“Top” jobs for holiday company staff

Date: Friday 8th August 2014
Sally Fielding enjoying the view after relocating to the top of Blencathra.
Sally Fielding enjoying the view after relocating to the top of Blencathra.

A KESWICK-based holiday company took its business to new heights by moving to the top of Blencathra.

Sally takes a well-earned rest with Threlkeld farmer Alistair Birkett, who helped to move the company’s office equipment to the top of the mountain.
Sally takes a well-earned rest with Threlkeld farmer Alistair Birkett, who helped to move the company’s office equipment to the top of the mountain.

Sally Fielding, who is 39, and her team of outdoor-loving staff were fed up with looking at the lovely weather from inside a building, so they packed up and relocated their head office to the top of the mountain.

The Keswick-based business made the extreme move to encourage fellow Brits to get outside during the summer holidays.

The team from Sally’s Cottages, a holiday lettings agency which has more than 300 cottages across the Lake District and Cumbria, took a desk and office equipment up the 2,850ft-high mountain. Desks, phones, lamps and computers were set up and staff settled down for business as usual.

Cumbrian-born Sally hopes her recent office move to the unlikely location will help to promote the natural beauty of the Lake District and will inspire others to get out and experience it.

Sally said: “The idea started as a bit of fun. Anyone who works in an office will know that feeling that they’d rather be outside on a nice day. So we decided to take the desk by its edges, so to speak, and relocate.

“Blencathra is one of our most treasured mountains and has recently been at the centre of media attention after being put up for sale by its owner for £1.75 million.

“It made sense to show the landmark in all its glory sheep and all and make the bold move to take our office there for the day.”

The mother-of-three added: “The National Trust recently revealed that children are spending less than an hour outside a day and I believe this has a huge effect on their physical health and their mental wellness.

“I felt spurred to take action after reading this and I hope that our temporary office move will show one of the free fun adventures on offer in the Lakes and reconnect families with the wonders of the outdoors.

“Just being outside has a number of health benefits. It reduces our stress levels, enhances our learning and creativity skills and can increase our attentiveness.”

Sally’s Cottages has grown from an original investment of £1,000 in 2003 to having a turnover of £3 million today.