Ikea is tapping into the 2.7 million small business sector in Australia with the launch of Ikea Business that will offer business owners services and products that will work for variety of businesses including retail environments.

Mark Mitchinson, Ikea Business leader, said Ikea Business will help the business sector create better working environments.

“We understand the critical need for businesses to foster a positive atmosphere in the workspace,” he said.

“In fact, we recently discovered over 80 per cent of small businesses believe they would be more productive if their workspace was more enjoyable. Part of creating a more satisfying workspace is the look, feel and layout of the office – however more than half of respondents thought a new fit out would be a costly exercise.

“This is simply not the case and that is why we have launched IKEA BUSINESS. The sole purpose of this program is to work closely with business owners to cultivate a better working environment for the five million Australians working in small businesses”.

As part of IKEA BUSINESS, business owners will be able to utilise the IKEA Office planner, a free, easy-to-use planning tool that offers inspiration, tips and advice on how to furnish any business space in a cost effective way.

They will also have the opportunity for a one-on-one consultation with an IKEA BUSINESS leader who will tailor the right solution for each business, give guidance through the planning process and offer a variety of payment, delivery and installation solutions.

“Small business owners should begin a new office fit-out by getting the key fundamentals right to ensure their business will operate efficiently. They then need to focus on what will make their employees happy and create a space that provides inspiration and creativity,” Mitchinson said.