Virtual Office Group


Press Release   •   Feb 09, 2010 17:04 GMT

Richard Nissen, Founder and Chairman of the Virtual-Office® Group (VOG), and the staff and management of the company, this year celebrate an extraordinary 30 years of successful operation providing bespoke professional services and prestigious office accommodation in the heart of Mayfair.  To mark this 30th Anniversary milestone, the VOG is presenting a special introductory trial offer of virtual office services for one month free for any or all of the Group’s ‘London Presence’ packages, conditional to a contract for a six-month period. London Presence offers home-based entrepreneurs a choice of a prestigious mailing address in London and/or dedicated central London telephone number and call-forwarding options. In addition, the standard registration fee of £100 is waived for the remained of 2010 – a saving of £155 - £200. Please visit for more details.

The original office was established at 35 Piccadilly in 1980 (preceding another economic recession) during an era when the telex machine was coveted office equipment and there was a waiting list for purchase. Nissen subsequently pioneered the digital exchange telecommunications system which launched the virtual office concept in the UK. He registered the trademark name in 1992 when the Virtual Office Group was established at 211 Piccadilly - after 25 years, the office recently relocated to its current address, 180 Piccadilly, opposite the Royal Academy of Art.

According to Nissen, “working in an office is fantastically inefficient! Apart from the obvious benefits of a better work/life-style balance when working from home, it will become increasingly mandatory as fuel and energy resources are depleted.  Disruptions caused by extremes of weather, as recently experienced throughout the UK, is testament to the efficiency of working virtually.  Indeed, the Forum of Private Business recently estimated that the cost in lost revenue of one day of snow last February was £1.2 billion when 20% of the commuting workforce stayed at home.  A few weeks ago, it further advised that organisations could lose up to £230 million a day due to the persistent adverse weather conditions. Certainly the virtual office concept will continue to appeal to entrepreneurs and organisations of all sizes seeking more flexible and cost-effective business solutions.”


The precursor of the Virtual Office Group was established in 1980 when British businessman Richard Nissen established superior serviced offices in prestigious Piccadilly to provide flexible business accommodation and support services to an expanding SME market.  In 1992, he pioneered the “virtual office” telecommunications solution allowing non-resident city professionals to project a central London address and telephone prefix with a selection of reliable support services.  The same year Nissen co-founded what is known today as the ABCN (Alliance of Business Centres Network) to provide access to over 600 locations in over 42 countries worldwide.  The prestigious BVQi accreditation ISO 9001 was awarded to the VOG in 1996 - the Group is the only serviced office provider in the UK to be the recipient of this coveted industry benchmark of excellence.