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Wednesday 21 January, 2009

The Regus Group

Regus Membership Program Gives Recession-Hit Co...





LONDON, January 21 /PRNewswire/ --

- Record numbers join program that helps business maximize performance

    BusinessWorld, a revolutionary new cost-saving product from Regus, is
providing unexpected benefits for companies identifying new opportunities to
thrive during these troubled economic times.



    Regus Group (LSE: RGU), the leading global provider of workplace
solutions, launched BusinessWorld on the cusp of the global economic
meltdown. It offers immediate access to professional day offices, business
lounges and caf├ęs in more than 1,000 locations worldwide and 135 in the UK.



    In six months membership has exploded with 200,000 individuals and 10,000
companies worldwide having signed up for one of four unique BusinessWorld
membership packages that support mobile professionals. Buoyed by the early
success of the program, Regus estimates it will have one million
BusinessWorld members by the end of 2009 40% of which are in the UK.



    "When we launched BusinessWorld we had no idea a global economic crisis
of this magnitude would hit, but this innovative product is providing
significant business benefits," said Mark Dixon, Regus group chief executive
officer. "Despite the recessionary environment, business is still getting
done and money is still being made. The companies that will thrive are those
that seek out and seize new opportunities. Whether it's expanding into new
markets or streamlining existing real estate investments our BusinessWorld
program gives members a unique competitive advantage - access to a physical
business presence just about anywhere business gets done, at a reasonable
cost.



    Dixon added, "Until now there hasn't been a product that gives today's
rapidly growing mobile workforce instant access to professional, private
office space anywhere in the world their business takes them, for as little
as GBP25 a day. BusinessWorld provides mobile workers with all the tools they
need to remain productive while on the road."



    Market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that
the number of mobile workers worldwide will reach one billion by 2011. Regus
is the only company delivering the right product in the right place at the
right time to help them compete in the current economic climate.



    Frequent international business traveler Andy Abramson, founder and CEO
of marketing and social communications agency Communicano, Inc, is just one
BusinessWorld member who is reaping the benefits. "My Regus BusinessWorld card 
is as important to me as my credit cards," said Abramson. "I rely on Regus 
business centres across the world to help me meet with clients and stay 
productive while on the road. All of my employees are virtual workers with no 
central office, but with the BusinessWorld card we can access a professional 
office at any time - while dramatically reducing overhead. The money we could 
have spent on office space and furnishings now goes to the team instead - and 
they're our most important asset in these uncertain times. "



To find out more visit www.regus.co.uk/businessworld.

    
                 Regus BusinessWorld Membership Program

    -- Blue Card: Provides discounts on Regus products (Free)
    -- Gold Card: Unlimited access to Regus business lounges and cafes with
       administrative support, preferred rates on additional products
       (GBP199 per year)
    -- Platinum Card: 10 days of private office use per month in any Regus
       centre worldwide, all benefits of Gold membership 
       (GBP299 per month)
    -- Platinum Plus Card: Unlimited private office access worldwide, all
       benefits of Gold membership (GBP499 per month)





About The Regus Group

    The Regus Group is the world's leading provider of pioneering workplace
solutions, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to
professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the largest network of
videoconferencing studios. The Regus Group delivers a new way to work,
whether it's from home, on the road or from an office. Clients such as
Google, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Nokia and Accenture join thousands of growing
small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and
workplace needs to The Regus Group, allowing them to focus on their core
business. Over 400,000 clients a day benefit from Regus Group facilities
spread across a global footprint of 1000 locations in 450 cities and 75
countries, which allows individuals and companies to work wherever, however
and whenever they want to. For more information, visit www.regus.com.

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