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Cape Town,
05
December
2013
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12:17
Africa/Algiers

Regus backs firms and commuters in Western Cape with two new launches

New centres in Cape Town and Stellenbosch will cut commuting and attract talent

Regus has increased its support for businesses and commuters in the Western Cape by extending its network of flexible workplaces. It has opened two new business centres in Cape Town’s northern suburbs and Stellenbosch as part of its wider growth across South Africa.

The new centres, bringing the Cape Region network to five, offer both local and international firms a flexible way to gain a high-end presence in the thriving Western Cape region. By using workspace that is adaptable and business-ready, firms can avoid high upfront set-up costs and long-term fixed overheads leaving more money in the business instead.

The arrival of two new Regus business centres around Cape Town will also benefit commuters. Though they don’t face the same travelling issues as Gauteng drivers, the option to use convenient Regus workspace in Stellenbosch and the suburbs, instead of travelling to a more distant office each day, will create extra space for work, leisure and family. Recent Regus research shows that 63% of business people said flexible working practices such as choice of working locations and hours make employees more motivated and energised. Not only can this boost employee productivity, it can also increase staff retention.

The extension of Regus’s network in the Western Cape is timely, given the findings of the company’s latest Business Confidence Index. 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%) highlight reducing fixed office space as a key way to achieving this.

Regus’ existing business centres in Cape Town account for about 25% of its 2,000-plus customers in South Africa. Demand in the country has increased sharply in 2013, with enquiries in July and August reaching an all-time high. Overall demand for offices was 43% higher than the 2012 average, and the new locations in Cape Town, along with four new centres in Gauteng, will help meet that demand.

According to Joanne Bushell, VP for Africa, Regus, “Our new locations around Cape Town will increase the financial flexibility and convenience available to local and international businesses here. Letting staff work in locations closer to home – including using our new business lounges and self-contained ‘Thinkpods’ – will help companies of all sizes attract talent and boost productivity. It’s because of such benefits that more than 1.5 million customers worldwide now use Regus workplaces.”

One company already benefitting from Regus’ presence in South Africa is US-based Innovolt, a leader in intelligent asset management technology. When it set up a subsidiary in South Africa, it outsourced all non-core functions, including its office space. According to General Manager Graeme Van der Velde, “We use Regus offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg to house staff and enjoy a good presence, whilst reducing admin. Our sales staff use different Regus offices as they travel around South Africa, and we can hire a boardroom whenever we need to present to clients, without having to pay for the space all year round. So, the Regus network has been very helpful to us as we grow our business in South Africa.”

About the centres

The two new Regus business centres are at Tyger Valley, Willowbridge, in Cape Town’s entrepreneurial northern suburbs, and at Eikestad Mall in Stellenbosch. Both are in high-end business locations with extensive retail and leisure facilities and popular with entrepreneurs and international companies alike.

Both centres offer private and campus-style offices, business lounges, meeting rooms, high-speed wifi, and multilingual reception and administrative support. They also feature Regus’s unique new Thinkpods – drop-in, self-contained workspaces with room for a laptop 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