Venture Workspace: Pioneering Early South African Flexible Workspaces

Over the years, the traditional workplace has undergone a significant transformation in modern employment. Venture Workspace, a South African company, plays an important role in leading the change.

A critical gap in the market existed for a locally-owned, forward-thinking organisation that understood the changing nature of work and the diverse demands on individuals and companies. Founded in 2016, Venture Workspace’s focus is to cater to the evolving needs of South African professionals and businesses. 

Venture Workspace opened their first coworking centre in Claremont, Cape Town, then expanded to Constantia and Somerset West and most recently launched in Fourways, Johannesburg, at the Cedar Square Shopping Centre.

Venture Workspace offers an array of services designed to meet the varying demands of modern workers and organisations. Flexible options include open coworking spaces with hot desks, fully furnished and serviced offices, and dedicated conference rooms. 

They also provide a virtual office service that offers businesses the use of a physical address, call answering, and transfer services without the costs of an actual office or receptionist.

Venture Workspace locations offer many auxiliary services to enhance the work experience. Professional reception areas with dedicated staff, backup power solutions to mitigate load shedding, high-speed connectivity through fibre-optic networks, extensive printing and scanning facilities, high-tech equipment for presentations, and a fully-equipped communal kitchen with tea and coffee included to keep professionals refreshed and focused. 

Louis Fourie, Venture Workspace’s Managing Director, is an events veteran. He wanted to change careers after 15 years of working long and odd hours and saw coworking spaces as a natural progression. 

His natural talent for creating memorable settings and experiences made him an ideal candidate for this enterprise. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed coworking dramatically. The imposed lockdowns accelerated the expansion of coworking spaces in South Africa. 

Large and small companies realised the cost savings of flexible office solutions as remote work became common. After months of isolation, many professionals sought a hybrid working approach that allowed them to connect with peers without working from home.

Venture Workspace’s adaptability and flexibility sets it apart in the coworking space. They solve problems rather than dwell on them. They provide clients with peace of mind during load shedding and power outages by providing backup power and reliable internet. 

Coworking spaces welcome professionals and digital nomads from many fields to South Africa for collaboration and networking. Venture Workspace’s broad clientele is testament to the fact. They welcome SMEs, non-profits, corporate teams, and solitary entrepreneurs seeking a friendly work environment.

Louis Fourie attributes his success to his attention to detail, sensitivity and perspective-taking. While good coffee and fast internet are important, the personal touch is what matters. He considers coworking spaces “hotels for offices,” emphasising the importance of hospitality in customer service.

When asked for career advice for young people, Louis says, “Do what you love. Even in hard times, passion fuels one. Pursuing a vocation you enjoy can lead to financial success with dedication. Understanding your product or service, empathising with customers, and viewing problems as opportunities are essential to success in any sector.”

Venture Workspace offers flexible office solutions that meet the diversified needs of South African professionals and corporations in the ever-changing workplace. Louis leads the organisation in creating a warm, inclusive and collaborative workplace for people seeking a better way to be productive. With their dedication to excellence and passion for creating extraordinary environments, Venture Workspace is undoubtedly making an impact on South African and global work.

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