Regus expansion in South Africa will help businesses drive efficiency
With one third of firms aiming to boost staff retention and cut fixed office use, new Regus concepts offer the facilities of the office without the commute
Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, will open seven new business centres in South Africa before the end of 2013, bringing its network to 20. As a result, businesses and professionals will be able to use new workplace concepts such as business lounges and Thinkpods to operate more effectively.
The seven centres will be in Gauteng, Cape Town and Pretoria, and help meet increased demand for flexible workplaces in South Africa. Enquiries about Regus’ workspaces reached an all-time high in July and August this year, and overall demand for offices in those months was 43% higher than the 2012 average.
The growth of the Regus network in South Africa will help firms of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, try new ways of doing business, including mobile and flexible working. Instead of commuting daily to the old-fashioned fixed office, they can choose innovative solutions closer to home or customers. Nor do they need to take residential office space to do so: the new Thinkpods are drop-in, self-contained workspaces, with room for a laptop, available for an hour or a day.
The rising interest in using flexible workspaces coincides with South African businesses looking for more efficient and productive ways to operate. In the latest edition of the Regus Business Confidence Index, 34% of businesses in South Africa said they thought improved staff retention is the best way to achieve this, and 33% advocated using less fixed office space. The expansion of the Regus network will make it easier for firms to adopt those strategies.
The network also facilitates their expansion. Atlanta-based Innovolt is 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 this country.”
Joanne Bushell, Regus VP for Africa, comments: “Using Regus flexible workplaces frees up money to invest in other aspects of the business, and enables staff to work at locations that suit them. The result? Both people and capital can be more productive, which is why more than 1.5 million customers worldwide are now using our workspaces.
“And what’s notable about our customer base is its diversity. In South Africa, we have a split of about 60% SMEs to 40% large local or international companies for physical workspace, plus many other SMEs using virtual offices. No company is too big or too small to want to operate more productively and efficiently, and Regus’ workspace is supporting all of their ambitions.”
About the centres
West Rand, Constantia Kloof, Johannesburg – Opened
Sunning Hill, Rivonia Road, Johannesburg – November
Rosebank, The Firs, Johannesburg – December
East Rand, Stoneridge, Johannesburg – December
Stellenbosch, Eikestad Mall, Cape Town – December
Tyger Valley, Willowbridge, Cape Town – Opened
Brooklyn Bridge Office Park, Pretoria - November
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