This week’s business round up: call centre jobs boost

Thomson
Travel Group has announced plans to extend its call centre in Glasgow, which
will create hundreds of jobs over the next three years. It will provide
customers with the choice of booking holidays via the Internet or phone.
Customers will also be able to arrange holidays through traditional high street
travel agencies. The centre currently employs over 450 staff. If Thomson’s
plans go ahead, it will become one of Scotland’s largest employers. Managing
director Nigel David said, “We chose Scotland for our national call centre
because of its highly skilled and motivated workforce and its excellent
reputation for supporting call centre companies in the region.”

 

Euro
fall hits car sales

The
decline of the euro has cost Honda $300m and the company expects European sales
to fall by 17 per cent in the current financial year. Minoru Harada, president
of Honda Europe, said the high pound is threatening all UK-based manufacturing
companies. Honda’s overall production fell to 214,596 in October, lower than
the same month last year according to figures released last week. bbc.co.uk

 

Store’s
hyper-activity

Supermarket
chain Safeway is to convert 50 branches into convenience stores and 25 into
hypermarkets. A spokeswoman confirmed the changes would create new jobs. The
announcement comes as Safeway – the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group –
announced interim pre-tax profits were up by 11 per cent to £166m.

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