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13 Jun 2008 by Mark Caswell

Taking the biscuit

Research by Holiday Inn has revealed that 80 per cent of delegates believe that biscuits improve the quality and outcome of a meeting. Indeed biscuits came second in the list of the most important boardoom-criteria, behind only tables and chairs, and ahead of lighting, technology and artwork.

Men are apparently more likely to dunk than women (55 per cent versus 45 per cent), and chocolate digestives came top of the boardoom’s “Most wanted” list, ahead of shortbread, hob nobs and jammy dodgers.

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A jammy situation

Over 70 per cent of UK businesses believe that traffic congestion is impacting the effectiveness of their staff travelling for work, accroding to recent research by car rental firm Europcar.

Of the 300 businesses surveyed, 80 per cent also claim that congestion is getting worse, with over a quarter (29 per cent) of respondents estimating that 30 per cent of every journey was spent sitting in traffic.

Said david McNeill, corporate sales director, Europcar:

“While significant investment has been made in our road network it simply isn’t enough and the jury’s still out on the Government’s plans for road pricing and High Occupancy Lanes on motorways. But what is certain is that we drastically need better measures to ease congestion. Anyone who has been trapped nose to tail on the M25 on a Friday afternoon can’t fail to agree with this view.”

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Have your say

Here at we conduct regular surveys into subjects related to business travel. Recent polls reveal that over 55 per cent of you think airlines should pass on fuel price increases to the passenger, while 63 per cent of visitors believe it is time for a new airport in the Thames Estuary, and 44 per cent of you chose Amsterdam Schiphol as your preferred European airport hub.

Our latest survey asks you to dish the dirt on whether your colleagues fiddle their expenses. Click here to have your say, and if “yes” or “no” doesn’t quite cover your thoughts, visit our forum to join in the debate.

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