Paris - 16 January 2012: Shell and Regus announce the trial of a joint programme that could see Regus business lounges open at Shell petrol forecourts on motorways across Europe. The business lounges are designed specifically to meet the needs of a growing number of mobile workers.
The first business lounge has opened at a Shell station just south-west of Paris, on the A10 autoroute, at the Limours-Janvry service station. Drivers can drop into the lounge to:
· use reliable high-speed internet;
· scan, copy or fax documents;
· print from their laptop, smartphone, Blackberry or tablet;
· get help from a virtual concierge;
· arrange courier deliveries; and,
· combine stopping for fuel, food or forecourt services with using professional work facilities.
To access the Regus business lounge, they simply buy a day pass at the Shell checkout or swipe a Regus Businessworld card. The Businessworld programme offers members drop-in access to more than 1,200 Regus business centres around the world.
The lounge will be an addition to the existing range of high quality fuels and lubricants and other forecourt services such as the shop.
Speaking on the trial Istvan Kapitany, Vice President Shell Retail Europe said
“This alliance allows Shell and Regus as market leaders in their respective fields to come together to better serve our customers. We know that many of our customers are working on the move and are excited to explore offering them accessible and innovative working options as part of our existing network.”
Mark Dixon, CEO of Regus, said: “Research shows there are around 1 billion mobile workers globally. Though they communicate and work using smartphones, tablets and laptops, they miss access to a professional place to work, meet or think where there is easy access to state of the art business facilities. By opening Regus business lounges at motorway stations, Shell and Regus are bringing vibrant business hubs right to the roadside. As a result, many people will be able to work more productively in a professional business environment while on the move.”
Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Customers such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join hundreds of thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core activities.
Over a million customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of 1,300 locations in 550 cities and 99 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information please visit: www.regus.com