Flexible working spaces – the phenomenon that is reshaping the way the world works – has arrived in Trinidad & Tobago with the opening of a Regus Business Centre at Invader’s Bay Tower in Port of Spain.
The Regus business centre which boasts a combination of office space, meeting rooms, co-working facilities, and business lounges will be the first of its kind in T&T offering creative working in the heart of Port of Spain’s commercial district.
Located at Level 2 of Invader’s Bay Tower (BHP Billiton building) in Port of Spain, the contemporary interior of the Regus Business Centre has been designed to provide a unique and exciting working environment to suit the needs of small and large businesses alike. With 61 offices of varying sizes, 172 work stations, 2 meeting rooms including a board room and 2 business lounges the centre will be a great addition to the capital city. Fitted out with world class IT and Telecoms infrastructure the centre is designed to support the needs of all its clients.
Domhad Properties Limited has partnered with Williams Offices (Caribbean) Limited to bring the Regus franchise to Trinidad & Tobago. Regus, the global leader of flexible working has over 3,000 business centres in 120 countries. The first centre in T&T at Invaders Bay opened in late March and is already filling up with clients.
On touring the fit out of the facility at Invaders Bay, the Minister of Trade & Industry, Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon stated, “the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is delighted that Regus has decided to bring its brand of flexible work spaces to Trinidad and Tobago. This new Regus Centre will be a great addition to the business landscape of Port of Spain and it levels the playing field for smaller businesses who can now share these work spaces with larger global businesses. I wish Regus continued success as it takes its brand not only across Trinidad and Tobago but across the region.”
Chairman of Williams Offices Ralph ‘Bizzy’ Williams was quoted as saying, “we are very pleased to be able to bring the world class Regus products and services to Trinidad & Tobago. Our partnership with Regus allows us to not only diversify our portfolio and grow our footprint in the region but it also allows us to support businesses as they look for better ways to work. Companies of all different sizes are realizing especially with changing technologies that there are more efficient ways for them and their staff to work these days. We are looking forward to bringing this brand of flexible work spaces to other Caribbean territories in the not too distant future.”
Chairman of DomHad Properties Limited stated, “Given the current business climate here in Trinidad & Tobago it’s very encouraging that a global brand like Regus has partnered with us to create this world class facility right here in Port of Spain. It’s going to be very exciting to see the diverse mix of businesses that will occupy this space over the coming weeks and months. It is an ideal solution for the Oil and Gas companies based in the south who need a presence in POS, equally it’s an ideal solution for start-ups and small businesses where you pay one invoice a month for a fully equipped serviced office right here in this iconic building at Invader’s Bay.”
Mark Linehan, Managing Director, of the Regus franchise in the territory added that “flexible working spaces are rapidly gaining popularity around the world and we are very excited to be bringing our cutting edge work space solutions to Trinidad & Tobago. Our first business centre in Trinidad & Tobago located at Invader’s Bay Tower has opened with a lot of interest to date with businesses exploring how they can benefit from adopting flexible workspaces as a solution for their work needs.
Linehan continued, “Fitted out with the latest technology our fully serviced and equipped office centre at Invader’s Bay meets the needs of small, medium and large businesses. The centre provides clients with fully functioning office space, meeting rooms and business lounges all of which can be used on a daily, weekly or monthly basis or for as long as needed. We are very excited about the prospect here in Trinidad and Tobago and our aim with Regus is to provide businesses with an environment that allows them focus on what they do best. We will look after the rest.”
The world of flexible work
Flexible workspaces are rapidly gaining popularity around the world as more firms are looking to opt out of expensive fixed-term lease accommodation, while workers increasingly demand flexible working facilities.
The phenomenon is being driven by technology that is stripping away the restrictions of time and space, a growing network of offices, wi-fi hotspots, and working hubs, and also by an acceptance by businesses and workers alike of a new way of working.
Companies are looking for better value from their workspaces and higher productivity from those working in them – all framed within ever shorter business cycles that mean companies have to adapt fast to new circumstances.
For their part, employees are looking to work better, faster and more conveniently, to boost their productivity.