Home-sick Brits want Steak Pie, not Steak Tartare
Regus report reveals what business travellers miss the most
British cuisine may not share the sparkling reputation of its French or Italian counterparts but it’s one of the top three home comforts most missed by business travellers, after their families and homes. This is according to the latest research by global workspace provider Regus.
The research, which canvassed the opinions of over 2100 business owners and senior managers in the UK, found that, when asked what they missed the most when travelling abroad on business, one in five would willingly swap their fillet mignon for fish and chips.
The report also suggests that Brits are more sentimental than their global counterparts with nearly three quarters of respondents (72%) saying they miss their families when abroad, compared to the global average of 68%. Half admit to missing their homes, compared to just two fifths globally, reinforcing the stereotype that an Englishman’s home is his castle.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, just 2% of those polled claim to miss the British weather.
Other findings highlight that:
- Globally, generation X and Baby Boomers are less likely to be willing to travel for work with family commitments taking their toll;
- Generation X, most likely to have young children, is the most likely to miss their family (73%);
- In the UK almost a third of respondents (32%) are less willing than they were ten years ago to separate from their home comforts and travel for business.
- 17% of Brits miss speaking their own language when abroad on business.
Commenting on the results, John Spencer, UK CEO at Regus says: “Face-to-face meetings have long been seen as a key part of business as people need to see the expressions and body language of those they are talking to, but developments in technology mean that attitudes towards business travel are beginning to change. Workers often find it draining and stressful and the fact is that nowadays it is often unnecessary.
“We are seeing increasing demand for our video conferencing facilities as more and more of our customers across the globe seek an alternative. Cutting down on business travel not only helps companies’ bottom lines, significantly reducing costs and carbon footprint, it also means that staff are happier as they get to spend more time with loved ones. This goes a long way towards boosting employee wellbeing which ultimately translates into productivity gains.
Regus is the world’s largest flexible workspace provider with 1800 locations across 100 countries. Companies that work flexibly with Regus include Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline as well as thousands of SMEs.
 (Harvard Business Review, The Power of Small Wins, May 2011)
Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of more than 1,800 business centres in 100 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.
The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support – city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.
Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.regus.com