The History of GroundScope

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At GroundScope, we have managed to fit a lot into the past 10 years so we feel that it’s now the time to look back at what the team have achieved.

Here’s everything you need to know about where we were, where we are now, and where we’re going in the future

GroundScope Launch

In 2007, GroundScope launched our managed service where we took responsibility for the service to our clients via our fully vetted Service Partner network.

Our first corporate clients

In 2008, we started to manage the complex international and domestic ground transportation needs for a number of leading corporate clients. The team had got off a flying start.

Our first award

Two years later, in 2010, we were selected as “Finalists” in HSBC’s Start Up Stars Awards. This awards not only gave us recognition for the quality and scope of our services but it also raised our status as a major force in the global ground transportation industry.

2011 saw us prominently featured in The Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 as one of the fastest growing British private companies.

Our first time at the Business Travel Awards

In 2012, after 5 years in business, we were “Finalists” in the prestigious “Business Travel Awards”. This accolade further cemented GroundScope as a leading provider in this competitive and quality-driven industry sector. As a result of this awards and our continued efforts to expand the business, our client base grew.

The expansion

In order to keep up with demand, we needed to expand our talented team but doing so would mean that we’d outgrow the premises we’d started out in. It’s at this point when we decided to move to a larger Head Office  in Staines-upon-Thames.

More Business Travel Award shortlisting

In 2014, we achieved the status of “Finalist” in the “Best Ground Transportation Company” category at the Business Travel Awards. This would begin a three year streak of featuring as “Finalists” in this competitive category.

Travel Partner integration

2015 was the year that we started to integrate our service with several travel partners OBT and GDS systems allowing our clients to book via these channels as well as directly on our OBT. This allowed our clients and TMC’s the ability to book air, hotel and ground at the same time and it represented a significant step forward for the development of the company.

Expanding client base

As our managed global  service became more well-known and we had been recognised with several sought-after awards , more and more clients continue to enquire about joining our service. We now look after  clients across a cross section of industry sectors including  finance, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, FMCG , IT, and defence sectors.

Commercial partnerships

In order to improve our services further, 2015 also saw us form strategic partnerships with several leading Global Travel Management companies.

We then went on to make two significant launches in quick succession – our Ride Share Service and our Mobile app. In doing this, GroundScope was able to offer a comprehensive service to clients on the move on a variety of different connected devices.

Service Partners

As well as integrations into several Service Providers IT booking systems we also integrated our service into several car booking platforms making it easy for new Service Partners to join our booking platform.

Partnership with Concur

Having previously fully integrated our service into Concur ,  a leading travel and expense service for global businesses, and GroundScope reached an agreement which allowed us to launch a program targeting SME Concur clients.

Integrating with GDS Systems

As well as our full integrations with Sabre and Travelport we also integrated with Amadeus in January 2019

We’re constantly evolving

It has been a varied and interesting journey so far and 2019 will see us continue to  invest in our  technology and management team to ensure we deliver  a continuously-evolving service in the future. For more information about how we can help your business with our international travel service, email us at

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