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Free office space for start-ups

by The Editor at 12:12 27/01/09 (News)
A new campaign is offering free office space to UK start-up businesses in a move by the private sector to 'get Britain working again'.
The campaign, called 'Get Started' and led by Regus, who provide workplace solutions, offers free use of its business centres in a investment worth up to £10 million,

Mark Dixon, CEO of Regus said: "Whilst the government has announced plans to get the unemployed and small businesses moving again, it's vital the private sector takes decisive action now to support people who want to set up their own business.

"We believe the key to kick-starting the economy is to help our entrepreneurs create new enterprise, the life blood of the economy. I'd encourage other private sector companies to support the movement and develop similar packages."

The campaign is backed by the Birtish Chamber of Commerce (BCC). Its managing director, John Dunsmure, said: "Entrepreneurs and small companies are currently being squeezed on all sides - from declining consumer confidence to increasing energy and office costs as well as lack of access to credit. Small business closures have risen to around 85 a day, meaning over 6,000 have closed since October 2008 creating a huge amount of redundant people.

Mentoring sessions
The BCC will run a number of mentoring sessions for entrepreneurs throughout the year in Regus centres across the country. Their business experts will provide support and guidance to all those embarking on a new venture.

Latest figures show the number of new businesses opening in the third quarter of 2008 fell by just four per cent to 129,282, improving on expectations for a 10 per cent decline. The research suggests there is still a desire to embark on new business ventures despite increasingly volatile economic conditions.

Under the scheme, Regus is offering unlimited use of its business lounges and cafés in over 1,000 locations worldwide by signing people up to its businessworld program.

Potential Entrepreneurs can access three options within the scheme:

  • 1. Gold membership to Regus businessworld for three months - Unlimited access to 135 Regus business lounges and cafes (1,000 worldwide) with administrative support, free internet access, complimentary refreshments and preferred rates on additional products
  • 2. Free use of day offices or meeting rooms - If a business plan is not finalised Regus will provide day offices for intense planning and meeting rooms so entrepreneurs can meet with potential partners, suppliers and customers in a professional setting
  • 3. Free office space for three months - If you have a clear plan and are ready to get started then Regus will provide free office space for up to three months. Office space is a significant cost for start ups and therefore this offer will aid start up businesses.

For more information, see www.regus.co.uk/getstarted or by visiting any Regus centre.
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Susie Hughes
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