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Workers Asked to Cut Back on the Business Lunch

Workers Asked to Cut Back on the Business Lunch
1 in 3 employees now asked to reduce their lunchtime expenses as businesses look to keep costs down
The business lunch is the latest employee benefit to suffer from the economic conditions, according to a new survey that has found 1 in 3 workers are being asked to use discount vouchers to keep the costs of lunchtime meetings and entertaining to a minimum.
The survey, which questioned over 1,200 people across the UK, found that companies are increasingly asking employees to eat at cheaper restaurants and use voucher deals to help reduce expenses bills in light of the challenging business environment.
Simon Terry, director of money saving website, which ran the survey, says: Business lunches have traditionally been viewed as a perk, but in the current climate many companies are reviewing their procedures to reduce their financial commitment.  While lunch meetings and entertaining are still key in terms of staff motivation and business relationships, the cost can be cut back significantly and savvy companies are now recognising this.
Restaurants offering voucher codes now vary from Pizza Express, Caf Rouge and Strada, to Carluccios and All Bar One.
Despite being told to cutback on expenses, 25% of those questioned said they still dont feel comfortable using money off vouchers at a business lunch or dinner, while 22% said they wouldnt feel happy about using them at a meal with their boss.
A few years ago it perhaps wasnt socially acceptable to use money off vouchers at professional lunches, adds Simon. With the increased availability of money off vouchers, together with a growing number of restaurants offering these savings, it is becoming easier and more acceptable to cut back on expenditure. 
Anyone who feels unsure about taking advantage of these discounts should take comfort in the fact that in the last year voucher code downloads for restaurants have increased by over 138%, showing just how many people are using them for business and pleasure. is one of the UKs leading money saving websites, featuring over 4,000 discounts and exclusive offers every day from restaurant brands such as Pizza Express, Ask, and Gourmet Burger Kitchen, as well as hundreds of retailers, supermarkets, travel companies and more - visit


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