Travel agent sets off on a new journey

Debbie Eardley
Debbie Eardley

A travel agent has set sail on a new journey after setting up her own travel business.

Ilkeston’s Debbie Eardley established her new business as part of the Co-op’s personal travel agent scheme.

She was previously employed as branch manager for Co-op Travel but was made redundant as part of a management restructuring in 2013.

She said: “Setting up business on your own is a daunting prospect, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while.

“Being a personal travel agent is an exciting opportunity for me. I can build my own business with my extensive travel knowledge.”

Having worked in the industry for 21 years, Debbie believes that forming her own business will give her more control of her work schedule.

She said: “I can be around when my customers need me not just during high street hours. This ensures I can find my customers the very best deals.”

The personal travel agent scheme was established in 2012 and has already created 90 travel businesses.

Head of personal travel agents Sheena Darby said: “It’s great to have Debbie join. Setting up on your own is a big step, but with our support I’m sure she won’t look back.”