(L-R) host Stephen Mulhern; Lindsay Garvey-Jones from sponsor Holiday Extras; Hays Travel managing director John Hays; and Travel Weekly editor in chief Lucy Huxley

Hays Travel named UK's best high street travel agent at London awards

Hays Travel has been named the best high street travel agent in the country.

The Sunderland-headquartered company picked up two awards at the industry's Agent Achievement Awards at a glittering ceremony in London - Large Agency in the Yorkshire, North Midlands and North East England category and was also named the the best large travel agency nationally.

Around 850 people attended the awards ceremony, which was hosted by Travel Weekly at London’s Park Plaza Westminster hotel.

Managing director John Hays said: “It’s a real honour to win this award. We have won regional awards before but never the national. Just to be nominated along big names like Thomas Cook and Thomson is a thrill.

“We’ve been growing quite rapidly over the last few years opening new shops and through acquisitions. We’re trading very well – we wouldn’t be opening new stores if we weren’t. We have 150 shops and plans for more.

“The award is proof that if you have the right staff and the right product then it can work. The key is staff. They are everything and I’m especially proud of them.”