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.
Articles by Louise Hayes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Audley cake sales are legendary and this one was no exception. Held by our Indian Subcontinent country specialists, all monies raised will go to the Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Appeal, and Audley have promised to match the amount raised today from staff eating copious amounts of delicious cakes.
The Nepal Earthquake Appeal
Friday 13th March just happened to be a rather chilly day – perfect for soaking people with icy buckets of water for Comic Relief!
Audley’s US division opened its doors in Boston’s North End one year ago on 3rd March, 2014. Now, one year later, Audley Boston has sent clients to more than 77 destinations around the world and grown from 12 employees to 40.
We are pleased to announce that Audley has been named as one of The Sunday Times 100 best companies to work for, achieving position 51!
The list is compiled from the results of the Best Companies Staff Survey which is circulated to staff each year, and we are proud to have been accredited with two stars again for 2015. The awards work in the same way as Michelin stars for restaurants, with three stars being exceptional. The awards acknowledge excellence in the workplace and provide a benchmark to measure ourselves against.
We are lucky to receive many perks for working at Audley. Staff in the gorgeous riverside setting of our Witney office benefit from a fully-equipped free gym, allotments, free fruit and smoothies as well as regular sports and social activities. Staff at our London office benefit from similar sports and social activities, free fruit and smoothies as well as a subsidised café on site. There are also opportunities for our staff to move between offices, including our new office in Boston, USA.
To find out more about life at Audley visit our careers website.