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ABCN Expands Business Centre Network in the Middle East

Since it was founded back in 1992, the Alliance Business Centers Network has reached many significant milestones. Chief among them is its vibrant membership portfolio, which has over 650 locations to its name – a figure that keeps on rising.

One of the Network’s most exciting areas of development is the Middle East. It’s a vast location that holds enormous opportunities for business entrepreneurs, yet it’s also one of the most difficult regions to navigate. The area is under-represented in terms of flexible workspace venues, with very few business centres and independent operators in the region.

ABCN has been working to make a difference by increasing the business centre presence in the Middle East, and to establish a support network for small and medium-sized businesses across the wider RMEA region (Russia, Middle East and Africa).

Spearheading the campaign is Sherif Kamel (pictured below left), President of Alliance Business Centers for RMEA – a dedicated industry advocate and business investor who is focused on growing the Alliance brand across the RMEA region.

“There is a tremendous opportunity awaiting entrepreneurs and business owners who are committed to growing their businesses in the rapidly expanding RMEA region,” said Sherif.

“We, at ABCN, have identified a niche market for professional serviced offices supporting various associations ranging from one-man bands to corporate household names.”

To help business owners get off the ground, Alliance centres in the Middle East offer company formation assistance and local connections, in addition to serviced offices and on-site management.

With business centres in the iconic Dubai Silicon Oasis (pictured top), situated within a free trade zone, and the Dubai Business Village, Sherif and the team are now building on their success by launching more new locations throughout the coming year.

“We are expanding our business centers to Qatar, Bahrain, KSA and Russia to name a few. ABCN will also ..Read more


Catalina Basaguren Takes the Helm of ABCN Europe

The world of flexible workspace never stands still, and with such fast-moving change comes shifting roles, new responsibilities and fresh faces. And yet, the business centre industry is blessed with dedicated long-serving people – many of whom have been involved with the sector for decades, and who have actively participated in its growth and evolution.

One of those people is Sandra Petri, who has worked with ABCN for an impressive 13 years and, until recently, held the position of Regional Manager – Europe.

“Growth and change at ABCN comes in many forms, and it is with both sadness and joy that we announce the resignation of Sandra from her position with ABCN,” said Frank Cottle, Chairman of ABCN. In the spirit of the industry, Sandra is moving on to work with one of ABCN’s current Members in the Netherlands, so she will continue to work within the sector.

“John Milhado will also be leaving his position of ABCN’s Executive Director – Europe; and taking a new position of Director on ABCN’s new Board of Advisors,” Frank added. “John has worked with ABCN for 14 years, and I’m personally very grateful to John for taking this step. I believe that it will contribute to a number of benefits for us all.”

So who will be filling Sandra and John’s European shoes?

“We are pleased to announce that the full time position of Regional Manager – Europe will now be filled by Catalina Basaguren,” Frank announced.

“Catalina has been with ABCN for the past three years working with Members and clients. So, she is familiar with all aspects of ABCN’s operations globally, and knows many Members and Center management teams already.”

“At ABCN we try to never miss a beat, and we are excited about these opportunities for growth within the European region.”

While many Members and clients of ABCN ..Read more