1000 Mile set for UK move

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HOME-BASED cor­po­rate net­work 1000 Mile Travel Group (1000MTG) will step-up its ex­pan­sion into the UK next year, with co-founders Ben Ross and Nicola Velt­man mov­ing to Lon­don to lead the charge.

With more than 40 in­de­pen­dent mo­bile agents across Aus­tralia, the group is look­ing to repli­cate its model in the UK where a hand­ful of agents have al­ready been signed over the past year.

Ross, the group’s MD, said the com­pany was aim­ing to en­list about 100 UK-based agents over the next six years.

“While re­main­ing bou­tique in size, our vi­sion for 1000 Mile has al­ways been to have a global foot­print,” Ross said.

“We are very ex­cited about the in­ter­est we have been re­ceiv­ing in the UK and are look­ing for­ward to see­ing what 2019 brings for us in Lon­don,” he said.

To­gether with Velt­man, the group’s HR & Train­ing Di­rec­tor, Ross said he cur­rently trav­elled to the UK ev­ery three months.

“With the ap­point­ment of Steve Hona as Gen­eral Man­ager (TD

18 Jul), a new fi­nan­cial con­troller and more to come for 1000MTG Aus­tralia in the next year, we be­lieve that now is the right time for us to push the UK/Euro­pean mar­ket, which is cry­ing out for change,” Ross said.

He said in­ter­na­tional ex­pan­sion plans were likely to progress at a sim­i­lar rate to the group’s ini­tial growth in Aus­tralia.

“Our goal for Aus­tralia when we opened for busi­ness nearly four years ago was to have 100 travel ex­perts na­tion­wide,” he said.

“With our cur­rent rate of growth we can ex­pect to achieve this in the next two-three years.

“Our goal for the UK is the same – 100 ex­perts in six years.

“We are also plan­ning to launch in SA next year which will see an­other 100 ex­perts in this re­gion in six years.”

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