British workers are eager to return to business trips to strengthen professional relationships – and take a break from working at home, according to a survey.

The poll found that 70% of prospective business travellers agreed that travelling for work and conducting face-to-face meetings will help strengthen business relationships.

Almost half of those surveyed said they would look forward to a break away from their household.

Just over a third (37%) said staying in nice hotels is what they would look forward to the most if allowed on a business trip, and a quarter (26%) said they would be most looking forward to exploring new cities and countries.

The YouGov poll was carried out among more than 1,200 workers for Emburse, an expense management specialist.

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Kenny Eon, general manager and EMEA senior vice-president at Emburse, said: “It’s great to see people are still feeling positive about business travel and recognise its value in a work setting, with workers keen to reconnect in person with colleagues.

“Beyond the usual reasons for travelling, the data reflects a workforce looking to escape and see new sights, which is to be expected following this period of extended isolation.

“As nations find their feet again, it’s crucial that people are given the opportunity to create meaningful relationships again, both for business and leisure purposes.

“Successes in virtual meetings can’t be overlooked, but the value of broadening one’s horizons is still firmly on the business agenda.”