Gomersal-based mum launches child-friendly holiday business

A mother-of-two from Gomersal has used her own experiences to launch a child-friendly holiday business.

Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 9:30 am
Child-friendly firm: Jo Addison operates Kiddieholidays.
Child-friendly firm: Jo Addison operates Kiddieholidays.

Jo Addison’s website Kiddieholidays is designed to help families with pre-school children find accommodation and activities in the UK and Europe.

Jo, who runs her business from a base at Hub 26 in Cleckheaton, said the idea first came to her when she was on maternity leave with her first child.

Jo said: “My son was only little and we wanted to go to Wales on holiday, but we found it difficult to book somewhere suitable that did not cost the earth.

“It just got me thinking that there must be thousands of families in the same position.

“They might just want to go camping or glamping or stay in a cottage, and it can be so hard to find somewhere.”

Jo started the website as a hobby in her spare time, writing blogs and collaborating with holiday and activity providers. The business slowly evolved into a listings site until last September when Jo decided to make the leap and quit her job.

She added: “I was 40 last year and I thought it is now or never to work for myself. But what is really great is that doesn’t feel like work.

“I just want to give families more choice. They might want to go to Majorca or Cornwall. And they just need to know simple things like is there a baby monitor or cot or soft play area.

“And then the rest of the family might appreciate a baby-listening service or spa treatment for them.”

Visit kiddieholidays.co.uk for more details about the holidays website.