By Clare Shufflebotham, Partnerships Manager at CrossCountry,

For businesses of all shapes and sizes getting the most out of your travel is essential. Whether it’s a 20-minutes journey to a nearby meeting or a 4-hour journey for an overnight business trip, companies can save time and money by knowing the handiest tips.

Here are our top tips for business travellers:

1. Think ahead to get the best price – Train companies release their cheapest fares 12 weeks ahead of travel so the earlier you can plan your journey, the cheaper it will be.

2. Stay in the know – Get tickets and check live departure times and travel updates on your mobile so you're always in the know whilst you're on the go. Doing this will ensure you know about any delays in advance – or might help you catch the earlier train home!

3. Don’t get angry, get Advance on the Day – It can be frustrating when you have to make an unexpected journey and often miss out on savings because you have to buy a more expensive ‘on the day’ fare. We understand businesses need flexibility which is why we have extended availability of Advance tickets up to 1 hour before departure to customers using thetrainline.com’s booking system.

4. Take your seat – Avoid the last minute stampede to the train by reserving your seat in advance; it will save you time, keep your journey hassle free and, more importantly, means you can plan how to use your journey time. If you travel with CrossCountry you can make reservations up to ten minutes before departure via the website or Train Tickets app.

5. Use railcards – Do you have staff under 25 or over 60? If so they’ll qualify for a railcard which will help save a third on train travel costs!

6. Enjoy the mobile office – With table space, Wi-Fi and charging points the train can be the ideal mobile office

7. Travel in style and stretch out – You want to feel your best when you arrive in the office or at a business meeting, so why not travel First Class? Travelling First Class you can enjoy larger, reclining seats, more table space and a calm environment. Plus, on many services, enjoy a range of complimentary food and drink served to you at your seat.

8. Get creative – Got writer’s block? Struggling with an idea? Getting out of the office and onto the train can help the creative juices. Use your new environment as stimulation.