Rapid ramps up as leisure market pursued in 2019

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Jan 2019

RAPID Accommodation is ramping up once more, with six new staff across the enlarged organisation, as it now looks into the leisure market.

Travel services have already been added to the Laceby operation, and having set that destination to support existing clients, the journey has seen a strong start.

To support further expansion, with turnover anticipated to grow by 75 per cent to £3.5 million this financial year, travel and logistics industry specialist Ella Brown has joined in a business development role. Two travel assistants in Fern Eddowes and Holly Taylor, will also support the new division’s lead director, Rebecca Anderson-Smith.

Miss Anderson-Smith said: “When launching Rapid Business Travel we were really lucky to bring across the accommodation clients, so we hit the ground running. We have started off big, which has been a real experience, but it has worked really well.”

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Previously at Modal in Immingham - part of Grimsby Institute Group - Miss Brown joins having committed work to the team previously.

“Ella’s experience and contracts mean she fits perfectly in to a business development role for the group,” Miss Anderson-Smith added. “She has travel experience with British Airways and KLM which really helps her understand as she is in touch with everything. We like to provide the solution and she has worked in the industries we serve too, and was even a client first, having got Grimsby Institute on board.”

She is also fluent in four languages which could prove useful too.

Miss Brown said: “It is an amazing opportunity, I have always said I would work for Rapid if the opportunity came up. It is the perfect job for me, having worked at airlines as cabin crew and ground operations, then taught about travel and tourism and most recently business development. It is everything all in one for me.”

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Connor Pickerden has joined as a software developer, with primary responsibility for Rapid’s app, with Beverley Pillinger as credit controller and Jennifer Brock as accounts assistant.

Karl Hedison, financial director, said: “We are really happy with the growth. We are expecting to turnover £3.5 million his year, which will have gone from £2 million.

“Now because we have Rapid Accommodation and Rapid Business Travel we are now looking at Rapid Leisure, which would be a natural progression. When we launched into accommodation people wanted flights, now business travellers want us to do personal holidays. We are exploring it at the moment.”

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