities management and professional staffing and administrative support. They also have the flexibility to adapt to changes quickly – growing or downsizing exactly as needed.”