Expanding specialist travel company reaches new heights as it swoops on new Bristol offices
A specialist travel company that literally takes clients to the ends of the earth in the footsteps of Scott and Amundsen, has moved into new offices to accommodate their continuing expansion.
Swoop takes over 1,500 travellers each year to Patagonia, on the tip of South America, and to both Antarctica and the Arctic.
The company, advised by Williams Gunter Hardwick, has just taken 1,500 sq ft of office space, perched high on the 13th floor of Clifton Heights – which they’ve aptly named “The Condor’s Nest” – moving from a smaller suite in King William House in Queens Square.
The company, led by MD Luke Errington, is made up of enthusiasts who have turned their passion into a business. Says Luke: “Swoop helps people discover extraordinary destinations. Our exclusive focus on Patagonia and the Polar Regions means that we’ve got the knowledge, relationships and experience to help our customers plan adventures that match their dreams and appetite for adventure – so much so that we have dedicated websites for each destination.”
Visitors to Antarctica and the Arctic can take part in snow shoeing, camping, kayaking, sailing and even walking or skiing to the South Pole – or less physically demanding cruises that offer whale watching or polar bear spotting.
“Most of us were passionate about Patagonia and the Poles long before our Swoop days, and we still visit every year,” says Luke. “When we’re not exploring Patagonia, Antarctica and the Arctic ourselves, we love nothing more than talking to others who share our love for the ends of the earth. Bristol has proved a great place in which to hire people with a passion for the great outdoors.”
Luke first trekked through the Andes some 15 years ago. In 2010 he founded Swoop and since then has trekked, ridden and paddled thousands of miles throughout the region.
On his last visit Luke climbed to within 500m of the summit of Aconcagua and ran a three-day ultra-marathon around the volcanoes of northern Patagonia.
“The company has continued to grow as more people look for something very different from their holidays,” adds Luke. “The team is now 16 strong, and the move to Clifton Heights will allow us to meet the demand for people planning their own adventure to some of the world’s most remote and dramatic landscapes.
“Moving to the Clifton Heights has made us feel like we’re on top of a hill, a place where each of us loves to be. It also allows us to enjoy some of the best views in Bristol!”
Adds Mike Woodliffe of Williams Gunter Hardwick: It was a really enjoyable project helping Swoop relocate from cramped offices to new premises that will provide a great working environment and support the business as it continues to grow.”
CBRE acted on behalf of the landlord.