Never one to merely jump on the bandwagon, Alliance Virtual Offices has always aimed to offer innovative, valuable services to operators and clients of flexible workspace.
Now, Alliance Virtual Offices – which was launched in 2010 to offer mailing address services, live receptionist support and meeting room hire all over the world – has taken virtual officing to the next level.
This morning, Alliance Virtual Offices announced an industry first.
Bitcoin – an open source peer-to-peer payment network and digital currency, that’s currently taking the world by storm, is making its debut in the virtual office industry.
As the first virtual office e-commerce platform to accept Bitcoin as a payment method, which can be used to book virtual offices and meeting rooms around the world, Alliance Virtual Offices has yet again proven that it is a leading innovator in the alternative workspace industry.
“When we launched Alliance Virtual Offices, we committed to driving innovation and leadership in the alternative workspace world,” says Frank Cottle, chairman and founder of Alliance Business Centers and CEO of Alliance Virtual Offices.
“When we recognized Bitcoin’s growing impact on the digital payments industry, we moved swiftly to add this alternative currency to our payment options for global clients. We expect to see more virtual office users at home and abroad opt for virtual payment solutions like Bitcoin in 2014 and beyond.”
Cryptocurrency Bitcoin was introduced in 2009, and has been gathering pace ever since. In today’s digital world, it has become the next step in online bookings and payments, using digitally signed messages that transfer ownership of Bitcoins.
Bitcoin allows payments to digitally ‘change hands’ without exchange rate fees – a perfect solution for users of Alliance Virtual Offices’ global services, of which there are more than 600 locations around the globe.
For example, Alliance Virtual Offices clients who are Dutch nationals living in Hong Kong with virtual offices in New York and London, can now rely on Bitcoin for seamless transactions without exchange rate fees. In the same way so can the virtual office user in London, or Atlanta, or Paris, who just wants a more convenient way to pay.
“Virtual offices are part of the global economy – and so is Bitcoin,” says Mike Sullivan, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer for Alliance Virtual Offices. “By adding Bitcoin as a payment option, we’re making it even easier to do business with Alliance Virtual Offices and demonstrating to clients that we’re not only committed to helping them save money on officing but also with the method with which they pay for that officing.”
Chris Steele, co-founder of Alliance Virtual Offices, added: “At Alliance Virtual Offices, ‘virtual’ is literally our middle name. We embrace virtual technologies that make sense for our clients and Bitcoin aligns perfectly with our business needs.
“I’ve been watching Bitcoin for years and I believe it will play an increasingly larger role in e-commerce in the months and years ahead. We’ve implemented a secure, hosted system using BitPay, a leader in e-commerce and B2B solutions for virtual currencies, to facilitate Bitcoin transactions safely for virtual office clients around the world.”
Its mantra is “people, place and technology”, and by harnessing the power of technology, Alliance Virtual Offices – part of the Alliance Business Centers Network – has identified essential opportunities to add value for clients and to make their business processes simpler and safer. With the launch of Bitcoin, it has taken virtual officing to the next digital level.
Head to www.alliancevirtualoffices.com to find out more – and watch this (virtual) space…