Wednesday 27 June 2012

Regus Business Centres in partnership with Extra MSA

Evening Standard


Serviced office specialist Regus, following similar deals in Europe with Shell, SNCF and NS Trains Business Centres, is to install Business Centres in UK Motorway service areas under an agreement with Extra Motorway Service Area Group.

The idea seems to be to tap the demand from business travellers and mobile workers for meetings space on the motorway network.

Initially Regus will open Business Centre work locations at three Extra Motorway Service Areas in the South – M40 J2 Beaconsfield, A14/M11 Cambridge and M25 Cobham. All three will offer those travelling by road walk-in access to business lounges, meeting rooms, and printing, copying, secure business-class Wi-Fi, and other administrative support services.

Andrew Long, Chief Executive of Extra MSA Group, said: “Extra is pleased to be working with Regus. Its Business Centres will complement the other substantial national brands represented at Extra’s Service Areas, including its new M25 Cobham Service Area now under construction for opening early September this year in a strategic and very busy location midway between Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. The availability of excellent business facilities at these busy locations will improve the day-to-day experience of a growing number of people who work on the move in Britain.”

Mark Dixon, CEO of Regus, added: “This is yet another step in the global trend towards flexible working and the expansion of our growing Third Place business as more workers demand access to workspace outside the office and the home, as they seek to utilise the flexibility offered by mobile, tablet and cloud technologies. These new work locations mean that people are able to access a professional work environment anywhere, anytime and for however long they need.

“Like our other Third Place partnerships with Shell, SNCF and NS Trains, this agreement between Regus and Extra MSA Group is giving workers and businesses fresh ways to do business and new means to seize opportunities as they arise.”

The partnership with Extra MSA Group is part of a series of agreements for Regus to open work locations at major European travel hubs, including a pilot with Shell to open Regus business lounges at Shell petrol station forecourts across Europe.

There are also agreements with railway operators SNCF and NS to open Regus business centres at French and Dutch railway stations.