Regus and BCI determine to “drive new thinking” in business recovery through partnership working

Regus, the “world’s largest provider” of workspace, has announced a new partnership with the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) that will “identify new trends and global Best Practice” in the sphere of workspace recovery. 

The partnership will commission primary research every year to be shared with BCI members through forums, events and interactive media. The research will support the BCI as it continues to set the wider agenda on business resilience.

This collaboration will also extend beyond research to enable members of the Institute to gain access to Regus’ services worldwide at preferred rates. BCI members will be able to receive privileged terms on their Workplace Recovery Programme such that, should a disruption make their own office(s) uninhabitable, they can continue to operate as normal and remain productive in a fully-equipped environment located elsewhere.

The arrangement also allows BCI members to receive free visits to Regus Business Lounges.

In addition, Regus – who now become a Premium Gold Partner of the BCI by dint of this partnership – will provide meeting rooms to the volunteers who make up the BCI’s regional Chapters and Forums in order for them to conduct their networking operations, which is itself a key benefit of BCI membership.

Setting the agenda on key issues

David James-Brown FBCI, chairman of the BCI, said of the new partnership: “The Institute is the global thought leader for business continuity and resilience. This research partnership with Regus will help us continue to set the agenda on issues that matter so much to the business community as uncertainty and volatility affects markets across the globe. At the BCI, we know how important it is to be prepared for a crisis, and if that crisis involves losing your facilities then there’s no better place to relocate than a Regus Workplace Recovery site. This new partnership will help make that reality more affordable for many more organisations. It also provides space for BCI members to meet and network at a local level through our various Chapters and Forums.”

Joe Sullivan, managing director for Workplace Recovery at Regus, commented: “We’re delighted to become partners with the Business Continuity Institute. We have admired the BCI’s work for many years now, and we hope that our partnership will support the organisation’s thought leadership on various issues that are so important for today’s business community. As part of our partnership, we’re proud that we can support the Institute’s regional Chapters and Forums. We now look forward to demonstrating how our facilities and people can support businesses during their most important times of need.”

Fully-serviced work spaces

Regus currently operates a network of 2,600 locations in 106 countries and encompasses 43 million square feet of the world’s leading sites, offering convenient, high quality, fully-serviced spaces in which people can work, whether for a few minutes or several years.

Companies including Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful as they grow their operations around the world.

Founded in Brussels in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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