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Rapid expansion from beds to planes, trains and automobiles…

AWARD-winning high- growth start-up Rapid Accommodation is moving into the business travel market.

Rapid expansion from beds to planes, trains and automobiles…

Having just completed a move of its own as the team swells to 13, leaving the site it manages at Willow Lakes, Ashby-cum-Fenby for a suite on Laceby Business Park, directors are gearing up to enter the world of air travel and car hire.

It follows a request from a key client, impressed with the service provided by the innovative business.

Karl Hedison, director, said: “We are launching it under a new brand under the same company. We have already started offering international accommodation, so with flights too, that makes us truly global.

“Clients like our customer service and the way we look after them and make them a priority, and we were asked to do flights, plan journeys and car hire. It was something that was always going to be in our future, but when you get a key customer asking if you can, we wanted to make sure we could do it well.

“This is not just for one client, it is for all our clients, and with our work in the renewables industry, we have clients from Belgium and Denmark, who frequently need to move about, so we can offer a much more comprehensive service than we ever could, which should help us unlock even more accommodation.”

Having initially launched at Grange Willows, within an 18th century guest house operated by fellow director Linda Anderson-Smith, the business quickly moved to the secluded setting just off Barton Street, where it went from small modular building, to a larger timber-framed operation.

“We couldn’t fit any more of us in to our base,” Mr Hedison said. “We had been there for four years and it was time to move on. Now we have space to grow into again.”

Having headed back a short distance along the A18, further employees have been welcomed in by the company that picked up the High Growth Business of the Year accolade for the Yorkshire and Humber region in the British Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, while launching its own bespoke booking software.

Josh Peacham has joined in sales, with Viki Winton as head of client relations.

Rapid’s move was welcomed by Scotts, the regional commercial property specialist’s long-term agent.

Managing partner Lawrence Brown said: “We have been the agents for Laceby Business Park for 20 years and over that time have let accommodation to various companies as they have grown and contributed to the economy of North East Lincolnshire.  

“We are delighted that Rapid Accommodation has seen that the high-quality offices and the ease of access available at Laceby Business Park is the best place to locate as the business expands.”

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