OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN SANDTON
Located a stone’s throw away from the Sandton Gautrain Station, the freshly revealed OPEN Sandton offers entrepreneurs and those looking for a mobile work solution a space to create, meet and conduct business in a professional and flexible environment.
The newly launched OPEN Sandton provides a unique and multifaceted space to work, meet and network. The needs of Sandton businesses, corporate and professional nomads, start ups and experienced entrepreneurs alike are met through the public café, meeting rooms, event spaces, co-working spaces and dedicated desk spaces.
South Africa is on the cusp of a work space revolution. With an ever increasing ever-mobile workforce and the increasing opportunity to “hot-desk” thanks to mobile technology, new demands for convenience, comfort and flexibility have changed the face of how and where people go about their workday. Combined with a shifting economic environment, work space is being inspired more and more by how people want to and can use it.
According to the Deloitte Millennial Survey 2017, based on the views of almost 8,000 millennials across 30 countries, 67% feel that flexible working arrangements – of which the working environment plays a key role – have a positive impact on productivity. Workers perform better in agile spaces – but is this specific to cutting-edge start-ups who tend to resist most conventions?
Perhaps surprisingly, more and more corporates are also starting to share the need for work space that differs from the traditional corporate office. Whether it’s flexible space that caters to the corporate nomads within an organisation; satellite office space for businesses with HQs elsewhere; or professionals who are looking for more than a place to plug in their laptop and host a meeting – the need for work space has evolved and is also now a drawcard for attracting talent.
At the intersection between the accessibility and flexibility required by start-ups and the convenience required by corporates lies a growing trend for work space that breaks the pattern of driving into the building, going up to work and driving out at the end of the day.
From a local business perspective, Sandton is the undisputed financial and business epicentre in South Africa and is home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), top investment banks, corporate head offices and one of the biggest shopping malls on the continent. Having earned the title of ‘Africa’s richest square mile’, it’s perhaps understandable why the entrepreneur and start-up community have until now viewed Sandton largely inaccessible.
Sandton is the preeminent place to do business however it comes with expensive, inflexible office rentals and long leases, which are real obstacles to the entrepreneurs and start-ups of today’s gig economy. But the launch of OPEN Sandton is changing that.
“Through OPEN Sandton we’ve created an entry point into the main business hub of Southern Africa for people from all backgrounds. We’re especially excited to be opening the door to such a wide spectrum of organisations who will all be a valuable part of a connected community.”
– Co-founder of OPEN, Paul Keursten
“I started my company on the kitchen counter and spent a lot of time alone. I knew that this was likely to remain the case since I intended on being lean in terms of staff overheads, but the sense of alienation was getting to me. Entrepreneurship is a lonely road as it is. I needed to be in a space where I could walk the journey with people on similar paths. And I found that at OPEN.”
– Founder and MD of Semrock, and a member of OPEN Sandton, Edgar Semenya
“Co-working at OPEN Sandton is great for us as it will unlock a lot of potential for The Hook Up Dinner entrepreneurs to access OPEN workspaces. THUD builds entrepreneurial communities across Africa and the UK to connect, educate and inspire and then partners with Development Fund Initiatives to invest in them for growth through enterprise development.”
– Fellow co-working entrepreneur at OPEN Sandton and founder of The Hook Up Dinner, Lebo Molefe
OPEN designs, builds and manages inspiring spaces to work, meet, learn, collaborate and hold events. The newest addition, OPEN Sandton joins two existing co-working spaces – OPEN Maboneng in Johannesburg and Workshop17 at V&A Waterfront in Cape Town – which have redefined work spaces as flexible, multi-functional places for working, connecting, developing and creating.
OPEN Sandton will also be the new address of The Sandton Times. Any deliveries and media-drops can be sent to: The Sandton Times @ OPEN Sandton; 138 West Street (Corner Stella Street), Sandown, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.
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