Travel agent wins trip to House of Commons

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TRAVEL apprentice Florence Butters has booked herself a ticket to the House of Commons after scooping a national award.

Nineteen-year-old Florence, from Spalding, has been named the Institute of Travel and Tourism’s apprentice of the year – beating off rivals from all over the country, right across the industry, to land the prestigious accolade.

Florence, who is based at Anglia Co-operative Travel’s Market Deeping branch, will receive her award from ITT chairman, Dr Steven Freudmann, at his summer cocktail party at the House of Commons on July 19.

She said: “I was totally shocked when I was told I’d won the award. I’m so happy and proud and really looking forward to going to the House of Commons.”

Florence will travel down to London with her branch manager, Sarah Mantle.

Her two-year modern apprenticeship is coming to a close – and then she will be taken on as a fully-fledged travel consultant by Anglia Co-operative Travel.

Florence added: “I’m very excited about qualifying as a travel consultant.

“Ever since I was a young girl I’ve always wanted to do something in travel – I just love gelling with the customers and helping them to find their ideal holidays.”

At the end of last year Florence took the award as Anglia Co-operative Travel’s most improved newcomer and the society’s special retail group manager, Paul Dale, said: “We’re extremely proud of Florence.

“There were a considerable number of candidates for the award and Florence faced very tough competition. I’m really impressed by her spirit and her dedication to the business and her natural ability to be warm and friendly with every customer.”