Going Global 2017

We’re Exhibiting

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Going Global is Europe’s leading exhibition tailored to providing businesses with absolutely everything they need to know about international expansion and trading overseas in this dramatically changing economic climate. Tickets to this acclaimed exhibition which takes place at ExCel London on the 17th & 18th May are absolutely free, you can register here.

Packed with leading experts, educationally-rich seminars, interactive masterclasses, a line-up of the most innovative exhibitors, and unparalleled networking opportunities, this is THE show to help your business trade in the world’s most lucrative cities, countries, and regions.

The two day event will deliver pivotal advice and cutting edge information on the biggest opportunities in emerging economies, and the chance to learn from the most experienced business experts who will help you take your business to the next level, wherever in the world that might be.


The Travel Visa Company will be exhibiting as part of the Hub Africa stand.

Visit us at stand 1230 for information about our services including:

Business Visas   •   Media Visas   •   Temporary Work Permits

Crew Visas   •   Offshore Visas   •   Electronic Visas   •   Passport Renewal

 

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Happy New Year 2017

New Year Thoughts and Reflections

As is tradition, we take this time to look back and reflect on the year and set plans and goals for the next. For a list of some of the top travel destinations for bringing in the new year, see our post from last year.

2016 was very well known for the long list of icons we sadly lost including Terry Wogan, Prince, David Bowie, Mohammed Ali, Victoria Wood, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Alongside this we saw Brexit, Trump winning the US Election, the exploding Samsung phones and Bake-off leaving the BBC. Aside from all that we still had many positive stories such as Leicester City winning the Premier League, celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday and our Olympic and Paralympic teams bringing home a record number of medals from Rio. Here are some of the highlights of our year here at The Travel Visa Company:

Taking a look back at 2016

Business Events

Following last year’s success at the Business Travel Show, we teamed up with MPI Brokers in February to exhibit again with a newly designed stand. We thoroughly enjoyed the two days and met a whole host of new business contacts and were able to showcase our newest product offerings. Read our blog about the event to learn more about Europe’s leading exhibition and conference dedicated to Corporate Travel.

We also attended a number of events for ITT Future You who run days at many universities across the UK to share knowledge about the travel industry to aspiring students. We were delighted to offer advice and support to the hundreds of young people who are no doubt the future of travel. Some of the key areas we spoke about were Apprenticeship opportunities, teaching/studying abroad and sharing our knowledge of the various different types of visas and entry requirements for countries worldwide.


Charity Fundraising

For 2016 our chosen charity was the Family Holiday Association to support their 500 for 500 campaign. This set us a £500 target and we had ambitious plans to raise this amount. After a lot of planning, on 20th July we did a non-stop 24hr Around The World cycle in partnership with STUDIO 4ORCE Personal Training. It was a great success and everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed taking part – our grand total for the year was £812.50!


New Products

We have a strong focus on researching and developing new services for our clients and customers. There have been many changes to the entry requirements in 2016 and we have been at the forefront in keeping up with the new application systems and travel visas. Our comprehensive portfolio of media visa services have expanded to cover even more countries, travellers can apply with us for their new Canadian ETA, we support a number of tour operators and travel agents in obtaining Cuban Tourist Cards and have partnered with a number of companies to branch out into other essential travel services. Masta can provide our customers with expert advice about health requirements, those who would like added protection can sign-up with ConsularAssist for round-the-clock assistance worldwide and business travellers can obtain their ATA Carnets to cover their equipment for travel.


Award Winners!

After winning the award for Excellence in Customer Service last year, we were excited to be up for another award this in 2016. This was a bit different to our usual nominations as it was for one particular individual in our team – our Social Media and Marketing apprentice James Healy. The hard work and effort he put in during the past year on his course really paid off and we were delighted to hear his name announced as Apprentice of the Year at the South Cheshire Chamber Awards. He is now working towards a higher-level degree apprenticeship and continues to be a role-model for our future apprentices. As well as winning an award, we were keen to support the chamber and sponsored the Exporter of the Year award. Read more about the event here or watch the highlights from the evening.


New Arrivals

Our review of the year wouldn’t be complete without celebrating the new arrivals in our company. Not just our new staff members but also the new additions outside the office. Our Managing Director and Head of Sales both became first-time grandparents and our Operations Manager is now a very proud mother. Congratulations!


Plans for 2017

After a hugely successful 2015, we had ambitious goals and our hard working staff have achieved some incredible results. The past year is another testament to our team – continuing to win awards, surpassing our fundraising targets and continuing to be one of the UKs fastest growing travel visa agencies. Some of our main aims for the year ahead is to work on re-designing our application packs to improve usability, continue the development of our website for use on mobiles and tablets, developing new services and to continue expanding our team. We also plan to focus on smaller business events in our local community and, once again, raise as much as we can for charity.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support as we look forward to the next 12 months.

 

Happy New Year from The Travel Visa Company!

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Around The World In 24 Hours

This year we have chosen to support The Family Holiday Association.

The Family Holiday Association is the only national charity dedicated to providing British seaside breaks and day trips for families struggling with some of the toughest challenges life can bring.

To celebrate our new relationship with FHA, we have pledged to raise £500 which will be raised through our latest (and greatest) charity event:

Around the world in 24 hours!

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On the 20th of July, Team Travel Visa will be carrying out a 24 hour non-stop cycle around the world! We have arranged for an Exercise bike to be set-up in the office, which has been kindly donated by the very generous people at STUDIO 4ORCE Personal Training, and we will be cycling the equivalent of 250 Miles / 400 Kilometres.

Visit our JustGiving Page to donate >

Now, obviously, to cycle around the world is a mammoth job! Especially in under 24 hours. Fortunately for us, our crack team of mathematicians have calculated a formula that will help us to achieve this goal!

So for each mile we clock on an exercise bike it will be 100 miles on the map. The circumference of the Earth is almost 25,000 miles (meaning we will need to cycle 250 miles).

We have given ourselves 24 hours to cycle around the world, but we hope to finish the cycle in 22 hours (if all goes to plan). The event will take place from 3pm on Wednesday the 20th and will continue into the night and through to the morning, with an estimated completion time of 1pm.

The Family Holiday Association is a charity that we, as a business, are passionate about and we are very excited to be able to raise money for a cause that we care so much about.

To donate to this chairty which really is close to our hearts, simply go to our JustGiving page.

Throughout the cycle we will be constantly updating our social media accounts so keep an eye out!

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SPONSOR – Studio 4orce

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All personal training sessions are conducted by John Howell, a fully qualified PT Instructor. John’s qualifications were gained though a leading UK Training Provider.

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Previous years

Following last years success we are looking forward to exhibiting at this years Business Travel Show!

2015 was the first year we were in attendance at The Business Travel Show and its safe to say it was a brilliant experience for everyone involved.

You can read more about last years show here

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About the BTShow

The Business Travel Show, held annually in London for more than 20 years, is Europe’s largest specialised exhibition and conference.

The event sees travel professionals from all over the country attending with this year having an estimated 7,424 attendees!

This is a place for networking. Mingling with other exhibitors and visitors, gaining valuable contacts and seeing what’s new and exciting in the travel industry is just a taste of what it has to offer!

If you’d like to come along you can download a ticket here (oh and its completely free!)


Our stand

The Business Travel Show will be open to visitors for two days: Wednesday the 24th to Thursday the 25th of February and will be held at the Olympia Grand Conference Centre in London.

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We will be located in stand B604

 

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This is a 3D mock-up of how our stand will look.

 


MPI Brokers

This year we will be sharing our stand with MPI Brokers:Print

We provide insurance for the Travel and Ski industry – businesses, staff and customers. Find out how you can benefit from our renowned personal service, extensive experience and quality insurance products providing a wide scope of cover


Why visit us?

Here at The Travel Visa Company we can take the stress out of your visa application process. Our staff will be on-hand to offer expert advice about our complete portfolio of visa procurement services including business visas, work permits and media visas. We will also have a range of literature at our stand and a few extra goodies to fill your exhibitor bags! Whether you are a business traveller, manager of an international company or are simply wanting to know the requirements for a personal holiday – we will be able to provide you with the latest information regarding entry requirements.

This year, representing The Travel Visa Company, we have:

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We look forward to seeing you!

You can follow us on our social networks for further updates during the run-up to the event!

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Excellence In Customer Services

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On Friday the 6th of November Crewe Hall were gracious hosts to the 19th annual South Cheshire Chamber Business Awards. The event began with a three course meal, after a glass of champagne… or two! Starters were smoked salmon and cucumber, then chicken wrapped in bacon for mains to finish with a beautiful chocolate mousse for dessert.

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Then onto the Awards!

View the full list of awards and award winners, including: Exporter of the Year, Business of the Year and Young Business Person of the Year.

The Travel Visa Company are proud to announce that we are winners of the 2015 South Cheshire Chamber Business Awards for Excellence In Customer Services!

IMAG0032As the night came to an end with the celebratory drinks and champagne flowing we then hit the dance floor… Needless to say we had an incredible night! The hard work is paying off! Everyone who could make it thoroughly enjoyed the night and those who couldn’t attend (but contributed just as much) continued the celebrations into the office the following week.

This award means a lot to us here at The Travel Visa Company as we pride ourselves on our customer service and continually seek to grow and improve. To learn more about our company, read more about the build up to the awards or visit our website.

 

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WTM Career In Travel

What is WTM?

The World Travel Market is the leading global event for the travel industry which is staged in London every year. This is a vibrant business event that presents a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to all travel professionals who attend. It provides a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, and conduct business.

More than 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, visit London every November to discover and discuss the latest trends in the travel industry. The event is now in its 36th year and generates more than £2.5 billion worth of industry contracts.



WTM Career in Travel

WTM Career in Travel programme has been revamped for 2015, to increase student opportunities within the travel and tourism industry. As future leaders of the travel industry; the programme gives students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and exposure to the industry.

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Visit Our Stand

If you are attending the event, be sure to visit our stand on Thursday 5th November. We will be there to offer all the advice and information you need when applying for a visa – whether you need to find out if you require a visa for a trip you are planning, you want to further understand the requirements for a specific visa, or simply to learn more about travel visas.

Aimed at the student population, we are focusing on some key topics including; work permits, study visas, international students (Schengen Visas), backpacking, teaching abroad and more…

As well as being able to talk to Reece and Phil, we are taking a range of merchandise and literature for you to take away as well as running a competition and giveaway – don’t miss out!

#WearItPink

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cupcakesToday is the day that everyone comes together in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fight against cancer has never been stronger with people all over the country getting involved.

The Team here have had a brilliant day raising money especially with Billy’s ‘uniquely’ stylish outfit and not forgetting
Karen’s delicious pink cupcakes that were on sale to the staff here all to raise money for charity! Overall we managed to raise a brilliant £56.00 for Breast Cancer Now!

Breast Cancer Now are the UK’s largest breast cancer charity. get-pinkyThey are dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease. The belief is that if we all act now, by 2050, no one will die from breast cancer. But that can only be done by working in a new, collaborative way. By bringing together all those affected by the disease to improve the way we prevent, detect, treat and stop the disease. So we can move from a time when people fear breast cancer to a generation where everybody lives.

Every year, wear it pink raises around £2 million during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, by asking people to wear something pink and donate whatever they can. Since the very first wear it pink event in 2002, they have raised over £27 million thanks to the generosity of many thousands of people taking part in approximately 7,000 schools, 40,000 workplaces and 8,250 homes and social venues.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer currently in the UK and it is estimated that every day more than 1,300 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. This is why it is so important to us here at The Travel Visa Company to help raise money in order to prevent the amount of cases of breast cancer.

“Lets beat cancer sooner”

South Cheshire Chamber Business Awards

The South Cheshire Chamber Business Awards are a celebration of all the hard work that the businesses, who are part of the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce, have put in over the past year.

The awards have been held for almost 20 years now and include categories such as Best Small Business, Apprentice of the Year and Start Up Business of the Year.

We are excited to announce that we have been short listed for the Excellence in Customer Service Award for 2015!

What our customers say about us

Here at The Travel Visa Company, we pride ourselves on our high quality of customer service. Don’t just believe what we say though – hear what our customers think about our service:

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  • Feedback results show 93% of customers felt we answer our phones extremely quickly
  • Results show 94% of customers found our staff had a real desire to help them
  • 86% of callers stated that the information we provided was extremely clear
  • 92% of customers felt our staff understood their needs extremely well

The Travel Visa Way – We put the customer at the heart of everything we do. We go the extra mile and do whatever it takes to exceed your expectations.”

Previous Awards

In 2012 we were lucky enough to win our first South Cheshire Chamber Business Award for Best Small Business. It was such a great evening at Crewe Hall celebrating our accomplishments and receiving the award which is now displayed in our customer lounge. The full event is available to view on YouTube!

We were also short-listed for Excellence in Customer Service at last years South Cheshire Chamber Business Awards and Finalists for Best Business (1-50 Employees) at the Cheshire Business Awards 2014. Watch our nomination video:

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We are all looking forward to the event on November 6th and would like to wish everyone who has been nominated the best of luck. There are so many great local companies up for a number of different awards – the fellow nominees in our category are: Bare Bones MarketingBrampton RecruitmentCrewe Lyceum TheatreConstruction Linx Ltd and Crystal Legal Services.

Thank you to all our clients, partners and customers for your continued support.

Want to find out more? Click here to view the full shortlist and for further details about the event.

World Tourism Day 2015

The 27th of September marked the annual celebration of World Tourism Day, an event created by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) which has been around for over 30 years! The aim of the day is to help spread awareness about the importance of tourism and the impacts that it has on different countries all over the world.

This year’s theme was “one billion tourists, one billion opportunities”. With more than one billion tourists travelling the world each year, tourism has become a powerful force and, so far, it has been responsible for 235 million jobs, or one in every 12 jobs worldwide.

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“Every time we travel, for whatever reason, we are part of a global movement; a movement that has the power to drive inclusive development, create jobs and build the sustainable societies we want for our future; a movement that builds mutual understanding and can help us safeguard our shared natural and cultural heritage.”

Countries all over the world have taken part in World Tourism Day and contributed to promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. India, for example, gave tourists the opportunity to visit nearly 200 ticketed monuments and museums across the country for free, including the Taj Mahal!wtd

Many tourists and travel enthusiasts took to social media to post and share pictures they had taken using the hashtags #1billiontourists and #WTD2015. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are all brilliant platforms to get the message across from the UNWTO and are a great way to encourage people to take part in celebrating their cause.

World Tourism Day was celebrated with competitions, giveaways and charitable donations made by many different individuals and businesses all over the world. All of this was done in an effort to increase awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

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For more information about World Tourism Day please visit http://wtd.unwto.org/

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Jeans For Genes Day 2015

Friday the 18th September saw the return of Jeans for Genes Day. This was the second year the team here at The Travel Visa Company has taken part in this charity fundraising event. The idea behind the day is simple. Wear a pair of jeans and donate to charity.jeansforgenes

We managed to raise £21.70 over the duration of the day! The money we helped raise goes towards helping children and their families who have, and are affected by, genetic disorders.

There are between 4,000 and 6,000 known genetic WD
disorders currently being treated in the UK. It has been estimated that one in 25 children are affected by a genetic disorder and around 30,000 babies are newly diagnosed each year which is why donating to Genetic Disorders UK is so important.

Jeans for Genes has had massive
support since the organisations creation in 1992 and has raised over £35 million! The charity has been supported by a huge range of different celebrities and famous figures including Kate Moss, Warwick Davis, Fabrice Muamba and Kate Garraway.

Overall, the Travel Visa Company team had a brilliant day raising money for a brilliant cause!

To find out more about this charity you can visit the Jeans for Genes official website at: http://www.jeansforgenesday.org/

To donate, go to: http://www.jeansforgenesday.org/donate/

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Great Manchester Run

pre-raceLast weekend members of The Travel Visa Company team took part in our first ever charity run. And what a run it was! We ran the Morrisons’ Great Manchester Run, the biggest 10K in Europe with 40,000+ runners, which made up part of a weekend of sporting events in the city.

It was a scenic run, starting and finishing in the city centre and passing Old Trafford along the way. The streets were lined with bus loads (quite literally!) of supporters, there were live bands and DJ’s playing at various points of the course and a mass of runners with incredible stories of charity and fundraising.duncan-post

The Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity appeal was set up to fund £1million for a new MRI scanner. The existing scanner operates 8am – 8pm 7 days per week. A new scanner would allow more people to get treated and shorter wait times, keeping up with the growth in population.

The Travel Visa Company ran for two very worthwhile causes; Mid Cheshire Charitable Funds and ABTA LifeLine. In total six members of staff took part. Dan and Phil were running for ABTA lifeline and Vicky, Duncan, Billy and Lisa were running to raise money for Mid Cheshire Charitable Funds Scanner Appeal.dan-lisa

ABTA LifeLine is ABTA’s charitable trust. Our mission is to help travel industry colleagues when they or their families need help. We award grants to help ease serious financial hardship caused by life changing medical conditions, bereavement, disability and domestic violence among other things.

With a very varied range in age and ability, we were put in different starting groups and set ourselves individual training schedules and goals (all of which were beaten!) Other members of the team came to support the runners, and we’re happy to say that everyone completed the 10K with the following finishing times – well done!post-race

  • Lisa – 0:50:10
  • Billy – 0:54:31
  • Dan – 0:55:50
  • Duncan – 0:59:38
  • Vicky – 1:12:05
  • Phil – 1:19:53

Phil and Dan raised a whopping £480.00 in total for ABTA LifeLine. Vicky, Duncan, Billy and Lisa raised £335.00 for Mid Cheshire Charitable Funds. Thanks to everyone who supported and sponsored us – it really helped keep spirits up.

There is still time to send in your donations if you haven’t already:

Donate on JustGiving – www.justgiving.com/teams/thetravelvisa

Business Travel Show ’15

Here at The Travel Visa Company HQ we are prepping, with great anticipation, for the Business Travel Show 2015. It’s our first year exhibiting at such a large event and we are really excited to be taking part in what’s promised to be the busiest show yet. As a fast growing Visa Procurement Agency, our expanding Corporate Team will be showcasing the latest services on offer including a new online tracking system.

BTS-MockupFor those of you who don’t know, the Business Travel Show is Europe’s leading exhibition and conference dedicated to Corporate Travel. Corporate Travel buyers will be able to peruse the services and products offered by over 250 global travel brands, including global travel brands in air, accommodation and travel management as well as innovative traveller services (like us!) and technology providers. There will also be sessions shaped by corporate travel experts providing practical information to both buyers and bookers.

And as everyone in business is well aware, it’s all about networking! So with over 250 confirmed exhibitors and 6,500+ professionals in attendance it’s a great place to start making new connections, so why not come along? Did I not mention, it’s free to attend?! Just click on the link below and grab your free ticket to the Business Travel Show 2015. Come and see us at stand B604. You can either book an appointment or just pop along for a chat! See you there!

Download our FREE Business Travel Show Invite