Why flexible workspaces are in demand in Philippines

by Fidea Encarnacion, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jun 08 2014 04:16 PM | Updated as of Jun 09 2014 12:16 AM

MANILA - Regus Philippines is seeing a strong demand for "flexible workspaces", as many foreign investors and startups are expanding in the country.

Lars Wittig, Regus Philippines Country Manager, said while most of their customers are from Fortune 500 companies, the company also caters to a large number of entrepreneurs, start-ups, mobile workers, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from various sectors and industries.

Lars Wittig, Regus Philippines Country Manager. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Wittig said flexible workspaces are in demand nowadays because it allows even start-ups to have their own office— whether it’s a space fit for only 3 employees or a conference meeting that can fit 20.

Customers are being offered workspaces that are ready to use with amenities that every office would need.

“A typical center has about 40-45 offices in different sizes and shapes... and then all the mutual space — this board room, a meeting room, a lounge, reception, pantry, powder rooms, etcetera — nobody feels like they're confined in their office," he said.

Wittig recommended the service to businesses aiming to do business globally, as Regus members will have access to over 2,000 centers in 100 countries.

“If you are a member of Regus anywhere in the world, you already have an office in the Philippines," he said.

Opening in 1999 with its first venture in the Philippines at Manila Enterprise Makati, Regus now has 11 existing business centers. It will open two more this year - Gateway Tower Cubao and Times Plaza building in Manila.

Photo 2:Regus offers business and office spaces to rent. Photo by Jonathan Cellona for ABS-CBNnews.com

Ronald Cang, a customer of Regus, shared that having a “plug-and-play” office is a big help for growing and starting companies because employees can start working as soon as they move in.

"In a building, normally you don’t just walk in and assume office because… [if] you don’t like the furniture, don’t like the broadband or don’t have wired infrastructure, you have to purchase, you need to invest in an entire office," he said.

Cang said that Regus enables companies to have a professional-looking office, enabling better branding towards their customers and partners.

“If you want to set up an office that depicts your company profile… you can buy cheap, but look cheap. But if you invest in the professional architectural set-up for an office, and come up with professional [outlook] — Regus has it," he said.

Membership starts at the price of P2,500 for local-only access, up to P4,000 for global access to Regus centers for the duration of a month.

Workspace fee starts at around P10,000 per month, depending on the length of stay and type of office or space.