RegusThe new business lounge offers high-end business resources in a coffeehouse setting

Bangkok 26th November 2009: Recognising the strategic potential of the Thailand market as the gateway to Southeast Asia and Indochina, Regus Group (LSE: RGU), the leading global provider of workplace solutions, today opened the doors to its first Regus Business Lounge in the country’s capital city. Located in the heart of Bangkok’s Central Business District, the new Business Lounge, in Regus’ M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place business center, combines the resources of a state-of-the-art business center with the relaxing, communal environment of a modern day coffeehouse. It offers mobile workers a comfortable, professional working environment complete with a gourmet coffee bar, different types of workspaces and meeting facilities, and productivity tools that include computers, secure Wi-Fi Internet access at no additional charge, and high-definition videoconferencing capabilities.

According to William Willems, Regional Vice-President for The Regus Group in South East Asia, “Our business is to understand the needs of our customers, from flexible office facilities to the independent mobile worker who needs minimal infrastructure with sufficient facilities to work, connect and recharge; giving them the flexibility they need to seize business opportunities when they arise, and Bangkok, one of the most significant business destinations in Southeast Asia, is the ideal setting for our first opening in Thailand.”

The new opening in Thailand is part of a global corporate effort to launch Business Lounges across Regus’ international network of business centers. The Business Lounge in the M Thai Tower business center is one such facility that is being offered out of 1000 Regus business centers across 76 countries around the globe.

Recent research supports the need for this type of convenient, more flexible work environment. The worldwide mobile worker population is set to increase from 758.6 million in 2006 to 1.0 billion in 2011, accounting for 30.4% of the workforce. Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) will have the largest number of mobile workers throughout the forecast. The region had 479.8 million mobile workers in 2006, and that number will grow to reach 671.2 million in 2011 . (Source: IDC, “Worldwide Mobile Worker Population 2007 – 2011 Forecast”)

In support of the above, given that the dynamics of the global mobile working environment is rapidly changing, Regus has recently introduced the ‘Smartworking’ concept to the market. ‘Smartworking’ is a newly coined term which embraces flexible ways of working for individuals and companies to have the ability to deliver quicker and faster results with fewer resources. The principles of ‘Smartworking,’ incorporated in Regus’ business centers and Business Lounges worldwide, aim to shape management practices and decisions, infrastructure demands, social, ethical, environmental expectations and the very nature of work for years to come.

With an easy-to-access setting, the Regus ‘Business Lounge in the M Thai Tower business center offers a contemporary interior specially designed to fit the work patterns of today’s mobile workers who want flexibility in where and how they work. Inside, professionals will find:
— Helpful, friendly and professional staff. Concierges will check business professionals into the space and ensure that they have everything they need to be productive.

— Open lounge areas with comfortable seating

— Signature thinkpods provide a more private workspace for individual workers. State-of-the art meeting rooms are equipped with a whiteboard, plasma monitors and videoconferencing equipment. Private ready-to-work offices are also available.

— Business and refreshment bars. Two business bars are lined with Internet-ready computers. Free, unlimited, freshly brewed gourmet coffee is available, while meals, healthy snacks, and other refreshments can be purchased.

— Printing center and library. The printing center offers free black-and-white copies with the ability to print from a PDA, along with low rates on colour copies, colour printing and binding. “Recharge” lockers allow clients to securely store and charge electronics, and the business library offers current news publications to help keep busy professionals informed.

Always situated at premier locations, Regus’ business lounges offer increased flexibility in terms of rent, space and support services to help customers work wherever, whenever and however they need and focus on the development of their core businesses.

Regus is celebrating a successful twenty years of international growth, beginning with its first centre opening in Brussels in 1989. Today, the company has 1,000 centres across 76 countries, over 110 particularly in Asia Pacific and three leading edge business centres in Bangkok, including M Thai All Tower, CRC Tower and Q House, Lumpini.

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