Who we are



Zip Travel was originally formed by David Ruddall who was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and a Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Education at Bayero University Kano Nigeria. Initially David would arrange travel as a sideline to his university work, but this rapidly expanded as word got around of his ability to understand the requirements of travellers' needs. He was heavily involved in charity and voluntary organisations, especially VSO.

Due to the increasing workload due to recommendations David took on a helping hand, Terry Lovell and so Zip Travel was formed. Originally the company operated out of the back room of David’s home in Edgbaston, Birmingham.

After David’s death the organisation moved to Moseley (1991) and more staff were brought in to cope with demands as it continued to flourish.

In 1993 Zip Travel became ZIP AIR LIMITED T/A Zip Travel, led by Terry, Kay Massey and Bill Jackson. Zip continued to flourish as an independent business travel management company. In February 2014 Ian Dennis, a long time associate of Zip Travel and the team, took over as owner and MD of Zip Travel.

Under Ian’s watch Zip Travel will continue as a thriving independent Business Travel agency.

Ian says:

Ian has been in the travel business since 1980's with over 20 years working in specialist sports event management, conferences, meetings and incentives travel. Ian has worked extensively in the UK and overseas. Initially very happy selling holidays to Florida and beyond in the late 1980’s for Carrick Travel and subsequent post at Hogg Robinson Ian moved into business travel in the early 90’s and then followed 10 years as travel implant manager to the UK Athletics gaining vast experience in arranging travel, transport and accommodation to major events hosted in the UK and overseas, including LOC representation on major sports events in the UK.

Ian formed Incentevents in 2004 with clients including professional sports teams and governing bodies, major sports events organisers, local authorities, corporate and media organisations, tour groups and travelling individuals. Some niche corporate travel clients (conferences and incentives generally) compliment the sport events work nicely. Ian specialises in sourcing, managing and delivering multiple grade bedstock for events, acting as buffer between the client and the accommodation providers in addition to delivering deliver complex transportation and travel plans for major events. Clients include Virgin Money London Marathon , Brighton Marathon, Windsor Running Festival, Hickstead, Longines.  

In February 2014 Ian added to his travel portfolio with the ownership of established IATA business travel agency Zip Air Ltd T/A Zip Travel. Bill Jackson, after 19 years at the helm of Zip Travel, stepped down as MD in 2014 however Ian’s connections with Zip run deep. Bill was Ian’s boss in the dim and distant past in those business travel days in Birmingham in the 90’s and taught him all he knows!! During his tenure at Incentevents Ltd Ian has worked closely and consistently with Bill & Fiona at Zip.

Ian is married to wife Sharon and they have a son Jack. When not working Ian spends his time as a taxi service as his son is an aspiring swimmer, enjoying the Warwickshire countryside and doing exactly what he is told at home ..’

Zip Travel

Zip travel is an independent ABTA/IATA/ATOL licenced travel management company with a focus on providing good old fashioned service. Established in 1993 by experienced travel professionals we offer the very best in corporate , sports & leisure  travel management solutions. For full details please click here.

Zip Travel is a trading name of Zip Air Ltd.

Company No. 02824654
Date of Incorporation: 07/06/1993
Country of Origin: UK
Company Type: Private Limited Company

Nature of Business:
79110 - Travel Agency Activities

VAT Registration Number: 559 0387 15
IATA: 91297765
ATOL: 74363
ABTA: Y6410 / P7082


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Registered Office:

  • Zip Travel Limited
    Warwick Business Centre
    Hawkes Drive
    CV34 6LX
  • 01926 888797/ 07740 648805
  • info@zip-travel.com

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