The Flexi Group is launching as the largest operator of flexible workspaces in Asia-Pacific, merging regionally-recognised brands Common Ground, the Hive and The Cluster under one umbrella.

The Flexi Group said in a statement that with this merger, The Flexi Group will boast a portfolio of 45 locations across 12 cities and nine countries – including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, and Japan – as well as offer holistic membership solutions for businesses of all sizes, ranging from typical coworking memberships to full-service enterprise and white labeled management solutions.

This first merger, in a series of planned consolidation activities, is supported by investment from Malaysia-based Emissary Capital and Singapore-based Catcha Group.

It is also a step in the direction of an initial public offering (IPO) that will enable The Flexi Group to consolidate the region’s flexible workspace industry through merger and acquisition and to lead the future of work in Asia Pacific- and beyond.

“We are delighted to launch The Flexi Group as the leading provider of flexible workspaces in the Asia-Pacific region. The pandemic has changed the way the world works, with businesses of all sizes shifting
their workplace strategies towards flexible solutions, employee wellbeing, and collaborative spaces, and we are excited to be at the forefront of that trend,” said Chris Edwards, Chief Executive Officer of The Flexi Group.

The Flexi Group said that unlike other flexible workspace companies, the firm has an asset-light approach to its real estate ventures, partnering with landlords on joint ventures instead of taking on large and unwieldy rental agreements.

Its landlord partners in Asia include Petronas in Malaysia, Central Group in Thailand, Chinachem Group in Hong Kong, Ortigas in the Philippines and Hirsch and Faigen in Australia – with more to come in the next few months.

“We work with some of the leading landlords in the region who see flexible workspaces as a natural evolution of their business. They work with us to help engage the tenants in their buildings, offering them access to best-in-class events, flexible work solutions and bookable meeting and event spaces,

“Asset owners can also unlock revenue potential as our partners see increased returns of up to 30 percent versus a traditional lease structure,” said Edwards.

Along with their landlord partners, The Flexi Group said it will continue to expand its three unique brands the Hive, Common Ground and The Cluster across the region with multiple new locations set to open in Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Philippines and Singapore over the next 12 months.

“Our multi brand for a multi-demographic approach is unique in the region. This strategy gives us the opportunity to partner with landlords across a variety of asset classes across Asia and Australia,

“With our multiple brands targeting a different market segment across a variety of industries, we will see exponential growth and are forecasting to grow by up to 100 locations in the next three years,” said Edwards.

The Flexi Group is expected to be headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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