Sunderland based travel firm, Hays Travel, has continued its expansion by signing a joint venture with a 14 branch travel agency.

The 14 Just Go branches in the north west of England will be the company’s first franchise project, with Hays Travel taking a 40% stake in the business. The shops will be branded 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 said: “We are really pleased to be partnering up with Don and his excellent team as a Hays Travel franchise. Exciting times!”

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.

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