The Halsbury Travel team

Timeline

Halsbury Travel was founded by Keith Sharkey, a former French teacher, in 1986. 30 years later, Halsbury Travel is now the fastest-growing educational tour operator in the country and specialises in tailor-made school trips for almost every subject. Below are some of the key developments and proudest achievements that have taken place in our 30-year history:

French teacher Keith Sharkey creates Halsbury Travel, a school trip company that is unique in that it was established with teachers in mind.

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Halsbury Travel was established in 1986 by Keith Sharkey, a former language teacher who passionately believes in the value of educational travel.

Keith also creates Acorn Educational Exchanges, providing language exchanges for students.

workexperienceabroad.co.uk

Tours: 35

Staff: 3

The 90's

As Halsbury grows, Keith leaves teaching to work for the school tour company full-time.

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Halsbury Travel Ltd. receives ABTA accreditation.

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Increasing staff numbers lead Halsbury to move to its first commercial offices in Nottingham city centre.

Sue Sharkey, Keith’s wife and a former geography teacher, joins Halsbury Travel full-time.

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Halsbury joins the World Wide Web.

Acorn Educational Exchanges begins offering a work experience abroad programme for A-Level students and changes its name to Work Experience Abroad.

workexperienceabroad.co.uk

Halsbury produces its first brochures covering France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Halsbury moves to its current offices in Colwick, Nottingham, to accommodate its growing staff.

Halsbury Travel’s air tours become ATOL-protected.

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Tours: 210

Staff: 17

The 00's

Halsbury expands its product base to incorporate school ski trips. Trinity School in Nottingham, where Keith was once Head of French, are the first group to travel.

halsburyski.com

Halsbury Travel is awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

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Halsbury changes its logo to feature the foot and globe that are so recognisable today.

Halsbury is nominated for ‘Employer of the Year’ at the East Midlands Apprenticeship Awards.

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Keith and Sue’s son, Stuart, initially joins Halsbury on a work experience placement and, over the years, progresses to the role of Transport Manager.

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Halsbury Travel becomes a full member of the School Travel Forum and develops its own Safety Management System.

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Halsbury expands its language tour experiences further by offering language courses abroad for individual students.

halsburylanguages.co.uk

Halsbury runs its first school geography trip to Iceland.

Tours: 483

Staff: 28

The 10's

Halsbury are named ‘Ash Cloud Heroes’ by Radio 4’s Excess Baggage as they step in to rescue stranded groups - most returned to the UK within 24 hours at no extra cost.

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Sue and Keith’s daughter, Katie, joins the company as Marketing Assistant, before later progressing to Marketing Manager.

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Another special team member joins Halsbury as Bobby, the 11-month old puppy, arrives.

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Tours 4 Sport is acquired by Halsbury Travel in order to continue offering their specialised sports tours with the security provided by a leading tour operator.

tours4sport.com

As Channel 5’s Cowboy Traders investigates a school travel company gone rogue, Halsbury steps in to provide one of the affected groups with a free ski trip!

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As the popularity of music tours increases, Halsbury launches a specialist brand and website to cater to demand.

halsbury.com/music

Halsbury’s famous Loyalty Scheme is launched to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, rewarding customers from their very first trip.

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The Pro-Ex brand launched offering schools the unique opportunity to train with the world’s top football clubs.

pro-exfootballtours.com

Halsbury scoops the prize for ‘Fastest Growing Family Business’ at the Midlands Family Business Awards.

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The Halsbury logo undergoes another revamp to develop individual logos that represent our specialist brands.

Tours: 937

Staff: 63

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1986

In 1986, Keith created Halsbury Travel, a tour operator which is unique in that it was established with teachers in mind.

Find Out More >>

Halsbury Travel was established in 1986 by Keith Sharkey, a former language teacher who passionately believes in the value of educational travel.

Acorn Educational Exchanges was the former name of Halsbury Work Experience Abroad.

workexpreienceabroad.co.uk

Tours: 35

Staff: 3

The 90's

As Halsbury grows, Keith leaves teaching to work for the school tour company full-time.

Find Out More >>

Halsbury Work Experience is the trading name of our work experience programme, formerly known as Acorn Educational Exchanges.

workexpreienceabroad.co.uk

We are a member of ABTA, which is dedicated to raising standards of quality, safety, service and financial security.

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Halsbury produces its first brochures covering France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Increasing staff numbers lead Halsbury to move to its first commercial offices in Nottingham city centre.

Halsbury has been a part of Sue’s life since the start, but it wasn’t until 1998 that she left teaching to join the family business full-time.

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Halsbury moves to its current offices in Colwick, Nottingham, to accomodate its growing staff.

For your complete peace of mind the air tours and flights arranged by Halsbury Travel are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Read More About Our Accreditations >>

Halsbury joins the world wide web.

Tours: 210

Staff: 17

The 00's

Halsbury expand their product base to incorporate ski trips. Trinity school in Nottingham, where Keith was at one time Head of French, are the first group to travel.

halsburyski.com

Stuart joined the family business on a work experience placement and has progressed to the role of Transport Manager.

Find Out More >>

In order to be awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom badge, organisations must show they are committed to fulfilling 6 quality indicators.

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We are a Member of the School Travel Forum and in booking with us you can be sure that we have effective Safety Management Systems in place.

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Halsbury changes its logo to feature the foot and globe that are so recognisable today.

We expand our language tour experiences further and begin offering our language study programme.

halsburylanguages.co.uk/

We were nominated for the title of 'Employer of the Year' and attended a glitzy Award Ceremony.

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Halsbury runs its first school geography trip to Iceland.

Tours: 483

Staff: 28

The 10's

Halsbury are named ‘Ash Cloud Heroes’ by Radio 4’s Excess Baggage as they step in to rescue stranded groups - most returned to the UK within 24 hours at no extra cost.

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Katie started out as Marketing Assistant in 2011 and now is now Marketing Manager for all of the Halsbury brands.

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Another special team member joins Halsbury as Bobby, the 11-month old puppy, arrives.

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Halsbury's famous Loyalty Scheme is launched to celebrate the company's 25th anniversary, rewarding customers from their very first trip.

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Tours 4 Sport is acquired by Halsbury Travel. This allowed them to continue to provide their specialised sports tours, with the security of a leading school tour operator.

tours4sport.com

The Pro-Ex brand is launched - offering schools the unique opportunity to train with some of the world's top clubs.

pro-exfootballtours.com

As Channel 5’s Cowboy Traders investigates a school travel company gone rogue, Halsbury steps in to provide one of the affected groups with a free ski trip!

Find Out More >>

When we were announced as the winner at the Family Business Awards awards ceremony we were over the moon!

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As the popularity of music tours increases, Halsbury launches a specialist brand and website to cater to demand.

halsbury.com.music

The Halsbury logo undergoes another revamp to develop individual logos that represent our specialist brands.

Tours: 937

Staff: 63

Continue to follow our story and keep up to date on all our latest news and offers by joining us on Facebook and following us on Twitter!