15th Oct, 2019

Thomas Cook rival buys all stores potentially saving up to 2,500 jobs

Harry Leach 9th Oct, 2019 Updated: 9th Oct, 2019

UP to 2,500 jobs could be saved after all 555 Thomas Cook stores have been bought by rival Hays Travel.

Hays Travel, which claims it is the UK’s largest independent travel agent, said it will re-employ a ‘significant number of former employees’ after Thomas Cook collapsed last month.

It could be good news for staff at the Redditch travel store, located in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

Director of Hays Travel, Irene Hays said if the company takes on 2,500 jobs it will be doubling its current workforce.

“In the last two weeks we have already employed or offered jobs to around 600 former Thomas Cook colleagues, and it has been a very emotional

experience for them.

“Now that we are able to re-open the shops, we are looking forward to welcoming many more people who share our passion for the travel industry, into our family business.

“Thomas Cook was a much-loved brand and a pillar of the UK and the global travel industry.

We will build on the good things Thomas Cook had – not least its people – and that will put us in even better stead for the future.”

As an independent agent, Hays Travel uses other tour operators to sell holidays to customers.

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