Hays Travel has extended its network by acquiring independent travel agent Bath Travel.
The buy-out will increase Hays branches by 60 but will continue to trade under the Bath Travel name.
All 360 of those employed by Bath Travel will retain their jobs in the move.
“I’d like to pay tribute to the Bath family. Throughout all of our discussions they’ve been really open, everything’s been really constructive and they’ve been really concerned that their business – which has been part of their family for over 50 years – goes to a good home. I’m really pleased that they feel that Hays Travel is a good home,” said John Hays, managing director of Hays Travel.
“I’m delighted that the Bath family saw Hays Travel as a company, and an organisation, where the values of Bath Travel would be continued. The values of Bath Travel are of independent and knowledgeable, personal service. The Bath Travel brand is synonymous with quality and service and we will retain the brand.
Hays already has 43 shops of its own and with the Bath acquisition means it now has 103 stores across the UK.
Bath Travel has annual sales in excess of GBP100 million, while Hays draws in an annual turnover of more than GBP500m.