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. Read:www.scribd.com Download:www.regus.presscentre.com Regus:www.regus.com
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
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.
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.
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:
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)
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
Match in progress by Mohit Rao (Kingnutin), via Flickr
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