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Barrhead Travel named Best Large Travel Agency in Scotland for 18 years running

Posted: 18th July 2018

Glasgow-based travel group, Barrhead Travel, has scooped a prestigious industry award for Scotland’s Best Large Travel Agency for the 18th consecutive year, as voted for by tour operators and travel suppliers.

The annual Agent Achievement Awards, hosted by Travel Weekly, were held in London on 12th July at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge. Over 800 agents, tour operators, hotel, airlines and travel industry experts from across the UK gathered to celebrate the best of travel from the past 12 months.

Barrhead Travel, who are celebrating their 43rd year in business this year, have retained the title of Best Large Agency for the past eighteen years. Back in 2001, the business had only 2 stores and around 50 staff. Fast-forward to 2018 and the business has rapidly expanded with a growing network of 74 stores across the UK and a team of over 1000 employees.

The business, acquired earlier this year by US-based Travel Leaders Group, recently opened their southern-most store in Southampton, with two additional experience-style stores due to open in the coming months.

Sharon Munro, president of Barrhead Travel, said: “Receiving the award for Best Large Agency in Scotland for eighteen years in a row is a fantastic achievement and recognises our commitment to providing the best possible service for our customers. To look back at where we were eighteen years ago when we first took home the award, compared to where we are now is simply incredible. At the heart of it all, is our people – we simply would not be where we are without the hard-work and dedication of our talented workforce. It is the people who make Barrhead Travel and this award is reflective of how our teams have made the business the success story it is today.

We are in the midst of an accelerated growth period and plan on expanding our retail network with up to twelve new stores planned for the next eighteen months. The future is, without a doubt, hugely exciting for Barrhead Travel.”

Barrhead Travel is due to open a new store in Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh and are relocating from Greenock to Port Glasgow, doubling the size of the existing team. The Livingston store will also be doubling in size following the acquisition of the unit next door and will re-launch as an experiential store.

While the travel group have yet to reveal further locations, growth is anticipated in key locations across England.

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