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The new Workstyle of Today's Workers

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GIST has a great infographic on the changing workstyle from old to new.

 

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Regus Shows Good Results for 1st Half of Year

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Regus, the largest provider of executive suites, has reported their first half earnings for 2011. 

Key statistics are as follows:

  • Profit for the period 23.3 £m vs. a loss of 7.5 £m for the same period last year.
  • Revenues up 9.7% to £565.6m (2010: £515.5m)
  • Cash from operations up 49.0% to £70.2m (2010: £47.1m)
  • Net cash of £197.8m (Year End 2010: £191.5m)
  • Earnings per share of 2.5p (2010: (0.8p)
  • Mature occupancy at a record level of 86.7% - benefitting from improved sales and marketing
  • 12.7% increase in total customer numbers to 904,086 (2010: 801,938) of which more than 700,000 are home or mobile workers

Commenting on today's announcement Mark Dixon, Chief Executive of Regus plc, said: "We are pleased with the good strategic and financial progress the business is making at a time of prolonged economic uncertainty, with revenues up 10% and profits up over 35%.

 Our strong performance drove cash from operations up 49% to £70.2m and meant that our expansion for the half was entirely self-funded, with cash at the end of the half higher than at the end of 2010. While we acknowledge the challenging environment, we continue to expect further improvements in revenues and cash from operations, as we continue to invest in growth.

It is the robustness of Regus' mature centres that enables this substantial ongoing investment in future growth. As we enter the second half of the year, Regus remains well-positioned to capitalise on these opportunities and is on track to deliver a full year performance in line with our expectations."

“The momentum with which the business ended 2010 has continued into 2011.  As such I am pleased to report on a half year of solid revenue growth up 9.7% to £565.6m (2010: £515.5m) with EBIT1 growth up 35.3% to £13.8m (2010: £10.2m). Excluding the extra costs incurred from growth the EBIT from our mature business increased by 46% to £37.7m (2010: £25.8m).”

All in all this is a good showing in a tough market.  Perhaps it is an indicator that the global office market is improving.

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Here are a few od our recent Officeifnder Tweets. We'd love to have you follow us.  We promise not to Tweet about our breakfast!

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Coworking Office Space User Costs

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Coworking office spaceAccording to a recent article in Gigaom.com coworking space costs less for a user than using a coffee shop if you take into account the cost of buying drinks and snacks.  According to the study quoted, the average monthly cost of using the facility by way of a flexible desk is only $152 / month. A 24 hr / 7 days per week plan would run around $207.00 / month and a permanent 24/7 desk would be $387.00 / month.

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Tips for Securing Office Space as a Start-up Entrepreneur

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A few partners and I recently launched a new business venture and one of the first major decisions we had to make was regarding office space.  Should we simply all work from home and have a more virtual office space environment where we connect every day through skype, email, and phone, or should we shell out a few bucks to secure physical office space?  This can be a tough decision for new companies that are not producing revenue yet.

Possible Solutions

One of the challenges of a new company is that you do not want to lock in to a 12 month lease for an office space that is not incredibly desirable.  For example, if you lock in a 12 month lease on a cheap office space in an undesirable location, simply because you cannot yet afford a really nice space, then you may be a bit perturbed if the company starts bringing in solid cash flow 6 months later, and you can afford the nicer space, but you are locked into a 12 month lease.

One solution is to consider negotiating with business parks where you really want to set up shop.  See if you can get into a very small office in an environment where it would be easy to upgrade during the life of your lease.  The space may be smaller than you really want, but it also helps you get into the actual location you want to be at a price you can afford.  Then, when working capital becomes available, it is easy to transition to a larger, nicer workspace.

Other possible low cost office solutions are to pay for a virtual office space or Coworking style space.  Many top-tiered virtual office spaces actually provide conference room access on an as needed basis.  These deals come in many shapes and sizes, but it is common for some conference room access to be included in the deal, and for additional hours to be available on a per-hour basis.

Remember to think long-term when you are considering your office space plans.

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