A state-of-the-art lounge equipped has been opened at the Ricoh Arena for the general public to work and study while on their travels.
The Ricoh Business Lounge – situated on floor one and big enough to host 500 delegates – is part of Ricoh’s programme to champion flexibility and remote working.
It is a flexible working space with interactive whiteboards and high-speed Wi-Fi, and is tailored to different ways of working, including private pods and hot desks to think and concentrate, and break out areas for informal meetings.
A designated Ricoh Suite is also now open inside the lounge for private meetings.
The Ricoh Business Lounge represents part of Ricoh’s Workstyle Innovation strategy – a long-term company initiative to help businesses bring positive change by empowering people with 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 is open Monday to Friday for visitors to use for free, subject to availability, and the space can also be pre-booked exclusively for events.
Jenny Shortt, head of partnership management at Ricoh Arena and Wasps, added: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this cutting-edge working environment to our visitors. 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.”