Saturday 24 August 2019

Fast-expanding business travel firm opens Dublin office

 

Edel Doherty, founder of Beyond Business Travel, has overseen the company's expansion to Dublin
Edel Doherty, founder of Beyond Business Travel, has overseen the company's expansion to Dublin
Samantha McCaughren

Samantha McCaughren

A Northern Irish business travel company is to open an office in Dublin as part of an ambitious expansion plan.

Beyond Business Travel, founded by Edel Doherty, aims to grow revenue from its current £16m (€17.8m) level to £50m in the next four years, with opportunities in the Republic of Ireland expected to play a significant role in that growth plan.

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Doherty set up the company in 2010 in the midst of the recession. The business offers a bespoke offline travel management service, where an account manager handles all a company's travel arrangements, from flights to visas and meeting room requirements.

It also offers a technology solution to customers which allows staff to make their own booking arrangements with parameters set by the employer.

Said Doherty: "We are excited to open an office in Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 as part of our ambitious growth plans.

"We feel our bespoke travel management, together with market-leading technology and data analytics, is perfect for the vibrant Dublin market.

"We are (part of) a new breed of travel management companies who are disrupting the business travel industry."

She added: "We are starting with four employees and hoping to expand to 10 in the next 12 months."

Doherty is one of three women from the island of Ireland chosen to attend next week's Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) global conference, taking place in Singapore.

"I think there are specific challenges for women but I think some of that comes from within; we don't believe in ourselves," she said. "We look at a business world designed by men and we're not sure where we fit in."

Doherty said that female entrepreneurs, like herself, are building a new business world, "with a different view" on work-life balance and other aspects of business.

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