Landing contract sees pupils flying

A BUSINESS set up by a group of students is flying high after landing a contract with a major holiday company.

Tripz ‘n’ Tips, formed by Year 10 pupils at John Spence Community High School, is in talks with Thomson Holidays after winning the regional final of the Young Enterprise awards in Newcastle last month.

The students secured a meeting with the tour operator at its Luton head office, spending two hours pitching their product to the senior management team.

And Thomson Holidays has agreed to include the students’ interactive travel packs designed for children travelling to Greece, Turkey and Spain for sale in its travel shops from spring next year, as well as promoting the product in its in-flight magazine and selling it on its aircraft.

Tripz ‘n’ Tipz aim to inform, educate and entertain young travellers about their destination, with the pack including an activity book, historical information, a diary, useful phrases and translations, a lanyard, a mascot and it is packaged in a reusable waterproof bag.

The contract with Thomson came just as the students headed to London on Wednesday for the Young Enterprise National Final.

Alistair Boyd, 15, deputy managing director of the student company, said: “I can’t believe that a travel giant like Thomson Holidays has agreed to work with us on our travel packs for its stores.

“It really is a dream come true and hopefully this will lead to our product being taken more seriously by other travel operators, which will help to fund our expansion plans to produce a wider range for different countries.

“Thomson Holidays has given us a letter of intent for its order, which will stand us in great stead at the national final.

“Fingers crossed we wow the judges with our incredible contract win.”

Thomson in-flight commercial manager Simon Remington said: “We were impressed with the product and with the work that Alistair and his team have done in creating the pack.

“We would like to work with the team with the intent to sell the product on board our aircraft.”