A love of entrepreneurship led one Bournemouth woman to start her own travel business.
Shan Simpson, from Broadstone Bournemouth, worked for ten years as cabin crew for British Airways flying all around the world on long haul trips. She loved the job and travel and had always wanted to own her own business around a family.
After looking into Bournemouth’s Not Just Travel and The Travel Franchise, it was their clout within the travel industry to get the best deals that led Shan to join.
She said: “I was trying to book a hotel in Bermuda for my husband Mark’s 50th birthday and one of my friends in the travel business gave me a quote. I spoke to one of The Travel Franchise travel consultants, David Walker, and I said to Mark, ‘if he can beat the mate’s rates quote, I’ll join them.’ He beat is by a good amount and I thought, wow, they have huge clout in the travel industry to do that.” She spoke to David about the company and he is now her Travel Mentor.
Shan became an Elite franchisee, paying £14,995 in fees, and started her own business Trolley Dolly Travel. She said: “It’s a little joke as I used to be cabin crew.” Not Just Travel and The Travel Franchise run an industry disrupting Money-Back Challenge – if franchisees hit a certain target within their first year, they get the full franchisee fee back. Shan hit her target in April, she said setting up her business had been hard work but ‘a fantastic experience.’
She is now looking forward to the next year, with bookings coming in fast – she has just returned from a cruise and will be taking part in Not Just Travel’s Elite retreat to Mauritius soon. Franchisees’ get taken away by the company as part of their entrepreneurs training programme.
For those who want to follow in Shan’s footsteps and become a homeworking Not Just Travel consultant, the company is hosting a Discovery Day on 10 July 6.30pm-9pm at Not Just Travel, Basepoint Business Centre, Aviation Way, Hurn, Bournemouth, BH23 6NX. You’ll see behind the scenes at the Bournemouth Head Office, learn what it means to be your own boss and how to earn an unlimited income.