14 March 2017, 18:30 - 22:00
Seaham Hall, Lord Byrons Walk, Seaham, SR7 7AG.
Born and educated in the mining town of Seaham, John Hays founded Hays Travel with no experience in the travel industry in the back of his mam’s children's clothing shop.
Fast forward to today and the company operates over 130 high street travel agencies alongside call centres, a homeworking division with over 100 travel agents, interactive websites, over 1,500 employees and phenomenal sales of £840m.
Recognised in 2006 as one of the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For, they entered the list for a second time in 2016 and have an award-winning training department, continually re-investing in their own people, as the business grows.
As a recipient of many accolades, including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Agent Achievement Awards in 2008, a place in the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame in 2010, a recipient of Freeman of the City of Sunderland and North East Entrepreneur of the year in 2004.
Join John to hear how his business travelled from humble beginnings to the high-street and beyond.