Back in 2005 PWF first wrote about Leah Squire – then living at Dampier, WA – and her new website www.byokids.com.au. This weekend Leah’s ‘family travel guru’ business was a Queensland finalist in the Small Business Champions Awards 2007 held at the Sofitel Brisbane.
Now they will represent Queensland – aiming to be named best Australian new business 2007 – in November in Sydney.
In just 18 months, this now Noosa based mother of two boys with a passion for travel, has turned a family travel blog into an online family travel resource and specialist travel agency. Leah says:
“BYOkids began as little more than a travel blog to follow the family’s journeys as we travelled extensively throughout Australia, NZ, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand…We are hugely excited about the awards, we are lucky enough to travel the world, do what we love, help others and to top it off we become a finalist in such a prestigious award…I’m honoured to be up for the entrepreneur award and can’t wait for Saturday night.”
www.byokids.com.au is free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Families can research, plan and book a holiday online. Customers complete online enquiry forms or contact a BYOkids travel consultant via email or phone 1300BYOkids. Clients come from all over Australia and many from overseas too.
Since its humble beginning the website has grown daily and is now a valuable resource for tens of thousands of parents. With articles on “how to stay sane on your next road trip” and “Wwoofing with kids”, lists of restaurants with kids entertainment or playstations and information on free family fun, the site is unique and winning votes with mums and dads. BYOkids has a growing database full of parents thirsty for information and family holiday deals.
Contact Leah Squire
Direct line: 0424551699 or 07 54471011
1300BYOkids (1300 296543)
For future reference here’s the Helpful Hints section (pdf) on what’s required to enter the Awards.