Barclays, which made the recent cuts due to a decline in the "commercial viability" for its in-branch financial planning, formed the two roles – a dedicated business manager hotels and a hotel audit consultant – last year to analyse its global accomodation budget.
HRG already works with Barclays, reporting on information including key performance indicators using its HRG Reporting software, to make cost savings across the 40 countries the company regularly uses for business travel.
HRG commercial director Stewart Harvey said: "This is a great example of how sensible and practical management can save a large company hundreds of thousands of pounds in hotel costs. Average room rates have been reduced by steering business to preferred properties that are offering the best deals. In addition, new negotiated rates have often included extras such as free wi-fi, parking and discounts on food and beverage, all very much appreciated by Barclays’ travelling employees."
A hotel audit consultant was appointed for pre-trip analysis. Barclays now plans to appoint a similar role in the Asia Pacific region.
"This appointment was done in partnership with HRG, so there is now a lot more continuity with our hotel programme," says Barclays’ procurement manager for global travel services Michael Funnell. "For other companies considering making a similar appointment, I recommend that it has to be in close partnership. There is no benefit employing a business manager for hotels and letting them work in isolation."