Leeds-based women’s travel firm secures “close to half a million pounds”

maidens-voyage will use funding from angel investor Tony Rice to prepare for global expansion and make new hires

maiden-voyage, a travel organisation focuses at women, has completed a funding round worth “close to half a million pounds” from angel investor Tony Rice – who joins as chairman.

Launched in 2008 by Carolyn Pearson, maiden-voyage is used by large organisations and individuals and seeks to help female business travellers explore cities and meet other travellers.

The site recommends female friendly hotels, provides traveller safety training and accredits business travel providers. It claims to have more than 8,000 members across over 80 countries.

The investment will be used to accelerate maiden-voyage’s global expansion, “replace its freelance staff base with industry experts”, and convert its classroom training modules to online learning.

Pearson commented: “I’m delighted to have Rice on board. He brings a wealth of knowledge with him across many different sectors and his particular skill in growing and scaling businesses will undoubtedly take us to the next level.”

Rice added: “[…] Pearson is a very dynamic and creative entrepreneur and maiden-voyage.com offers a capability which is not only unique but also beneficial and needed by female travellers, helping employers and travel industry players to fulfill their duty of care to their female managers and staff.”

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