In 1998 when Select Apartments first made the Business Traveller's dream a reality, people used mobile phones to call each other, No Broadband, Bendy-Buses, Blackberries or Boris Johnson. People liked Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, Canary Wharf was empty, and The Apprentice was a twinkle in Sir Alan's eye.
In Ten years Select Apartments have been at the forefront of a social-change, helping thousands of assignees to embrace a new improved business-travel lifestyle, by introducing their companies to the benefits of the "Serviced Apartment".
In 1998, serviced apartments in the UK were London-only. Assignees had to grin and bear it as they stayed in a hotel AGAIN for days on end, meal after over-rich meal in the restaurant, racking up exorbitant room-service and subsistence bills.
'Staying in a serviced apartment offers a range of benefits to the business traveller including cost savings, comfort and convenience', says Founder and Managing Director, Simon Morrison.
'They are much more cost effective than hotels- often 25% less, plus you avoid the day to day living costs associated with hotel stays such as eating out and paying for laundry. This is because they have kitchens and all the facilities you would expect to find at home.'
The extra space and privacy is also attractive. Serviced apartments typically have en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens and living rooms as well as broadband and satellite television.'
Ultimately the serviced apartment market is growing because it offers business travellers a perfect home from home at a price that makes business-sense.
For more information about Select Apartments or for help finding an apartment in the UK or abroad, please contact Adrian England on 0845 055 6352 or visit www.selectapartments.co.uk.