A Scottish travel firm already soaring high in the market is set to continue its ambitious expansion. Key to its next move is the recruiting of another 75 members of staff.
The new recruitment drive comes on the back of plans to offer 50 school leavers apprenticeships with the firm – a move which has received significant backing from the governments of both Westminster and Holyrood.
Barrhead Travel, based in Glasgow, will expand in a number of ways. One of the first places will see the group open concessions in supermarkets, with the first set to open in the East Kilbride Sainsbury’s store.
Further posts will be created at its headquarters, a number of other stores and the call centres in Barrow-in-Furness and Glasgow. There are also plans to expand into the north of England.
Discussing the plans, the chief executive of the group, Sharon Munro, said:
“2012 has been a good year for the business, with substantial growth and new store openings creating a number of new sales and support roles across the country.”
The growth of Barrhead Travel has bucked the trend in the industry over recent years, which has seen many companies go to the wall or be acquired by rivals. Many are managing to acquire rivals through new financial strategies.
For example, recognising challenges in seeking commercial finance in Scotland, some firms have been looking at invoice factoring.
The growth will take Barrhead’s total number of employees to near 700 and boost its number of branches to over 11, where it presently stands.