05/29/2012 (press release: Online PR) // Dan Adey
The Midcounties Co-op Travel has appointed Gillian Bray to run its new travel agency consortium as it continues to invest in growing the business.
Gillian, the former sales and recruitment manager for the North and Scotland at Freedom Travel Group, takes up her new post as Business Development Manager at the end of May.
She will be responsible for the day to day running of the consortium which will be officially launched at the end of May.
Alistair Rowland, Group General Manager of Travel Services, said: “This is a significant appointment and demonstrates how we are keen to develop and take the business forward. We are delighted to welcome Gillian who is a well known in the industry and who has the knowledge and experience to be a real asset for us.
“She understands the needs of independent retailers and will help us to attract like minded high value agents who want to enjoy the support of our co-operative values and have a say in how the consortium is run.”
The consortium will retain principal ATOL status for each of its members. It is targeting around 30 agency members with turnovers of up to £10 million over three years.
Midcounties has embarked on a strategy of rapid growth as it aims to become one of the best independent travel retailers in the country, with co-operative values at its core.
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About the Midcounties Co-operative
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 100 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’.
About Co-operative Travel
Co-operative Travel offer a variety of holidays, flights and hotels. They are providers of cheap holidays abroad, cheap ski holidays for that winter break or holidays to turkey for some summer sun.
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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