Flexible work space provider Regus is to
strengthen its operation in Africa following
an 89 per cent increase in enquiries last year, with expectations for growth forecast throughout 2012.
The latest edition of the Regus Business Confidence Index
(BCI) says Africa is benefiting from a strong sense of business optimism with
East Africa and West Africa up 37 and 26
points respectively on the global average, based on reports of increased
profits and revenues.
performance is being fuelled by a number of factors, including growth of
entrepreneurship, rising foreign direct investment, Western businesses’ search
for new markets, and growth in intraregional trade, which has lead to demand
for Regus’s centres far out-stripping original targets.
Most recently the company added a centre in Lusaka, Zambia
in December following the country’s impressive economic performance, with The
Economist expecting it to be one of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies
in 2011-2015 and growth of over six per cent predicted for 2012.
Mark Dixon, CEO of Regus, said: “Africa
is a growing market for Regus. We’ve seen a surge in enquiries, with year on
year growth of 40 per cent. The Regus launches in Zambia
and elsewhere in Africa are a response to that
surge in demand, which is being driven by strong economic growth in Sub-Saharan
Africa, and by the adoption of new, more efficient and more productive ways of
working. We’ll continue to invest in our network in Africa
and across the globe, in order to meet demand.”
Currently Regus operates 27 centres in 13 countries across
the continent; expansion is being actively sought in business districts and
transport hubs with South Africa,
Kenya, and Morocco receiving the most
Pictured: the new Regus centre in Zambia