Scottish miniple Barrhead Travel has revealed plans to open three new branches this year.

The company, which has 11 retail shops across Scotland, will open branches in Aberdeen, Inverness and East Kilbride around October this year and is already “aggressively recruiting” for 50 extra staff.

Director Mark Brock said the agency would speak to staff at Travel 2, which will be making some positions redundant at its Glasgow call centre as part of a structural review of the business.

Barrhead Travel will also look outside the travel industry for new recruits. “We are also keen to take on financial services staff who have lost their jobs amid the turmoil in that sector. They have sales and customer service skills and we can teach them travel as long as they have the right attitude,” said Brock.