BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM AFFINITY PARTNERSHIPS WITH BARRHEAD TRAVEL
Monday, 15 May 2017
Barrhead Travel has announced the launch of quarterly networking events for members of its Affinity programme, with the first taking place on May 18 in Glasgow.
The independent travel group’s Affinity Programme was established to connect with businesses and has gone from strength to strength, with a membership of around 300 companies of all sizes, working across a variety of sectors.
Members benefit from access exclusive offers, discounts and event invitations, with the leading independent travel agent also offering tailored business travel solutions.
Barrhead Travel will host the inaugural Affinity networking event at Glasgow’s Chaophraya restaurant and is urging prospective members to come along and find out more.
Guests will enjoy a fantastic champagne reception, cooking demonstration and cocktail masterclass – with two complimentary cocktails and food following the demonstration. Hosts Chaophraya will also give a short presentation on the evening.
Barrhead Travel chief executive, Sharon Munro, said: “Our Affinity programme allows us to build relationships with the business community, and has proved so popular that we appointed a dedicated Affinity executive to oversee and further grow the programme. We are now signing up more businesses than ever before, and offer tailored packages specifically to suit their employees’ needs.
“We took the decision to launch the networking events to provide something more, give our members the chance to meet our team and connect with one another and, just as importantly, to express our thanks for their continued support as Affinity partners.”
The event takes place on May 18 from 5pm-8pm – spaces are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Anyone wishing to attend should email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability and confirm their attendance.
NOTES TO EDITOR
About Barrhead Travel:
Founded in 1975 by an ex-bank worker, Bill Munro, and operating from an unremarkable shop in the south Glasgow suburb of Barrhead with just one member of staff and a YTS, Barrhead Travel's first steps in the travel business were tentative and small. But fast-forward and the company has grown into a multi-faceted travel giant with more than 900 staff across 70 locations – and is one of the largest and most successful travel agencies in the UK.
In 2002, Barrhead Travel opened the first city centre travel superstore in the UK, right in the heart of Glasgow. One of the largest travel agencies in Europe, it was also the first “experience” store in Scotland. In 2012 the company opened a 100-seat contact centre in Cumbria.
Barrhead Travel has expanded from a traditional ‘bucket and spade’ travel agent to a multi-faceted travel group chartering its own flights, 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 ski holidays and promoting youth employment through its apprenticeship scheme.
The company has won many awards over the years, including Top UK Travel Agency and Best Travel Agency in Scotland for 12 years running and was awarded a position in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100. Barrhead Travel was also named Employer of the Year at the Scottish Business Awards in 2012 and has been recognised as one of the Best Companies to Work For for the last five years.
The firm successfully completed the acquisition of UK-based cruise agency ‘The Holiday Specialists’ in December 2012, a deal worth in the region of £3 million. In addition the company launched its first trade-focused sub-brand, Brilliant Travel in August 2013. The new brand will oversee expansion of its managed service branches, home-based travel advisors and corporate partnerships.