It seems that the majority of the UK’s workforce is now back in the office at least once or twice a week – and many businesses are pushing for this to continue as they look to return to some form of pre-pandemic working. With that in mind, West Midlands Railway is encouraging organisations to utilise its new, free to use online service that helps companies simplify booking their train travel.
The service, called Just Business, is aimed at business travellers who are required to travel for work and have those all-important productive face-to-face meetings. It consolidates and simplifies the train booking process, whilst helping customers find the cheapest and lowest fares available for their journeys on any train route across the UK.
Businesses that sign up to the service are given a unique login for each member of staff so they can individually search for, book, and pay for their tickets through the platform. The service also allows companies to set bespoke rules and preferences to determine what tickets employees have permission to book, along with spending caps.
With employees using the same platform, all company train travel expenses are in one handy central place, helping office and finance managers to easily manage and keep track of costs. It also provides useful and efficient general reporting tools, as well as enabling businesses to keep track of how sustainable their travel needs are.
Purchasing tickets through the service means business travellers can avoid the booking fees added to train ticket comparison websites.
Tim Bullock, sales and partnerships manager at West Midlands Railway, comments: “From misplaced receipts and credit cards, to scouring the internet for the best deals, booking train travel in the workplace can be unnecessarily timely and costly. For employees, Just Business instantly shows the cheapest fares across all operators as well as a handy payment system removing the need to process expenses spending your own money.
“For a business, this service is free, quick and simple to set up and has a dedicated helpline for additional support. It centralises and monitors all rail travel expenditure in one place with bespoke travel preferences and policies – ultimately saving valuable time and money.” To find out more about Just Business, please visit West Midlands Railway’s website here.