Hays Travel has taken over Ryedale Travel’s five agencies in North Yorkshire. “The deal is yet another example of our faith in the future of the retail market, and we have even more expansion in the pipeline,” revealed Hays Travel Sales General Manager Jane Schumm. “We feel this is a natural progression from our North East branches and last year’s expansion into the North West of England. We now have a foot hold in North Yorkshire to anchor the major towns of York and Harrogate.” She added that Ryedale had specialised in high-spend, long-haul travel and this was an area that Hays is keen to grow in. The branches will be rebranded in Ripon, Pocklington, Pickering, Thirsk and Malton and takes Hays retail unit figure to 42.