A TRAVEL agents has set itself new horizons after earning a first in its 145-year history.

Althams Travel, which has a well-established branch in Bolton Street, Ramsbottom, has been included in the Stock Exchange’s 1,000 most inspiring companies list for 2019.

And bosses at the chain have celebrated a double success at the industry-wide Agent Achievement Awards.

The best travel agent in the North West and North Wales and the Truly Independent Professional Travel Organisation, agent of the year prizes came their way.

The regional prize is their seventh successive time Althams has been presented with the award. Bosses travelled to the Park Plaza in London to pick up the gongs.

Managing director Sandra McAllister said: “I am so proud of everything that the company has achieved and this is down to every single member of staff who are all passionate about our business and our history.

“Many of our staff have been with the company for many years which is testament to their commitment. We are very excited about the future and delighted to have been recognised by both our fellow travel professionals and one of the most prestigious organisations in the UK.”