Service office provider Regus is to open a dozen more Regus Express sites at Roadchef motorway service areas in the UK.
This deal extension follows the success of Roadchef’s first Regus Express site at M25 Clacket Lane services in Kent, which has seen strong demand from business travellers, mobile workers and local home-based professionals since its launch six months ago.
Four of the new centres are scheduled to be opened this year – at Watford Gap South in Northamptonshire, Strensham North on the M5 in Worcestershire, Sandbach South on the M6 in Cheshire and Norton Canes on the M6 Toll in Staffordshire.
The so-called third place working spaces are also able to host small meetings in high-spec rooms available by the hour.
Typical Regus Express services include a professional business lounge with dedicated workstations (Thinkpods), comfy seats with laptop stands, phone chargers and Wi-Fi.
Regus has 300 business centres in the UK, and is strengthening its network of Express locations through partnerships with various transport operators and retailers, including Gatwick, Heathrow and Birmingham Airports; Staples and British Land, which has just opened its first Regus Express at Meadowhall Shopping Centre in Sheffield.
Colin McCord is Hospitality Recruitment Manager for Bee Recruitment and uses Regus drop-in business lounges across the UK, including the one at Clacket Lane.
“My employer wouldn’t like to think that I’m sat in a coffee shop or hotel lobby preparing for a meeting, where I’m likely to be overheard and surrounded by unwelcome distractions,” he said.
“If I think about what I spend on cups of coffee alone each month then the Regus Businessworld Gold card pays for itself.”
Phil Kemp, Global Managing Director of Regus Third Place said, “Extending the Regus Express network across 12 of Roadchef’s locations is an exciting development for us, and one which reflects rapidly evolving corporate attitudes towards the workplace.
“Regus Express is popular with people travelling on business and sales teams, but also with the rising number of flexible workers. Flexibility in work location is likely to gather further momentum when the legal right to request flexible working is extended to all employees.”
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