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Regus Connect - Startacus takes a look
by Startacus Admin
Regus Connect is on a mission to create a hybrid / ecosystem of startups / coworkers / freelancers and interns. Call it “Co-working the ‘next generation’...”
Working in a co-working space, as opposed to working from home, can certainly bring lots of benefits and of course the odd gripe and moan too. In fact, we’ve actually highlighted a few of the advantages of working in a co-working space before. Anyhow, enough about us...back to Regus Connect.
So what is Regus Connect and what does it entail?
Well to quote the blurb from the Regus Connect website: “Regus Connect is bringing together UK businesses, freelancers and interns for the first time, to work and network under one roof. The first ten Regus Connect sites will be launched this Autumn 2013. Where? You decide. “
A tad Big Brother/X-Factor-esque perhaps!
So, in essence then, it’s an initiative to bring together businesses, freelancers and interns into an ecosystem of work and activity. Businesses meet freelancers meet interns and the hope we assume, is that all three parties benefit from the direct connection and interaction that a shared space will enable.
The “Where? You decide” bit, is coming from the fact that Regus wants you to vote for where the 10 Regus Connect sites will be based. So, with around 30+ Regus sites to choose from, it’s clear that a little sharing on social and local networks could perhaps swing the vote somewhat.
The Regus Connect guys would I’m sure argue the point that they’re not just offering a Co-working space rebrand. It’s more that they’re creating an innovative space where people can just work - some collaboratively - others perhaps not.
It’s understandable why Regus who are synonymous with providing flexible short term / long term office space in the UK, would aim to develop such an ecosystem. After all there can be something a tad ‘old school’ about the serviced offices of the 1990’s - and if nothing else, a rebrand of the concept is certainly in order.
We certainly like the idea, and although it’s not entirely original, it’s great to see a national organisation like Regus, taking an innovative approach at not just their office spaces, but their relationship with the occupants as well.
Check out the rather nice Regus Connect website here - and also take a look at the locations you can vote for too. We look forward to hearing more about Regus Connect and the 10 selected Regus Connect sites over the next while...
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