Flex Appeal: Regus
Savvy Christchurch businesses can join the worldwide trend towards flexible working spaces with the opening of Regus’ second venue in the city at the end of February. Located on Durham Street, the new space in the Awly Building joins Hazeldean Road in Addington, which opened in December 2017.
The Regus model offers options that include offices, co-working spaces and drop-in lounges with leasing terms that can range from years, months and weeks to just a single day. Office amenities are all set up and ready to go, including business-grade internet and telephony services, WiFi, receptionist, a shared kitchen, and cleaning. The idea takes all the hassle out of finding a great working space, whatever the specific requirements of your business; whether you need a permanent base for your team or just a quiet desk space to work on something by yourself for a day, they’ve got you covered. The flexibility even extends out of town, with Regus members able to access the network’s business lounge spaces anywhere in the world at over 3,000 business centres in over 100 countries.
Pierre Ferrandon, Country Manager for Regus in New Zealand, is excited to have brought Regus’ proven concept to the South Island. “Regus pioneered flexible workplaces almost 30 years ago, and now leads the world in helping businesses make flexibility work for them and their people”, he says.
“Christchurch businesses already had to think differently about how and where they worked in the post-quake period. Although that period was difficult and disruptive, it opened people’s eyes to how much workspace they really need, [and] where and how they needed it. The Regus model offers a way to get back into a quality CBD or city-fringe space more cost effectively and flexibly.”
“Around the world, the way we work and carry out business is being transformed. Our research shows that 50% of staff now work away from their main office for half the week or more… the average workspace will sit empty for 50% of the time. This offers enormous financial opportunities for businesses, who [with Regus] can have quality, flexible solutions that can scale up and down as their business does.”
Both the new Awly Building and Hazeldean Road locations certainly fit the flexibility bill, with scalable space solutions for everyone from a team of 1 up. The features of the spaces hew close to the Regus network’s established Scandi-cool aesthetic. Inside, dedicated onsite assistance teams can help you with the right work spaces, whether it’s hot desks and business lounges, state-of-the-art meeting and board rooms, or contemporary and stylish office space.
Office space isn’t the only thing that makes a great workplace, of course; car parking, bike racks, showers, monthly networking events, 24/7 access and kitchen facilities are all provided. Add an excellent hospitality package offering unlimited access to locally-roasted coffee and Harney & Sons teas too, and the flex appeal’s apparent.
The new Awly Building site also comes complete with fabulous courtyard, onsite café Curious Palate, famed national chain Hikari Sushi Bar, and good karma – it’s Christchurch’s only 5-star green rated building (as well as one of the safest in New Zealand, with three seismic stabilising factors).
Pierre notes the green credentials were important for Regus. “One of the benefits of flexible working is to lower the environmental impact of the workspace, so the 5-star green rating aligns very well with our core values around environmental impact.”