Nuttall leaves Vertical Group to establish new homeworking division

Nuttall leaves Vertical Group to establish new homeworking division

Vertical Group membership director Paula Nuttall has left the business to set up a homeworking division that will pay commission “almost immediately”.

The Holiday Village will be part of The Travel Village, her husband Phil Nuttall’s travel agency business.

It will pay homeworkers 50% of their commission one month after the booking date, with the remainder paid six weeks prior to departure.

Most homeworkers receive payment once their customer has taken the holiday, meaning agents risk losing any commission owed if they move to another group.

Nuttall said: “Something that will make us stand out over other homeworking firms is our commission payments.

“The largest risk to people moving homeworking companies or transferring from the high street is immediate lack of earnings.

“Our structure means homeworkers start earning 
with us almost immediately.”

Paula, who used to look after sales and business development for Miss Ellie’s Travel and Your Holiday Booking, both part of the Vertical Group, said she increased the number of Your Holiday Booking homeworkers from 25 to 80 in two years.

She aims to recruit 20 homeworkers for The Holiday Village by Christmas and said she is seeking agents with lots of experience.

The Holiday Village website will launch on May 1.

Nuttall said homeworkers will be able to sell anything but can draw on the expertise of other parts of The Travel Village including ocean and river cruising, and touring and adventure holidays.

It will also benefit from central marketing, social media and technology functions within The Travel Village, as well as being a member The Co‑operative Travel Consortium, part of Midcounties Co‑operative Travel.

Nuttall is currently recruiting for a business development manager to support her growth plans.

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