New faces at cottage company

Ingrid Flute director Tom Ellis welcomes new member of staff Ben Abbott.
Ingrid Flute director Tom Ellis welcomes new member of staff Ben Abbott.

A NEW addition to Whitby’s holiday homes economy is going from strength to strength since it opened last year.

Ingrid Flute’s Yorkshire Holiday Cottages, based in Flowergate, has reported bumper holiday bookings for this year already.

And the firm has also welcomed some new members of staff.

Following a record year in 2012, bookings are up 18% for 2013 despite the recession and the grim economic forecast.

Office manager Judi Kirk said: “We have had an amazing start to 2013 with our website traffic already up 80% on 2012 in this crucial booking period.”

Since Ingrid Flute’s Yorkshire Holiday Cottages, which has been established since 1970, moved its base to Whitby, it has appointed four new members of staff.

One of these, Ben Abbott, was originally appointed on the firm’s six-month internship scheme, which employs new graduates to learn more about the holiday cottage industry and develop their business skills.

After a very successful six months, Ben has now been given a permanent contract.

Director of Ingrid Flute, Tom Ellis added: “In these tough economic times, we feel it is important to give young talented graduates a chance to develop skills and prove themselves.

“Ben has done exactly that and I am pleased to offer him a full time contract.”

Other new Whitby staff are Karen Nightingale and Peter Smith (reservations) and Laura Noble-Crookes who is a Visit England trained assessor.