Flexible workspace provider Smartworks has leased 2.1 lakh sqft space in Pune and Chennai to expand its operations.
The Pune facility has a seating caÂpacity of 2,800 while that in Chennai can seat 1,500 workers. Workspaces in both cities will be operated from this month.
“Our relentless focus on the enterprise segment has enabled the company to garner a significant footprint in India. As a result, we have focused our efforts on strengthening our leadership position in these markets consolidating our operations here said Smartworks founder NeetisSarda. “In the last two and a half years, we have noticed a marked change in the customer base their preferences for office space.”
Both Chennai and Pune have been witnessing sustained demand for flexible workspaces. Smartworks has beÂen expanding its pre- in southern and western India since the beginning of the year. It plans to expand its workplace portfolio fiveÂfold to million sqft by 2022. At preÂsent, it has a footprint of 2 million sq ft and 33,000 seats spread across 20 centres in the country, including Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), Mumbai, Bengaluru, HydeÂrabad, Pune, Chennai and Kolkata. “While earlier, coworking offices were catering primarily to startups, freelancers, SMEs (small and mediÂum enterprises) and entrepreneurs, today a large number of established corporates and multinationals are leasing these spaces,” said Harsh Bi-Nani, cofounder, Smartworks. the senceThe company caters to enterprise clients such as Episource, Lenovo, Xerox, Amazon, Olx and Microsoft. Flexible workspaces offer several benefits including confiÂgured office solutions, networÂking activities and end-to-end amenities such as creche facility and health and wellness I programmes.