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1 October 2017

Skybreak celebrates quarter of a century at the forefront of airport passenger care

Skybreak, the independent aviation and airport services company based at Gatwick Airport celebrated its 25th Anniversary this week at the iconic British Airways i360 in Brighton, Sussex.

Skybreak handles the airport and aviation requirements for a range of organisations from destination specialists and niche market travel companies, to worldwide tour operators and airlines. With services including but not limited to airline sales, ticket issuance and crisis management, Skybreak plays an important role in delivering the best passenger experience at Gatwick Airport.

A dedicated and loyal team of staff brings continuity to Skybreak services and the ability to cope with the unexpected in a composed manner by this team, has contributed significantly to the reputation of Skybreak. Over the past two-and-a-half decades Skybreak has assisted 5 million passengers with requests which include a variety of important customer service enquiries, as well as a number of issues such as disruption, delays and missed flights.

The Skybreak team has faced many challenges both at an individual and industry scale and has an unparalleled pedigree in providing alternative travel arrangements and passenger care to the highest standard during times of crisis.

Upon celebrating Skybreak’s 25th year, Neil Chapman, Managing Direction said:

"It is important for businesses to recognise specific milestones such as this anniversary and Skybreak is also using this celebration to demonstrate its commitment to the future. Without our team of dedicated staff and close working and loyal relationships with airlines, customers, agents and airport authorities, such as Gatwick Airport it would not be possible to have grown our business to what it is today.

We have shaped our organisation to meet the evolving needs of air travellers and it is this continuous enhancement which allows us to deliver award-winning services in this fast-moving environment. We are trusted by one of best airports in the world and by many of the best airlines in the world to look after their customers. We built this trust through an ongoing investment in our recruitment and training programmes, ensuring the highest standards of any customer care desk in the travel industry. We are also investing in technology and over the next 12 months we will evolve our IT to revolutionise our online presence. So this event is very much about saying thank you to our customers, suppliers and staff as well as saying how much we look forward to working with them and many others in the future."

 

1st September 2017

Your Service Centre Gatwick produces a Rising Star

Your Service Centre Gatwick, in partnership with Skybreak is thrilled to announce Kimberley Steer has been selected as an Apprentice Rising Star, in partnership with Virgin Holidays. Three Rising Stars have been selected by Travel Weekly and Kimberley has featured in this week’s magazine, along with the other winners from Flight Centre & Thomas Cook.

When asking Kimberley about her apprenticeship she said:

From as far as I can remember, so from a very young age I have always wanted to be a part of the travel and tourism industry. I completed my Level 2 travel and tourism in college and have always had a massive interest and a huge passion for travel. Even though I learnt a lot in college there is nothing like being on the front line and taking on different challenges to help people every day.  What I like about being an apprentice the most is that in college you are just stuck in a classroom and don't see what really happens within an airport/work place and how to deal with different situations, every day is different here at Gatwick and you learn something new every day. 

Your Service Centre Gatwick’s team of six apprentices, led by a mentor, are responsible for delivering five star customer service to passengers passing through Gatwick Airport. Ensuring they are readily available, the team communicate with passengers, over the telephone or via email acting as the front face of the business, effectively communicating between our customer service agents and the passenger during periods of high traffic.

As well as featuring regularly in Travel Weekly over the next 12 months, Kimberley has won 2x flights courtesy of Virgin Holidays, tickets to major travel industry events and regular mentoring and advice from industry experts. The first event Kimberley will attend will be the Association of Touring and Adventure Supplier conference in Birmingham on the 18th October, with an article on her experience at the conference in a November edition of Travel Weekly.

 

7th August 2017

Your Service Centre Gatwick supports Brighton Pride Parade 2017

For the second successive year, London Gatwick Airport was the headline sponsor for the 2017 Brighton Pride Parade. Gatwick enjoys close links with the Brighton community and situated just 30 minutes away by rail, our team welcome many of the international visitors travelling through the airport on a daily basis.

A number of our team joined the parade on Saturday 5th August which over 300,000 people attended and celebrated with the Gatwick Airport team leading from the front.

 

26th June 2017

Glowing Gatwick First Review

The Gatwick First meet and greet service from Your Service Centre Gatwick, offers an experienced helping hand whilst travelling through Gatwick, enabling a quick and comfortable transit through the airport.

In conjunction with Silver Travel Advisor, the team recently ran a competition for one lucky winner to receive a complimentary Gatwick First meet and greet, and earlier this month they met Lynnda and her friend, returning from a Noble Caledonia cruise in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Lynnda was kind enough to review the service and comments include:

Whisked through Gatwick airport like a VIP!’

‘Easy to identify in their smart teal and grey uniforms, they were a delightful pair, chatty and informal but also very efficient and well-informed.’

‘Emma and Kassie made it almost fun, and a very easy transit’

Read the full review here: https://www.silvertraveladvisor.com/review?id=174458


20th June 2017

Apprentice success at Your Service Centre Gatwick

Earlier this year, Your Service Centre Gatwick were awarded the SME Newcomer of the Year award for the South East region at the National Apprenticeship Awards. Since this success, Your Service Centre has also been listed on the Top 100 Companies for Apprenticeship Employers, and continued to grow and expand the team. 

The team are thrilled to announce, Mehreen Siddiqui who begun her NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service in 2015 and has successfully completed her qualification and been promoted to a Junior Customer Service & Sales Agent. Mehreen will now continue studying for her NVQ Level 3 in Customer Service as well as her full time role at Gatwick Airport.

Your Service Centre Gatwick’s team of apprentices, led by their mentors, are responsible for delivering five star customer service to passengers passing through Gatwick Airport. Ensuring they are readily available, the team communicate with passengers, over the telephone or via email acting as the front face of the business, effectively communicating between our customer service agents and the passenger during periods of high traffic.

 

9th June 2017

Your Service Centre Gatwick organise trip to Isle of Wight Zoo for Chestnut Tree House

  

A group of 20, made up of children cared for by Chestnut Tree House, siblings, parents and carers, enjoyed a fun-filled day out on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 3 June, thanks to long-term supporters, Your Service Centre Gatwick.

Families were treated to a trip across the Solent on a hovercraft, followed by a 20-minute journey on a private Southern Vectis double-decker bus to Sandown, where they spent a day at Isle of Wight Zoo. They even received a special shout-out on the return Hovertravel journey. 

The children were given a short talk about animals, their history and behaviour, which included being able to touch an elephant’s tooth and tiger’s skull. This was followed by a tour of the zoo, where they saw meerkats, monkeys, tigers and lions, and collected stamps for their ‘zoo passport’. Each child also received a goodie bag from Your Service Centre Gatwick, including colouring activity sheets and an inflatable hovercraft toy.

Trisha Cullingford, Fun & Friendship Coordinator at Chestnut Tree House said, “The children had a fantastic day at Isle of Wight Zoo and loved seeing all the animals. We’re so grateful to Your Service Centre Gatwick for arranging the day, as this type of trip means so much to families – enabling them to make special memories together.”

The trip to the Isle of Wight was organised by the Gatwick-based company’s team of award-winning apprentices, including Phoebe Kay, who has a history of supporting Chestnut Tree House.

Phoebe Kay said, “Living locally to Chestnut Tree House, and having supported them through my school days, I was excited to learn Your Service Centre Gatwick also supports the charity. Alongside two fellow apprentices we thoroughly enjoyed planning a trip for the children and families, and it was very rewarding to see them having fun.”

Lecia Taylor, Director at Your Service Centre Gatwick, said: “Having supported Chestnut Tree House since 2015 and delivering a number of once in a lifetime experiences, we are delighted to have been able to organise a trip to the Isle of Wight, coordinated by our team of award winning apprentices. The charity needs all the support it can get and we are pleased we can help in some way.”

 

1st June 2017

 

Your Service Centre Gatwick continues to grow with new airlines

Your Service Centre Gatwick in partnership with Skybreak, is pleased to welcome the newly arrived RwandAir and Georgian Airways to their portfolio, which already consists of over 70% of Gatwick’s airline business.

Gatwick Airport achieved an impressive 3.8 million passengers travelling through the airport this April, +15% on 2016, marking 50 months of consecutive growth and continues to welcome new airlines to the Sussex based airport.

Operating three times weekly, RwandAir will offer the only direct flight from the UK to Rwanda, with a flight time of less than 9 hours on board their A330-200 aircraft which offers travellers Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.

Georgian Airways, founded in 1993 will also be the only direct flight from London to Tiblisi, operating twice weekly on board their Boeing 737 aircraft.

Your Service Centre Gatwick will act as the appointed customer services and sales point within the North Terminal at Gatwick Airport.

 

12th April 2017

Your Service Centre Gatwick collects Easter Eggs for Home-Start charity

 Your Service Centre, in partnership with Skybreak, has collected and delivered Easter Eggs to Homestart, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex for the second year running. Your Service Centre collected Easter egg donations at Gatwick Airport for two weeks at both their desks in the North and South Terminals. Home-Start works with vulnerable young families that are struggling to cope and the donated eggs will be given to these children.

Lecia Taylor, Services, Sales and Standards Director at Your Service Centre, said: "Our team at the airport are dedicated to supporting  local charities and we wanted to use our location to raise awareness and encourage donations from the thousands of passengers travelling through Gatwick. With the generosity shown, we collected 85 Easter eggs and  deliver them to Home-Start in time for Easter”.

Jacquie Thomas, Fundraising and Marketing Manager at Home-Start, said:

“We are delighted to be a chosen charity for Your Service Centre for the second year in a row.  Home-Start relies on support from the local community, so partnerships like this are really valuable. These donated eggs will be a real treat for the children we support.”

 

6th April 2017

Your Service Centre Gatwick supports local business community 

Your Service Centre Gatwick, in partnership with Skybreak, has affiliated with the Gatwick Small Hotels, which hosts over 300 rooms within a five mile radius of the airport.

Jonathan Adams, Business Development Manager at Your Service Centre Gatwick, said:

‘We are delighted to have partnered with the Gatwick Small Hotels as it allows us to provide another form of accommodation for passengers travelling through Gatwick airport. We represent airlines and tour operators who often require our assistance, and being able to offer a local guest house at an affordable rate complements our care package for passengers.’

Gatwick Small Hotel is an association of 25 independent accommodation providers which have all been accredited by Visit Britain and have between two and four star ratings. The accommodation options range from ‘fantastic value’ small bed and breakfast accommodation (with just a few rooms) to luxury guest houses and larger hotels with bars and restaurants.

 Quasim Suhail, Chairman of the Gatwick Small Hotels, said:

“This is a very exciting time for Gatwick Small Hotels.  We are very much looking forward to developing a good working relationship with Your Service Centre.  Together we will bring awareness to the travelling public of the variety of accommodation available at Gatwick Airport in addition to the larger chain hotels.  In the event of bad weather conditions or delayed flights, Your Service Centre will promote Gatwick Small Hotels.  Our guests regularly tell us how happy they are staying in a smaller hotel where they are treated personally”.

 

 September 2016

South East National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 Winner

Your Service Centre Gatwick has been announced as a winner at the South East National Apprenticeship Awards 2016 regional ceremony.

The Awards, now in their thirteenth year, are run by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

On winning, Lecia Taylor, Director at Your Service Centre Gatwick, said: “We are very proud that the dedication and hard work of our apprenticeship team has been recognised by the National Apprenticeship Awards.  These awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate both the achievements of apprentices and the commitment of employers to apprenticeships.

As Regional SME winner in the Newcomer category we are delighted that our strategy to attract and nurture apprentices for specialist services in a very challenging airport environment will be showcased at a national level. Our apprentices have a real impact on our business performance,  delivering skilled assistance to passengers in need on daily basis and providing a meaningful contribution to the overall well-being of the Gatwick Airport customer.”

Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said:  “The National Apprenticeship Awards enable exceptional apprentices and dedicated employers to receive the recognition they richly deserve. Apprenticeships enable people to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed - in some cases up to degree level; and for businesses to grow the talent they need.

“Your Service Centre – Skybreak has won the Santander Award for Newcomer SME of the Year in the South East and I would like to congratulate them on their achievement. Winning this award is greatly deserved. There has never been a better time to become an apprentice or employ one.”

 

 June 2016

Treasure hunt fun at Gatwick Airport October 2016

Gatwick Airport became the unlikely venue for an unforgettable day’s treasure hunt for the children of Chestnut Tree House Hospice.

It was the first time many of the children had been to an airport. The treasure hunt was organised by Your Service Centre, Gatwick Airport’s passenger helpdesk and it aimed to offer these children an incredible day to remember and a much needed distraction from their everyday lives. Chestnut Tree House provides specialist palliative care services to 300 children and young people from birth up to the age of 19 with life-shortening conditions in East Sussex, West Sussex and South East Hampshire.