10/26/2012 (press release: OnlinePR) // Co-operative Travel
Independent travel agency The Midcounties Co-op Travel has opened its first branches in the East Midlands creating up to 19 jobs.
Coronation Street star Alan Halsall, who plays ‘Tyrone Dobbs’ in the TV soap, was a big attraction when he performed the opening ceremony at the branches at the Westfield Centre in Derby and Kings Street in Nottingham.
The new ventures are among the first concept stores to be branded as cooptravel.co.uk. In addition to a network of more than 50 travel branches, Midcounties runs an online travel business which has given the new branches their name.
Sue Reid, General Manager, Travel Distribution, at Midcounties said: “We are a member-owned and independent business with more than 90 years of travel experience. We see the new branches as a great opportunity to serve the local communities which is why we have invested in the East Midlands.
“We are very excited about opening in this the International Year of Co-operatives and we wanted to create a real buzz. We are looking forward to welcoming local people and new members and giving them a wider choice and independent advice when it comes to booking their holidays.”
The Derby branch, which is managed by Adam Deane, will create up to 11 jobs. Tresa Storer, who is from Arnold, Nottingham, has been appointed manager of the Nottingham branch which has created up to eight jobs. They both have extensive experience within the travel industry and they head experienced and knowledgeable teams.
The opening celebrations at Derby and Nottingham gave fans the chance to meet the popular Corrie star and get his autograph. There were also free prize draws for the chance to win a holiday and special offers.
Midcounties has stated its aim to become the leading independent travel retailer in the UK, with co-operative values at its core. It has embarked on a strategy of rapid growth that includes opening travel branches around East Midlands Airport and building on links with Birmingham and Bristol Airports.
The Midcounties Co-operative has its headquarters in Warwickshire, with trading outlets in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire and the surrounding counties.
The Society’s trading groups are food retail, funeral, travel, pharmacy, childcare nurseries, employee benefits and energy. The Midcounties Co-operative is the largest independent co-operative society in the UK and has more than 470 branches, and 245,000 active trading members. It is in The Sunday Times Best 25 Big Companies To Work For list for the second year running.
The Society’s mission statement is ‘To be a successful consumer co-operative working towards creating a better, fairer world, and to enhance the lives of our colleagues, members, customers, and the communities we serve’.
For more details call Lorna Bishop at Seal on 0121 616 5800.
About Co-operative Travel
Co-operative Travel offer a variety of holidays, flights and hotels. They are providers of great late deals, cheap ski holidays in 2012 and Disneyland Paris holidays in 2012.
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives, highlighting the contribution of co-operatives to socio-economic development, particularly their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. The Year will highlight the strengths of the co-operative business model as an alternative means of doing business and furthering socio-economic development.
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