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December
2013
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12:44
Africa/Algiers

Pretoria businesses can gain from new flexible working options

First Regus business centre in Pretoria offers support for companies large or small

Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, is to open its first business centre in Pretoria’s Brooklyn Bridge Office Park in November. Businesses in the administrative capital will, for the first time, be able to gain the efficiency and productivity benefits that stem from new flexible ways of working.

The launch in Pretoria is part of an expansion of Regus network in South Africa to 20 locations, and follows openings in Gauteng and Cape Town. Demand for Regus workspaces has soared in South Africa this year: in July and August, demand was up 19% on the first quarter of 2013 and 43% on the 2012 average.

The new centre will help both local and international companies to establish a flexible and affordable presence in Pretoria. The business-ready workspaces offer an alternative to the high set-up costs of conventional fixed offices, leaving more money to spend on other aspects of operations. And with no fixed, long-term rents, firms have greater flexibility to scale their use of workspace up or down.

Commuters too have cause to celebrate the launch as the option to use workspace closer to home will reduce travel time and stress on the Pretoria-Gauteng freeways. Regus research found that 63% of business people think flexible working practices such as choice of working locations and hours make employees more motivated and energised. Raising staff morale in this way can increase staff retention as well as productivity.

The latest edition of Regus’s global Business Confidence Index shows the company’s expansion into Pretoria is well timed. A third (34%) of businesses in South Africa think improved staff retention is a key strategy for firms to gain efficiency without compromising growth, while a similar proportion (33%) advocate reducing fixed office space as a way to achieve this.

Joanne Bushell, Regus VP for Africa, adds: “The arrival of Regus in Pretoria is an important development for businesses of all sizes, offering them a means to enjoy more financial flexibility and better HR practices.

“Worldwide, more than 1.5 million businesses enjoy these benefits at Regus and I’m delighted that our expansion will allow companies to join them. Over 2,000 customers, in sectors from finance to government to engineering, already use our workplaces in South Africa, and I look forward to supporting local and international companies in Pretoria too.”

Software development consultants Creative IT uses Regus’s Port Elizabeth business centre, and commends its workspace to businesses in Pretoria. Owner Dave Coates, who previously operated from a home office, says: “Using Regus gives us much better facilities than we had before, and a more professional image (as well as higher productivity because of the great coffee!). I occasionally use the boardroom facilities too as an impressive place to meet clients. Using Regus is giving a great boost to the image and development of the business.”

About the centre

The first Regus centre in Pretoria is at the popular Brooklyn Bridge Office Park in Pretoria’s eastern suburbs. The modern three-story building already houses businesses and diplomatic missions and has excellent road links.

Facilities at the Regus centre include private and campus-style offices, a business lounge, meeting rooms, high-speed wifi, and multilingual administrative support. It also features Regus’s unique new Thinkpods – drop-in, self-contained workspaces with room for a laptop and available for an hour or a day.

Boilerplate

Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 1,700 business centres in 100 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