John Hays of Hays Travel

Hays Travel finds trading a breeze as operating profit rises to £3m

The UK's largest independent travel agent saw turnover rise to £253m in 2014 on the back of strong sales and acquisitions

Martyn Cuthbert, left, and Ian Farrar of On:trac

The Journal Annual North East Business Review 2014: August

We look at the stories that dominated North East business news in August 2014

John Hays at the ITT President's Dinner 2014

Hays Travel founder John Hays presented with top industry award

John Hays joins luminaries of the travel industry like Sir Richard Branson in winning the coveted Odyssey Award

John Hays of Hays Travel

Hays Travel sign joint venture with Just Go in the North West

The deal forms Hays' first foray into franchising as 14 Just Go stores will be branded Hays Travel

Hays Travel MD John Hays with Bath Travel staff on Bournemouth beach

Hays Travel acquires bookings, client base and staff of North East agency

Hays Travel chairman has outlined future plans for the fast-growing Sunderland-based firm

John Hays of Hays Travel

Hays Travel grows sales 22% - but profits are down

Sunseekers searching for far flung holidays have helped to grow turnover by 22% at Wearside's Hays Travel

John Hays, managing director of Hays Travel

The Journal Top 200: How to make sure your company is in the running

Breaking into the Top 200 list, or staying in it, enables smaller firms, by such associations to impress potential clients with the sort of company they can keep

Steve Wright, Leanne Cox, Katie Woods-Ruddick, Carole Hodgson and Louise Pollard

Interest grows in Hays Travel apprenticeship scheme

More than 1,200 people will be competing for 110 places being created by Hays Travel in 2014. Meanwhile, around 50 applications were received for two available graduate positions

Hays Travel's training team picking up their award

Hays Travel makes Apprenticeship Top 100 list

Sunderland-based Hays Travel has made it on to the prestigious Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list

John Hays, managing director of Hays Travel

Hays Travel expands further with Hexham branch

The Sunderland-based Hays Travel continues to show confidence in the high street with further expansion in the region being planned before Christmas

Hays Travel MD John Hays with Bath Travel staff on Bournemouth beach updated

Hays Travel takes over 60-branch Bath Travel

Sunderland based Hays Travel, the UK's largest independent travel agent, has completed the acquisition of the largest independent travel agent in the South

Top award for two North businessmen

Two businessmen whose companies have enjoyed immense success in the last 12 months have been honoured by members of the Entrepreneurs' Forum.

Dinner will honour winners

The winners of the prestigious 2007 Entrepreneurs' Forum Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards will be honoured at the post-conference gala dinner.

teaser, John Hay founder of Hays Travel

Hays aims for £300m sales

Holiday company Hays Travel is creating 140 jobs to help reach its £300m sales target this year despite the tough tour market.

The freeway to success hots up

Holiday company Freedom Direct expects to boost sales by £22m over the next year thanks to booming internet trade and the launch of its first franchise business.

Top in the growth stakes

Today we reveal the list - in alphabetical order - of the Fastest 50 growing companies in the North-East, as compiled by Newcastle law firm Ward Hadaway.

Beauty Queen joins panto fun

Merry men, an evil sheriff and some familiar faces are ready for another year of pantomime fun.

Travel firm is latest to invest in Bond

Hays Travel has become the latest company to back ambitious efforts to boost enterprise across the North-East.

teaser, John Hay founder of Hays Travel

Company beats scares

Holiday company Hays Travel is beating terrorist scares and a static market to keep recruiting on the back of soaring business.

Backers of the Wearside dream are finally revealed

After months of fevered speculation, the seven wealthy investors who form Niall Quinn's consortium taking on Sunderland FC were revealed last night.


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