Articles by Louise Hayes

Louise Hayes

Louise has been in the E-Commerce team at Audley for over two years now and currently looks after South America, the Indian Subcontinent and the Polar region sections of the website. Previously she worked on websites for Steppes Travel and the National Trust. Her favourite travel experiences include scuba diving in the Maldives, sky diving in New Zealand and dog sledding in Alaska, with Nepal and Peru next on her wish list.

Skiing with Heroes charity event update

Vanessa taking part in the slalom

Vanessa taking part in the slalom

Last month we mentioned the Business Challenge in Klosters in our blog, and why a few members of staff were taking part to raise funds and awareness for Skiing with Heroes.

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Skiing with Heroes

Skiing with Heroes

Four Audley staff members, including our CEO Ian, will be taking on a demanding ski marathon in Klosters this month, raising money for Skiing with Heroes.

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Christmas themed charity fundraiser for the Brooke

The Vets on wheels is a lifeline for owners and their  animals

The Vets on Wheels is a lifeline for owners and their animals

On 10th December our Ticketing department will be holding a Christmas stall at New Mill in Witney to raise money for animal charity the Brooke.

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Audley’s Boston office named a Top 100 Best Places to Work

The US office gather together for a team photo

The US office gather together for a team photo

For the seventh year running, Outside Magazine has run the Best Places to Work project, aiming to find the companies in the United States that best empower employees through a positive and rewarding work environment.

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Charity events over the last few months

Delicious chili

Delicious chili served by our South America team

Here at Audley we’ve been busy raising money for a number of charities over the last few months.

Save the Children Syria appeal

At the beginning of September our North Africa and Asia department ran a soup kitchen to raise money for refugees from Syria. Lentil and bacon or vegetable soup were the order of the day and clothes and equipment were also donated to Calais Compassion. So far we have raised £6,677 for the Save the Children Syria appeal through our JustGiving page.

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Audley’s Boston office wins ‘coolest company’ award

The Boston office celebrate

The Boston office celebrate

At Audley, there is a company-wide belief that investing in the well-being and enjoyment of your employees is necessary to maintain a successful business. This company credo earned Audley a spot on the winner’s stage at the Coolest Companies award ceremony, organized by the pop culture publication Bostinno.

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Our Southeast Asia team raise money to help victims of flooding in Burma

Production line of baguettes and fajitas

Production line of baguettes and fajitas

There has been devastating floods and landslides across Burma (also known as Myanmar) over the last month, with a large number of fatalities as a result. Thousands of people have been displaced and left homeless, as well as losing livestock and food supplies. There is a desperate need for financial support, clean water and vital food supplies, as the situation looks to get worse before it gets better.

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Tour de Audley 2015

Some of the Tour de Audley participants

Some of the Tour de Audley participants

Saturday 4th July was the date of the second Tour de Audley. After last year’s charity event from Witney to London, it was decided a country route might make a nice alternative.

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Audley take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Reaching the summit!

Celebration on reaching a summit!

Last weekend 24 Audley colleagues completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge – this takes in the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough that form part of the Pennine range in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Audley win Telegraph Ultratravel Award

Some of our sales specialists with our shiny new award

Some of our country specialists with our shiny new award

We are honoured to have won a Daily Telegraph Ultratravel Award. Ultratravel readers voted across 20 categories, from best hotel, airline and airport to favourite city and country, with Audley winning the Best Small Luxury Tour Operator category.

This is a hugely prestigious award and being voted for by the public makes it all the more special. Our CEO Ian Simkins attended the lavish awards ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London, with the award being presented by none other than adventurer Levison Wood.

Money raised on the night went to injured soldiers to help them recover through adaptive skiing. To celebrate we had some luxury cupcakes delivered to all three offices.

You can view all the winners and runners-up on the Telegraph website.

Ian accepting our award at the ceremony in London.

Ian accepting our award at the ceremony in London.

Audley celebration cupcakes

Audley celebration cupcakes