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Our visionary co-founders win South West Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year awards

Last night our co-founders, Paul Harrison and Steve Witt, were recognised as two of Britain’s best business leaders at The Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

With around 5.5 million businesses in the UK and only 250 nominees shortlisted and invited to the big gala dinner in London last night, it’s an incredible achievement to be nominated, but of course our co-founders went one step further….

Out of just 20 awards, Paul and Steve won the South West Scale Up Entrepreneur of the Year category, a highly competitive title recognising the best businesses throughout the South of England, stretching from the furthest east of Surrey to the west of Dorset.

Says Paul: “This award represents the hard work of every person in our consultant and corporate team. Steve and I may have been recognised as business leaders, but the entrepreneurial spirit is evident in every single person in the entire NJT business – that’s how we’ve made success happen. We thank everyone and share this prestigious award with them.” 

Steve adds: “This accolade is testament to our exceptional trajectory of solid and sustained growth, as well as our pioneering spirit. But anyone who knows Paul and I also knows we’re not stopping there,” says Steve. “We have incredibly ambitious plans for the next few years.”

Recognising inspirational excellence 

Having such a high calibre of leadership has without a doubt enabled The Travel Franchise and Not Just Travel to get past the challenging business ‘start-up’ phase to become firmly established as a leading figure in both the franchise world and travel.

We’re thrilled that their inspirational energy and his constant determination to always innovate and improve, has been recognised by industry leaders.

But perhaps the most impressive feat has been the expeditious growth both sides of the company has experienced during the last two years.

Rising demand for our franchises 

Not only has The Travel Franchise been voted one of the top 10 franchises in Britain in 2023, beating big-name brands such as Vodafone but it has been named Best Travel Franchise, Eco Franchise of the Year and is one of the fastest growing franchises in the UK with over 200 people, many new to travel, investing in a franchise with us this year so far. 

“Almost one person every working day has joined us,” says Paul “and we are still seeing unprecedented demand even as we approach Christmas as many people want to join, train and launch a business before ‘peaks’ the January-to-March period when agents typically book more travel than any other time of the year.”

“Our reputation as an innovative, dynamic company that trains and supports people new to travel is beginning to attract a growing number of entrepreneurs with backgrounds in a wide range of industries. People know that we offer some innovative initiatives such as our innovative mentorship retreats abroad to help them skyrocket their business as ultimately our success is entwined with theirs. ”

The support we give franchisees has resulted in us winning Homeworking Travel Agency of the Year numerous times and the proof is seen in our agents’ holiday sales.

Record sales for Not Just Travel consultants 

It’s no secret that franchisees who operate under the company’s Not Just Travel brand have seen record sales every month this year with many agents regularly taking over £100k+ in holiday bookings a month and some hitting the £10 million mark this year!

Some agents have also won prestigious awards for their success including David Walker, Ross Johnson and Ben Casey, while others such as Gemma Outram are hitting the headlines for impressive cruise sales and are a guiding light and inspiration to other consultants who have opted in to our Cruise Mastery Programme.

Says Steve: “2023 has been a record year for our agents in terms of awards, cruise bookings, holiday sales and commission, and the trend shows no sign of abating with the company outperforming sales’ forecasts by an impressive 30 per cent. 

“Not only are we an established brand now but we continue to invest money in recruiting high calibre staff such as travel heavyweights Derek Jones and Chris Harrison, as well as cutting edge technology such as our WOW app to ensure our consultants continue to grow their businesses even further.”

For more details on the awards see on the awards see https://greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com/

If you would like to know about our award-winning franchises you can find more detailed information including pre-recorded short videos about the business model in our Discovery Centre or get a free magazine sent to your home. 

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