Barrhead Travel continues commitment to UK’s high street and Glasgow with £1million investment in new HQ
Leading travel group makes moves to Grade B listed building within Glasgow city centre
The UK’s number one travel agent has invested £1million in the relocation of its official headquarters to Libertas House in Glasgow city centre’s St Vincent Place.
Although we’ve expanded over the last few years to become a UK-wide business with over 85 retail outlets nationwide, our home is Glasgow and we’re delighted to continue to invest in the city centre that will support future job creation
-Jacqueline Dobson, President of Barrhead Travel
Previously located in Oswald Street, the move will see Barrhead Travel’s sales support functions, alongside some specialist sales divisions, relocate to the fifth floor of the historic building on St Vincent Place. The office will officially open next month.
Following the return of travel demand to 2019 levels, the travel firm say the time was right to reinvest in a new dynamic space while maintaining its Glasgow roots.
Jacqueline Dobson, President of Barrhead Travel, said:
“The new office opening and the renewed demand for the expertise of a travel agent marks the start of an exciting new chapter for Barrhead Travel as the industry moves away from the challenges of the pandemic.
“We’re a people-first business and our new HQ is designed around accommodating a modern approach to office life with hybrid working opportunities, new technology, and accessibility at the heart of it.
“Although we’ve expanded over the last few years to become a UK-wide business with over 85 retail outlets nationwide, our home is Glasgow and we’re delighted to continue to invest in the city centre that will support future job creation.”
Richard Muir, deputy chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said:
“We very much welcome Barrhead Travel’s decision to move its official headquarters to Libertas House, Glasgow.
“The move brings vital investment of upwards of £1 million to Glasgow’s recovering city centre and reflects Barrhead Travel’s deep commitment to helping the city flourish.
“Glasgow has long offered a rich and diverse talent pool to incoming businesses, ensuring that they have the skills base to thrive under tough conditions, and the new headquarters will look to attract further talent to the city. The move highlights the strong base that Glasgow offers to the business community and hopefully inspires future investment in the area.
“Barrhead Travel has been a staple of Scotland’s high streets for decades and this announcement cements its place in the heart of Glasgow’s business community.”
Barrhead Travel recently announced a modern apprenticeship drive which will see over 50 new apprenticeship roles created across its business. For more information, please visit https://www.barrheadtravel.co.uk/careers
About Barrhead Travel
Since it was founded in 1975, Barrhead Travel has expanded from a traditional ‘bucket and spade’ travel agent to a multi-faceted travel group offering bespoke holidays to all corners of the globe, running an in-house training facility, employing specialist consultants providing expert advice in areas such as long haul, cruise, and touring holidays, and promoting youth employment through its apprenticeship scheme.
Its network of stores span across over 85 locations throughout the UK. The company has won many awards over the years, the most recent including Best Touring and Adventure Travel Agency and has been named Best Travel Agency in Scotland for 21 years running.
The Barrhead Travel Stress Free Guarantee means holidays are fully financially protected and offer customers extra peace of mind when holidaying abroad with access to 24/7 support services. Barrhead Travel is a brand of Travel Leaders Group, a division of Internova Travel Group.