Meet our experts…

Between us we have visited every hotel, every cottage, every villa on every island. We have been to the bars and restaurants too – and the sights and attractions – done the hikes, been on the boats, shopped in the mini-markets and met the locals . . .

Gerry Copsey – Chairman

It’s 30 plus years in the travel business now and I enjoy it just as much as ever. We really do have delightful clients and it is such a pleasure to deal with them – it is a privilege to have the trust of so many repeat guests who come back to us again and again. It is also very satisfying to be running a business which is contributing to the economic development of the beautiful islands we deal with and the charming people who live and work in them.

I have been very fortunate to travel around the world so much – not just to the Caribbean – and I am often asked which is my favourite island? Impossible to say but I do have some favourite spots for a cold beer at sunset –  Fernando’s in Bequia, Dodgy Dock at True Blue, Umbrella’s or La Sagesse (all in Grenada), or the Atlantis in Barbados or the Hermitage in Nevis. Each perfect in its way and these are the places I dream of on a rainy day in Somerset. Not forgetting the endless list of beautiful beaches…..

I am also privileged to work with such an amazing team of staff – I marvel at their knowledge and ability to arrange wonderful holidays, and their dedication to customer service of the highest possible standard never waivers. The team below are the very heartbeat of the business.

Janet Copsey – Director

Ours is a family business and we love working with hotels that are family concerns too. We share the same ideals about customer service and also the personal touches – which our clients love. I share Gerry’s deep affection for Grenada (where we were married!) but I love to find new places too. The east coast of Barbados is a current favourite with its wild undiscovered beaches and charming little villages – it’s fabulous! I was born by the sea in North Wales so I am drawn to beaches – Lower Bay in Bequia is pretty much heaven, Pinneys in Nevis is lovely and Grand Anse in Grenada is simply heavenly.

We have watched Grenada grow and grow over the last 15 years and I can honestly say it has never looked so good as it does today. The standard and variety of the food gets better all the time too and it now has an array of places to eat to suit all tastes and all budgets. Grenada will always be my favourite island………

 

Mandy Burten – Managing Director

My love of Grenada began many years ago whilst I was living and working in neighbouring Venezuela.  My job would often take me across to both Grenada and Tobago so it must have been fate then that I should stumble across Just Grenada shortly after returning to the UK in 2005!  Much of my working life has been spent in travel, either in tour operating or as a travel agent, but it’s nice to be part of a small specialist company where there is so much attention to detail.  We have become real experts at creating unique multi-centre holidays – some of which just focus on different regions of Grenada whilst others involve seeing more than one island in the same holiday. I love the challenge of putting these trips together and making sure all the connections are smooth and seamless, and it is so rewarding when all the pieces of the jigsaw come together and they always do in the end!

I have visited Grenada many times now (lucky me!) – it really is such a special place and I can see why so many of our clients return time and time again.

 

Belinda Brendon – Holiday expert

Since taking a Freddie Laker flight in the 70’s I have been hooked on travel and my family and I love to travel to new places – we have recently had an exciting trip to the USA visiting lots of different places. The absolute highlight was our visit to a Rodeo – unforgettable!  My other passion is arranging holidays for other people and I really enjoy creating itineraries to help people get the best out of the Caribbean. Telling our clients about my favourite little roti shack is a lovely part of the job – especially when they come back home and ring to tell me how much they enjoyed the holiday I have arranged!

As a parent, I especially enjoy helping families get the best possible holidays – often the simplest things are best – like a cool drink and the fresh catch of the day at La Sagesse. Grenada has so much to offer families with children of any age – the range of activities and things to see would keep any child entertained for ages – not to mention those glorious beaches

Kate Bartlett – Administration Manager

I joined the team here in 2002 and it has been really pleasing to see the Caribbean programme develop and grow as we have added more and more islands to the Just Grenada Group.  My main role is overseeing the administration of holiday arrangements, but I also love arranging holidays for clients using my knowledge of the islands that I have visited. In an age where lots of people just want to click a mouse to arrange their lives, it is nice to find so many people who would rather talk to a real person with knowledge – especially about something so important as a big holiday.

In 2014 I visited St Kitts & Nevis with Laura – we both found these two islands enchanting and quite different from Grenada and then earlier in 2015, I visited Grenada and St Lucia with Mandy. The contrasts between the different Caribbean islands are much more distinct than many people realise – it makes them all so interesting but in different ways.

Laura Carpenter – Administration

Since leaving school (not too many years ago!!) I have always worked in the travel industry and I joined Just Grenada in 2012. I love being part of a team which make holiday dreams become realities. I deal with the administration of our clients’ holidays ensuring that all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed. It is the detail which counts so much – reserving the best seats on the plane, arranging comfortable and convenient transfers and of course making sure we reserve the very best rooms!

I love to travel and especially enjoy visiting the Caribbean. I have now visited all but two of our islands – forging close working relationships with the hotels we deal with. It is so nice to meet the staff in the Caribbean that I am emailing every few days. I have young children and they will soon be old enough to enjoy the Caribbean themselves and I already have a little hotel in Grenada in mind for their first visit!

Ange Ripley – Admin Assistant

I joined Planos Holidays in 2002 and worked on the administration of holidays to the Greek island of Paxos. I really enjoyed being part of the travel industry but left in 2006 to have my children – two lively young boys! I was delighted however when the opportunity arose to re-join the administration team of what is now the Just Grenada Group in 2017. It is great to see how the company has grown and evolved over the years and I’m really looking forward to getting to know the Caribbean…perhaps a visit?

Eddie

Our newest addition to the team, Eddie…

One year old now and a real character. A Spaniel/Labrador cross and he has the qualities of both breeds, but being a youngster he still has occasional lapses – and the chewed computer cables and telephone wires are proof of that.

Archie RIP . . .

Our little man, who has been on every newsletter and all our websites for 14 years, has gone where the good doggies go. A faithful and constant companion who was with us for what seems like a lifetime, the office will never be quite the same – and nor will we…….  RIP little chum

Our Team on Grenada

The top level of customer service we provide in the UK continues when our clients get to Grenada. Our representatives on the island are Caribbean Horizons – we started our company with their help in 1998 and we continue to work very closely with them.

Anne Campbell and Quaver Mc Guire and their team will meet you at Grenada Airport and take you straight to your chosen accommodation in an air-conditioned vehicle. They will be on hand 24 hours each day to help and assist in any way.

They can help you explore Grenada to the full – trips around the island with experienced and fascinating guides, hikes through the rainforest, boat trips to see whales and dolphins or tours of the award-winning tropical gardens of Grenada and many more things as well. You could even fly up to a nearby island and join a yacht as it glides through the amazing scenery of the Grenadine Islands – amazing!

Although things rarely go wrong in Grenada, if you do need help and assistance whilst on the island you can rest assured that the Caribbean Horizons team will be there to help and will know exactly what to do.

Our Charities

We have a long association with various charities in Grenada and we have helped specific projects in other islands too.

We are major supporters of the Bel Air Home for Children & Adolescents in Grenada. This amazing place provides shelter, care and encouragement to a number of children who have found themselves in distressed situations for a variety of reasons. We have helped to raise thousands of pounds over the years to help with their incredible work.

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We also support the GSPCA – providing welfare and treatment for abandoned animals – we sent our local vet to Grenada in 2010 to work with local vets, creating an animal care programme. John was an enormous help to the local vets giving advice about new techniques for surgery. He also helped with much-needed neutering and speying programmes.

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The Grenada Goat Dairy  is a fascinating project based at the Belmont Plantation. The project has been established to train local farmers to help them create a regular income by assisting in the production of high quality goat dairy products. The excellent goat’s cheese produced by the dairy is supplied to local restaurants and markets, and the farmers are developing their skills in dairy farming and production. We are really pleased to be involved in this innovative project as a sponsor.

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Pack for a Purpose

www.packforapurpose.org

We are delighted to be a supporter of this excellent charity. It is so simple – when you are packing for your holiday, just pack a small bag with things that are desperately needed by charities in the islands – light things like pens and pencils, soft toys etc are especially welcome in the children’s homes – and it can be collected from you at the airport. It is really easy for you to help – ring us for full details.pack for a purpose logo

Water-to-Go

We’ve partnered up with Water-to-Go in hope of reducing the use of single-use plastic bottles by offering our clients a 15% discount on filtered water bottles.  Water-to-Go will donate a further 15% of these sales to our chosen charities.  Click here  to obtain your discount code and to read more about Water-to-Go.