|Traded as||LSE: RGU|
|Industry||Facility Management and Business Support Services|
|Founded||1989, Brussels, Belgium|
Saint Helier, Jersey (Registered Office)|
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (Head Office)
Mark Dixon, CEO|
Dominique Yates, CFO
Douglas Sutherland, Chairman
|Products||Serviced Offices, Virtual Offices, Coworking, Business Lounges, Meeting Rooms, Video Communication, Workplace Recovery|
|Revenue||£1,927.0 million (2015)|
|£144.8 million (2015)|
|£119.9 million (2015)|
Number of employees
Regus is a multinational corporation that provides a global workplace. As of 23 June 2015, it operated 4000 business centres across 120 countries. Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, has 6,500 employees, is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Regus is incorporated in Saint Helier, Jersey.
In 1989 while on a business trip to Brussels, English entrepreneur Mark Dixon noted the lack of office space available to travelling business people; they were often forced to work from hotels. He identified a need for office space that was maintained, staffed, and available for companies to use on a flexible basis and went on to found his first business centre in Brussels.
In 2001 it acquired Stratis Business Centers, a U.S.-based network of franchised business centers, and expanded into the United States market. Later in 2001 the Regus business center on the 93rd floor of South Tower at the World Trade Center was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks; five employees lost their lives. The company was criticized for a lack of response to the victims' families, though a Regus official said they had made "proactive outreach to each and every family of the team members who are missing."
In 2002 the company sold a controlling stake (58%) of its cornerstone UK business to Rex 2002 Limited, a company created by the private equity firm Alchemy Partners. This move raised £51 million for the company, which had been facing severe financial difficulties.
In 2003 Regus filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for its US business, which had been struggling in the wake of the dot-com bubble. Less than a year later it took its US business out of Chapter 11 after restructuring, financed by its share of the profitable UK business.
It re-acquired the Regus UK business in 2006 for £88 million, marking the end of a dramatic recovery from the company's near collapse in 2002. The company went on to acquire Laptop Lane, a chain of American airport business centers, later that year.
In 2006 the company entered partnerships with Air France-KLM and American Airlines for preferred access for business travellers and in 2007 it entered a partnership with American Express for preferred access for their Business Platinum cardholders.
In June 2008 Regus introduced Businessworld, a multi-level membership service which allows users flexible access to Regus services in any Regus location worldwide, taking advantage of the company's international scale. It is aimed at clients who travel frequently.
Effective October 14, 2008, Regus Group plc became Regus plc. Regus plc was created as a holding company for Regus Group plc, in order to establish the company's headquarters in Luxembourg and its registered office in Jersey.
Regus has maintained a policy of expansion, opening new business centers. The company has also renegotiated some leasing agreements with property owners in the UK to save money, warning owners that the vehicles holding the leases could go into administration; this has angered the British property industry.
On 5 July 2012 UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Regus would provide 30,000 young entrepreneurs across England with access to its global network of business lounges and administrative support, complementing the Government's StartUp Loans scheme managed by James Caan.
In 2014 Regus opened its 2,300th business centre in Boulder, Colorado and opened in 50 new towns and cities in Q1 alone. It also signed deals with Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport, as well as the Singapore government.
Operations and Services
Regus and its brands (HQ and Regus Express) provide serviced offices, virtual offices, meeting rooms, and videoconferencing to clients on a contract basis. The Company operates in 106 countries with more than 3000 business centers, making it the world's largest provider of flexible workspace. Regus is also one of the sponsors of Fair Spend, and Mars One, a Dutch private spaceflight project. Regus UK also hosts Britain First at their Belfast office by hosting Britannia Campaigning, the company behind Britain First and owned by Paul Golding.
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