Travel firm to ex­pand in EK

Town bucks trend as firm in­vests here and cuts jobs else­where

East Kilbride News - - INTIMATIONS - Ni­cola Findlay

A travel firm is look­ing to in­vest in its East Kilbride premises af­ter a re­cent merger.

This comes de­spite ex­pected job cuts else­where in the coun­try.

Port­man Travel and Clar­ity Travel Man­age­ment merged in Novem­ber to form the sev­enth-largest travel man­age­ment firm in the coun­try.

Sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment is be­ing planned for Port­man Clar­ity’s Plaza base in East Kilbride.

The Port­man 24 in-house emer­gency and out-of-hours ser­vice based in the town will be ex­panded to serve all Clar­ity clients.

There will also be an ex­pan­sion of the Port­man Club busi­ness ser­vice in East Kilbride.

How­ever, the firm are un­able to con­firm at this stage if and how many ex­tra jobs will be cre­ated.

Fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive re­view of the geo­graphic foot­print of the merged busi­ness op­er­a­tions, and the Novem­ber an­nounce­ment of the Clar­ity Manch­ester of­fice as head of­fice, Port­man Clar­ity has pro­posed to close three sites, in­clud­ing one in Aberdeen.

Af­fected staff will be of­fered the op­por­tu­nity to re­lo­cate to other Port­man Clar­ity sites or ap­ply for other in­ter­nal roles.

How­ever, it is an­tic­i­pated that there will be up to 50 po­si­tions made re­dun­dant.

Port­man Clar­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive Pat McDon­agh said: “Our plan for growth has our ex­ist­ing cus­tomers firmly at its heart.

“The in­vest­ment in our tech­nol­ogy and peo­ple will en­sure that we con­tinue to de­liver the best buy­ing power, in­ter­na­tional reach and ex­per­tise, mar­ket lead­ing tech­nol­ogy and best in class ser­vice that our cus­tomers ex­pect from us.

“We are work­ing closely with the peo­ple af­fected by the pro­posed of­fice clo­sures to make sure that, wher­ever pos­si­ble, roles are re­lo­cated or trans­ferred.

“We have the ca­pac­ity and ex­per­tise in other lo­ca­tions to en­sure the con­ti­nu­ity of the ex­cel­lent ser­vice our clients are used to.

“This is the sin­gle big­gest change to both our es­tate and our re­sources as we im­ple­ment our strat­egy for growth and it will put us in the strong­est po­si­tion to go for­ward as a mar­ket lead­ing busi­ness.”

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