We decided to join Midcounties Co-op consortia member in 2012, after over 8 years of trading we wanted the freedom to expand and develop our business with the support of a consortia that shared our vision and our will to succeed. We have not been disappointed, now over 12 months down the line we continue to work closely with Gill, Alistair and the finance team within Midcounties, we share our ideas with them and they give us the support and guidance we need to help put these into practice.
We have significantly grown our DP business with the protection of the Midcounties ATOL and the flexibility of using a wider range of suppliers. We feel secure in the knowledge that the Midcounties Co-operative as a whole is a forward-thinking, stable business.
"Stuart & Angela Wilson" - Blue Bay Travel
On Holidays Groups consumer direct brand choose to move its business to Midcounties Coops primarily because of the quality of the management team and our confidence in their ability to deliver a Consortia solutions that meet our key requirements around cost effective ATOL protection, Supplier Failure Insurance and credit card clearence.
However, we have also been pleased with the environment of inter consortia cooperation encouraged within Midcounties and OHG now supplies exclusive contracting services to follow member Blue Bay to service their specific long haul requirement and a Coop Value site which is used within the Coop retail branches extensively.
These opportunities where driven by the Midcounties management team and are further benefits of consortia membership over the obvious efficiency gains achieved by effectively outsourcing a large part of your finance function to Midcounties central team.
"Steve Endacott" - On Holiday Group
Travel Circle chose to join Midcounties because we wanted to be truly independent in how we run our business, yet we also wanted financial peace of mind. The commercial deals that Midcounties offer are as competitive as any other consortia in the market place and we find that the use of the Group ATOL gives us license to package our own holidays also.
The support team and management team at Midcounties offer tremendous support when needed and I would summarise by saying the group is efficient, organized, secure and ambitious – all traits that are necessary for any successful business.
"Mark Delaney" - Travel Circle
We had worked with the Co-op Travel for years. Emma and Kay had worked together as job share Managers for the passed 10 years. We were the first ever job share Managers. When TCCT announced redundancies...the first port of call was panic!!! Then a plan was in place for us to find something to do we both loved...TRAVEL!!
We met up with Gillian Travis to discuss the options of working with Mid Counties. We had looked at home working...however, we agreed this didn't seem the right path for both of us at this time. After speaking and meeting with Gill, an Independent Travel agency of our very own was the dream. We have been given so much support, guidance and reassurance. To us, we could not consider any other company we could work so well with. Before we knew it, we were signing a contract. The process was simple and uncomplicated. We have worked for Alistair before when he was Head of Retail, in fact his wife Maxine was our Regional Manager. He came along to meet us to discuss our future. He gave us some really good advice.
We are about to open the doors in Northwich, Cheshire as H D Travel. We are stand alone travel agents in Northwich. We have already had so many people passing our door with good wishes! We open the doors on Thursday 22 August 2013... Our new journey begins here.
"Emma and Kay" - H D Travel