A former Royal Marine Commando has put his training to use to set up a new business for corporate travel.
Ian Smith, from Cramlington, has set up Virtus Global to offer one-stop travel planning, which includes specialist expertise in protection for businesses and their workforce.
After leaving the forces, which included frontline tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, Ian spent time working in various international maritime and land-based security and risk advisory roles, where he saw the need to bring together the two areas of travel management and risk reduction to enable business to travel more safely.
Ian, 36, said: “Ordinary travel agencies lack an understanding of risk reduction and management, while previously risk management companies have specialised only in so-called ‘high risk’ areas of the world.
“However, we live in an increasingly hostile world, where even local travel carries its own risks, so by bringing travel planning and risk reduction into a single operation, we can provide a unique service for businesses.
“We can help companies manage better the exposure of their employees to risk, and we can help travellers to be better prepared. Drawing on our knowledge and resources we can provide them with a range of single-sourced, cost effective solutions, which deliver peace of mind.”
Ian and his team of specialists can create a tailor-made travel plan, including risk analysis, evacuation and emergency response planning, where necessary.
The company can also provide specialist aviation and accommodation services, as well as close protection, as part of a package of measures for companies and individuals looking to develop business in new regions that they might have concerns about visiting.
Already supporting clients ranging from the corporations to high net-worth individuals, Virtus Global expects to secure further work over the next 12 months as demand for its expertise grows.
For more information visit www.virtusglobal.co.uk