SOURCE: Powwownow


May 25, 2011 06:00 ET

Travel Costs Are on the Up: but Are There Even More Downsides for British Business?

Conference Call Specialists, Powwownow, Investigate the Knock-On Effect of Commuter Price Hikes on the Business Community

LONDON--(Marketwire - May 25, 2011) - A recent survey of business bloggers, entrepreneurs and commuters confirmed that meetings are moving, jobs are changing and flexi-time has become a more serious proposition as a direct result of rising commuter costs.

The findings, which have been published in an article being released today by free conference call provider, Powwownow, reveal that:

  • The combination of an annual wage freeze with 8% train fare hikes, has caused travel blogger, Martin Gray, to start job hunting
  • Entrepreneur, Luke Aikman, has had to selectively cut back on face-to-face meetings in place of conference calls
  • Business editor, Sharon Gaisie, has seen businesses get creative about when and where to hold meetings
  • Remote-working advocate, Shirely Borrett, is lobbying for long-term alternative travel solutions to make flexi-working a more efficient and affordable option for businesses

The article comes as part of the wider Love/Hate Travel initiative, which reaches out to time-poor commuters by encouraging the use of two central hashtags -- #lovetravel / #hatetravel -- in relation to the likes and dislikes of business travel.

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About Powwownow:

Powwownow was founded in the UK in 2004, offering customers low-cost conference calling facilities with the ethos of no booking, no billing, no fuss. The customer does not need to book a conference room and never receives a bill from Powwownow. They only pay the cost of their own call, which is added to their standard telecoms bill. The company now operates in 15 countries worldwide including the US and major European markets and recently acquired web conferencing and business collaboration providers, Yuuguu. Turnover for 2011 is predicted to reach £10m.

Powwownow employs 49 people and is based in Richmond and Manchester.

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