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Ricoh Arena opens new business lounge

The Ricoh Arena in the English city of Coventry has opened a new business lounge that will serve as a working space for companies and members of the general public.

The Ricoh Business Lounge will be located on floor one of the stadium, which serves as the home of football team Coventry City and rugby union club Wasps.

The venue said in a statement that the new lounge will form part of its programme to “champion flexibility and remote working”.

The space will feature interactive whiteboards, high-speed Wi-Fi, private pods, desks and breakout areas for informal meetings. The space will also feature the designated Ricoh Suite, which will be accessible for private meetings.

The lounge forms part of electronics company Ricoh’s ‘Workstyle Innovation’ strategy, which is designed to help businesses bring positive change through developing new ways of working.

Chas Moloney, marketing director at Ricoh UK, said: “The Ricoh Business Lounge reflects the demands of the four different generations now operating in the work place as those born in the year 2000 begin to enter work.

“We believe people are an organisation’s greatest asset, and so creating a working style to suit everyone will help a business to maximise output from its employees.

“Working remotely is on the rise as we are expected to be at work almost all the time, even on our travels, so the Ricoh Business Lounge is the perfect environment for that.

“It has something for everyone, whether it’s concentrating without being disturbed in private pods, contemplating an idea at a hot desk, or communicating and presenting to team members in quiet, open plan environments.”

The lounge will be open Monday to Friday and will be usable for free, subject to availability. The space can also be pre-booked for events.

Jenny Shortt, head of partnership management at Ricoh Arena and Wasps, added: “The Ricoh Business Lounge adds another string to our bow when pitching for events as we look to beat last year’s record of holding a total of 777 events.

“We have hundreds of thousands of people through our doors for meetings, conferences and exhibitions every year, so providing an office space where people can work as normal while attending off-site events will help to give us an added advantage.

“We believe the Ricoh Arena is one of the most forward-thinking venues in the country, whether that’s through digital capabilities or showing our clients new approaches to ways of working.”

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