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About Us

Blue Stamp Travel

Formed in 2018, Blue Stamp Travel operated within well renowned schools tour operator, Halsbury Travel. Developing on an already well established relationship, and working alongside the experienced team, we inherited and grew the diverse range of work placements and language school partnerships.

In 2020, Blue Stamp became independent of Halsbury having seen a resurgence in interest in travelling abroad to study languages. We look forward to continuing to offer school trips and language expereinces for students.

Our relationship with Halsbury remains strong and we enjoy working with one of the leading school education travel providers in the UK.

 

Our Values

Personal Service

From before you book until you have returned home, and beyond, we offer personal service from our dedicated team. This includes a 24/7 contact for during your trip to support you.

Education

Coming from an education background, we know the importance of educational trips. Our trips are designed to deliver educational outcomes. As well as developing language skills, we aim to promote independence, confidence, work place specific skills, communication and other soft skills that are so sought after in employment.

Removing the burden of organising trips for schools and teachers

We know that teaching is a full time job without the extra burden of arranging trips. We provide trips for schools with minimum administration for teachers – we take care of everything through our online portal and keep teachers informed throughout.

For schools who cannot offer trips of their own, we provide the opportunity for students to travel independently of their schools on our mixed group school trips.

Equality

We welcome students from all backgrounds to travel with Blue Stamp. We pride ourselves on providing a friendly, accessible service for all students.

Good Value

Travelling abroad may not cheap, but because we have done the hard work, we know that we can provide you with an experience that will be well worth the investment. Whether it is a work placement, language course or staying with a host family, we know that it will be an enjoyable and unforgettable experience that will benefit your language skills well into the future.

Management Team

Steve Manderson

Managing Director

Originally from Hampshire, Steve attended the University of Nottingham then qualified as a teacher in 1998 from Loughborough University before teaching in Nottingham for 21 years including 8 years as Assistant Headteacher at a high achieving (OFSTED Outstanding) 11-19 secondary school. Having travelled or lead 50 weeks of Outward Bound, skiing trips, international tours, music excursions, Duke of Edinburgh and history trips, it seemed a natural progression to venture into the travel industry bringing with him a wealth of knowledge of the world of education. With a passion for learning outside the classroom and providing opportunities for young people, Steve is able to advise teachers and parents about the benefits, and challenges of organising trips as well as the way to make the most of your experiences.

Having supported work experience and careers in the UK, moving to work experience abroad was both enjoyable and rewarding. Working with over 500 students in the first year alone.

Steve, holds an enhanced DBS and is trained in Child Protection as well as GDPR.

Vicky Manderson

Director of Operations

Vicky attended Ripon and York St John University before returning to Nottingham where she grew up. Teaching in Nottingham across primary and secondary phases for 22 years, Vicky taught music to A Level working with individuals new to music and those on the world stage.  She has led individuals and groups performing across the country and abroad. Vicky has a wealth of experience in orchestrating and logistics in order to bring together large teams of people to deliver outstanding results.

Committed to fostering talent and providing enrichment for young people, Vicky Joined Blue Stamp Travel in 2019.

Vicky, holds an enhanced DBS and is trained in Child Protection as well as GDPR.

Placement Team

Our experienced, well-travelled and dedicated Placement Team work with employers across France, Germany and Spain to maintain our network of opportunities for students. By referring to student applications and a detailed knowledge of employers and work placements they provide matches for students that allow them to make the most of their time abroad, whether it is a week or 3 months. 

Mäelle Duab Laurent

Mäelle Daub Laurent

France Placement Coordinator

Will Burn

German Placement Coordinator

Maria Viedma Blancas

Spain Placement Coordinator

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Our Accreditations

Blue Stamp Travel Ltd is a Managed Branch (ABTA Number P8260) of Halsbury Travel Ltd (ABTA V2645, ATOL 5079)

 

ATOL

Air Travel Organisers Licence 

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ATOL

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

Protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom.

Some of the flights and flight – inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website.

This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each holiday and travel service offered before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:

www.atol.org.uk/atolcertificate.

If you would like further clarification on Blue Stamp Travel’s ATOL protection, please contact us.

Visit the ATOL website if you want to know more.

The Travel Vault

Financial Failure Protection

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Travel Vault

When you book with Blue Stamp Travel, you can relax and travel with confidence. You can be safe in the knowledge that you’ve booked with a reputable company and, you can access  our comprehensive range of support, protection and expertise should you need it.

Package holidays sold to you in the European Economic Area (EEA) by ABTA Members are financially protected so that in the unlikely event Blue Stamp Travel were to fail, you will be able to continue your holiday as planned or get your money back.

Members of The Travel Vault offer financial protection are at an adequate level to meet their insolvency requirements in the event of their financial failure as defined by The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.

ABTA

Association of Bonded Travel Agents

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ABTA

Blue Stamp Travel are a Member of ABTA which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. We provide financial protection for your money when you buy a package holiday. If you buy other travel arrangements such as accommodation only this protection does not apply.

ABTA Members are reassured that financial protection is at an adequate level to meet their insolvency requirements in the event of their financial failure as defined by The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.

You can confirm that we are a member of ABTA by using their Find a Member page.

For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ. Tel: 020 3117 0500 or www.abta.com

IALC

International Association of Language Centres

IALC Approved Provider

The International Association of Language Centres (IALC) offers reassurance to our customers that you are booking with an approved provider. We are proud to hold this accreditation and value the partnerships that we have with our excellent language schools across France, Germany and Spain.

 European Regional Development Fund

Through the support of D2N2 Growth Hub 2.0, Blue Stamp Travel are proud to acknowledge the financial support in August 2020 from the ERDF Business Investment Fund Grant Programme in delivering our project developing our new website and further technology developments. This programme offers funded grants for Digital Technology, Specialist Consultancy and Equipment, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Name of company

Blue Stamp Travel Limited

Company Number

11732006

Country of Registration

United Kingdom

VAT Registration Number

352 0246 36

 

Registered office

C/o Atkinson Evans
10 Arnot Hill Road
Arnold
Nottingham
NG5 6LJ

Trading Address

Unit 9, Churchill Park
Colwick
Nottingham
NG4 2HF

+44 (0) 115 9 404 500

 

Office Opening Hours

Monday
08:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
08:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
08:00 - 17:30
Thursday
08:00 - 17:30
Friday
08:00 - 17:30