Embracing flexible workspace

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 28 Feb 2019

Teo (left) briefing Chow (seated) as Ho (right), Common Ground’s Erman Akinci (second from right) and Pulau Tikus state assemblyman Lee Chun Kit (in yellow) look on during the launch of the first co-working space in the north. — MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

COMMON Ground Penang, a prime 18,000sq ft co-working space at Moulmein Rise Shoppes in Pulau Tikus, is set to become the country’s next most sought-after business nexus.

A joint venture project between Common Ground and the Belleview Group, it has the capacity to accommodate 250 entrepreneurs at any given time.

Its chief executive officer and co-founder Juhn Teo said Common Ground has a cafe, event space, board rooms, several smaller meeting rooms, lounges, call booths, more than 50 private offices and 60 hot and fixed desks.

“We, at Common Ground, feel that the market is at the right climate to begin introducing our co-working lifestyle that is built on community and synergy.

“Common Ground can host over 1,800 members across various industries, spanning from innovative sectors like technology and lifestyle, to societal cornerstones like law and finance.

“We are home to many startups, but we also house larger corporations which have decided to establish their teams at Common Ground – like Petronas and Amazon, for example,” Teo added.

Guests getting a feel of the new business lifestyle in George Town, Penang.
Guests getting a feel of the new business lifestyle in George Town, Penang.

Common Ground expects to double its number of venues by the end of this year across South-East Asia, further venturing into strategic locations, as well as continuing its expansion within Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Belleview Group managing director Datuk Sonny Ho said the partnership with Common Ground is in line with the Group’s principles, which is to contribute to Penang’s social and economic growth.

“With Common Ground, we hope to aid in facilitating the innovation here in our community,” he said.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who was also present, said the launch could not have come at a better time as Penang aims to be part of the Industry 4.0 Transformation.

“From start-ups to SMEs, to even larger corporations, a dynamic co-working platform will aid in fostering the connection and synergy required for the innovative growth of the business ecosystem.

“The opening also supports the state’s Penang 2030 Vision as the emerging infrastructure and business market here are indications that the state is ready to become Malaysia’s next business nexus,” he said.

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