Summary of our market study

from 2020 onwards, the business center market is adapting to a changing landscape. These spaces are known for their comprehensive offerings, such as mail management, secretarial services and fully-equipped offices with flexible leases.

They cater to a wide range of customers, from start-ups to large corporations, and have grown by 2-4% over the past decade.

Despite competition from coworking spaces and the impact of increased telecommuting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, business centers have shown resilience by incorporating shared spaces and targeting new trends such as hybrid office solutions.

evolution and expansion of Business Centers and Third-Party Facilities

The total number of centers has risen from 200 to almost 290 by 2022.

Business centers offer fully-equipped premises, with services such as mail management, telephone permanence, Internet access, housekeeping and secretarial services.

Quality of location, quality of access infrastructure and service innovation are key to differentiation in this market.

Market segmentation has intensified with the arrival of new entrants. Hotel groups, general investors and independent companies have entered the market and are redefining the competitive landscape.

Regulations governing commercial domiciliation and the SYNAPHE label continue to guarantee quality standards in the sector. Domiciliation companies must comply with strict criteria assessed by audits, thus guaranteeing the quality of the services provided.

There is a wide demand from a variety of customers, as shown by the statistics on the breakdown of business center customers in the Paris region, which reflect a diverse clientele including large groups, VSEs/SMEs and entrepreneurs. The development of co-working is a major trend in France.

Demand for business centers stems from the difficulties companies face in managing and anticipating office space and associated costs. These solutions are flexible and less expensive than conventional office rental.

Pricing also plays a crucial role. In the Paris region, the average equipped office rental costs between 600 and 800 euros per month, with flexible notice periods.

Key players in the flexible workspace market

  • Regus: a pioneering global workspace provider Regus is a household name in business centers and flexible workspaces. Regus covers the whole of France with around 120 centers.
  • Buro Club: An extensive network of business centers, Buro Club has a strong presence throughout France, with 78 centers.
  • Multiburo: Multiburo has carved out a niche for itself with 32 centers located in key transit areas such as railway stations.
  • Team Business Centers draws on local expertise while maintaining a national presence.
  • Sofradom: Specializing in corporate domiciliation, Sofradom operates 47 centers, mainly in Paris, and specializes in the crucial service of corporate domiciliation.
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1 Market overview

1.1 Market definition

Third locations are often shared and collaborative workspaces, characterized by their flexibility. The main third locations are coworking areas, business centres and telecentres.

The business centre differs from other third locations in that it is seniority and by its very complete offer . It consists of several premises, fully equipped, intended to be rented by companies for a variable period of time. Business centres are known for their flexibility because they offer several services:

  • Mail management ;
  • Telephone permanence
  • Internet access ;
  • Housekeeping
  • Secretariat ;

All in fully equipped offices that can be small or large. They are often the multi-stakeholder solution The company is a major player in the field of IT, entrepreneurs, start-ups and IPT, as well as large groups.

Business centres emerged in the 1980s in the United States and rapidly evolved into the a way to physically establish your company without making a long-term commitment . It also allows companies to adapt to growth and market changes. The new trend of coworking spaces has increased competition in the sector in recent years, but the market has been able to reinvent itself and show resilience. At the beginning of 2019 it was reported that the growth rate was between 2% and 4% for the past ten years.

Business centres differ from co-working spaces by their spatial layout. Business centres offer separate offices to their tenants while co-working spaces are open-plan. Although business centres are trying to rejuvenate themselves by creating hybrid offices, a distinction can be made between these two offers by treating only business centres. Co-working, on the other hand, is the subject of an Businesscoot study specific

1.2 The French market for corporate domiciliation

For INSEE, business centres and other domiciliary companies fall under NAF code **.**Z: "This subclass includes the provision of a combination of day-to-day office administrative services, such as reception, financial planning, invoicing, file management and archiving, personnel activities, organisation of premises, mail services, etc., on behalf of third parties" [***].

Solid growth ...

1.3 Coworking competition a challenge for the sector

Coworking has indeed become very popular in the last * years, and, as shown in the graph below, the number of coworking spaces has even surpassed that of business centres to reach *,*** in **** in the words of bureauàpartager . It should be noted in the index that */* of the spaces are less ...

1.4 L'impact de la crise sanitaire

La crise sanitaire a provoqué plusieurs changements sur le marché de l'immobilier de bureau. Premièrement, les acteurs du marché ont dû se confronté à une paralysie du marché en ****. Les périodes de confinement et le recours au télétravail ont mis une halte à de très nombreux projets locatifs. ...

2 Demand Analysis

2.1 Wide demand from a variety of customers

According to Echoes The interest in the demand for business centres arose mainly from the difficulty of certain players (***) in managing and anticipating the evolution of company offices and the costs related to this evolution. Over time, business centres have proven to be excellent at meeting a very broad demand that ...

2.2 Flexibility and accessibility: major arguments for business centres

The strategy of the business centres can be summed up as a constant adaptation to the market and its changing demand.

The appearance of co-working spaces or meeting rooms offered by hotels have firstly constituted threats to the sector, but, he was able to draw on what was on demand in ...

2.3 A qualitative solution, yet not very democratic in a mature market

A working atmosphere in a quality setting

At a time when everyone has an internet connection at home or on their smartphone, business centers offering shared spaces or a "turnkey" office for a few hours, know how to offer their professionals a place dedicated to work in a serious atmosphere. Some ...

2.4 Does teleworking make room for flexible offices?

The covid-** crisis saw an explosion in the number of homeworkers. Teleworking has attracted a large number of companies during this period and many are those who say they want to continue to implement these practices in the future

The Néo Nomade site, carries out a prospective study of the ...


3 Market structure

3.1 A segmentation that is becoming denser with the emergence of new players

Two types of business centres characterize the market: on the one hand, the major national and international groups (***), and on the other, a majority number of small independent business centres Most of them have been active since the ****s and ****s. [***]

The business centre market has been segmented in the same ...

1.1 Definition and scope of study

According to the **** study conducted by Colliers International France a commercial real estate consulting firm; the business centres are always located as close as possible to their clients according to their type. This reality is most of the time reflected in the business districts of large metropolises. Thus, while some people ...

3.3 A redefinition forced by profitability and competition

Third-party locations are facing the challenges of profitability. Business centre revenues are derived primarily from workstation rentals. These are twofold:

Resident workers' area: monthly rental Nomadic space: rental by the hour

According to CCI Paris a space is profitable if the occupation rate of the nomadic space is permanently close to ...

3.4 Peripheral market players

Actors who intervene in work spaces

There are a number of related players positioned on the market for the animation and design of flexible workspaces in companies. They are positioned on the market from the design of the space to its animation

Referencing platforms

Finally, there are now a number of ...

4 Analysis of the offer

4.1 An ever-increasing number of services on offer

Lightening of leases, gain of freedom of action for companies, enlargement and modulation of the premises according to the activity, organization of events, but also spaces focused on meeting with other entrepreneurs... The giants of the sector, specialized in renting work spaces to professionals, are constantly building and innovating for their ...

4.2 Prices that vary according to the offer and the service offered

Among the offers of business centers are

Renting equipped offices

Les Echos report that in ****, for an average of €*** in the Paris region, and with a flexible notice period of * to * months, companies can use a business centre and have a closed and equipped office in a place providing service and ...

5 Regulation

5. Regulation

A domiciliation, is a commercial address, but also an administrative and fiscal address. These last two notions are introduced in the official texts by the order n°**-**** of **/**/** modified by the law n°**-**** of **/**/** relating to the domiciliation of companies and by the decree n°**-**** of **/**/**.

The activity ...

6 Positioning of the players

6. Segmentation

  • Sofradom
  • Alac Etoile
  • Servcorp
  • Ateac
  • NCI Groupe
  • Sofrapart
  • Centre d’affaires des Monts d’or 1
  • Baya Axess
  • Bureaux à partager
  • Le Bloc (Eyrolles Groupe)
  • IWG Regus (International Workspace group)
  • Buro club
  • Multibureau

List of charts presented in this market study

  • Répartition des clients des centres d'affaires
  • Évolution du chiffre d'affaires HT des services administratifs combinés de bureau
  • Quelles actions avez-vous mis en place pour faciliter les déplacements domicile-travail de vos salariés?
  • Évolution du nombre d'espaces de coworking et de centres d'affaires
  • Evolution du nombre de tiers-lieux
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Latest news

Coworking: Regus moves into "up-On" in Montrouge - 25/10/2023
  • IWG opened more than 600 new sites worldwide in one year.
  • IWG opened 13 new sites in France between January and September 2023.
  • The "up-On" building, where IWG recently established a site, is located at two different addresses: one in Montrouge (Hauts-de-Seine), the other in Paris.
Offices: coworking expands regionally - 16/02/2023
  • Coworking, the offering of shared offices with services, first developed in Paris
  • By 2022, the coworking market was largely driven by regional development
  • WeWork , the number one coworking company in France with its Regus, Spaces, HQ and Signature spaces, operates just over 130 sites in 78 cities.
  • Coworking accounts for less than 5% of contracts signed in France in terms of office space take-up
IWG has declared France a teleworking and co-working paradise. - 18/08/2022
  • World leader in co-working spaces
  • More than 130 centers in France, the Group's second-largest market after the United States
  • 45% increase in visits to French centers in the first half of 2022
  • More than 3,300 sites in 175 countries
  • Sales of €2.7 billion in 2021
  • Telecommuting accounts for 29% of business
  • IWG relies on a franchise development strategy to "build the world's leading provider of digital workspaces".
  • The holding company employs over 12,000 people
  • Opened 70 new sites in the first half of the year, of which 76% are franchises

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Alac Etoile
NCI Groupe
Centre d’affaires des Monts d’or 1
Baya Axess
Bureaux à partager
Le Bloc (Eyrolles Groupe)
IWG Regus (International Workspace group)

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