Flexible workspace provider Regus has teamed up with Shell to
launch a trial programme of drop-in business lounges at service stations on
motorways across Europe.
The business lounges are designed specifically for the needs
of mobile workers and provide users with access to workspace for as little as
ten minutes, as well as video communication, email access and printing. The
first Shell/Regus business lounge has opened in France,
at the Limours-Janvry service station on the A10 autoroute, just south-west of Paris.
Regus has also initiated a similar business lounge trial
with French national railway SNCF.
Celia Donne, regional director at Regus, said; “The rapid
rise of the mobile worker gives us an excellent opportunity to extend our core
offering beyond offices. Technology is a key driver in the growth of a mobile
workforce, but the increase in demand for drop-in business centres has come
from mobile workers who still need a place to touch down, and a business centre
at a motorway service station or railway station platform makes sense.”
A recent study of ‘third place’ workers (those that are not based at home or in the workplace) globally found that 52
per cent spend some or all of their working time in business centres. A total of 17,000 of
those questioned said they did not want to work at home and preferred working
amongst others in an environment that benefited from access to technology.