Business-Centre Breda and Etten-leur 25 years!
Two locations. 225 companies. Sixteen employees. And almost ten million call minutes. If you had told Anton Kandel, the founder of Business Centre, in the early 1990s that that would be the state of affairs in 2019, you would have been amused. After all, renting out office space was something that came about by accident.
Anton had a temporary employment agency with branches throughout the Netherlands, including in cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In 1992, Anton, his wife Margot and daughter Natascha also wanted a branch in their own home town of Etten-Leur. But in the pre-internet era, a branch in the center was still very important: job seekers literally walked in. The only available space was a large room above the shopping center. Out of necessity, the idea was born to rent the extra space to small businesses. That turned out to be such a success that in 1994 Anton said farewell to the temping industry and opted entirely for the office rental business with its high-quality services. In 1997 his son Daniël Kandel opened the branch on Smederijstraat in Breda: a welcome expansion.
The world has changed considerably over the past 25 years. And so have our services. What started with a fax and a 16 K modem (who remembers the dial-up sound?) has now changed to super-fast fiber optic internet. We ensure that companies have all the services and facilities they need for the New Way of Working. To govern is to foresee - that is why our customers and visitors already had access to a charging station for electric cars years ago. Our customer is king. And sitting still? That is certainly not the case.
Nobody has a crystal ball. Neither do we. But as a family business with great customers and relations we see ourselves continuing with Business Centre for the next 25 years with great pleasure. Of course we hope that by then the third generation of Kandel will have joined the company. But that seems to be on the right track: our children are already helping us out from time to time!
Anton, Natascha, Margot and Daniel Kandel