St George opens free co-working space for Perth startups and small businesses

Startups and small businesses based in Perth can get access to free, full serviced co-working space launched by St George bank.

The space, located in the city’s CBD, is fitted out with Wi-Fi, tablets, meeting rooms, telephones, printers, stationary, daily newspapers and a kitchenette.

Startups and small businesses wanting to use the space do not have to be St George customers.

“We hope the Perth Business Hub will be a central point for small businesses to meet and collaborate,” Beata Brennan, St George regional general manager for WA, said in a statement.

"Even businesses in regional areas that need to travel into the CBD, can set themselves up in the hub for the day and make the most of its free facilities.”

Phillip Godkin, St George GM of Business Banking, said 97 per cent of businesses in WA are actively trading as SMEs.

In 2013, the bank also launched a startup/small business co-working space in Chatswood, Sydney. It has more than 4,000 users, who include sole traders, IT consultants and Web designers.

Ex CIO Jacob Dudzinski and ex CMO Mats Johnson, who are starting a business called Wifi Control, use the Chatswood co-working space at least four days a week.

“We found working from home or meeting at cafes very unproductive. Since coming to the hub we’ve been able to remove ourselves from any distractions and embrace the office environment to really get things done,” Dudzinski said.

"The hub is half way between our homes too, making it a very central and convenient meeting spot.”

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