Regus launches office space on the motorways

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BUSINESSES will soon be able to schedule meetings at motorway service stations, thanks to a new office deal signed by Regus.

The serviced office provider, which already offers desk spaces at European train stations, will open three roadside centres in September, where businesses can make use of meeting rooms, office facilities and admin services.

A new arm of Regus, named Third Place, will launch the sites on the M40 at Beaconsfield, the M25 at Cobham and the M11 at Cambridge as part of a deal signed with site owner Extra Motorway Service Area Group.

“This is another logical step in the global trend towards flexible working,” said Regus chief executive Mark Dixon yesterday.

“While Third Place remains early in its development, it is an exciting investment opportunity for us. We continue to examine new locations, work with potential customers and trial concepts.”

Regus signed a similar deal in January to open business lounges for remote workers at Shell petrol stations in Europe.

Shares in Regus fell almost 4.4 per cent to 83p yesterday, faring slightly worse than the rest of the FTSE 250 stock index.