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KUALA LUMPUR: The Regus Group which offers outsourced workplace solutions for corporations needing flexible business facilities, is investing up to RM7 million for its new Regus Business Lounge concept.According to William Willems, regional vice president for the Regus Group in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, the global economic crisis had created demand for the company to provide a flexible base for mobile staff to operate from.

“The current economic crisis and the rise of the mobile and home-based worker, is forcing compa­nies to re-evaluate their workplace needs and ask themselves, if they have the right mix of space,” Willems highlighted.

The recent IDC “World­wide Mobile Worker Population 2007 – 2011 Forecast” report, stated the worldwide mobile worker population is set to increase from 758.6 million in 2006 to 1.0 billion in 2011.

This accounts for 30.4 per cent of the workforce.

The Asia-Pacific, exclu­ding Japan will have the largest number of mobile workers throughout the period.

The region had 479.8 million mobile workers in 2006, and that number will grow to reach 671.2 million in 2011.

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelli­gence, advisory services, and events for the infor­mation technology, telecom­munications, and consumer technology markets.

Willems told Bernama in an interview that the company was confident of recording double-digit growth for its Malaysian base, within the next 12 months, with the launch of its new business concept here on Thursday.

The launch is part of a global corporate roll-out to promote Business Lounges across the company’s inter­national network of more than 1000 Regus business centres in 76 countries worldwide.

Regus started its first business centre in Malaysia in October 1999 at the Petronas Twin Towers and has served over 600 custo­mers.

“The new concept Busi­ness Lounge at the Kuala Lumpur Petronas Tower business centre is one of the first such facilities in the region, recognising the important role played by Malaysia as an internatio­nal business hub,” said Willems.

Currently, Regus has two other business centres, located at KL Sentral and Central Plaza.

“Workplace outsourcing enables companies to rapidly seize new market opportunities because the office infrastructure is already in place. This is particularly beneficial when businesses are setting up offices in emerging markets,” he said.

Regus is planning to further expand its business centre in Malaysia next year, targeting places such as Cyberjaya, Damansara and Klang.

Meanwhile, the newly launched Regus Business Lounge, combines the resources of a state-of-the-art business centre with the relaxing, community atmos­phere of a modern day coffeehouse.

It offers mobile workers a comfortable, professional working environment complete with a gourmet coffee bar, different types of workspaces and meeting facilities, and productivity tools that include com-puters, secure Wi-Fi Inter-net access at no additional charge, and high-definition videoconferencing capabilities.

Among the Regus customers are WiPro, Red Hat International, Path Solutions and Wood Mackenzie. — Bernama

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