Co-Founder of The Travel Franchise & Not Just Travel.
Not Just Travel is a multi-award winning travel agency which was established in 2001.
The Travel Franchise was founded in 2010.
Along with my business partner, Steve Witt, we took a fledgeling of an idea to become what we believe is the fastest-growing travel business in the UK today.
Over 750 people (as at Jan 20) have invested in a franchise and have started their own entrepreneurial journey under our umbrella. We now have over 40 corporate staff, most of whom work out of our Headquarters in Bournemouth.
The journey has been amazing. Starting with not a penny to our name we created a concept and with hard work, sheer determination and a slice of luck created what you see today.
Co – Owner of UK’s fastest growing Travel Business – Not Just Travel | The Travel Franchise
Multi award winning
UK Homeworking Agency of the Year 2015-2019
Nominated as Top 50 upcoming “one to watch” entrepreneur by Lloyds/Daily Telegraph
750 franchisees across the UK
In 2015, we were awarded with the prestigious GM/T2 Home working Agency of the Year award and won it again in 2016, 17, 18 & 19 – which is a record. This is even more remarkable given 95%+ of our franchisees had zero previous experience. In 2020 for the first time we won the very prestigious TTG Media/Kuoni – Home working Agency of the Year!
Our sales have rocketed from a few thousand pounds a month to millions a week.
Each month we set new records in terms of sales and commission pay-outs. In January 2017, our sales were up 259% on January 2016 and likewise, our commission pay-out was up 356% over the same period.
We now have franchisees turning over Millions a year and many making a monthly 5-figure income. In addition, they too are being recognised by the travel industry and are winning many prestigious awards in their own right.
Cash-rich and debt-free the company has grown beyond recognition and is known for its innovation and entrepreneurial endeavour. Steve, myself and the company are regularly featured in the travel trade press as well as national media.
Via our innovative Travel Ambassador Programme, our travel opportunity has now been made affordable to the masses and to those who maybe cannot afford or cannot run a franchise.
Via our innovate Partners in Travel Programme we are now the official travel agency of Sainsbury’s, Liverpool Victoria, Astra Zenica, Royal British Legion and many other companies and organisations.
Daley Thompson, CBE
In 2017 Daley Thompson, CBE became a business partner of Steve and myself. As a man who needs no introduction we are very proud and honoured to be working with him and have now become great friends.
As a true Champion of his sport, Daley won Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Gold as well as holding the world record four times. He is a true Olympic legend in what is the hardest event of all – The Decathlon.
His values of sacrifice, commitment, dedication, winning and fun are values we hold dear in our business and is what attracted us to Daley to invite him to be the Brand Ambassador of both Not Just Travel & The Travel Franchise.
He has attended many of our events and conferences as a key note speaker and developed many marketing tools and videos which have helped our franchisees.
As we have experienced exponential growth since 2017, Daley is now working with us on other projects both inside and outside of Not Just Travel.
A business man himself in his life after sport, Daley is a proven winner and Steve and I are very proud to call him a friend and a business partner.
John Hays is the Founder of Hays Travel, the largest independent travel agency in the UK.
In 2018 the company turnover was in-excess of £1billion. In 2019 John and his wife Irene bought all 555 Thomas Cook stores after the collapse of Thomas Cook.
This more than doubled if not tripled the company in size overnight and more importantly added to the buying power they carry.
John knows the travel industry inside out and as the UK’s biggest travel agent has agreed to act as a mentor to both Steve and myself as well as sit on our newly formed Advisory Board.
At the beginning of 2020 Steve and I started discussions with John and Irene on a new partnership in the travel retail space…
As friends, as well as business partners, we are working on some new initiatives with John & Irene both inside and outside of travel… more details to follow shortly but it is very exciting. Although a Sunderland fan (we won’t hold that against him) , he is a great, down to earth guy who has achieved the ultimate heights in his industry and we are proud to be coached and mentored by him and call him a business partner.