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
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.
There are no excuses for making healthy New Year’s resolutions at Audley this year.
We have a new gym opening at the end of February, plenty of exercise classes after work and even nutrition lectures during lunchtimes. Our London office are proud of their new space hoppers – ideal for taking a break from your desk, and much use is made of the table tennis, or ‘ping pong’ in our Boston office. During January there were even stretchercise classes on offer, as well as massages. We’re definitely well looked after!
Movember has once again come to an end. Our Mo-brothers can shave off their top lips, smug in the knowledge that they’ve raised a whopping £2,358 so far, with the total still rising!
Movember is a charity that raises money and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health problems.
1 in 9 men in the UK are likely to face prostate cancer in their lifetime.
To find out more visit the official Movember charity website.
If you wish to make a donation to the Audley Mo-brothers you can do so here:
Well done to everyone who took part in all three of our offices.
Last Friday we held another very successful cake sale here at New Mill to raise money for ‘wear it pink’, a campaign to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Many cakes were consumed and raffle tickets bought. In the afternoon there was even a cotton candy machine and staff showed their support by wearing pink all day.
A total of £215.65 was raised for this worthwhile cause.
Around 1000 women die from breast cancer every month in the UK. You can find out more on the Cancer Research UK website.
FRANK Water are making a splash for World Water Week this week (1st – 7th September) and our India team are joining them.
They’ll be bravely giving up all tea, coffee, squash and juice for a whole week to raise money for the ‘Join Jon‘ fundraising campaign.
Our Latin America team have been busy fundraising over the last couple of weeks for their favourite charities.
They held cake sales in our Witney and London offices, raising over £270, and also a penalty shoot out between the different departments in our Witney office (strangely the South America team won!).
The total raised is just shy of £500, meaning we could pay for a nurse at Casa Mantay in Peru for three months, or buy food for everyone at the house for ten days.
We will be splitting the money with Amigos de Santa Cruz in Guatemala, and many families will benefit from the nutrition classes that the association gives.
Find out more about the charities we support on our website.
In the true spirit of the Tour de France, 35 Audley staff members will take part in a bike ride this weekend to raise money for charity.
Covering roughly 80 miles, from the New Mill office in Witney, to the new London office in Shepherd’s Bush, the aim is to raise as much money as possible for Oxford based charity SSNAP.
The Charity supports sick and premature babies in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
To find out more or to make a donation, please visit our ‘Tour de Audley’ charity page.
Good luck everyone!
(29/7/2014) To date we have raised a staggering £3,500 for SSNAP – an Audley fundraising record!