The serviced office sector is booming, but recent figures have indicated that it isn’t only in the UK where this is the case—it’s enjoying a surge of popularity across the globe, with emerging markets in particular showing a steep rise in the number of serviced business centres being available. These figures are expected to continue to be on an upwards trajectory for the foreseeable future, with it even being estimated that the industry as a whole will double over the next 5 years.
The research, conducted by Instant, looked at the number of serviced office centres available in the emerging markets of Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. And there’s been an impressive rate of growth—the number of centres grew by 21% with the opening of another 124 premises over the last 12 months, with figures showing that in the third quarter of 2012 there were 714 centres spaced across 110 cities of the 59 countries analysed. And this level of growth is expected to continue, particularly as The World Bank predicts that India, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Russia and Brazil will account for more than half of the world’s total economic growth by 2025—this rise, and the rise of new companies being founded in such markets, means the number of serviced office centres will need to grow accordingly.
Why serviced office centres?
Start-ups tend to be the main users of serviced arrangements, but it’s also a great choice for more established companies that want to enter one of these emerging markets. It can provide the ideal platform from which to operate and can drastically reduce the number of challenges you’d normally face when entering a new market—it’s a highly flexible solution which can lower the risk associated with starting out in a new sector, and with there being a shortage of quality commercial space in a lot of these countries you’ll find serviced arrangements could be ideal. Then there’s the fact that you won’t need to worry about navigating local business customs to quite the same extent—everything will be arranged for you, and you’ll have the chance to quickly establish a presence in key commercial districts and can have a professional image as soon as you get set up.
Time to get on board
It’s an exciting time to be involved in the sector, and any business that wants to get a head start on making their presence felt in any of these emerging markets would be wise to consider a serviced arrangement. Of course, it’s a highly preferable choice for the UK too, and if you’re looking for a solution that’s a bit closer to home you’re in the right place. We can give you access to high-quality office space across the country—whether you’re looking for serviced offices in Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds office space or anything else we’ll be able to accommodate, so get in touch and you can soon be a part of the trend.