Shed the traditional, stationary brick and mortar office, unimpressive cubicle space or home office for that important upcoming meeting. Welcome to Regus – the biggest virtual office sharing company in the world. In our last article about Regus, we discussed the private, full-time office space with flexible terms. In this edition, we explore the amazing offerings of Regus even further.
Become a Regus member and the world literally becomes your office. For professionals visiting from afar or locals who wish to wow a potential client or a group of prospective business partners, there’s a new and sophisticated business lounge in town. Regus caters to all the details of a well-managed office without the effort of setting up shop.
Regus is an established global company that began in 1998 in Brussels, Belgium. Having recently expanded into the Barkley area of Bellingham, the company touts an impressive 3,000 locations in 900 cities and 120 countries. The Regus brand of elite offices has established an alternative to doing all the managerial legwork yourself. With receptionists at the ready, invoice and mail services, formal meeting rooms, board rooms and modern décor, the space assures that the only thing a business person will need to do is show up and grow their business. Regus provides an elegant kitchen, catering services, a boardroom and ready to go power point presentation equipment. In leaving the details to the experts, clients can direct their energy to the most important components of a new partnership or potential acquisition.
According to Area Manager, Hillary Williams, Regus is an inclusive office space that helps people evolve their dreams. It is able to provide answers for an ever-changing workforce while creating a way to engage with like-minded professionals. Williams expanded, “Regus has stayed ahead of the curve to offer solutions and options for many different business types, be they sole proprietors or corporations, and help turn that business into a new market.”
Regus moved into the area a year ago at the request of other Regus members who deemed Bellingham a unique market. These roving innovators are popping up in every industry to utilize their global offices and to redefine what building a business network or community looks like. Everyone from world business leaders to start-ups can rest assured in the continuity of the physical office spaces as well as the customer service support from their team members to help clients be as productive as possible.
With Mike Roe and Chaz Langford at the helm, the Bellingham location offers professionalism and logistics along with a localized touch. Chaz Langford is a Community Associate for Regus who grew up in Everett. Having graduated from Western Washington University with a business management degree, he worked for local company, Maniac Roasting, before being hired on with the South Whatcom Fire Authority. When he’s not helping the community as a firefighter, he’s helping Regus customers navigate a board meeting or recommending one of Bellingham’s countless eateries to guests.
Moonlighting with Regus is all in a day’s work for Langford. “What we’re trying to do at Regus is build a community within our structure. You can have an office anywhere but you can’t have a sense of community everywhere,” he said.
Regus isn’t just a place to hang your hat while you’re having a business luncheon. The people who use the facility form the interconnectedness of the community itself. “One of my favorite parts of the job is seeing and talking to new people from different places,” Langford said. Regus’s objective becomes a mission. “We just want to make sure that our clientele are satisfied and can impress their clients, with not only their own business, but Regus’ business as well,” he said. And if you happen to refer a customer, Regus returns the favor with a $500 gift card.
Mike Roe, Regus’ Community Manager, is dedicated to the reciprocal approach. As a musician, he managed Mojo Music for a number of years before joining the Regus team. Where customer service meets convenience and an air of prestige, Roe is committed to ensuring a quality, front-facing business model. After ten years managing other businesses in Bellingham, Roe was drawn to the company when he and a friend were looking for office space themselves. That’s when Regus came onto his radar and the concept of travel office space first became of interest.
When Roe heard about Regus’ arrival, he liked the idea of coordinating other people like himself in search of temporary office space. And not just any space, “A pretty special space,” he added. “What I was drawn to through all the services, the waiting room and the reception area, was the fact that we really take care of everyone so they can focus exclusively on the work at hand. Leaving the IT and details to us provides an all-inclusive experience. That’s another reason it’s cool for me to work for local businesses, I can network with people I’ve known my whole life that are looking for space or who now have businesses themselves. Regus is a unique company, not just in Bellingham but throughout the world.”
“Regus takes pride in being able to network and connect,” said Williams. “We’re connecting the dots between one professional and another, between one company and another.” To meet like-minded professionals in multiple industries can be a boon for anyone looking to expand a company beyond borders or simply find a space that’s private and supportive to one’s immediate mobile office needs. Network growth is a high value to new market entries as businesses look to move in fresh and dynamic directions and seek strategies to uplevel their business as a whole. With Regus, there’s nothing standing in the way between a professional and their business’ next success.
Regus has an open house coming up on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 5 p.m.