A Leeds-based travel agency that specialises in crafting custom group journeys to the Caribbean has marked its fifth anniversary by relocating to larger premises at the Unity Business Centre in Chapeltown.

Named Phun in the Sun, the agency was founded by its CEO, Jackie Walker, in 2018. Its inception took place within the confines of the centre’s newly established incubator designed for start-ups and home-based ventures aiming for expansion.

From that point onward, the enterprise has steadily progressed and currently boasts a team of four individuals.

In the upcoming month, Phun in the Sun will collaborate with the St Kitts and Nevis Association to co-host a reception at the Unity Business Centre. This event is intended to welcome Her Excellency Dr Christine Walwyn, who has been appointed as the Diaspora Ambassador for St Kitts and Nevis by the Prime Minister, Dr Terrance Drew.

Unity Business Centre represents one of three facilities managed by Unity Enterprise. This not-for-profit arm of BME housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise presently offers 142 cost-effective business units, accommodating over 80 diverse businesses in close proximity to Leeds city centre.

Adrian Green, the Manager of Unity Enterprise, expressed his pleasure in witnessing the prosperous journey of Phun in the Sun throughout the past five years.

He said; “It feels like just yesterday when Jackie started her adventure with us, taking up a hot desk in our building. >From the very beginning, her positive spirit and passion for creating unforgettable experiences for her customers and her unwavering commitment to achieving her dreams were clear.

“As her company expanded, so did her needs, and it did not take long for her to move from that hot desk to her own small office space within our premises. Jackie has continued to chase her dreams one step at a time.

“She has now expanded even further, moving into a larger office space to accommodate her ever-growing team and clientele. We could not be prouder of her accomplishments.”

Cedric Boston, Unity Homes and Enterprise Chief Executive, said; “Jackie’s journey demonstrates the spirit of entrepreneurship – the willingness to take risks, the courage to dream big and the tenacity to overcome obstacles.

“She has shown us all that with a sharp vision and unwavering determination, no goal is unachievable.

“We are incredibly proud to have supported her business aspirations and look forward to working with her even more closely in the years ahead.”

Jackie Walker said; “I am excited to be expanding and to be able to do so at Unity Business Centre where Phun in the Sun has its roots.

“Adrian and his team have supported me in every possible way right from the beginning.
“It is wonderful that our shared success story will continue – bigger and better than ever before.”

The reception for Her Excellency Dr Christine Walwyn will take place on Wednesday 13 September at 6.30pm.