The Flexi Group merges the Hive, Common Ground and The Cluster to create a portfolio of 45 locations across 12 cities and 9 countries in the Asia-Pacific region
SINGAPORE – 29 November 2022 – The Flexi Group is launching as the largest operator of flexible workspaces in Asia-Pacific, merging regionally-recognised brands the Hive, Common Ground and The Cluster under one umbrella.
With this merger, The Flexi Group will boast a portfolio of 45 locations across 12 cities and 9 countries – including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, 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 Singapore-based Catcha Group and Malaysia-based Emissary Capital. It is also a step in the direction of an IPO that will enable The Flexi Group to consolidate the region’s flexible workspace industry through M&A and to lead the future of work in Asia Pacific- and beyond.
Chris Edwards, CEO of The Flexi Group, states: “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.”
Unlike other flexible workspace companies, The Flexi Group 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. Their landlord partners in Asia include Chinachem Group in Hong Kong, Petronas in Malaysia, Central Group in Thailand, Ortigas in the Philippines and Hirsch and Faigen in Australia – with more to come in the next few months.
Chris states: “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% vs a traditional lease structure”
Along with their landlord partners, The Flexi Group will continue to expand their three unique brands the Hive, Common Ground and The Cluster across the region with multiple new locations set to open in Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Singapore over the next 12 months.
Chris continues: “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.”
About The Flexi Group
Founded in 2022, The Flexi Group is a rapidly expanding collection of leading Flexible Workspace operators in Asia. Spread across 45 locations in 12 cities, and with over 15 years of experience in designing, operating and scaling workspaces, we are the region’s largest operator. The Flexi Group is expected to be headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
About the Hive
Creating beautiful workspaces and hosting best-in-class events since 2012, the Hive is Asia Pacific’s widest, boutique workspace network, carrying 21 locations in 7 countries. Aiming to deliver the ultimate Hive experience, the Hive has formed a creative community to inspire members to build deep, lasting connections, whatever their industry, role or location.
About Common Ground
Since its launch in 2017, Common Ground has redefined premium flexible workspaces, building a powerful business network of like-minded thought leaders across Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines. It is home to an ecosystem of diverse resources, personalities and ideas and predominantly focuses on larger multinational corporations.
About The Cluster
Established in 2010, The Cluster is among the pioneers of hospitality driven work and event spaces in Australia. Located in commercial and business city centers, The Cluster has earned a reputation for its flexible, spacious, and luxurious workspaces.