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Small businesses seek less room to maneuver

(China Daily)

09:39, October 31, 2011

High-end office buildings in the Tianhe district of Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong province. Yang Xing / For China Daily

BEIJING - Shi Lijuan was almost at her wit's end when she went looking for office space for the company she partly owns, Beijing Yongcheng Law Firm.

As a small enterprise with just 10 members of staff, she only needed about 40 square meters of office space. However, every landlord she spoke to was only prepared to rent out 200 sq m and, in some cases, a minimum of 500 sq m. Contracts for just one year were also out of the question.

"After a futile search lasting several months, I eventually heard about some companies that supply small workplaces in high-end office buildings to entrepreneurs such as me," Shi said.

The businesswoman has now been the proud tenant of a 40 sq m office in the NCI Center in Beijing's central business district since February, 2010.

Her landlord rents workplaces in office buildings from owners or managements and then sub-lets to people who need small workplaces, sometimes on a temporary basis.

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