BY ANTONY MUTUNGA
The worldwide leader in office workplace solutions has continued its penetration of the Kenyan market by opening their 10th business centre in the country at Britam Towers, Upper Hill. The centre aims to attract the growing number of developers, start-ups, entrepreneurs, SMEs and blue-chip companies in the city.
The new centre which offers fully furnished offices, co-working spaces, meeting rooms and virtual offices was possible as a result of another successful joint venture with Lanor Holdings, which is part of the AMS Group. It adds to the other Regus flexible workspaces located in Westlands, Kilimani, Nairobi Central District and Kitisuru.
According to Heidi Duvenage, Regus country manager for East and Southern Africa, the centres are attracting more people as well as boosting economic growth.
“The most recent Regus locations were strategically chosen to support areas in Kenya where flexible working and co-working hubs are flourishing. We provide the support of much-needed technological infrastructure and services to businesses and we have seen our business centres boost economic growth in all the locations where we put down our footprint,” she said.
The offices will be available for booking from one hour to several years, depending on how long a client requires it. The client will also have the option of choosing either an internal or external office, those with a view. The pricing for the offices varies depending on what one wants. For a virtual office, for instance, it will cost from $2 (Sh207) per person per day while for office space it will cost from $12 (Sh1, 238) per person per day. In addition, the company also has a membership option, where if one was to move offices to a new country where Regus is occupying space, they will transfer one’s office.
The centres are mostly attractive to creatives but also companies are able to take advantage of them. With a good work-life balance important for the workers productivity, having a flexible office space helps organizations to retain their talent. Apart from this, organizations are also able to cut their costs by avoiding leases. They also acquire better networking opportunities in the case of a co-working space.
With technology advancement changing the world, businesses have also shifted to integrate the new norm. Since 2007 when Regus entered the Kenyan market, it has continued to meet the increasing demand for flexible, technologically advanced, professional work areas. With plans to expand nationwide, the company is set to introduce more centres in the country in 2020.