Top apps for business travellers

The joy of discovering a good app! It might be because it saves you money, entertains you or just makes life that little bit easier. If you have to travel regularly for business, it certainly helps to download a few choice apps and here are some that regular travellers swear by: LinkedIn: for checking out who you’re meeting Amanda Thomson, founder and chief executive of prosecco and champagne producer Thomson and Scott, says: “I always use LinkedIn as it’s used by the business community across the globe and means I can easily research those I’m set to meet prior to […]

How to write the perfect out of office message

Nothing says it’s the start of a holiday, or at least a blessed few days off work, like setting your email out of office assistant. Especially if you can get away with telling everyone you’ll be ignoring them for a week or two. It’s a quick job. But you might pause for thought. Do you write hi or hello? Do you add a colleague’s contact details, and if so, which one (and do you tell them)? And then you have to carefully craft a sentence about whether or not you’ll be reading emails while you’re away. Most people are honest […]

Four hours in Berlin: tips for time-starved travellers 🇩🇪

You’re in Berlin. You could easily spend days or weeks absorbing all of the German capital’s history, roaming the huge parks, or just enjoying the lively café culture. But, no, you have just half a day or so – perhaps four hours on a stopover or at the end of a business trip – to take in one of Europe’s great capitals. Fear not. You can squeeze in a lot with just a little planning. Here are just a few suggestions for travellers on a tight schedule. Three museums in one John Maloney, who responded to a shout out on […]

We’ve gone contactless

Say hello to our new corporate contactless card. It’s now easier than ever to: make instant payments in shops, restaurants, etc. retrieve your PIN through our mobile app spend worldwide at market leading rates pause ⏸ and resume ▶ your card if it has been temporarily misplaced   Remember to make the most of our latest features: Upload photos of receipts Annotate transactions in the app Add VAT amounts   Businesses working with FairFX can take the hassle out of expenses and focus on the things that matter most. Find out more about how we can help your business by […]

Four ways small businesses waste time and how to avoid them

Is there one part of your job that particularly bogs you down? That wraps you up in red tape and endless paperwork, and leaves you tired and frustrated? It might be tax calculations, invoices or expenses. According to a 2018 survey of entrepreneurs running young UK companies, nearly two- thirds of them said they spend at least one day every month on such administrative financial tasks. Similarly, 55% of smaller business owners told a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) survey in 2016 that their company’s growth is being held back by the amount of time they have to dedicate to […]

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The most expensive airports for business travellers

Executive airport lounges offer business travellers the chance to squeeze in some pre-flight comfort away from the bustle of the main departure lounge, but the cost can vary widely, our research shows. We compared the costs of executive lounges – as well as premium parking and other services – at 25 popular UK and international airports to find out which are jetting off with your cash and which offer better value for businesses. Dubai Airport tops the list with the priciest lounge, with business travellers slamming £200 onto their expenses bill to step foot inside. Closer to home, London City […]

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No more budget hotels or cheap flights –
I want an upgrade!

You’re away from home, perhaps missing family commitments, probably working like a dog and shattered as a result. Business trips are no picnic. So how would you feel if you had to head to a budget hotel at the end of the day, for your few moments of R&R? Budget accommodation is becoming more popular It seems more and more businesses are opting to bed their travelling staff down in cheap digs rather than pay out for a little more luxury. Budget chain Travelodge said in October that business travellers account for more than half of its sales and it […]

Four hours in Florence: tips for time-starved travellers 🇮🇹

It’s been described as Italy’s culture capital and the cradle of the renaissance. So how can you possibly do justice to Florence’s sights in just half a day? The answer is, you can’t! But if you’re short on time – say you only have a matter of hours before your connecting flight or a business meeting – you can still sample some of this Tuscan city’s many charms. Or at least tuck into some gelato. But what should you prioritise? Stay longer! We put a shout out on our Facebook page to see what our community recommend travellers do with […]

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Do corporate travel policies need to address female safety?

Risks on the road: are you keeping your female employees safe? Sexual harassment, assault and even kidnapping. Those are not things you would expect to confront while doing your job. But they were among top safety concerns for women businesses travellers in a recent survey. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) research concluded that female business travellers face greater personal safety risks on the road, but that few corporate travel policies take such threats into account. But should a company’s travel policies address female safety in particular? Is it different to keeping your employees safe generally? “While female business travellers […]

Endless receipts, shuttle buses… and other business travel bugbears

Light switches in the wrong place? Hotels miles away from meetings? Flights at unsociable hours? When you’re on the road, negotiating a packed schedule of meetings, these are the sort of bugbears that can make life unnecessarily difficult for employees. So how do you make sure your staff have the best experience when they travel for work? To help, we spoke to a range of business travellers to uncover the biggest gripes, so you can take some of the hassle out of your staff’s travel. A lack of space Who wouldn’t love a little more legroom on flights? A cramped […]

The dark side of business travel: tips to avoid getting lonely

A meeting in New York, back home for a few days and then off to Shanghai followed by Tokyo to meet more clients. It’s the sort of schedule that sounds glamorous and important, right? But there’s a ‘dark side’ to business travel. A study by the University of Surrey and Lund University in Sweden say factors such as stress, loneliness and distance from community and family networks are often ignored and they can cause big issues. It’s easy to see how frequent business flyers could become lonely, travelling to countries where they may not speak the language and spending long […]

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Four hours in Paris: tips for time-starved travellers 🇫🇷

The trip is almost over but you still have four hours left in Paris before heading home. Maybe you’re waiting for a connecting flight or train, or you’re there on a business meeting and want to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing. With so much to do in the city, how can you get the most out of that precious time? The French capital has so much to offer, but here are just a few suggestions for travellers on a tight schedule who want to do more than potter around the airport or their hotel waiting for the next part […]