HELMSBRISCOE, one of the world's largest conference resource firms, has entered into an agreement with Business Meeting Places, Stamford, Conn., a division of Regus Group plc, based in the U.K. BMP leases more than 3,700 meeting rooms in professional office settings worldwide.

“The availability and consistency of Regus' Business Meeting Places around the world complement our global clientele,” says Peter Shelly, executive vice president, HelmsBriscoe. Bill C. Briscoe, chief industry relations officer, HelmsBriscoe, adds that the trend toward regional meetings is driving the increase in day meetings, which hotels typically do not welcome without corresponding guest room usage.

“Clients will see that rates are competitive with the hotel industry, and even below industry standards,” adds Brian McCabe, vice president, BMP.

HelmsBriscoe's 600 associates are being educated about BMP's offices in 330 cities in 55 countries around the world, and an associate can schedule a meeting (or multiple meetings) via an electronic scheduling service. BMP staff handle all tasks associated with the meeting, from AV requirements and technical assistance to catering and business support services.