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7 Benefits of a Regus Virtual Office

The concept of having an office without having a physical space where you and your team sit at a desk and work might sound confusing. However, it’s really simple.

Here are seven facts about a Virtual Office:

  • It’s cost effective. Your business can benefit from a business center location without the expense of a physical office
  • With Regus, you can have a prestigious business address
  • There are 1100+ worldwide locations to choose from, enabling your firm to explore new markets before you locate teams in that country or city
  • Your calls are answered in the local language & time zone - thus you can take phone enquiries while you are asleep on the other side of the world
  • Mail is handled and forwarded onto your HQ, home office or any of your other business addresses
  • Regus businessworld membership comes as part of the package (click here to find out more about businessworld)
  • Your company gains access to discounted couriers, travel services and the Regus purchasing group

And if the standard package doesn’t suit your company’s needs right now, Regus has three alternative options:

  • Virtual Office Plus, in addition to the seven benefits above, gives you five days per month of physical office space
  • Mailbox Plus simply helps with post redirection from one of our professional locations
  • Telephone Answering is a product that serves to pick up your calls via a local number, unique to your business

In the video attached to this blog post, Andre Sharpe, Group Global Product Director at Regus, explains how your company can take advantage of a Virtual Office.

Visit the Regus website to find out more.

Ready to talk to us about your requirements? Contact us here.

Donna Scott, Regional Vice President, Regus Americas, answers key questions about the Business Confidence Index. The result of independent research with 17,000 business professionals in 80 countries, this video focuses on the Regus survey’s U.S. findings.
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U.S. Consumer and Business Confidence Rises

While data release today by The Conference Board indicates consumer confidence is rising, businesses are also feeling more confident, according to the Regus Business Confidence Index (see below). 

Based on the opinions of more than 17,000 businesses globally, the Business Confidence Index is at an all-time high of 119 points in the U.S., up 32 points in the last six months. This confidence is now accompanied by reports that revenues and profits are increasing in line with expectations expressed in last year’s Index.

  • 37% of U.S. companies report healthy profit growth
  • 44% report a rise in revenues.

The research also reveals departmental spending is on the rise, specifically sales and marketing costs with the outliers being spending related to corporate real estate.

Read the April 2011 Regus Business Confidence Index in full, below

Gearing for Growth

  • Find out how your company can save on corporate real estate costs here [VIDEO]
  • Get in touch with Regus today
  • Let us know below - are you optimistic about the year ahead for your firm?

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Regus Plymouth Sutton Harbour opens in May.

Here’s a video preview of its amazing location.

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Regus Belgrade New Town Launch Party!

A warm welcome from our staff in Belgrade!

Last Thursday the 13th of April, Regus gladly celebrated the opening of its first centre in Serbia situated in the GTC 19th avenue business complex. A place where the newest trends in architecture meet modern building technologies,  located at the heart of Belgrade’s New Town district, one of the most sought-after business locations in the capital.

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Business in Buenos Aires

Regus is expanding with a new centre in Buenos Aires located in the Retiro zone, Argentina.

Are you interested in breaking into the Latin American market? Or are you interested in branching out into Argentina? Buenos Aires might be the option for you.


Here are four reasons why you should consider the capital:

1.    The economy of Argentina is growing and its is projected to grow between 3,5% and 6,5% in 2011.


2.    Argentina has strong continental and intercontinental economic links, as the country is a member of G-20 and a full member of MERCOSUR (Southern Common Market). Argentina also has numerous free trade agreements with range of countries.


3.    Buenos Aires has a modern infrastructure and enjoys government support with fiscal benefits with equal treatment for foreign and national investors.


4.    Argentina has a diverse economy with focus on IT services and products; and the farming and agricultural industry. The country is rich in natural resources and enjoys incentives in the following sectors: BioFuels; Bio-Technology; Hydrocarbon; Mining; Silviculture.

For more information:

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Exciting opportunities in fast-growing Uganda

Regus is expanding in Africa with Uganda its 87th country worldwide.

Are you interested in doing business in Uganda? Or are you interested in breaking into the African market? Either way, Kampala can provide a lot of exciting opportunities that can be suited to your business.

Here are four reasons why you should consider the capital:

  1. The Ugandan economy grew by an estimated 5.8% in 2010. And a real GDP growth of 6.1% is predicted in 2011.
  1. Kampala is a gateway into the exciting African market, with Uganda having trade links with both Kenya and Sudan.
  1. Uganda is an attractive springboard for companies to expand their geographical footprint outside Africa. The country has economic partners in the UAE, UK, Switzerland, Germany, India and China. 
  1.  Uganda is an economically diverse country in various sectors such as: Agriculture, Oil Industry, Manufacturing, Mining, ICT and Construction.

First image thanks to Maanskyn, via Flickr

Image from Regus Kampala Course View Towers

7 Ways to Avoid the 7 Deadly Sins of Commuting

In a follow up to our previous blog post, we have compiled a list of seven ways you can avoid the worst parts of commuting, relieve stress and increase productivity (at least according to us)

Here is what we came up with:

  1. Be healthy and walk or cycle to work.
  2. Convince your boss to allow you to work from home once a week.
  3. Work from home everyday and get yourself a Virtual Office!
  4. Cut your commute and work from a business centre near you.
  5. Create your own business and become your own boss.
  6. Win the lottery, and retire in style and comfort.
  7. And if all else fails….just go on holiday for a bit to relax and recharge (that’s what my manager did!)

(Post adapted from our original Spanish post in Regus Hispano)

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Tablets, the Tech Evolution Changing the Way You Work?

In the last 12 months, prompted by Apple with is widely popular iPad, (today sees the much-anticipated iPad2 announcement) there has been an increased interest in tablet computers. It’s predicted that there will be a growth in tablet use and in the tablet market in 2011. A testament to these predictions has been that Samsung, HP and Dell are releasing their own tablets to rival the iPad.

What are the benefits that tablet computers bring to start-ups and entrepreneurs? Can they change the way you work?

Tablets aren’t just the latest technological fad for the computer geek that resides inside of some of us. They are becoming more accepted as a serious instrument that can facilitate everyday work tasks. This has become evident with the news that Dell is releasing a tablet computer that will use a Windows operating system. Dell’s tablet is specifically aimed at office workers, who would be familiar with MS Office programs, and will be able to easily integrate the new tablet with existing company networks and IT systems.

Despite the fact that we are still in the early days of a ‘tablet era’ we can affirm that they are making it easier to work on the move. Due to their intuitive interface we can send emails and surf the net literally at the touch of a hand thanks to their touch screens (which have become a standard feature of tablet computers). The user interface has become one of the standout features that have made tablets highly sought objects as they guarantee a pleasant user experience.

From a more technical aspect, tablets possess processors that are equally as powerful (if not more so) then the latest netbooks (smaller laptops), which allow tablets to run various programmes simultaneously, and carry out relatively complex tasks. They are also devices which are geared towards an ‘on the go’/ mobile use because of their short startup times, and their integration into Wi-Fi, 3G (and soon 4G) networks. These features make them ideal for use out of the office, and while travelling on the train or bus (as long as you’re not driving!). Their touch screen feature eliminates the need of a physical keyboard or peripheral, so that they can be easily stored and used in restricted spaces while commuting, allowing you to do those last minute tweaks on a document on the go.

Together with the technical aspects, there is already a great quantity of software available that allows users to draft documents, create presentations, use spread sheets and calculate finances, among many other business-related programs. As long as you have an internet connection, these programs (now commonly referred to as apps) can be easily downloaded direct to the device eliminating the cumbersome installation process we associated with CD-ROMs and DVDs. In our next blog post on the subject we’ll be looking at some of the best business apps for tablets.


So…..What do you think about tablet computers and their place in the business world? Do you think they can improve productivity for workers on the go?

(This blog post has been adapted and translated from a post in our RegusHispano blog)

Photo credited to:

  • iPad / anitakhart, via Flickr
Don’t Get Bowled by the Doosra (While Away from Work)

Bangalore, the IT capital of India, is home to major companies such as Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Intel. With astounding economic growth in recent years — its economy grew by more than 10% in 2008 — the city is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of India. Also known as Bengaluru and The Garden City, Bangalore has the third largest population in the country.

This is the third Cricket World Cup that Bangalore has hosted. Famous for its love of cricket and also producing major cricketing talent, Bangalore’s sporting centre is the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, with a 50,000 capacity.

ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures in Bangalore:

27 February  2.30pm (9am GMT)    India vs England
2 March  2.30pm (9am GMT)    England vs Ireland
6 March  2.30pm (9am GMT)    India vs Ireland
13 March  2.30pm (9am GMT)    Australia vs Kenya
16 March  2.30pm (9am GMT)    Australia vs Canada

Regus business centres in Bangalore

Regus Bangalore UB City (‘B’ on the map below) is just 1.2km away from the stadium (‘A’) in Concorde Towers at 1 Vittal Mallya Road. Visit the Regus website to find out more, or give our centre team a call on +91 (80) 4030 0300.





Regus Bangalore CBD (‘B’ on the map below), again very close to the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium (‘A’) — 1.8km away — features 57 offices and 164 workstations. 

The centre is situated on Level 9 of Raheja Towers on the Mahatma Gandhi Road and has its own video communications studio. Call the Regus team on +91 (80) 4180 0800 for further information or visit the Regus India website.





Find out more about Regus’ four business centres in Bangalore: regus.co.in

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  • Match in progress by Mohit Rao (Kingnutin), via Flickr

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