Nigerian travel management firm, Peacock Travels and Tours Limited, has opened five new subsidiaries in the United Kingdom.
The five new subsidiaries are Peacock Travels and Tours, Peacock College, Peacock Aviation Training Centre, Peacock Bureau De Change, and Peacock Property.
The opening ceremony of the companies was held in London at a grand event attended by top UK government officials including the Speaker of the London Borough of Hackney, Ms Susan Fajana-Thomas; and a representative of Her Majesty, the Queen of England, Deputy Lieutenant of Hackney, Col. Roderick Morris.
The launching of the five UK subsidiaries, which, is headquartered in a sprawling edifice located in Hackney area of London, E8 2FD, came barely 24 months after the fastest growing Nigerian travel management company extended its operations to South Africa.
Welcoming eminent Nigerians and Britons at the event in London last week, the Group Executive Chairman, Peacock Group of Companies, Chief Segun Phillips, said the relationship between the UK and Nigeria had come a long way, noting the two countries were bound by strong historical, social, cultural, political and economic ties.
Phillips expressed gratitude to all role players that had made it possible for the dream to become a reality.
“Today is a special day in so many ways. We feel exceptionally blessed and fortunate to be able to share today with all of you,” the Group Executive Chairman told dignitaries at the event.
While looking at the prospects for the future cooperation between the two countries, the Peacock chairman said the company was keenly aware that high quality standards were crucial to ‘long term success.
He said the company had committed itself to the implementation of ISO 9001, the international quality standard for organisations and companies.
He said, “We have established a comprehensive Quality Management System to verify that we are managing our processes effectively and that we are fully in control of our activities. The system covers all our core processes including classifications work search and’ examination, opposition revocation and limitation, as well as support activities, such as training.”
According to Chief Phillips, Nigerian is an increasingly important market for British companies, and the UK is one of the largest investors in Nigeria, in sectors from oil and gas to financial services and agriculture.
He said during the last three years, trade between the two countries increased by.67 per cent, adding that, “the UK is home to roughly 800,000 people with family ties to Nigeria, and members of the Nigerian Diaspora play an important and valuable role in the UK’s economy and society, contributing to a large number of fields from medicine to financial services and to football.”