Wednesday, October 29, 2014

At last, Kochi to have executive business centres to meet the burgeoning demand

Kochi, September 8, 2014: As Kochi has very recently emerged as one of the top 3 destinations for IT-BPM business and among the top 10 places in Asia to visit, a lot of MNCs are mulling to set up shop in the port town and commercial capital of the highly literature south Indian state. Among them are a Swiss industrial automation company, British luxury car maker and a US telecom giant. But instead of setting up a full-fledged office and going ahead in full throttle, many of the companies, like these three, are entering the town via the business centre way.  Fortunately, Kochi, which did not have high quality business centers till recently, has also risen to the occasion to offer business centers with facilities and class as expected of them by MNCs. The first among them, Centre-A Offices, promoted by Francis Alapatt group, a gold retail chain and FMCG distribution major, for instance, offers turnkey business-centre access to businesses of all sizes. Centre-A Offices with 18,000 sq. ft. of floor area in the 6th, 7th and 8th floors of the Alapatt Heritage Building on M.G. Road, the city’s business district, targets multinationals as well as MSMEs and travelling businessmen both for long-term and short-term occupation.
“With the opening of International Container Transhipment Terminal in Vallarpadam, the shipping action has also come downtown from the faraway Willington Island and with close proximity to Vallarpadam, we are attracting a lot of interest from global shipping companies which are thinking of getting a foothold in Kochi. There are concrete enquiries from a couple of prime IT brands as well from the hardware side, which do not need to be staffed in huge numbers like the BPOs, while at the same time, has huge marketing and servicing requirements here. Financial and wealth management companies, .com startups, national and multinational legal eagles, tour operators, airlines, architects, banks, online coaching centers and  real-estate developers are also in the list as Kochi serves them as a gateway to the NRI-rich, IT-centric and touristy state of Kerala,” says Joe Alapatt, Director, Centre-A Offices.

“Starting from IT Infrastructure to basic staffing to coordinate the general needs in an office, Centre A could even be used as a virtual office and also for an hour, a day or even a year. There are options of monthly membership as well. We want people to focus on their business rather than get distracted setting up an office from scratch”, he added.

Additionally, such executive business centres offer reception services, administrative and secretarial support, high speed internet access, data security, housekeeping, financial services, travel desk, staffing solution and audio-video conferencing facilities among others. 

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