Travel firm to expand in EK
Town bucks trend as firm invests here and cuts jobs elsewhere
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.”