Navigating the Future of UK Corporate Travel with Uber for Business

23 Jan 2024 by BusinessTraveller
Uber for Business

Corporate travel in the UK is undergoing a profound change. As a global platform for managing rides and meals, Uber for Business can play a key role in this shift by helping businesses of all sizes remain cost-compliant and offering extensive visibility over spending and CO2 emissions. This move towards greener business travel aligns with recent Uber for Business data showing that 90% of UK travel managers prioritise ESG reporting when choosing travel vendors.[1]

In this landscape, it’s not surprising that corporate travel is taking centre stage. A significant 89% of UK travel managers believe travel will become a top business priority in 2024, reflecting its vital role in both operational efficiency and achieving broader corporate objectives.[2] As organisations adapt to the changing landscape, the demand for efficient and flexible travel solutions is growing.

Navigating the New Normal in Corporate Travel

Companies increasingly focus on adaptability, safety and a blend of personal and professional needs to attract and retain employees. Being flexible and responsive to changing scenarios will be critical to meeting evolving travel demands. This includes accommodating diverse travel preferences, integrating the latest tech for efficient trip management and prioritising sustainability in travel policies.

Uber for Business

Uber for Business directly addresses these needs with its tailored solutions. It offers a range of services for both immediate itinerary changes and long-term travel planning. The platform enhances experiences by seamlessly integrating expense providers and sustainable options into its platform. It not only offers convenience but also makes travel easier for everyone involved.

Functionality, Flexibility and Sustainability

As employee behaviour and preferences evolve, travel managers are placing a heightened focus on the quality of individual journeys. Uber Business Comfort, for example, strives to strike a balance between comfort and functionality, creating an environment conducive to both productivity and relaxation. Uber’s upcoming partnership with the world-famous London Black Cabs aims to simplify travel in London, providing diverse transportation options on a single platform.

The global business landscape will most likely remain unpredictable in 2024. Additionally, global travel will continue to feel stretched and uncertain as the travel industry ramps back up to full operating capacity, especially as business travel is back on the agenda. Recognising this need, services like Uber Reserve offer advanced booking options, adaptable to schedule changes. In line with this flexibility, all Uber offerings feature streamlined expense management and sustainability reporting.

Uber for Business

Sustainability is another vital factor in corporate travel decision-making. Offerings like Uber Green present eco-friendly travel options, helping companies reduce their environmental impact with electric vehicle rides. Uber for Business’s Sustainability Insights Dashboard helps companies monitor and report on CO2 emissions, enabling them to take action against air pollution while keeping costs low.

Shaping the Future of Business Travel

To achieve greater functionality, flexibility and sustainability, travel managers need the right tech tools in place. With 97% of UK travel managers adopting new tech to tackle modern travel demands, integrating these into a unified dashboard is crucial for increasing adaptability, streamlining management and easing stress from schedule changes.[3] Looking ahead, services like Uber for Business are key in navigating travel logistics complexities and meeting today’s employee needs.

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[1] Uber for Business Trends Survey, December 2023. Sample: 250 UK corporate travel managers and additional ITM respondents. Q5.
[2] Ibid. Q1.
[3] Ibid. Q7.
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