Yell Switches to Flexible Office Space and Saves ┬ú1.5m a Year
Yell, the international directories business that runs well-known UK brands including Yellow Pages, Yell.com and 118 24 7, are closing their 18 satellite offices in favour of a more flexible option.
In a move that will reportedly save the firm ┬ú1.5million a year, Yell’s team of 700 on-the-road consultants will be able to use Regus’ centres throughout the UK “on an as-needed basis”.
According to Simon Taylor, Head of Property at Yell in the UK, the agreement will provide the company’s sales teams with the “resources and specialised facilities of a traditional office environment”, which is more suited to the changing work styles of YellΓÇÖs regional sales teams.
Technology has also played its part in the decision. Over the last 12 to 18 months, Yell has developed its technology and the companyΓÇÖs field-based sales consultants have been increasingly undertaking traditional office-based activities online.
This reduces the need for an office presence, except for uses such as meetings or briefings.
Simon Taylor commented: “Our field sales teams’ use of and reliance upon a physical place of work has significantly changed in the last year due to developing technology and we no longer require our network of sales offices.”
He added: “Not only is this far more cost effective, lower risk, flexible and sustainable but will, over time, increase productivity as less time is spent commuting and working in poorly equipped places such as hotels and cafes.”
Mark Dixon, CEO of Regus plc, commented:
“I am delighted to welcome Yell as our latest corporate customer. More and more organisations are beginning to adopt more agile, lower risk, lower cost ways of working. The question of how, where and when we work is an important issue for all of us and those businesses that are able to respond in the most flexible way will secure the greatest competitive advantage. Where Yell is leading, others will follow.”
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