SNCF look to Regus to support the shift to flexible and mobile working
Launch of business centres at railway stations signals major change in the way businesses work.
Regus, has signed a ground-breaking deal with SNCF, the French national railway company, to open an initial six drop-in business centres in its railway stations.
The deal is a strong sign of the growing momentum behind the shift towards flexible and mobile working. It will enable millions more business travellers and mobile workers to operate more effectively on the move.
“An estimated 1 billion people work on the move, with the total predicted to reach 1.2 billion by 2013. SNCF see the demand for smarter, more flexible ways of working, and they understand that businesses and their staff want support whilst on the go. They’ve selected Regus to provide that support, with specialist workspaces designed for the specific needs of business travellers and workers on the move.”
—Mark Dixon, CEO of Regus
Technology has enabled the rise of flexible, mobile working, but people still struggle at times to work effectively on the go. Regus and SNCF are taking mobile working to a new, more productive level by opening these drop-in centres at railway stations.
“Developing drop-in workspaces has emerged as a pressing need in today’s society- turning waiting time into useful time for professionals on the move. We’re especially pleased to be working with Regus, a globally acclaimed expert in providing innovative flexible workspaces.”
—Sophie Boissard, CEO, Gares & Connexions, SNCF
Users will be able to access workspace for as little as ten minutes, using it to work, meet, catch up with emails, deal with unexpected issues, or just find somewhere to think. The business centres will also offer professional business support, such as video communication, printing, copying and scanning.
Le Mans, Bordeaux, Nancy, Amiens, Paris Nord and Lille Flandres stations will house the first of these new Regus business centres, making these stations business destinations in themselves.
These business centres will provide the following services:
- Drop-in business lounges and ‘campus’-style co-working spaces available for as little as 10minutes
- Meeting rooms and videocommunication facilities bookable in 30mins slots
- Helpful multilingual receptionists, available to take calls, manage appointments and arrange other services
- A full range of copying, scanning and other office facilities, as well as vending machines and free tea and coffee for Regus users
Regus’ SNCF centres will also contribute to environmental sustainability. By making better use of existing buildings, they can help companies cut down on under-used, wasteful office space, and the energy costs associated with them. Regus’ modern communications technology can help reduce long-distance travel to meetings, and, by working with the SNCF, can help to make the train more attractive and convenient than road or air travel. In that respect, France and its companies are leading the way on a global level.
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