As the sharing economy continues to transform every aspect of life, Kiwi businesses are seeking alternatives to one of the last bastions of business tradition: the fixed office environment.
To meet growing demand for more flexible working arrangements, Regus, the world’s largest flexible workspace provider, is opening its seventh New Zealand location — its third in Wellington located on level 6, 1 Willis Street.
The new prime CBD workspace features private offices, shared spaces and carefully designed drop-in areas available for an hour, a week, a month or longer. It’s all about maximising productivity and comfort, and minimizing the limitations that fixed space can present.
“Businesses need faster and more flexible options for all sorts of reasons: short term projects, new branch offices, expanding into new markets, better use of working capital, growing teams and more,” explains Regus New Zealand Country Manager, Pierre Ferrandon. “Many now choose to work this way on a permanent basis because it makes sense and is more efficient for their business and people. In the on-demand, shared economy, there really isn’t any reason to have money, energy and time tied up in assets that are often in use for shorter and shorter periods of time.”
Past solutions for many have included makeshift meeting spaces and spare rooms.
“Coffee shops and home offices are no longer enough. The next wave is about having anywhere, anytime flexibility, with the security, discretion, professionalism and comfort of a permanent base. It’s not just about mobility any more, it’s about quality mobility,” says Mr. Ferrandon.
The new Wellington Regus workspace will provide fresh, purpose-built premises for local, out-of-town and overseas business travelers. It also offers crucial global connections for its Wellington-based tenants, with access to new networks and more than 3,000 Regus offices around the world.
“The global aspect is especially important to New Zealand businesses, given the distance from many key markets. They need to have their networks well-formed already if they are going offshore, and be ready to hit the ground running. With 3000 locations in 107 countries, Regus can help provide the bridge for that.”
Regus’ customers range from sole-practitioner consultants, professionals and knowledge workers through to medium-sized organisations looking to test a new market, and multinational corporations building a New Zealand presence.
“The variety of nationalities, people, business types and sizes you’ll find in a Regus office is very much part of the appeal for many of our customers,” says Mr. Ferrandon. “While Regus clients will often come from diverse backgrounds, sectors and parts of the world, the space and network provides common ground for those who want to work in quality space, surrounded by other successful businesses.”
Regus’ commitment to helping New Zealand businesses thrive and grow in new ways, extends to its sponsorship of the New Zealand Innovation Council – a homegrown membership organization with the goal of developing and growing great companies. As part of its commitment to support Kiwi innovation, Regus has developed a dedicated offer for the finalists in the Council’s Innovation Awards at the newly opened Wellington workspace.
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