KOFISI, a co-working spaces company, and Workshop17, have announced a partnership to provide a wider range of services and locations across Africa. The move is aimed at meeting the rapidly growing demand for shared workspaces across the continent.

The talent focus on Africa is predicted to spike in the working population over the next 20 plus years. This increase is projected to comprise a third of the global working population.

The partnership brings members of KOFISI and Workshop17 access to a combined network of 22 locations across seven countries and all four regions of the continent. This makes it the largest independent network of serviced offices and workspaces across Africa, where the quality and consistency of facilities are reliable.

KOFISI operates 10 locations in Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania, and is soon opening in Rwanda and Morocco. Workshop17 has 12 locations, with eight in South Africa and four in Mauritius. This will empower businesses to access a shared community of enterprises and SMEs with local knowledge and infrastructures already operating across the continent.

“This partnership aims to meet evolving expectations for global standards in workplaces across Africa – and driving hospitality service standards, supporting improved productivity, collaboration, and well-being,” says Michael Aldridge CEO and co-founder of KOFISI.

Paul Keursten, CEO of Workshop17 says, “The combined strength of KOFISI and Workshop17, with their extensive client base, continental knowledge and expertise, will create a fertile ground for innovation and growth, appealing to all enterprises operating or entering the African market.”

As the global workforce industry turns its attention towards Africa, productive workplaces are key to economic growth. They attract multinational corporations as well as support entrepreneurial ventures, creating jobs and boosting local economies.