Coming up in 2018

Happy New Year, everyone! The phones are ringing, the coffee is hot and the Rapid Accommodation team is ready for our biggest and best year yet.

Over the festive season, we’ve had the opportunity to take some time and reflect on some of the great moments of the past 12 months. 2017 was a big year for us with many highlights and successes that we’re determined to build on throughout 2018.

Throughout the past year, Team Rapid grew to 12 people as we welcomed Maisy, Bebhann and Brad as Accommodation Advisors. It’s fantastic to see how passionate they are about the business and their clients.

2017 also brought changes to the way we work. Firstly, we launched our very own bespoke booking software that enables us to enhance the efficiency of our sourcing and booking process – complete with personal profiles for each and every customer. Next, a ticketing system that helps us to improve response time and ultimately offer an enhanced customer service. As the company’s grown, we’ve made sure that great customer service is always a priority.

Award-winning business

To top it all off, we won not one, not two but three awards! In April, Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis named Rapid Accommodation #SBS winners in his weekly Small Business Sunday Twitter competition, and in September we won the #KingOf award on Twitter for King of Contractors Accommodation 2017. Also, Rapid Accommodation is the High Growth Business of the Year winners for the Yorkshire and Humber region in the British Chamber of Commerce Business Awards! In November, the team travelled to London for the glittering ceremony. Although we didn’t take home the national prize on the night, we had a fabulous evening. A wonderful way to round up a brilliant year.

So, what are we looking forward to in 2018?

Expanding the team – again.

As our business grows, our team grows with us. In five years we’ve grown from three to a team of 12. We carefully recruit each and every team member, looking for a whole variety of qualities in employees. One of the most important, of course, is personality – if you haven’t got it, you’re not getting in!

Getting out there.

Going to events is always a highlight, whether it’s attending awards, going networking or visiting trade shows. We’re looking forward to meeting lots of new businesses in 2018 and making the most of exciting opportunities that come our way.

Merry Christmas from Rapid Accommodation!

Christmas is here and Rapid Accommodation are excited! We’ll be rockin’ around the Christmas Tree in our festive jumpers, enjoying a mince pie… or two!

To help spread a little festive cheer, Team Rapid have shared a few of their favourite things about Christmas…

Rapid Accommodation - Bebhann

Bebhann

My favourite parts of Christmas are the Christmas markets, festivities and wrapping presents!

 

 

Rapid Accommodation - Katy

Katy

My favourite thing about Christmas is snuggling up with a blanket and hot chocolate watching Christmas films…

 

 

Rapid Accommodation - Ellie

Ellie

The thing I love most about Christmas is making memories with family.

 

 

 

Rapid Accommodation - Karl

Karl

For Christmas, I enjoy finding unique and thoughtful presents for others… followed by lots of Christmas Pudding for me!

 

 

Rapid Accommodation - Rowan

Rowan

For me, it’s spending time with loved ones.

 

 

 

Rapid Accommodation - Rachael

Rachael

My favourite things at Christmas time are the terrible jumpers and the delicious food! And of course, Santa Claus coming to town!

 

 

Rapid Accommodation - RebeccaRebecca

I love Christmas because it’s the only day of the year we get off as a business owner. It’s great to go home and spend time with family. Oh, and not to mention the mulled wine!

 

 

Rapid Accommodation - Maisy

Maisy

Personally, I love spending time with family, it’s a time to be merry and not worry about overeating! I like to decorate the house and Christmas Tree, making everything very festive.

 

 

Rapid Accommodation - Leanne

Leanne

I love Christmas because it’s a time of year to indulge and not feel guilty. An opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family and I LOVE decorating the tree!

 

 

Rapid Accommodation - Linda

Linda

Linda loves Christmas because of the mistletoe!
Linda loves Christmas each time of the year
She enjoys the fuss even though its dear
With plenty of mistletoe and kisses too
She would like to wish the very best to you.

 

Watch the Rapid Accommodation Christmas Message!

A Christmas message from Rapid Accommodation

 

We’d like to say a big thank you for your support in 2017 and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year.

If you need us, you can reach us on 0330 041 6077 or by emailing info@rapidaccommodation.co.uk.

Love from all the team at Rapid Accommodation x

Chamber Business Awards 2017

On Thursday, Linda, Rebecca and Rachael made their way to London for a very special occasion – the 2017 Chamber Business Awards!

The Chamber Business Awards is one of the most prestigious programmes in the country. It rewards excellence in business, in all sectors, from across Britain. Back in September, we were so excited to find out that we were named regional winners of the ‘High Growth Business of the Year’ category for the Yorkshire and Humber region. As well as this prize, Rapid Accommodation became finalists in the national awards. Sadly we didn’t win, but we had an incredible time.

The Awards Ceremony

The glittering ceremony took place at The Brewery, a beautiful Grade II listed venue in the heart of London. The evening began with a lot of chatting and getting to know the fellow guests and finalists. We met so many inspirational business people from across the country, including Agenda Screening. They are an agency for background and pre-employment screening based in Hull and were our table companions for the evening. We dined on Mackarel with almond cream, garlic and thyme roasted guinea fowl, and plum and pear pavlova, which was absolutely delicious! Kate Thornton was the host for the evening, and she did an excellent job of keeping the guests entertained.

Then came the announcements. It was so motivating to hear the success stories of all the nominees, how far they’ve come and what they’ve achieved over the past 12 months. Finally, it came to our category, ‘High Growth Business of the Year’. The very deserving winners were iCON Aerospace Technology Ltd, specialists in polymer technology for the aerospace, defence and industrial sectors.

A Successful Year

2017 has been such an incredible year for us. It began with us securing £2 million worth of business from organisations within key sectors. Then in April, we became winners of Dragon’s Den star and Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis’ Twitter competition, #SBS Small Business Sunday. We’ve also expanded our team three times this year, taking the number of employees from eight to 13 in order to accommodate the growing demand for our business travel services. Attending these national, prestigious awards is the icing on the top of a delicious cake!

Find out more about the Chamber Awards 2017.

Why Use Self-Catering Accommodation?

Sometimes, there’s more to business stays than simply checking into a hotel room. Shift work may mean you need to arrive before the designated time, or that you won’t be around when the kitchen’s open. That’s why more and more business travellers have been turning to self-catering accommodation.

We’ve rounded up five reasons to choose self-catering for your business stay.

Flexibility

Self-catering means you have the flexibility to come and go as you please, arriving and departing at times that are best for you. Therefore, you won’t have to pay any additional fees for late check-out after a post-night shift sleep.

Budget

You’ll find that, with the right research and booking negotiation, self-catering accommodation is fantastic value for money. You receive a lot more space than just a room for sleeping, no matter where you book. While small cottages and contemporary apartments are always a favourite, you may find manor houses and luxury lodges within your budget, too.

Equipment

Self-catering accommodation is like a home away from home, so you’ll find that your place to stay will have a variety of facilities needed for every day such as your own oven and washing machine. Some places may even provide luxuries like gym equipment or a hot tub – and it will be private to you, too.

Dining

Having your very own kitchen means you can store and prepare your own food and snacks, and have them readily available whenever you need them – even at 2am after a late shift! You can be sure that the food you have meets your dietary requirements, and you’ll save money on dining in the long run. Of course, if you did want to explore the area, your host will be able to recommend the best local restaurants, cafes and bars.

Space

Self-catering properties will provide travellers with more space, which is very useful for colleagues travelling in groups. As well as private bedrooms, you’ll find communal areas – whether a living room, dining room or private patio, where the group can relax and socialise before turning in for the night.

 

How we can help

If you need accommodation now, not a problem email us at info@rapidaccommodation.com or call us on 0330 0904142. Our Advisors are ready to help!

How We Save You Time and Money

When there are so many accommodation booking websites available to us, each with hundreds – if not thousands – of properties listed, sourcing places to stay for contractors and workers may seem like a doddle.

However, it’s that availability which can make the task more difficult than you anticipate. Finding business accommodation that is close to site with all the necessary facilities and personal preferences, accepts your preferred payment method and has flexible cancellation policies takes time.

Then, there is costing! During your search, you may find the same room listed on multiple sites with a different price. There’s also the risk of booking a property only to find it cheaper soon after.

This is where Rapid Accommodation comes in. It’s our job to provide you with a highly-effective, managed service that incorporates all aspects of business travel – not just location and budget. And it all starts with saving you both time and money.

 

Save Time

Through our personal, friendly relationships with our clients, we’ve learned that those who are booking business accommodation for employees and contractors haven’t been hired to do so. It’s just another job to add to a long list of tasks.

If we source and book your business travel for you, it leaves you to be more productive, making your time much more efficient. To give you a bit of an idea of how much valuable time you could gain back, we’ve saved some of our clients hundreds of hours!

 

Save Money

Making sure we find accommodation at the best possible price is key to our 100% success rate. Last year, our average nightly rate was 6% lower than JIB’s Lodging Allowance! It’s a statistic we’re extremely proud of.

So, how do we secure such great prices?

Because our business is based on strong, loyal relationships with both clients and providers, our Accommodation Advisors have access to exclusive discounted rates. And, they’re specially trained negotiators, meaning as well as lower prices for your rooms, they’ll be able to secure the best possible late check-in and check-out times, cancellation policies and refunds. All of this helps you to save on costing should a last-minute change of plan occur.

When it comes to payment, we are able to offer credit accounts to our clients, meaning we can boost your cashflow instantly! What could you do with extra cashflow and time to spend elsewhere?

The whole Rapid Accommodation process has been established and carefully curated over the past five years to make booking business travel as easy as possible for you.

If you’d like to find out more, we’re always on hand for a chat. Get in touch and we’ll arrange a coffee.

How we simplify your accommodation admin

Once your business accommodation has been booked and you’ve had a relaxing, comfortable stay, there is a matter of invoicing and claiming back expenses. When you’re managing this yourself, it can potentially take up a lot of your time, but yet making sure you receive invoices quickly with all the correct details is imperative.

When it comes to the Rapid Accommodation service, we don’t just stop at sourcing places to stay for your business travel. We take care of all the necessary admin too, including payment and invoicing. We do this because we know we can save you a lot of time and energy.

This is how Rapid Accommodation simplifies your accommodation administration…

Your invoices are personal

We generate your invoices, not your supplier, and we do this on the same day that the booking and payment are made. They are created with your accounting department in mind, meaning we include all the details you need, such as the correct invoicing address, the accommodation location, and arrival and departure dates and times. This information is then stored within our system, making any future invoicing even quicker!

You only need to speak to us

Every accommodation provider will have their own systems for drawing up invoices, each with varying invoicing dates and formats. So, if you book with the hotel, B&B or self-catering accommodation, you could spend time going back and forth chasing up your invoice. When booking with us, you will always deal directly with your Accommodation Advisor.

Don’t worry if you use American Express – we accept it, even if your chosen property doesn’t! Should you need credit facilities, we can help (subject to approval). You can find out more in our blog post ‘Using AmEx for Accommodation in the UK‘.

This is all part of the Rapid Accommodation service – you can read all about it right here. We’re always free for a chat and a coffee too, so give us a call with any queries.

Five Reasons to Book Accommodation with Rapid

Just a few weeks ago Rapid Accommodation celebrated its fifth birthday, which means we’ve been working with you to find business accommodation in the UK for five whole years! In that time, we’ve established a pretty efficient and cost-effective booking system. Our process focuses on five key areas, and the result is a 100% success rate!

Here’s our five reasons to book your business stay travel with Rapid Accommodation.

 

Bespoke Accommodation Service

Before any hotel, B&B or self-catering rooms are booked, our Accommodation Advisors will discuss any personal preferences you might have. Whether it’s ensuring there is adequate space for work vehicles (whatever the size), having specific on-site facilities or allowing early check-in, we’ll find a place to stay that meets your requirements – and for the best price too.

 

Discounted Business Rates

Because our team has worked closely and built long-lasting relationships with business accommodation partners all across the UK, we have instant access to discounted rates. And, we’re able to negotiate the best possible prices and cancellation policies, meaning we can secure a great deal for you.

 

Credit Facilities

We understand that from time to time your cashflow may need a boost, so we have credit facilities available for our clients – subject to approval, of course. Also, we’re more than happy to accept payments via American Express, even if your preferred UK accommodation doesn’t accept it! You can read all about this on our post on using AmEx for accommodation in the UK.

 

Flexibility

Should you ever need to cancel your reservation last minute, or need to end your stay early, we can help. Our team will be on hand to work with the accommodation provider to get a refund or achieve the best possible outcome, and that’s 24/7 too.

 

24/7 Support

You can call us any time of day or night, seven days a week should you encounter any problems. We’ll always do our best to help you – we’ve even been known to give travel directions in the early hours of the morning! When you book with us, we’ll give you a dedicated number to call when you need us.

 

100% Success Rate

We’re so proud to say that we have never failed to find suitable accommodation for our clients! If you have any questions about our sourcing services for business travel, take a look at our guide to booking accommodation and get in touch.

We’re Hiring!

It’s been a fantastic year for us here at Rapid Accommodation. Not only did we win Theo Paphitis’ weekly #SBS Twitter competition, launch our very own blog and celebrate our fifth birthday, but now we are expanding our team once again!

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, confident and professional individual with excellent people skills to join our team of Accommodation Advisors, based in our Ashby-cum-Fenby offices surrounded by beautiful Lincolnshire countryside. Take a look at the Job Specification below, and if you want to join our team, send your CV and a covering lettering to hr@rapidaccommodation.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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