1000 Mile set for UK move
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.”