Sunderland based travel firm, Hays Travel, has continued a string of significant deals by signing a joint venture with a 14 branch travel agency.
The 14 branches of Just Go in the North West will become Hays Travel’s first franchise project.
Hays will take a 40% stake in the business and each store will be branded as Hays Travel.
The Just Go business is currently a Thomson and First Choice franchise.
Don Bircham, managing director and majority shareholder of Just Go, said: “Having worked closely with John Hays in the past, I am delighted to be working with him again.
“He is a man of honesty and integrity and it was clear from our first meeting about the franchise that he shared the same retail philosophy and ambition for the continued growth of our business. It’s a great fit and I can’t wait to get started.”
John Hays added: “We are really pleased to be partnering up with Don and his excellent team as a Hays Travel franchise. Exciting times!”
The deal follows Hays’ acquisition of the staff, bookings and customer base of £2.5m turnover Jesmond Travel in Newcastle, and last year’s £7.6m acquisition of Bath Travel, which doubled its number of stores.
Hays Travel is the UK’s largest independently owned travel agency with over 30 years experience in providing good value, quality holidays, alongside exceptional customer service. The company has over 100 retail shops and employs more than a thousand people, pulling in annual sales in excess of £650 million.