Advantage Travel Partnership has launched a new homeworking brand called Travel Specialists by Advantage.
The agency consortium said it was launching the new proposition to provide an “alternative homeworking choice that is supported by a trusted membership organisation”, as more agents face potential redundancy due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Travel Specialists by Advantage will offer a fee structure based on 2% of turnover, alongside a range of flexible managed service options.
Kelly Cookes, leisure director at Advantage, called the creation of the homeworking division a “natural progression” to the consortium’s portfolio.
“As a result of the pandemic, unfortunately many talented agents have lost jobs, and we hope this will help those looking for new opportunities during this time,” she said.
“With a competitive commission structure and a host of benefits and support from our expert team, this model is a great option for travel agents looking for the security that comes with being part of a consortium with the flexibility of homeworking.”
Advantage said the homeworking platform was being positioned as a “hybrid” between a traditional a homeworking organisation and a managed services model.
The consortium hopes to attract existing both homeworkers looking for a lower level of support and higher share of commission, as well as experienced agents looking to start their own businesses.
Travel Specialists by Advantage will included a ring-fenced trust account for customer money, access to the consortium’s commercial deals as well as incentives, training, admin and out-of-hours support.
Members can also choose whether to use their own branding or the Advantage name.