‘Gobsmacked’ as I reach The Retail Entrepreneur of the Year Shortlist

Here’s a copy of the recent article which has appeared online and in the press

‘Wendy Haines, an independent travel business owner based in the Midlands, is thrilled to announce her inclusion in the esteemed shortlist for the highly acclaimed 2023 Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Wendy has been recognised in the Retail Entrepreneur of the Year category, a testament to her exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, unwavering dedication, and remarkable accomplishments within her industry.

Now in its 11th year, The Great British Entrepreneur Awards have earned a reputation as the pinnacle event for entrepreneurship. It is often likened to “The Grammys for Entrepreneurship.” These awards are a celebration of remarkable individuals and businesses that fuel innovation. Alongside, creating employment opportunities, and contribute significantly to the growth of the UK economy. They provide a distinguished platform to recognise the extraordinary journeys of entrepreneurs who have conquered obstacles, exhibited resilience, and made noteworthy contributions to their communities.

Wendy had this to say:

“To sum up how I’m feeling in one word – gobsmacked. I’m really looking forward to the event in London and, whether I win or not, I’m proud of being shortlisted in such a prestigious event. Part of my business is dedicated to female solo travellers, which is called Wendy’s Wanderers. It’s taken off massively, and I feel so privileged to take ladies to amazing places they wouldn’t usually go on their own. The feedback I get is always incredible. These ladies are forming new friendships, conquering their nerves and exploring our fabulous planet.

Covid was a scary time to be working in travel, and for 2 years I battled against wave after wave of cancellations, ever-changing travel restrictions, delivering disappointment and generally trying to stay afloat. As soon as we were allowed to relax social distancing, I opened the Holiday Hut. It was a place where my clients could come and meet me, face-to-face, to discuss plans; and I think that was really important to them because we’d been without proper interaction for so long. To survive the pandemic you had to be creative, and move out of your comfort-zone. With a few changes, and some fresh ideas, I turned over £1.25 million in sales last year and had sold out Wanderers Trips for the next 18 months! It’s mind-blowing to me”

About the awards


The Great British Entrepreneur Awards have emerged as one of the most esteemed accolades for entrepreneurs throughout the UK. It serves as a platform to celebrate the diverse entrepreneurial landscape of the nation. On November 20th, 2023, the prestigious awards ceremony will grace London’s Grosvenor House. It brings together industry leaders, innovators, and influencers to pay tribute to and honour the exceptional achievements of the finalists.

Among the categories, the Retail Entrepreneur of the Year stands as a testament to the remarkable accomplishments of entrepreneurs who have reshaped the retail sector. These individuals have driven growth, fostered innovation, and consistently

delivered exceptional customer experiences. Wendy Haines, through her unwavering dedication and commitment to excellence, has excelled in these areas. She’s made a significant impact in the travel industry and setting new benchmarks for success.

Wendy expresses immense pride in reaching this stage of the competition. She extends her heartfelt gratitude to her customers, partners, and the community for their unwavering support. With over 30 years of trusted service, Wendy Haines is a highly regarded travel agent. She is renowned for her personal touch and friendly approach. In 2022, Wendy’s outstanding achievements led her to win the esteemed Leisure Agent of the Year award at the Travel Weekly Agent Achievement Awards. This solidifys her status as a respected figure within the travel industry.


About the Great British Entrepreneur Awards:

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards serve as a prestigious platform to celebrate and recognise the remarkable achievements of the most innovative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs in the UK. These awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions that entrepreneurs make to both the economy and society at large. By honouring their accomplishments, the awards showcase the vital role that entrepreneurs play in driving innovation, creating employment opportunities, and making a positive impact on communities across the nation.’

For more information, please visit www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com


I’ll update you in November!

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