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Woodend’s first shared office space is due to open in April, adding to a growing number of shared and collaborative working spaces in North Canterbury.
The new 230sqm space at 61 Main North Road comprises nine offices, a shared boardroom, communal kitchen and shared toilet facilities upstairs along with two hospitality providers – an Indian restaurant and a pizza outlet - on the ground floor.
Three of the offices have already been leased; one by Paech Construction, which owns the building.
Paech Construction Project Manager Sam Peach says the location, the lower cost of a shared space and the range and flexibility of the available spaces are appealing to small local business operators that currently work from home.
“For small businesses, the traditional way of signing a net lease for x number of years and paying rates, insurance, cleaning costs, power, phone and everything else, that’s a big risk.
“We’ve opted to offer rolling monthly leases as well as an annual lease option as we know that small businesses don’t know what stage their business could be at in the next month or year.”
The number of shared office spaces has grown significantly in North Canterbury in recent years as more small businesses look to find their own work space at an affordable price.
The Lambert Offices building on Rangiora’s High Street has a first-floor shared office space with weekly rent starting at $150 with an initial one-year term. ENC House in central Kaiapoi has a similar arrangement on its first floor, while the ground floor offers free drop-in workspaces and bookable meeting rooms as part of the Enterprise North Canterbury Business Centre. Building owner Jedd Pearce of PLC Group says there are a few spaces available upstairs in ENC House at present, and a number of additional spaces will be coming available in October when another shared office space opens in the Riverview Terraces, backing onto the Port & Eagle Brewpub. “We have one main tenant who has taken space in the top floor of that building and there will be an additional four or five individual offices up for lease with a shared meeting room, kitchen and toilet facilities,” confirms Jedd.
Niche Shared Space is another recent addition, having opened in Rangiora in late 2018. The High Street premises offers shared working facilities, from hot desk hire through to permanent office space. Owner Ryan Peni says Niche’s difference is that it is a co-working space, rather than a shared office. “We are a co-working collaborative space; therefore, it is about everyone co-existing and enjoying the dynamics of this set up,” he explains.
“We get regular locals using the meeting room facilities, we have permanent office residents and also a steady group of professionals who utilise the hot desk option. If anything, we have become a hub where people meet, have coffee and talk business ideas.”
Ryan says the social aspect of a co-working space has proven to be as appealing as the low cost and flexibility.
“It is about wellbeing and bringing people out of their home offices back into a thriving and exciting community.”