Flexible office can boost Africa’s economy – Workshop17

by MCR Correspondent

Workshop17, one of Africa’s leading co-working office space providers, has explained that flexible office industry can boost Africa’s economy.

Workshop17 believes that the rapidly growing flexible office industry can do more to support the continent’s creative economy.

African design, entrepreneurship and collaboration have been key to the success of Workshop17 and the company is making the most of every opportunity to showcase the work of local artisans in its award-winning workspaces.

Workshop17’s discreetly elegant, contemporary office spaces, located in seven secure buildings across the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, are furnished with the creative outputs of local designers and furniture manufacturers who highly value their collaborative relationship with the firm.

The partnerships facilitate the creation of local jobs, business growth and increased collaboration amongst local industry players.

The workspaces provide an inspiring, adaptable environment; favoured by Workshop17 members who include freelancers, start-ups, non-profits, small businesses and even innovative corporates.

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Nisha Parbhoo, lead architect in the design of Workshop17’s office spaces, shares that the firm is passionate about showcasing the work of local designers.

“Workshop17 provides workspaces ideally designed for its member clients to ensure a refreshing and stimulating environment in which to work. We prefer to partner with local designers as far as possible. It is inspiring and rewarding to be able to collaborate with local talent in creating uniquely beautiful work environments for our members,” Parbhoo said

She further highlighted the firm’s tremendous respect for the expertise offered by local designers who bring bespoke concepts to life, enhancing the range of Workshop 17’s office spaces.

“By working closely with local creatives, our workspaces can be designed to meet the unique needs of individual client members. Whether it’s the curating of specific style paintings or the installation of fit for purpose cabinets and colour coding there is the flexibility to create the ideal flexible workspace to members’ specifications,” he added.

“There is a whole psychology around the design of a workplace and how work environments encourage creativity and innovation. Our workspaces are all very different from one location to the next. We avoid any formulaic approach” Parbhoo concluded.

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