Workthere platform opens for flexible office spaces in Vietnam

October 25, 2019 | 10:08
Going along with the boom of flexible spaces in Vietnam, Workthere, a website listing platform and brokerage service that helps businesses find flexible coworking and serviced office space, was officially opened in Vietnam on October 23.

Workthere will provide listing service for flexible workspaces in Vietnam and leasing services for landlords, operators, and occupiers. Workthere’s current coverage includes 50 locations in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang and is set to further expand with the rapid growth of Vietnam's flexible office market.

workthere platform opens for flexible office spaces in vietnam
Workthere website provides online consultancy for more than 50 co-working spaces nationwide for the customers

Originally launched in the UK in February 2017 through Savills consultants, Workthere has since expanded to eight countries globally with local teams in Singapore, Germany, France, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands, the US, and now Vietnam.

Yann Deschamps, head of Workthere Asia-Pacific, commented that demand for flexible office space in Vietnam will continue to be driven by freelancers, local and international startups, and small corporates.

International startups, digital nomads, and freelancers seeking affordable workplaces could also consider relocating to Vietnam to grow their businesses.

“This growing demand both from domestic and overseas occupiers called for a more advanced solution than traditional leasing services, which explains the introduction of Workthere in Vietnam,” said Deschamps.

Cal Lee, founder and global head of Workthere, also shared that the company is delighted to see its market coverage expand in the APAC where the co-working realm is evolving faster than in other regions in the world.

“Vietnam has seen phenomenal growth in the flexible workspace sector, with many new venues coming to the market. At the same time, demand for flexible workspace continues to grow as more businesses, including startups, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and even larger corporate companies, are seeing the benefits of flexible workspace over a more traditional lease,” Lee said.

Since the concept was first introduced in Vietnam in 2012, co-working space has expanded rapidly across the country. Between 2018 and 2019 Savills reported that the supply of coworking space has increased by 64 per cent.

In the same period, 57 per cent of the total scale of office transactions in Vietnam came from the real estate industry, 85 per cent of which was from co-working space. The rise in the number of coworking locations across Vietnam has been driven by the growth of startups and the need for cost-effective spaces. Amid strong expansion by both local and international operators, co-working is primed for further rapid growth in Vietnam in the coming years.

Existing co-working providers in Vietnam such as Toong, Dreamplex, Up, and Regus with their branded co-working spaces are set to open more venues as they seek to achieve economies of scale, establish their networks, and gain market share.

The entry of international operators in the Vietnamese market is expected to usher in a period of consolidation and partnership agreements, a trend that is already occurring in other markets throughout the Asia-Pacific.

By Bich Ngoc

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