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What do British business travellers miss the most about home?

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27 March 2014

What do business travellers miss the most about Britain? A clue: it isn't the weather.

British cuisine may not share the sparkling reputation of its French or Italian counterparts, but it’s one of the top three home comforts most missed by business travellers, after their families and homes. This is according to the latest research by workspace provider Regus.

The research, which canvassed the opinions of over 2,100 business owners and senior managers in the UK, found that, when asked what they missed the most when travelling abroad on business, one in five would willingly swap their fillet mignon for fish and chips. 

The report also suggests that Brits are more sentimental than their global counterparts with nearly three quarters of respondents (72 per cent) saying they miss their families when abroad, compared to the global average of 68 per cent. Half admit to missing their homes, compared to just two-fifths globally, reinforcing the stereotype that at Englishman’s home is his castle.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, just 2 per cent of those polled claim to miss the British weather. 

Other findings highlight that:

  • Globally, generation X and Baby Boomers are less likely to be willing to travel for work with family commitments taking their toll
  • Generation X, most likely to have young children, is the most likely to miss their family (73 per cent)
  • In the UK, almost a third of respondents (32 per cent) are less willing than they were ten years ago to separate from their home comforts and travel for business
  • 17 per cent of Brits miss speaking their own language when abroad on business

“Face-to-face meetings have long been seen as a key part of business as people need to see the expressions and body language of those they are talking to, but developments in technology mean that attitudes towards business travel are beginning to change,” says John Spencer, UK CEO at Regus. 

“Workers often find it draining and stressful and the fact is that nowadays it is often unnecessary. “