Five Things to Remember for Business Travel

It happens to all of us. You’re making your journey, you arrive at your accommodation and realise that there’s something you’ve forgotten. When it comes to business travel, you can be so busy getting to and from shifts, or concentrating on your all-important meetings that you miss the details that can make your stay – and post-trip admin – much easier.

In the five years we’ve been helping companies to manage their accommodation, we’ve found there are some common things that business travellers forget.

Here are five things to remember when travelling for business.

Research local amenities

Once you’ve made your journey to your accommodation, you’ll want to get inside, unpack and relax. However, if there’s something that you’ve forgotten to bring with you, or if the kitchen cupboards need stocking, you’ll need to nip back out again and find the nearest shop.

Before your journey, take a look at the supermarkets closest to your accommodation so you can stop by for any essentials on your way in.

Check travel routes

With Sat Nav systems, it’s so easy to get in the car, set your destination and go! But, we all know how essential it is to check your route before setting off to your accommodation. Look for any unexpected roadworks, tolls and diversions – anything that can cause a delay or be an added expense. And don’t forget about your route to and from site, too!

Save all of your receipts

Receipts are easily thrown away, or hidden deep within pockets or bags and forgotten about. By the time you find them again, you’ve already filed your expenses for your work trip and so, you’ve missed out! But by collecting them and keeping them safe, you can claim back all the expenses and VAT that you’re entitled to. Each little coffee, lunch, or car park ticket adds up.

Keep your contact number handy

When we work with you to book places to stay for business travel, we’ll give you a contact number that’s available 24/7. This way, you can reach us for help with any problems you may have – we’ve even directed clients to their destination over the phone! Add the phone number to your contacts, and keep a copy with your booking paperwork. Just in case…

Make the most of your stay

When you have downtime, make the most of the facilities in and around your property. Whether it’s relaxing in the hot tub on the patio after a long shift, or exploring the town centre on your day off, taking a break can really make your business stay feel like a home-away-from-home.

If you have any questions about business travel and booking accommodation, get in touch. We’re always happy to help!

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!

Ideas for Places to Stay

When it comes to booking short term accommodation for your business stays, for a home away from home when you’re working on site, self-catering is an ideal option. You have the flexibility and freedom to come and go when needed for your shifts, and the peace and quiet of your own place to enjoy.

We’ve come across incredible self-catering accommodation during searches for our clients, from seaside apartments to secluded cottages in the countryside. In this blog post, we’ve rounded up just a few ideas for places to stay close to the sites of some of the UK’s offshore wind farms.

 

Places to Stay in Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth & The Greater Gabbard

 

Self-catering lodges in Lowestoft available to rent for the offshore wind industry.

Crews working in renewables use these modern, open plan lodges, which are just a short journey away from Lowestoft and the base for The Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm. If you travel just seven miles in the other direction, you’ll find Great Yarmouth.

Distance to site: 3.7 miles

Time to site: 9 minutes

Price range: £

 

Self-catering accommodation for the offshore wind industry in Lowestoft

For those working in Lowestoft, these two luxury self-catering barn conversions located on a family farm maybe the ideal place to stay. They have been completely renovated, sleep four to seven people, and hold a Visit England Gold award.

Distance to site: 4.2 miles

Time to site: 14 minutes

Price range: ££

 

 

Accommodation Near Grimsby Docks & Lincs Offshore Wind Farm

 

Self-catering accommodation in Grimsby for the offshore wind and renewables industry.Just a short drive away from the Port of Grimsby is a series of luxury log cabins and self-catering cottages sat on the edge of a private lake – perfect for keen anglers on an unexpected Weather Day! And, these properties even have their own hot tub.

Distance to site: 8.8 miles

Time to site: 24 minutes

Price range: ££

 

Self-catering accommodation in Grimsby for the offshore wind industryThis 18th-century barn in the Lincolnshire countryside has been converted into six cottages, available to offshore wind and renewables crews on a self-catering basis. There is a pub with a carvery just half a mile away, with the Port of Grimsby less than 20 minutes away.

Distance to site: 7.2 miles

Time to site: 19 minutes

Price range: ££

 

Mostyn & Walney, Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farms

 

Self-catering cottage in Trelogan, Mostyn.The reviews for this cottage in the village of Trelogan, Flintshire say “Amazing scenery, restful location…”. With an open fire and its own garden and patio, this self-catering accommodation is just nine minutes away from the port of Mostyn.

Distance to site: 3.7 miles

Time to site: 9 minutes

Price range: TBC

 

 

Luxury Manor House available as self-catering accommodation in Holywell, Wales.

For the ultimate in luxury, book this Grade II Listed Manor House for your business stay. Sleeping up to 12 people, this Hall not only has a hot tub and is close to the seaside, but it’s just a five-minute drive away from the Port of Mostyn.

Distance to site: 1.7 miles

Time to site: 5 minutes

Price range: £££

 

 

Places near Ramsgate & London Array

 

Self-catering accommodation ideas in Ramsgate for the offshore wind industry.

This is one of the places available to those staying in Ramsgate, a favourite of our Siemens clients – and it’s easy to see why! It’s less than a mile away from site and is so close to the seaside.

Distance to site: 0.9 miles

Time to site: 4 minutes

Price range: ££

 

 

Self-catering accommodation ideas in Ramgate for the offshore wind industry.

You could book a stay at this one-bedroom, detached, self-catering cottage, with its own patio in the shared garden of the Main House. It even boasts a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor and 4 Stars from Visit England.

Distance to site: 1.4 miles

Time to site: 7 minutes

Price range: £

 

Booking Short Term Accommodation

 

Whatever your requirements, personal preferences and budget, the Rapid Accommodation team are on hand to help you find a place to stay. You can read all about it in our Guide to Booking Accommodation for the Offshore Wind Industry. If you’d like to find out more, give us a call to arrange a meeting – the coffee is on us!