BARRHEAD Travel has declared its aim to support some of those who have lost their jobs following the collapse of major sector operator Thomas Cook by creating 100 jobs, with openings across the Glasgow-based business’s 34 UK stores.

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Package-holiday and airlines group Thomas Cook, which employed about 9,000 people in the UK, collapsed at the start of this week, after the UK Government declined to provide a requested £150 million to bridge a funding gap. Barrhead Travel, which employs more than 1,000 staff, said it planned to reposition a team of people to travel to meet with potential job candidates throughout the UK over coming weeks.

North American-based Travel Leaders Group acquired Barrhead Travel – which was founded in 1975 and has expanded from package holidays into chartering flights and also offers bespoke vacations to destinations around the world – last year.

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Barrhead Travel said it was creating positions throughout its UK store network, with “tens of new jobs across Scottish cities and towns including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen”.

It added: “Former Thomas Cook employees will bring a wealth of experience to Barrhead Travel.”

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Barrhead Travel cited growth of demand for specialist holidays including adventure travel, weddings and honeymoons, and river cruises. It said the majority of jobs available were customer-focused roles within branches or specialist call centres. However, it noted there were also vacancies in marketing, information technology and business development.

Barrhead Travel president Jacqueline Dobson said: “We...are keen industry colleagues from Thomas Cook.”