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Blue Stamp Travel makes the short trip from Carrington to Daybrook

The building is currently undergoing renovations for it's new occupiers - Blue Stamp Travel.


Many of our readers will know the beautiful old Midland Bank building on the corner of Nottingham and Mansfield Road in Daybrook.

The Midland bank stopped operating there many years ago with the latest occupiers being a security company however the building is currently undergoing renovations for it’s newest occupiers – Blue Stamp Travel.

Blue Stamp Travel are an ABTA and ATOL accredited Tour Operator
specialising in educational travel for school groups and individual language learners of all ages.

PHOTO: Blue Stamp Travel

Established in 2018 having taken on two divisions of Halsbury Travel, another Nottingham tour operator, Blue Stamp enjoyed two years before the pandemic and then, of course, a very quiet period.

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Since travel has opened up after Covid, Blue Stamp have increased the number of students travelling significantly above pre-pandemic number, and as a result, are now leaving their office at Business HQ in Carrington and moving to 2 Nottingham Road, best known in its former life as as the Midland Bank building.

The building, currently listed under the name of the previous occupiers as the address, will affectionately be known as “The Old Bank” having been granted permission by Gedling planning departments to change the name.

A spokesperson for Blue Stamp Travel told Gedling Eye that before finally moving into the premises, there are a lot of renovations to be carried out.

They have advised that fortunately, Nottingham Trent University have been very helpful in supporting the project through a Carbon Reduction Grant meaning that a solar PV installation, replacement LED lighting and enhanced glazing and skylights can be installed to improve the energy efficiency and quality of the building.

PHOTO: Blue Stamp Travel

The remainder of the works will be carried out over the next month or so using local trades and suppliers wherever possible.

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The business works with partner language schools across France, Germany, Spain and Italy, they provide opportunities for language students to travel and immerse themselves in the language and culture of the country students visit. Coupled with Work Experience placements, Blue Stamp provide a unique menu of opportunities.

Despite being a prominent building in the area, in the shadows of the Home Brewery and T&R Morley building, the new owners, Steve and Vicky Manderson, Directors of Blue Stamp Travel, know little of the original history of the building other than its former life as a bank and have appealed on local facebook groups for anyone who knows the building or who may have old photos to get in touch.

Further information about Blue Stamp Travel including contact details can be found on their website

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  1. I sourced this building, when in a derelict condition as a bank, for an American owned security company. Many alterations were carried out including a mezzanine floor. The bank safe was still intact. This was aprox 2005. The company was purely an outlet for electronic key cabinet. The Keywatcher and guard tour hand held equipment. Myself, as office manager 2 x sales and a technician for carrying out repairs on equipment as required. Every May the owners and attendees from countries all over the world arrived for a meeting before going on to Ifsec at Nec Birmingham. Upstairs a bedroom was fitted out for the American owners for their use when in the UK. I was there for 11 years before moving on. Hope this is of interest to the new owners.

  2. Gwen, thank you for your insight. If only we could get this level of information beyond the bank era that would be great!


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