December 2019: For immediate release



Barrhead Travel, one of the UK’s leading travel agencies, is investing in the relaunch of a new travel agency in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, bringing five local ex-Thomas Cook staff back to work.

The brand-new store located in Castle Walk, Newcastle-Under-Lyme and will open its doors before Christmas.

The Scottish-headquartered agency recently confirmed an expansion plan to open up to 100 new stores and rehire as many employees as possible in the wake of the Thomas Cook collapse.

Employees from the former Thomas Cook store are currently undergoing immersive training at Barrhead Travel’s dedicated Training Academy in Glasgow. The store will follow Barrhead Travel’s signature conceptual design and will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and branded experience areas.

Headed up by manager, Hayley Nixon, the high street travel agency will specialise in all types of holidays including cruise, longhaul, touring, city breaks, honeymoons and beach escapes. The team has over 105 years of travel experience between them.

Hayley Nixon, store manager said:

“I am so pleased to be able to bring my team with me on our Barrhead Travel journey. We are very excited for the future and are looking forward to welcoming all holidaymakers from the town into our brand-new store. We have already been making bookings through our Facebook page and we can’t wait to officially get into our new store and start meeting clients face-to-face.”

Jacqueline Dobson, president of Barrhead Travel said;

“I am thrilled to welcome Hayley, Kelly, Emma, Joanne and Sharon to the Barrhead Travel family. The opening of the store reflects our unwavering commitment to the high street travel agency; investment in bricks and mortar has been at the heart of our strategy since we opened our first store in 1975 and we will continue to place focus on the physical customer journey by combining experiential technology and genuine expertise from our local teams.

“We firmly believe that the demand for an experienced and knowledgeable travel agent is still on the rise as holidaymakers seek first-hand sound advice and guaranteed financial protection for their well-earned getaways.”

Founded in 1975, the travel company has over 76 locations across the UK and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of North-American firm, Travel Leaders Group. The group are still currently recruiting across their branch network. For more information, contact their recruitment team on  0141 223 6655 or visit


The Newcastle-under-Lyme will be open ahead of Christmas with plans to throw and official launch party in January. For more information on their launch or to start planning your next holiday, contact the team on 0178 296 9882.



For more information:

0141 406 7319 | 07837979291





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 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 19 years running. Barrhead Travel has been recognised as one of the Best Companies to Work For for the last five years.


About Travel Leaders Group

Travel Leaders Group ( is transforming travel with a commitment to our vacation and business travel clients through our progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. Having already assisted millions of travellers, Travel Leaders Group manages leisure, business and franchise travel operations under a variety of diversified divisions and brands. With over 6,000 agency locations, Travel Leaders Group ranks as one of the industry’s largest travel agency companies.