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* Global company, Regus, sponsors The National Business Awards category for The Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year Award*

LONDON, 26th AUGUST, 2008: Regus, the leading global provider of workplace solutions, today underlines its commitment to the UK’s finest entrepreneurs and business talent with the announcement of its sponsorship of the coveted 2008 National Business Awards’ Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year Award. The National Business Awards — dubbed the UK’s ‘Business Oscars’ by Prime Minister, Gordon Brown — is the nation’s premier annual showcase of skills, achievements and innovations in business.

The National Business Awards, sponsored by Orange, features 16 titles given to the crème of UK companies, with the Regus Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year Award open to organisations with less than £10 million turnover in their last financial year. The prize is awarded to the company that best demonstrates significant growth and innovation in its market sector, under-pinned by strong financial performance.

Vincent Scammell, UK Sales and Marketing Director for Regus, said: “Regus has a long established record of supporting entrepreneurship and growing businesses. SMEs are critical to the future of the UK’s business leadership and, in our own business centres, we see many of these small businesses grow, flourish and become the success stories of tomorrow. We’re delighted to be supporting the 2008 National Business Awards and look forward to seeing this year’s entries.”

Mike Faulkner, Group Director of The National Business Awards, added: “The National Business Awards has a strong heritage of attracting sponsors that the business community can easily identify and relate to. The addition of Regus, a workplace solutions supplier, continues this trend. Each entrant can benefit through engagement with all of the sponsors, who reflect a range of solutions for real business needs. Regus has enormous experience working with SMEs, growing businesses and entrepreneurial ventures and so this partnership is a perfect fit.”

The Regus Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year category is judged across five regions covering the Midlands & East of England, North East & North West and the South East, Wales and West Country. This year, more than 250 businesses made the cut as finalists for the regional awards were announced in July 08. The regional award winners will now advance to the finals of The National Business Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel (London) on the 18th November 08.

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Notes to Editor:

National Business Awards

The National Business Awards, sponsored by Orange, recognises and rewards excellence, innovation and success. Uniquely open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector – public or private – the best of British businesses are able to showcase their achievements and benchmark their successes against firms and bodies of all types.

A full list of this year’s finalists will be announced on the 27th August 2008. Further information on the The National Business Awards can be found by visiting: www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk.

For further information or interview opportunities please contact:

Henriette Svensen
The National Business Awards
hsvensen@cmpi.biz
Tel: 020 7234 8753 or 07725 221 714

Regus

The Regus Group is the world’s leading provider of pioneering workplace solutions, with products and services ranging from fully equipped serviced offices to professional meeting rooms, virtual offices, business lounges and the largest network of videoconferencing studios. The Regus Group delivers a new way to work, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office.

Clients such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Nokia and Accenture join thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to The Regus Group, allowing them to focus on their core business.

Over 200,000 clients a day benefit from Regus Group facilities spread across a global footprint of 950 locations in 400 cities and 70 countries, which allows individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to.

For more information, visit www.regus.co.uk

Press Contact:

Jamie Reece
Porter Novelli on behalf of Regus
Email: Jamie.reece@porternovelli.co.uk
Tel: 0207 853 2355

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