Today, jobs mean communication on the go as office culture grows increasingly mobile and online.
In Geneva, the Swiss Federal Railway, also known as SBB, CFF, FFS, opened a new Businesspoint in May 2014, originally piloted in Bern last year. The centre is situated within the newly renovated SBB Station next to Migros, on the first floor. It is 800 square metres divided up into three zones for reception and meeting, open working, and conference rooms and private offices. The space is engineered to meet a variety of needs.
With a reservation at Businesspoint guests enjoy the reception and meeting zone, where they can receive support from SBB staff on anything from travel itinerary to making a restaurant reservation in town. Snacks and refreshments are also available.
The open and modern working space, which includes small offices and cubicles, makes Internet and printers available on use-based fees rather than reserved hours. And it does not matter if they’re an SBB traveller or not, access is open to anyone*.
For more formal meetings, individuals or groups can reserve conference rooms for up to 48 people. Centrally located, discrete, and versatile, it’s an appealing alternative to more conventional meeting areas like hotels. For clients traveling to Geneva, Businesspoint provides easy access to bus transportation, or a quick jaunt to the Geneva airport is all the less hassle, and saves time. Conference rooms have integrated technologies designed to meet a variety of conferencing needs, to include presentation infrastructure. Meeting space is also available for reserve on Saturdays until 3 pm.
Whether in between meetings or train connections, traveling back to the hotel or seeking out a cafe with a wireless connection can be an added stress in an unfamiliar city. The Lounge is a waiting zone with access to Internet and electricity outlets, armchairs, television, and a bar. This is a more exclusive space available to Annual 1st Class SBB ticket holders.
SBB is excited about this new element, which enhances the work atmosphere of its travellers as well as the general public.
Christian Rossi, Director of SBB for the Swiss Romande region, says, “I think the real key advantage to SBB Businesspoint is that our pricing is all inclusive and with no extra charges for the additional services offered. We realize this is a big asset”.
SBB has partnered with Regus to create ‘SBB Businesspoints’. Today, remote office space is a growing trend as teleworking, secondments, and consultancies become a prominent feature of Internet-based business. Regus is a company headquartered in Luxembourg, founded by a British entrepreneur, Mark Dixon, who noticed in the late 1980’s the incredible lack of office space available to businessmen on work travel. Since then, Regus has expanded into a multi-million dollar company with remote office space in more than 99 countries.
This month, Regus struck a deal to bring remote offices to retail parks in the United Kingdom. It makes sense. Office space and property tend to be one of the highest costs for businesses. Shedding this cost fits the needs of corporations that are looking for innovative ways to cut back, as well as inculcate a progressive and more flexible work culture. In all, it’s a functional business model. Commercial space is no longer empty real estate waiting to be occupied but rather one that offers services and comfort, not to mention consistent profit.
The Regus-SBB partnership provides a strong model of private enterprise as a driver of innovation for the public sector. SBB, with its Businesspoints in Bern and Geneva, may be in the best positioning to offer services that meet the needs of the Swiss public and many others traveling to Switzerland for business from across the world.
*Reservations are recommended
For more information:
Tel Bern: 0848 888 881
Tel Geneva: 0848 888 883
Article by Lindsay Michiels