A luxury travel brand is celebrating its 15-year anniversary of being based in the town.
Travel company eShores, which focuses on tailor-made and multi-centre holidays worldwide is based in Castleton, Rochdale and is celebrating its anniversary this month.
Company director Gavin Lapidus said being based in Rochdale has helped them to recruit staff from other areas due to the good bus, train and motorway network it has around Manchester.
He added that the council supported his company with funding when they first started out to help eShores ‘get their feet off the ground’.
Gavin said: “When I decided I wanted to start my own business, I instantly looked to my passion – travel. I began speaking to a friend of mine who was already in the industry; her background was in marketing.
“After discussing ideas, we quickly realised that we wanted to approach the luxury side of travel. We launched fifteen years ago from her back bedroom and have grown steadily since then.
“Over the years, we’ve gradually focused more on tailor-made luxury travel. As a business, we want to show our years of travel expertise and help really perfect holidays for our clients.”
Gavein also said he had seen how the travel industry has changed over his 15 years in the business.
He added: “Clients want much more from their holidays. Fifteen years ago, many people would pick up a brochure, find a hotel they liked the look of, and that was as far as their own research went.
“Today, most people have access to the internet and social media, which means they can see everything a country has to offer. This means they want to get as much out of their trip as possible; they want to explore, stop in other locations, and see many different aspects of an area.
“Luxury travel today is all about ticking as many things off bucket lists as possible. People are thinking, ‘Why settle for fourteen days on a beach when there’s so much more to see and do?’”