Travel business scoops eight industry awards

The Co-operative Group’s travel division, The Co-operative Travel, almost swept the board at the recent Travel Weekly awards for the North ceremony at Manchester’s Palace Hotel.

The business scooped eight of the ten awards to cap what has been a highly successful first half of the year for the organisation.


The award winners were:

• Best Cruise Agency – Cumbria Cruises

• Best business travel manager – Michael Crotty, Manchester (Co-operative Travel Management)

• Best business travel team – Co-operative Travel Management, Manchester

• Best homeworker – David Hoyle, Future Travel

• Best call centre sales consultant – Tim Starrs, Apollo Travel

• Best manager small agency – Darren Hilsdon, Holiday Village, Poulton (a Freedom Travel member)

• Best manager, large agency 25+ shops – Susan Hall, The Co-operative Travel, Sunderland

• Best sales team, large agency 25+ shops – The Co-operative Travel, Kingston Park, Newcastle

The event was especially memorable for Cumbria Cruises and Future Travel homeworker David Hoyle, who both picked up their awards for the second consecutive year.

The Co-operative Travel has already received eight awards in 2008, including Keeley Johnson’s prestigious Leisure High Street Manager of the Year at the Agent Achievement Awards.

Mike Greenacre, Managing Director of The Co-operative Travel, commented: “Winning eight awards is a remarkable achievement for us, and perfectly illustrates the quality of our staff and their continuous drive towards complete customer satisfaction.”

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