Regus equipped to deal with SMB start-up headaches

The headache of setting up office is one that many start-ups are familiar with, but the answer appears to be at hand for many of them, thanks to Regus Instant Offices.

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By  Robin Duff Published  June 24, 2001

The headache of physically setting up office is one that many start-ups in Dubai are more than familiar with, but the answer appears to be at hand for many of them, with the opening of Regus Instant Offices in Dubai. The concept seems obvious, but it is one that is particularly uncommon in this part of the world: temporary office space with all the everyday office infrastructure needs provided for for a monthly fee.

“There are two main reasons why companies are looking at taking offices at Regus,” said Catherine Bosc, regional business development director, Regus. “The first is speed. They want to be operational instantly. They don’t have time to shop around and buy furniture for instance. Second of all, they are looking at a low risk solution. Also there is a third category of client is that these people want to concentrate on their core business. No capital cost, consequently low risk.”

Bosc went on to also describe another significant category of user that would be likely to show interest: those who do not want to handle IT infrastructure management issues. The company boasts residents such as IBM and Glaxo-Wellcome internationally, and expects to attract a similar standard of client here.

“Our key accounts were to keen to have a presence in certain markets: many are expressing interest in Dubai in a very strong way,” commented Bosc. “Palm Europe is one of these such accounts. We actually have a property department that looks closely at opportunities and the feedback from the market was that Regus type offices was utterly necessary. A lot of companies, market entries, are looking at this kind of temporary office solution to actually speed up there Arab operations.”

In terms of communications and IT infrastructure, Regus offers a PABX switchboard, Nortel digital voice lines, 255 workstations, and full receptionist services.

“Clients can be rung directly in their office, if they want to be independent, of course,” said Bosc. “If they wish to give a professional dimension to their business, then we can answer the call for them. It actually rings directly to the switchboard, which is linked to a computer showing the name of the company. Therefore our receptionist can actually answer the call according to the script of the company, and we can reroute the call anywhere the world to their mobile.”

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