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London, United Kingdom:
Thanks to a new partnership between Swiss trains operator SBB and Regus, travellers in Switzerland will be able to work more effectively on the move. The partnership will see SBB open temporary-use workspaces, offices and meeting rooms - called SBB Businesspoints - at Berne and Geneva stations. SBB is the sole operator and owner - Regus, the world’s leading provider of flexible workspaces, will provide the technology and market expertise for both centres.
The Businesspoints launch responds to a radical shift in the way people are working, with the number of mobile workers globally predicted to rise to 1.2 billion by the end of 2013.
Jeannine Pilloud, Head of Passenger Division SBB, comments: "Businesspoints cover the most diverse requirements, from company employees who do not have a suitable infrastructure, to business people who want to prepare and print their presentation before the next meeting. This new offer is part of SBB’s customer and service orientation, fulfilling customers’ needs to work while travelling."
The Berne SBB Businesspoint will open in spring 2013, and the Geneva Businesspoint about one year later. The centres will offer a variety of meeting rooms, offices and workspace, all of which can be booked at short notice, and on a flexible basis. The meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and seat up to 36 people. There will also be Coffeepoints, where customers can wait for a meeting, take a break, or network. This will also be accessible to Regus Businessworld cardholders.
Christophe Rechsteiner, Regus Country Manager for Switzerland, adds: "People increasingly work flexibly and on the go, but they still need professional workspaces where they can focus, meet, use wifi, print and prepare for meetings. By joining with SBB, as we have done with other leading European rail operators such as SNCF and NS Trains, we’re offering workers the option to do all those things at Switzerland’s busiest train stations. This is a practical contribution to both individuals and businesses, enabling them to gain time, work better and work more productively."
Businesspoints belong to the wide range of services offered by SBB to make business on the move easier for customers. More than 75% of coaches now have plug sockets, and WLAN is available in 75 first class business coaches and 31 larger train stations. By the end of 2014, all long-distance coaches will be equipped with 3G signal boosters to improve mobile phone reception.
Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Customers such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline and Nokia join thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core activities.
Over 1,000,000 customers a day benefit from Regus spread across a global footprint of 1,200 locations in 550 cities and 96 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information please visit: www.regus.com
Swiss Federal Railways (abbrevated as SBB in German) is the national railway company of Switzerland. The SBB is headquartered in Berne and is a stock corporation owned by the state.
Founded in 1902, the SBB transports 357 million passengers and 50 million net tonnes of freight every year. With over 28,000 railway employees is the SBB not only the largest travel and transport company in Switzerland but also one of the biggest employers of the country. The SBB Group is made up of the four divisions Passenger, Freight (SBB Cargo) Infrastructure and Real Estate. In addition to these are the Control and Service functions, which include Corporate Finance and Personnel.
For more information please visit: www.sbb.ch
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