A joint initiative between Travel Bureau Corporate and Athena Risk has been launched to help the region’s businesses protect their employees when travelling.

The two North East-based companies have joined forces to launch Travel Safe to provide a combined booking and safeguarding service pitched at companies working in emerging and developing markets.

Businesses signing up to Travel Safe will receive a holistic business travel service, with everything from transportation and accommodation, to risk mitigation and emergency support, provided through a bespoke dashboard accessible online and through a unique app.

The service was developed in response to an increased number of enquiries from businesses wanting to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their mobile workforce. It will support the North East’s growing overseas workforce and help prepare the region’s businesses for a predicted 50% increase in the number of mobile employees by 2020.

Anne Bromley, Joint Managing Director of Travel Bureau, said: “Travel Bureau and Athena Risk have come together to deliver an integrated approach to travel management and risk mitigation services.

Travel Safe is at the cutting edge of best practice and is aligned with the latest guidance contained within PAS 3001:2016 Travelling for Work which sets industry standards. Travel Safe will help business to grow, develop and be successful on a global scale.

“It’s an exciting time for British businesses as Brexit and a changing global business landscape presents new opportunities across the world. Together Travel Bureau and Athena Risk want to help the North East lead the charge and help secure the region’s economic prosperity for years to come.”

Jason Hicks, Director of Operations at Athena Risk, said: “Travel Safe brings together two vital services for businesses working overseas; travel management and travel safety.

“As an increasing number of North East companies conduct business overseas in developing and emerging markets, the policies and procedures which companies have in place become even more important.

“Business owners are responsible for implementing measures to prevent or deal with any crises that employees working abroad may encounter. With Travel Safe business can be certain that they have experts on hand to work tirelessly on their behalf, before, during and even after any trip.”