There are many businesses that hosts other related or unrelated business as part of their service. Example a plaza/shopping mall will have various stores, owned and operated by others, a university may host other organisations such as book stores, restaurants, computer stores etc. The University of Technology, Jamaica has an organisation/business called the Technology Innovation Centre (TIC), that is a business incubator. TIC itself hosts various businesses not relating to the University. All these hosted businesses uses the address and name of their host as part of their own address.What name is given to these type of businesses that play hosts to other businesses?

  • These are sometimes called "holding companies."
    – Robusto
    Mar 5, 2013 at 14:50
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    Basically I want the name given to companies that rent/leases spaces to other companies. Mar 5, 2013 at 16:20

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In a somewhat narrow sense, "Lessor" can be used as the controller of the property as in the case of a mall. The individual stores would have a "lessor/lessee" relationship with the mall property management company.


One word sometimes used is umbrella, as in umbrella organization, “An organization that coordinates the activities of a number of member organisations and hence promotes a common purpose”.

One might also refer to a host organization or a support organization. Lesser-used terms (in the context of the question) include octopus (“An organization that has many powerful branches controlled from the centre”), conglomerate (“(business) A corporation formed by the combination of several smaller corporations whose activities are unrelated to the corporation's primary activity”), holding company (“(business) A company whose main purpose is to own shares of other companies as opposed to producing goods and services”), and perhaps shell corporation (sense 26, “(business) A legal entity that has no operations”).


It would depend on the nature of the agreement. If there is shared ownership involved, you may be talking about a parent company. If there is some sort of joint operating agreement, then the organization is probably best termed a "partnering organization." If you have no idea what the relationship is, you might be best of just calling it an "affiliate."


In a more abstract sense, you could say that the hosting company is a platform for the companies it hosts. For example,

The Technology Innovation Centre is a platform for businesses who want to promote themselves.

I wouldn't say that a shopping mall is a platform for the stores inside, though.


Supraorganization -An organization whose members are organizations rather than individuals. Refer:http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/supraorganization

Parent Company-A company that control other companies. Refer:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parent_company

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    – Sayan
    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:33

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