Top Network Group’s experts offer advice to travel companies looking to thrive post-pandemic, while connecting them a pool of travel professionals seeking project work. Abra Dunsby finds out more
In October last year, as the pandemic began to ramp up in the UK once again, Kevin Brett and Gary Orr set up Top Network Group, to help connect travel and tourism businesses looking for freelancers with travel professionals, many of whom had lost their jobs or been put on furlough due to the pandemic.
Brett, who runs his own representation business and has worked at Best Western and Disney, explains: “When the pandemic hit, we could see some travel companies downing tools and putting travel professionals on furlough or making them redundant. They were in danger of losing their top talent.
“We wanted to create a networking platform to help the industry get back on its feet, by helping travel companies tool up for when demand comes back, and helping top talent get back on the ladder with short-term freelance and consultancy work.”
Business-owner Orr, who has worked in the travel industry for 35 years for brands including Virgin Holidays and Thomas Cook, says Top Network’s panel of eight advisors can act as a “sounding board” to help travel businesses explore new avenues, as well as recommending travel professionals for short and mid-term contracts.
The advisory panel includes business owners such as Tony Seaman, who has held senior roles at Stena Line and Forte and is a shareholder in Holiday Autos and Attraction World, and PR experts including Kirsty Dillury and Greg Evans.