The Queenscliff Harbour precinct is now home to a new co-working space that offers high-speed internet, comfortable desk spaces and state-of-the-art facilities to meet a diverse range of business requirements.
Whether you’re a local or visiting boatie who wants to catch up on emails, a business owner who needs a change of scenery or an impressive location to host client meetings or perhaps a holidaymaker looking to catch up on some paperwork, the Business Hub at Queenscliff Marina provides a relaxed and affordable waterfront office with a view.
Owner Arash Harandian, a Point Lonsdale engineer, is now inviting anyone who’s interested to book a tour of the space and apply for a free trial to use the facilities until its official launch on October 1.
“We have had a lot of interest from holidaymakers at the marina to be able to spend a few hours during holidays, away from distractions catching up with work so they can stay down longer with their family, rather having to cut their holiday short,” he said.
“Co-working facilities like ours offer a range of benefits, whether it’s a quick pit stop on your weekend boating sojourn to finalise some work or conduct business meetings or perhaps a more regular arrangement.”
Harandian said the Hub is also an ideal location for consultants, local sole traders or small businesses to work away from the family home without the expense of a full-time office.
It meets a need Harandian himself has experienced.
As an engineering consultant, he needed an office from which to work and meet clients. Working from home didn’t suit him and he based himself in various cafes and even rented a shed in Drysdale for a short time.
“I kept ending up at the marina to work and meet clients,” he said. “So one day a friend suggested that the marina would be a great place for a shared office concept, and here we are. It’s an incredibly beautiful spot and we are right on the water – it’s the best view I’ve ever had from an office, that’s for sure.
“Currently there are no such spaces available for people to use a low cost and commitment-free office space, so it made sense to start one.”
Harandian says there is a great demand for shared business facilities of this type, and its location at the marina means it will attract a range of clientele, which also opens up the potential for collaboration.
“We’ve already welcomed in boat owners who are here for the weekend, local business owners who want a break from their home office as well as the Visit Geelong Bellarine Tourism team who took time out to work by the waterfront for an afternoon.
“We will cater for all local needs at a reasonable price,” he said. “There will be options for casual use for one or more hours, say if you have just stepped off your boat and you need reliable wifi and a quiet place to work, all the way up to one or few days a week. We will also offer private and casual meeting space for people who don’t want to have client meetings in their home office or cafes.
“We are installing state-of-the-art technology so it will be a first-rate facility for events and business training sessions too.”
Harandian said the Hub’s facilities can be trialled for free until its official launch October 1.
“We are very keen to hear what people think of the space and, using their feedback, make it an incredibly vibrant and popular place for visits and locals alike,” he said
“We have big ideas about what we want to do, but we want to make sure it fits in with what our customers want.
“The concept of a co-working space is fairly common in major cities but is just catching on in regional areas. We are very excited to be offering this opportunity to the Bellarine community and look forward to meeting many new people over the coming months.”
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