TWO workplace providers are expanding their office offerings in Singapore, driven by demand for short-term and flexible business spaces.
Australia-listed Servcorp said it will double its office space at Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC) Tower 2 to more than 80 offices. Its MBFC location will also become its South-east Asia headquarters, the centre for all its regional operations.
Companies can lease an office for up to four people from $1,500 a month, including services provided.
Chief operating officer Marcus Moufarrige, the son of Servcorp's founder Alfred Moufarrige, said the company is bullish about Singapore's economy.
"We see expansion from several business sectors including banking, property, fast-moving consumer goods, technology and legal. Providing added executive office space at Marina Bay Financial Centre allows companies to conduct their business at the heart of the city, without the expense and risk of long-term leases or high capital expenditure."
Regus is also partnering the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore and the National Library Board to launch Singapore's first "smart work centres", or flexible mobile workstations, at certain libraries here.
Regus will be launching these "drop-in" centres - named "Regus Express" - at Jurong Regional Library, Geylang East Public Library and Toa Payoh Public Library this Friday, complete with co-working spaces, private ThinkPods, secure wifi, meeting rooms, video conferencing technology, as well as printing and copying equipment.
"People can work there daily, drop in ad hoc to access an office environment close to home, or meet with customers," it said. "The launch of smart work centres in Singapore will allow more employers to offer flexible work arrangements to their staff, and help workers to balance work-life commitments."
Singapore is the first location in Asia where it has built centres like these. In Europe and globally, Regus has partnered with French and Dutch railway operators, Shell and the UK motorway network to provide services for people who want to work while they are on the move.
Source: Business Times, 28 May 2014