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Hays Travel managing director with Cllr Paul Watson, Leader, Sunderland City Council

Sunderland-headquartered Hays Travel acquires Christine Nugent Business Travel

The Gateshead-based corporate travel company is headed up by Christine Nugent who, as part of the deal, has joined Hays to lead its corporate travel division.

The Sunderland company will keep the Business Travel brand and take on its entire workforce.

John Hays, Hays Travel managing director, said he was "really excited" about the deal.

"Business Travel has a great reputation for service, and its values are in line with those of Hays Travel," he added.

"By merging Business Travel's specialist expertise and loyal client base with Hays Travel's size and technology, we should have the right kind of platform to grow the corporate travel part of the business significantly.

"I'm hoping we will gain new business travel accounts both in the North East and across the other regions in which Hays Travel operates."

Hays added that he was "delighted" to have secured the services of Christine Nugent.

"She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the corporate travel sector and has grown a highly successful and well-respected business."

Nugent said: "After 32 years building a bespoke, corporate travel service with a strong service ethos and an excellent reputation throughout the UK, I am excited to now be working with John and the Hays Group to expand on what we have already built."

Hays Travel, which has a turnover of about £800m, operates 140 stores and employs a workforce of more 1,000.