The new travel business will add to Surgeons Quarter's existing portfolio, which includes an award-winning four star hotel, four conference venues and on-street café.
Located on the site of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, profits from all of Surgeons Quarter’s venturesgo back into the College’s charitable objectives of advancing surgery and improving patient outcomes all over the world.
While Surgeons Quarter Travel will initially focus on providing travel for surgeons carrying out vital work on behalf of the College around the world, there is scope to expand into a public facing office in the future.
Scott Mitchell, Managing Director of Surgeons Quarter, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Hays Travel Independence Group on our newest venture.
“This is an excellent opportunity for us not only to grow as a commercial company, but to assist our parent organisation - The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh - with more streamlined, cost-effective travel.
“Anything that helps our surgeons to improve patient outcomes worldwide makes complete sense as a business move. With Hays Travel behind us, we are excited to see just how far Surgeons Quarter Travel will go.”
Surgeons Quarter Travel will be managed by current employee, Justin MacKenzie, who has expressed his delight to be returning to the travel industry.
Justin said: “Surgeons Quarter Travel is a very exciting opportunity for everyone involved. Having worked in the travel industry for a number of years prior to Surgeons Quarter, it feels great to be returning to my roots.
“Setting up a new travel business has been a lot of work, but the Hays Travel Independence Group have been fully supportive, and I’m confident we’ll go on to achieve great things.”
Barbara Blackshaw, Head of Hays Travel Independence Group, said: “We are delighted to have such a unique and interesting travel business as Surgeons Quarter Travel joining our group. I very much look forward to working with them in the future.”
The Hays Travel Independence Group is a consortium of independent travel retailers who benefit from Hays Travel's expertise, buying power, technology, and back office functions.