Ocean Holidays

Ocean Holidays goes further to make travel the best it can be, at every step.
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Ocean Holidays began life with a handful of staff and no website – Teletext was its only form of marketing. Today the company has more than 130 staff and offices in London and Florida.

Ocean was started in 2004 by two sets of brothers: Daniel and David Ox, and George and Harry Hastings. All are still active in the business, with Harry hosting a monthly Town Hall meeting for all employees, where he discusses the company's plans, goals, trading updates and answers questions honestly and openly.

The company has three brands: Ocean Florida, the largest direct-to-consumer Florida specialist of its kind in Europe; Winged Boots, which focuses on luxury leisure and business travel; and Ocean Beds, the largest provider of Florida holiday home rentals to the global travel trade.

Ocean Holidays believes its people are at the heart of the business and understand the importance of creating a respectful and empowering culture where employees can thrive. The company's guiding principles, namely creativity and innovation; teamwork and leadership; accountability; and honesty and integrity, help make this happen.

Live company-wide meetings are hosted on Microsoft Teams, each delivering clear information on business status as well as plans and forecasts for the months ahead. There's also a fortnightly newsletter sent to all employees to keep them informed and updated of relevant updates and information.

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Giving Something Back

96% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

In 2021 Ocean Holidays continued to support Haven House Children’s Hospice, raising just short of £47,000 despite the challenges of working from home. Staff grouped together to host virtual quiz nights, fancy dress competitions and Ruby's Ramble, as well as sponsored walks and a 22 hour spinning challenge.
My Manager

89% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The Ocean Academy, created during the first lockdown, uses video, blogs, digital learning and other resources to train managers in remote leading, employee wellbeing and leadership development. Before the pandemic, Ocean's senior team used the Situational Leadership development model. All employees develop two areas of competence annually.
Fair Deal

69% of staff agreed

I am happy with the pay and benefits I receive in this job

Ocean Holidays works hard to ensure all employees are receiving a fair deal, that's why in January 2022 the company gave each member of the team a pay rise back dated to the previous January. They are also introducing a Profit Related Pay Scheme whereby 5% - 10% of profits will be distributed to staff.
Giving Something Back
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96% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

In 2021 Ocean Holidays continued to support Haven House Children’s Hospice, raising just short of £47,000 despite the challenges of working from home. Staff grouped together to host virtual quiz nights, fancy dress competitions and Ruby's Ramble, as well as sponsored walks and a 22 hour spinning challenge.
My Manager
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89% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The Ocean Academy, created during the first lockdown, uses video, blogs, digital learning and other resources to train managers in remote leading, employee wellbeing and leadership development. Before the pandemic, Ocean's senior team used the Situational Leadership development model. All employees develop two areas of competence annually.
Fair Deal
96%

69% of staff agreed

I am happy with the pay and benefits I receive in this job

Ocean Holidays works hard to ensure all employees are receiving a fair deal, that's why in January 2022 the company gave each member of the team a pay rise back dated to the previous January. They are also introducing a Profit Related Pay Scheme whereby 5% - 10% of profits will be distributed to staff.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2004
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
37
Employee average age
31% : 69%
Male : Female employee ratio
30%
Employees earning £35k+
13%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
Quote from the top...
We are dedicated to fostering a culture that listens to our people to improve both the employee and customer experience. Whether that be continuing to create the environment for in person interactions and collaboration or taking full advantage of technology to enable free flowing communication and feedback. A company is literally a group of individuals with a shared vision and goals. We believe that to be our best, employee engagement must be at the bedrock of making great things happen.

Harry Hastings, Co-CEO

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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