14/10/10

By Claire West

Budget Rent-a-Car, one of the world’s leading rental companies, has today announced the launch of Business Connections, a service which offers its UK corporate customers a 12% discount every time they rent a car in Europe, USA, Middle East and Africa.

Business Connections, which goes live this month, is a no-contract, pay as you go service designed to give customers a flexible, value for money solution to business travel. The programme was introduced in response to feedback from Budget’s small business clients who were looking for affordable corporate rates in a clean and accessible rental package.

“Business Connections does just that”, commented Stuart Liddle, Head of Budget UK, “The service was designed to be as straightforward and as flexible as possible, and most significantly, open to all our corporate clients. The launch of this service means that SMEs can benefit from a 12% discount off of retail prices every time they book; there is no minimum number of hires necessary and no membership fees.”

As a result of the economic climate many small and medium sized enterprises reported they are finding it difficult to retain face-to-face relationships with their customers in the UK and overseas. In response, the discount structure was expanded into other territories to help benefit the many small and medium sized enterprises, particularly in the IT and consultancy industries, who regularly travel to and from Europe.

Liddle continued, “We understand that for many small business operators the value of a face-to-face relationship with a customer is invaluable, but the pressure to tighten purse strings has never been greater. We hope that by reducing the cost of our daily rentals in the UK, and other territories, we can help businesses retain a crucial link.”
Once customers complete the Business Connections registration form, they will receive an email welcoming them to the programme, and a Budget Customer Discount (BCD) Number entitling them to a 12% discount on each rental.

Budget Car & Van Rental is one of the top three global car and van rental companies. Budget operates in over 3,400 locations, within 128 countries worldwide, including over 800 airports. For more information visit its award winning website www.budget.co.uk.