Budding entrepreneurs around the UK have been handed a potentially significant boost to their prospects in the shape of free access to business lounges and a range of other services from Regus.
The offer is the result of expansive collaboration involving the non-profit organisation Entrepreneur First and Regus, the largest serviced office space provider in the world.
Entrepreneur First is a graduate scheme for aspiring entrepreneurs. Launched in September 2011, it recruits the UK’s most talented students and supports them for a period of up to two years as they build and grow their businesses.
Entrepreneur First is funded entirely by sponsorship and they recently announced Regus as one of the latest of their in-kind partners. Ruben Kostucki, Entrepreneur First cohort 2012 and co-founder of Flavrbox said “This is genius! Regus have offices all around the country which will make our lives a lot easier as we travel to meet suppliers. This is amazing news!”
The essential element of what the initiative offers young British entrepreneurs is six months’ worth of free and unlimited access to Regus’ network of business lounges, of which there are currently close to 1,200 worldwide and around 160 in the UK. In addition to that the scheme gives fledgling organisations a business address in the form of a virtual office in a desirable location, mail handling and call answering services and the promise of future discounts on Regus services worldwide.
It is hoped that the scheme will give entrepreneurship in the UK a tangible boost in months to come as thousands of start-up companies and their founders release the benefits of using virtual offices. You can find out more about the latest initiative by visiting Entrepreneur First’s Facebook page or by visiting either the Regus or Entrepreneur First websites.