Sunny times at award-winning firm

Chris Pattison
Chris Pattison

A holiday company with a branch in Hartlepool is walking on sunshine after winning two prestigious accolades at a national travel industry awards night.

Dawson and Sanderson won Travel Agent of the Year for North East and Yorkshire at the Agent Achievement Awards (AAA), held at the Lancaster Hotel in London.

The company’s second award was presented to managing director Chris Pattison, who won the title of Outstanding Contributor to the Travel Industry.

The annual ceremony, organised by Travel Weekly, is widely regarded as the most competitive event in the industry. More than 500 people attended from online and high street travel agents all over the UK.

An independent panel of travel experts handpicked which companies to enter for the Travel Agent of the Year awards, and chose the winners on factors such as their record of service and the quality of their campaigns.

Managing director Mr Pattison said: “This is the first time that Dawson and Sanderson has received independent recognition on this national scale. Until now, the company had been the unsung hero of the travel industry, so it’s wonderful for the firm to be rewarded at such a renowned event. It is a huge credit to our staff and we’re very proud of the whole team.”

Chris Pattison has had a 33 year career at Dawson and Sanderson. He joined the company in 1980 when it had 30 staff. The firm now employs 250 people in 21 branches across the North East and Yorkshire.

Jan Fawcett, retail director, said: “Since Chris joined Dawson and Sanderson he has been the driving force behind the company’s growth, and has built it into a formidable regional brand.” She said she was “delighted that he has been nationally recognised for his dedication, his track record of success, and his commitment to the team.”