The two fast growing companies were introduced when they were both listed in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 listing.
Mint Velvet, which was set up in 2010 to fill a gap in the market for sophisticated fashion for women in their 30s, decided to enlist the help of Redfern (part of the CTM group) as it expands internationally.
Bradford-based Redfern’s award-winning online tool tRIPS fitted the bill perfectly. Now Mint Velvet can book travel, consolidate invoicing, track employee travel and access management information with the click of a mouse.
The fashion label was also impressed with Redfern’s customer service and 24/7 access to a team of travel specialists.
Greg Mannix, Head of Sales at Redfern, said: “Redfern is attracting some of the biggest names in UK retail. After impressing in the public sector for a while now, private sector companies are sitting up and taking notice of the benefits of working with Redfern. We’re helping our customers to drive down the cost of business travel and make business travel as straightforward and hassle-free as possible.”
Redfern’s tRIPS tool gives users access to air, rail, hotel and ground transport providers in one easy-to-use online portal. Redfern provides travel management for a string of top brands, including Holland & Barrett and Bon Marche. It also supplies travel services to the UK and Scottish governments.
Emma Jackson, PA to the brand’s CEOs Liz Houghton, Jane Rawlings and Lisa Agar-Rea, and COO Stuart Grant said: “At a time when the business was expanding internationally, a lot of time was taken up with booking flights, transfers and hotels. I personally was responsible for booking travel via the company credit card and consolidating all that data at the end of the month.
“We needed something that was simple and quick to use with an integrated reporting system. Redfern’s system was ideal and we’ve saved a lot of time since implementation, which is vital as the brand goes global.”
Redfern was acquired by international CTM Group in December 2016.