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Mint moves into business travel

Steve Hall, MD of Mint

The launch of a new business travel management company in Burnley by ex-army sergeant and corporate director, Steve Hall, aims to help Lancashire businesses to save time and money when arranging domestic and overseas travel.

Based at Empire Business Park, Mint Business Travel is a sister company of Mint Holidays, which Steve successfully launched last year to provide luxury and long-haul holidays to the general public.  The entrepreneur previously worked at executive level in various industry sectors, including five years as operations director at Expotel, which handled the booking of travel, accommodation and conferences for the largest UK and international businesses and employed over 400 people across operational centres in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

The launch is the latest achievement for Steve, who originally trained as an electronics engineer in the army specialising in telecoms, after leaving Townley Technical High School at the age of 16.  During his 14 years in the army, he spent four years in Germany and also competed as an international athlete, training as a sprinter alongside Kriss Akabusi and racing internationally at the highest level during the 1970’s.

The launch of a new business travel management company in Burnley by ex-army sergeant and corporate director, Steve Hall, aims to help Lancashire businesses to save time and money when arranging domestic and overseas travel.

Based at Empire Business Park, Mint Business Travel is a sister company of Mint Holidays, which Steve successfully launched last year to provide luxury and long-haul holidays to the general public.  The entrepreneur previously worked at executive level in various industry sectors, including five years as operations director at Expotel, which handled the booking of travel, accommodation and conferences for the largest UK and international businesses and employed over 400 people across operational centres in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.

The launch is the latest achievement for Steve, who originally trained as an electronics engineer in the army specialising in telecoms, after leaving Townley Technical High School at the age of 16.  During his 14 years in the army, he spent four years in Germany and also competed as an international athlete, training as a sprinter alongside Kriss Akabusi and racing internationally at the highest level during the 1970’s.

Speaking of the launch of Mint Business Travel, Steve says: “We are specifically targeting small and medium sized firms across the north west.  With one call a business can explain their requirements for travel in the UK or abroad and then we source the right flight or rail journey and hotel at the best prices – for free in most cases.

“Because we have access to 400 different suppliers, over 400,000 hotels worldwide and all international and domestic airlines, we secure specially negotiated rates that normal companies can’t access, and the internet can’t match.  We also find the best rates for car hire, airport lounges and transfers, chauffeur driven cars and city taxis.

“Branching out into end-to-end business travel is a tremendously exciting move for Mint and we anticipate this sector quickly becoming our core business.  Later in the year we will roll out our services to larger firms and will launch the next phase of our growth at Merseyside Business Expo on the 19th October.”