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Select Apartments post Brexit survey shows companies looking for more competitive pricing and added value

While the jury is still out on the impact Brexit will have on the UK economy, Select Apartments, an independent serviced apartment provider, recently commissioned a survey to gain a better insight into how its customer’s are managing their businesses and what they are looking for from their business travel providers during these uncertain times.

Commentators across the serviced apartment industry have been positive in their outlook, saying that ‘we should be confident for the future’, ‘Brexit will have a positive impact on the country’ especially with the weaker pound boosting more overseas investment in the UK, more visitors arriving both for business and leisure as well as the benefits for British exporters.  

In addition says Simon Morrison, Managing Director, Select Apartments: “The serviced apartment sector is seeing rapid growth, a trend, that promisingly looks to continue upwards.  But as much as our industry is thriving we wanted to understand what business is like for our customers, across the multi sectors of banking, finance, insurance and management consultancy. We wanted to really understand what is happening in their companies, what the challenges are now and how we can help provide a service that meets their current business travel requirements”.  

The survey, which took a sample of 4000 people across the company’s multi sector clients threw up some interesting results. A surprising 68% felt that Brexit would have a negative impact on their business with 82.14% of respondents saying they believe the UK economy will shrink over the next twelve months. The good news however, is that a healthy 57.14% said that their companies were not planning any staff cut backs with 4% planning to increase their head count, all in all, a positive sign.  

Says Simon Morrison: “What comes across loud and clear from the survey is that companies are not standing still but are erring on the side of caution and want us to stay competitively priced and offer good added value.   We already offer a free Airport Chauffeur service which 65.22% of our respondents said they would definitely use, a Tastecard and free access to Business Centres in London with our new partners OSIT.  We will be launching a Fridge filling service in the New Year, which 34.78% said they would welcome. In addition, we’ll also be launching a new text service, which will enable our customers to communicate more effectively with us, and where all our added value services will be available to book easily. This insight really has been key for us, as it will help us support our clients during these times of uncertainty and help us to develop and roll out more added value programmes that meet our client’s needs.

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