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Sanderson Phillips and tranquilico join forces under Atkin Jones

The acquisition will see an expanded travel safety and crisis management offering to the travel industry.

Jan 2023 - Expert health & safety and crisis management consultancy tranquilico has been acquired by Atkin Jones Limited to operate alongside its existing travel safety brand, Sanderson Phillips.

Founded in 2016 by David and Aimée Atkin, Atkin Jones Limited operates a three-brand portfolio of businesses specialising in risk management consultancy and outsourced business support services to the travel and leisure sectors.

Set up in 2008 by Colin McGregor, tranquilico provides health, safety and crisis management consultancy and supply chain auditing to tour operators, schools, sports teams, DMCs and suppliers of transportation, activities, and excursions. Alongside Sanderson Phillips’ accommodation auditing, the two brands already share a number of well-known clients including Abercrombie & Kent, Trailfinders, Kuoni, Scott Dunn, Elegant Resorts, and ITC Luxury Travel Group, with the partnership currently providing safety grading information of more than 23,000 suppliers in 168 countries.

The acquisition will see tranquilico Managing Director Colin McGregor and Associate Director Mick Yates continue to operate the tranquilico brand under Atkin Jones Limited. Sanderson Phillips' Business Development Associate Lisa Darchambaud will be responsible for generating new relationships for both brands in the UK and in emerging overseas markets.

Atkin Jones’ Managing Director David Atkin said,

“We’re delighted to be bringing tranquilico into the Atkin Jones family. Having known Colin for many years and since working more closely with him recently, we know that tranquilico has a strong standing in the industry and perfectly complements the services Sanderson Phillips provides.

By bringing together our combined expertise and knowledge into a joint offering, which is already utilised by several tour operators, we are looking forward to opening up a wider range of services to all our clients, including crisis management planning and training.

Colin shares our commitment to delivering efficient, supportive and cost-effective risk management and travel safety solutions for our clients and we are excited to be working with him and Mick to ensure that continues as we integrate the two businesses.”

tranquilico Managing Director Colin McGregor said,

“Sanderson Phillips has been an important partner to tranquilico over the years, so we’re excited to enter the next phase of our development under the Atkin Jones banner. David and his team have always shared our passion for delivering high quality services, so we’re confident that the enhanced proposition will open up more possibilities for our existing clients and appeal to even more tour operators and travel providers in the UK and internationally.”


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