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Bonding, Licensing and Assistance for Start-Up Businesses

Whether you are thinking of setting up a travel businessor already run a small travel business you need to ensure that you comply withthe appropriate legislation and this is a daunting prospect for many travel entrepreneurs.

Legislation ensures that the consumer is safe, protected financially and assured of a certain level of service without being misled…so whether it is The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Act 2008, The Data Protection Act 1998, The Disability Discrimination Act 1995, or The Package Travel, Package Holiday and Package Tours Regulations 1992, they all combine with bodies such as CAA, ASA, TSI, ICO, FSA and EHRC to govern how you trade and run your businesses.


Depending on your chosen sector there are a range of options available to assist you through the set-up process and guide you through your early years of trade such as ABTA, IATA, AITO, TTA, PSA, FTG, FTO, BCH and TIPTO…but just where do you start?

smith can provide advice, assistance and support to guide you through the set-up process and show you how to grow your business effectively by offering you a variety of practical and cost effective solutions helping you create a robust plan but you will still need the tools and systems to ensure that consumer legislation in relation to financial protection is adhered to.

Subsequently we have teamed up with Protected Travel Services (PTS) who provide a range of trade solutions to Tour Operators and Travel Agents and specialise in start-up businesses.

Whilst not suitable to every business they do in our opinion offer the simplest and most cost effective method of entry into the travel industry.

They are able to provide you with the tools to run your business…everything from card facilities and back office systems to ensuring compliance with the Package Travel Regulations and ATOL Regulations is on offer. 

  • PTS provide a trust account so that you can operate within the 1992 Package Travel Regulations.
  • PTS provide a paperless back office system so you can efficiently run your business.
  • PTS provide a route to obtaining a bond-free Small Business ATOL so that you can adhere to ATOL Regulations.
  • PTS provide merchant facilities to Tour Operators and Travel Agents to enable you to trade effectively.

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