When the high-profile collapse of Thomas Cook hit the headlines recently, the impact was felt right around the country, including in Wantage where the local Thomas Cook travel agency closed abruptly.
Sarah Newton had worked for Thomas Cook as a travel consultant for several years and finding herself in this daunting situation, she decided to use this as an opportunity to follow a dream. With the support of her family, she began the process of setting up our own business, Sarah Newton – Travel Counsellor.
Sarah said “Being an independent travel counsellor will mean I will be able to provide not only a professional and personal service, but the flexibility to fit around the customer”
After contacting a local accountancy firm, Lucas Hill Accounting, Sarah was given assistance and advice regarding the setup of her new venture. Whilst considering suitable premises for the new business, Hayley Hill was able to put Sarah in touch with Boston House Business Centre on Grove Business Park.
Sarah Turner, centre manager of Boston House said, "We are always keen to assist small businesses and with a thriving business community and support network the centre is the ideal place for ‘startups’. It is a privilege to be able to offer support to a member of our local community and provide office space for Sarah.”
Hayley Hill of Lucas Hill Accounting, said,“When we became aware of the situation with Thomas Cook we were naturally sad for all the staff, especially those who work locally. When we heard that Sarah was starting up her own company off the back of this; we wanted to help. We love supporting local small businesses and really want to give her every chance of success. We were therefore very happy to support her with her new adventure and provide her with her first year’s accountancy and tax support onus.”
Sarah Newton said, “The support I have already received from local businesses including Neil Aston of Photogenic Photography in my home town of Wantage has been overwhelming. Taking this leap was huge for me personally but with customers both new and existing contacting me daily it has given me such enthusiasm to make a success of this new and exciting venture.”