Travel agency Tivoli Travel plans to expand the business by creating a network of up to ten homeworkers.

The two-branch agency, which closed its third shop in Lindley during lockdown, took on Lisa Towey as its first Tivoli Travel personal consultant in September.

Director Jo Richards had considered branching out into homeworking previously but it was only when a former colleague and travel agent was looking for work that she decided to turn the idea into a reality.

She said: “She was looking at homeworking roles with other companies so I said ‘why don’t you work for me on a 60/40 commission split basis with no set-up fee?’ She came into the office over a few weeks and worked with me. Since she started in mid-September she’s done £25,000 of sales.”

Richards said there were now other homeworkers “in the pipeline” to join and she is keen to recruit more experienced agents to work on a self-employed basis.

“At the moment we are looking at five to ten homeworkers. There might be people who have lost their jobs in travel and still want to work in the industry,” added Richards, who is also considering a pop-up store in Lindley where Tivoli Travel shut its branch during lockdown after 18 months in the town but still has a strong client base.

Tivoli Travel’s current branches are in Mirfield and Holmfirth.