“Premier Inn extends contract with Atos Origin for its Business Account Card Scheme”
London, 2nd August 2010
Atos Origin, an international IT services company and leader in hi-tech transactional services, today announced that it has signed a five year contract extension with Premier Inn to run its Business Account Card Scheme. This is a transaction based scheme and further extends our collaborative relationship that started back in 2002.
Atos Origin will continue to run the successful Business Account Card Scheme that it designed and built. The scheme makes it very simple for business travellers to pay for their accommodation and meals while providing an efficient, totally transparent cost control for their organisations.
Since its launch, the take up and use of the Premier Inn Business Account Card Scheme has been impressive. Whitbread's most recent financial results for 2009/10 reported Business Account users increased by 13% on the previous financial year. Sales grew by 2.6% to a total of £175.4 million.
In the first quarter of 2010/11 business account sales revenue have grown 21% with companies increasingly attracted by Premier Inn's high quality bedrooms at budget prices and its 100% Good Night Guarantee.
John Kerslake, Sales Director at Whitbread said: “At a time when controlling costs is a top priority for many organisations, the scheme provided by Atos Origin enables us to offer our corporate clients an easy to use service that helps to limit expenditure while benefiting both employees and their organisations. We have been impressed by the service that Atos Origin has provided and the value that it has brought our own business which is why we are committed to extending the contract for such a long term.”
Andy Marsh, General Manager at Atos Origin said: “The service that we provide to Whitbread is core part of our business, which is why we are especially pleased to be extending this contract. Our fee structure is linked directly to Whitbread's success, which makes it a win-win situation for both parties. It is a model which we are increasingly replicating with our other clients to ensure that we add real business value and ensures objectives are met.”
The Premier Inn Business Account has numerous benefits; businesses can put a spending limit on the Business Account card, financial controllers receive a full breakdown of card usage and employees don't have to worry about submitting and processing receipts.
Following the acquisition in March this year of Shere - a market leading and innovative provider of integrated self-service, web and desktop systems delivering services to the UK rail and hospitality markets – Atos Origin now also provides the self-service kiosks used in the reception of 20 Premier Inn hotels. These kiosks speed up the check-in process by automating all aspects including [issuing electronic key cardstaking payment by debit or credit cards as well as printing receipts.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international information technology (IT) services company, providing hi-tech transactional services, consulting, systems integration and managed operations to deliver business outcomes globally.
The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.1 billion and it employs 50,000 people. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
About Premier Inn
Award-winning Premier Inn is the UK's biggest hotel brand with over 590 budget hotels and more than 42,000 rooms across the UK and Ireland. Premier Inn bedrooms feature an en-suite bathroom, TV with Freeview, and WiFi internet access. All Premier Inns feature a bar and restaurant; situated inside the hotel or adjacent, offering a wide range of food choices.
In 2008 Premier Inn launched in Dubai and is now open in Bangalore, India.
On a domestic front, Premier Inn is set to be the largest provider of budget hotels in London by 2012.
Premier Inn is currently offering rooms for just £29 (restrictions apply).
Visit www.premierinn.com for full terms and conditions.
Premier Inn supports WaterAid, the international charity whose mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. Premier Inn, as part of Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, aims to raise £1 million for WaterAid over the next two years. Details can be found at www.wateraid.org/whitbread.
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