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Local company enables exploration of EC business opportunities


Ideally situated in East London, Second Office has created a unique, value-added solution for entrepreneurs and established businesses interested in tapping into the vast economic potential in the Eastern Cape, by allowing them to establish a risk-free presence in the area.

The second largest province in South Africa, the Eastern Cape offers an increasingly modern and export-oriented economy, with great potential for growth of existing industry and establishment of new industry, given its geographic location, quality sea ports and airports, abundance of natural resources and world-class infrastructure. It is home to South Africa’s largest Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), the Coega IDZ near Port Elizabeth, and the world-class East London IDZ, South Africa’s first operational IDZ. The hub of South Africa's motor industry and a stronghold for the renewables and green industries, the province has been earmarked as a key area for growth and economic development. “Many entrepreneurs are constrained from taking advantage of the economic opportunities available in the area by the cost and hassle of setting up and running a professional office,” comments Sibongile Booi, founder and MD of Second Office. “Established businesses, whether local, national or international, face a similar challenge when visiting the area to explore business opportunities, requiring professional offices, boardrooms and administrative services to support their efforts.” 

Booi explains that to ensure that no business opportunity is lost due to a lack of operational capability, Second Office was established in East London in 2011, offering entrepreneurs and out-of-town businesses professionally staffed, equipped and furnished offices, boardrooms, meeting and training space in Donald Road, Vincent, East London. These prestigious offices feature modern communication linkages, including high-speed Internet, and offers extensive administrative support, such as handling communication and providing comprehensive business services. This is available at competitive prices and highly flexible hourly, daily, weekly, monthly or longer-term rentals that ensure entrepreneurs and businesspeople from all over the country can access the space and services they need to participate in the growth of the Eastern Cape. 

 “Quite simply, ‘You run your business, we run your office’,” says Booi. “Second Office offers a real solution for the realities of the modern business world, in which speed of response to opportunities and cost containment are crucial for success. This has given rise to rapid growth in virtual offices, which provide professional office space and support services on demand, allowing entrepreneurs and businesses to respond rapidly and cost-effectively to business opportunities without the hassle and costs involved in first finding, acquiring, furnishing and staffing offices from which to operate. With Second Office, entrepreneurs and businesses have on-demand, flexible and affordable access to professional office space in a secure A-grade building, while also enjoying the essential administrative support that creates a seamless and hassle-free business environment conducive to success. ” 

In a nutshell, Second Office offers entrepreneurs and businesses the core ingredients required for success, while eliminating the challenges of operating an office. Second Office is a one-stop-business centre that offers clients a virtual telephone number and a reputable mailing address as well as key business services such as typing documents, filing and faxing. The Second Office concierge service further takes care of errands and information needs, with the ultimate goal of supporting clients to focus on their core business. 

Second Office’s ability to deliver on this remarkable service offering is evident in the growth the business has experienced over the last few years. Plans are in the pipeline to expand into other strategic sites around the Eastern Cape to boost access to the economic opportunities in the area.  These opportunities are also supported and recognised by development entities in the community, such as the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC).

 “Our vision is to provide cost-effective, flexible workspaces with a national footprint and to transform the way business is conducted in the Eastern Cape region,” concludes Booi. “We invite entrepreneurs and businesspeople from across the country to come and explore the huge economic opportunities in the Eastern Cape, while operating from an up-market workspace located at a prestigious address, which also offers affordable access to support and administrative services that boost productivity and enhances success.” 
 For more information visit their offices at 6 Donald Road, Vincent
or visit www.secondoffice.co.za.
Alternatively call +27 43 704 6400 for flexible office solutions.