100 new stores
Expanding Barrhead Travel offers jobs to ex-Thomas Cook staff
Holiday plans back on track after latest move
Barrhead Travel has pledged to hire a “significant number” of former Thomas Cook employees and open up to 100 stores across the UK.
The move by the Scottish company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Travel Leaders Group, will be seen as further support for the beleaguered high street.
Travel Leaders Group Chairman Mike Batt said: “Since our acquisition of Barrhead Travel, we have been exploring ambitious expansion plans for this trusted brand. The situation with Thomas Cook has accelerated those plans.
“We believe there is strong demand for the services provided by Barrhead Travel so we are moving full steam ahead with our growth strategy.”
The implementation of the proposal would significantly expand Barrhead Travel’s current footprint. At present, Barrhead Travel operates a network of 76 stores with a strong presence in Scotland, as well as locations in in Newcastle, Cumbria, Leicester, Southampton and Belfast.
“This plan could provide hundreds of available jobs for Thomas Cook employees who were displaced by the closure of the branches,” said Mr Batt.
The move represents a major vote of confidence by Barrhead Travel’s parent company, Travel Leaders Group, in the future of the leisure travel advisor industry in the UK.
In February 2018, Barrhead Travel was acquired by Travel Leaders Group, one of the largest retail travel companies globally with more than 6,000 travel agency locations worldwide representing more than 52,000 travel agents spanning the US, Canada and Mexico, as well as the UK.
Jacqueline Dobson, President of Barrhead Travel said Barrhead has launched a major recruitment drive among Thomas Cook employees and has already recruited a good number of ex-Thomas Cook workers.
She said: “With the backing of Travel Leaders Group, we are looking forward to opening more Barrhead stores and helping our colleagues across the industry get back to serving their loyal clients.
” The high street travel agency is very much alive in the UK and is pivotal in today’s holiday booking journey. Customer experience and employee development remain our number one priority and this philosophy will be prominent across all of our new stores.”