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Travel agent is on Cloud 9 after receiving grant from Test Valley Borough Council

Andover Bespoke Holiday Concierge Service, Ben Frankln

High-flyer Ben Franklin has received a £750 Business Incentive Grant from Test Valley Borough Council for setting up a new travel agency as part of the franchise, Not Just Travel.

Using his expertise from 12 years in the travel industry as cabin staff for BA, Ben matches his customers with their trip of a lifetime, with a particular niche for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) market.

Located in Portland House within The Chantry Centre, 55-57 High Street, Andover, Ben covers north and west Hampshire from Basingstoke to Southampton.

After finishing his career as cabin staff, Ben worked in direct sales. The entrepreneur then travelled back to familiar ground and started his travel agency with the security and support of a franchise model for mentoring and marketing.

Harroway ward member, Councillor Brian Page, said “Encouraging a competitive local economy is a key priority for Test Valley Borough Council. The Business Incentive Grant helps local entrepreneurs to contribute towards the cost of creating a small business, just when they need it most.”

Ben Franklin, Travel Consultant said “I am keen to share my knowledge after years of travelling as a member of cabin crew, to create experiences to remember for a lifetime. The grant from Test Valley Borough Council has enabled my business to really take off!

The Council’s Business Incentive Grants are available to anyone looking to set up their own business in Test Valley. Anyone who successfully applies for the grant will receive a grant of £750 if their business is still going strong six months later.

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Ben Franklin from Not Just Travel with Councillor Brian Page