Ben­e­fits all round in shar­ing of­fice space

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The first co-work­ing space in the Pil­bara will of­fi­cially open in Kar­ratha in com­ing weeks, al­low­ing lo­cal small busi­nesses and pro­fes­sion­als to hire work­ing space on a flex­i­ble, low-cost ba­sis.

Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try ear­lier this month moved into new premises at the Kar­ratha Vil­lage in an open-plan, rent-a-desk of­fice in the model of Space­cubed in Perth.

The KDCCI co-work­ing space of­fers three per­ma­nent of­fices, two meet­ing rooms, desks and of­fice equip­ment pri­mar­ily for small busi­nesses want­ing to down­size on of­fice space or in­crease their in­ter­ac­tion with the com­mu­nity.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive John Lally said the model was de­signed to of­fer vis­it­ing work­ers and lo­cal small busi­nesses a cheaper and more flex­i­ble way to work, in line with mod­ern trends.

“If I’m a trades­per­son, I’ve got a busi­ness, I’m spend­ing most of my time out, I do need an of­fice and I do need to meet clients and­peo­ple, but I’m only in here for prob­a­bly a day or so each week, so why not pay for (space) two days a week?” he said.

“That’s how it works — you work so many hours on the desk and you can pay by the hour, day or week.”

The co-work­ing space is de­signed for busi­nesses that are al­ready up and run­ning

The KDCCI co-work­ing space dif­fers from the Busi­ness Cen­tre, the Pil­bara’s $2 mil­lion un­der-de­vel­op­ment Kar­ratha En­ter­prise Hub, which will have a greater fo­cus on in­cu­bat­ing start-up busi­nesses. Mr Lally said there had al­ready been in­ter­est from lo­cal busi­nesses, with two groups sign­ing on to take up per­ma­nent of­fice space and in­quiries from 15 oth­ers.

The KDCCI co-work­ing space will launch to the pub­lic in midJune.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

KDCCI event co-or­di­na­tor Kim Davies, chief ex­ec­u­tive John Lally and ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Carla Stafford in their new Kar­ratha Vil­lage co-work­ing space, which will of­fi­cially launch for busi­ness next month.

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