News - just for groups! wins ‘fantastic’ Group Leisure award

just for groups! scoops a prestigious honour at the Group Leisure Awards 2013

just for groups! has scooped a prestigious honour at the Group Leisure Awards 2013, held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

The group travel specialist won the ‘Best Operator – UK Tours for Groups’ award at the glittering ceremony, which took place on Wednesday 18 September.

just for groups! was also the runner-up in the ‘Best Tour Operator – Short Haul’ category.

Harold Burke, sales director at just for groups!, said: “To be nominated for such an award is a great achievement but to have been voted the winner by Group Leisure readers is simply fantastic!

“This means so much to everyone on the team, from Sally – who has been with the company since it started in 1984 – through to Fiona, Suzanne, Hannah, Adele, Maureen, David, Simon and Carol plus our hardworking colleagues in other departments throughout the company and our suppliers, tour managers and drivers.

“This was a team effort across the company and we say a massive THANK YOU!”


Awards were presented by Group Leisure magazine editor Rob Yandell, alongside special guest presenter, former England rugby international and television presenter, Martin Bayfield. 

Rob Yandell commented: “It’s great that the group travel industry can come together on this one night each year to celebrate the successes and achievements of so many individuals and companies, as recognised by the very people who use their services to arrange group trips and holidays every day.”

Other winners on the night included the British Museum, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.

The awards are voted for by the readers of Group Leisure, who include travel organisers from sports and social clubs, retired associations, special interest societies and other groups.

Harold continued: “Our friendly team here at just for groups! has been arranging tailor made holidays and events on behalf of clubs, associations and affinity groups for more than 30 years to destinations all around the globe.

“We pride ourselves on providing a professional and personalised service to more than 500 group leaders who regularly entrust the just for groups! team to handle their holiday arrangements each year.

“Our customers can also book in confidence in the knowledge that we are members of ABTA and licensed by the CAA ensuring their holiday money is totally safe and secure.”

He added: “Whether it is a small group of ten members, or in excess of 1,000, the just for groups! team is on hand to plan your perfect holiday – ranging from just the accommodation or cruise to a complete package with transport, flights, entrances and experienced guides all tailored to meet your specific needs and requirements.

“We also operate a growing number of successful ‘travel clubs’, on behalf of some high profile associations, which deliver ‘group saving benefits’ to individual members on holidays within the UK and overseas.” 


To contact just for groups! call 01603 886740 or email