Entrepreneurial investors back new travel and events venture

FORMER business journalist and media entrepreneur David Parkin has launched a new travel and events business called COPA.

The new venture, which is based in Leeds, provides bespoke events and travel services to corporates, professional firms and funders across the North of England and in London.

Parkin, who was business editor of the Yorkshire Post before launching the UK’s first regional business news website, TheBusinessDesk.com in 2007, has been backed by a number of successful entrepreneurs and investors in the new venture.

Well known corporate financier Steve Roberts, co-founder of McInnes Corporate Finance and chairman of AIM quoted group Northern Bear, has invested in COPA and joined the Board in a semi executive capacity.

Andrew Dick, co-founder of professional services firm Begbies Traynor has invested in the business alongside Dan Summerfield, former director of challenger bank Aldermore. The investment will be managed by Panacea, an entrepreneurial investment company founded by Roberts and Summerfield which specialises in providing capital and strategic solutions to support and grow SME businesses.

COPA has recruited event manager Liz Theakston, who had a successful event management career in London before moving to Yorkshire,
and office manager Sue Carpenter who has past experience at several of the leading professional firms in Leeds.

David Parkin said: “With the economy continuing to improve, more and more firms want to spend time with key clients and targets. The big question is what will attract the right people and deliver value?

“The days of the corporate ‘jolly’ are in the past but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the time you spend with clients and contacts enjoyable and interesting while also delivering that all important return on investment.

“COPA combines the quality of the people, the experience and the venue to deliver a remarkable event that can be so much more than another golf day or a table at a sportsman’s dinner.

“Launching and growing a business is all about getting the right advice and support by working with talented people, it’s great to have that in Steve, Dan and Andrew. ” he added.

Andrew Dick commented: “David has unrivalled contacts and knowledge of the business community across the North of England and COPA has some innovative ideas on how to deliver great value from events and travel experiences. It has an exciting future and I’m pleased to be investing in it.”

COPA provides bespoke travel services to both corporate clients and individuals and has a network of contacts in private jet charter, hotels and airlines. It also has access to facilities at many of the leading entertainment and sporting venues across the UK.

For more information contact David Parkin on 07968 835282

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