Globe Holidays invests in vehicles and ticketing

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From left: Mike Barber and Alex McWhirter of Finance Yorkshire with Scott Woolley and Paul Bicknell of Globe Holidays. FINANCE YORKSHIRE

A Yorkshire coach and bus operator has received a £180,000 investment from Finance Yorkshire to support the acquisition of new vehicles and on-board ticketing technology. Barnsley-based Globe Holidays also runs local buses across South and West Yorkshire, and employs more than 60 people.

The company also operates private hire and school transport services, along with a UK holiday programme and day excursions plus travel shops in Barnsley, Bradford and Rotherham. Following the launch of several new routes this year, Globe has recruited 18 new staff and added 11 vehicles to its fleet, taking its total to 28 buses and 16 coaches.

Managing Director Scott Woolley said: “The investment from Finance Yorkshire comes at a time of rapid expansion for the business. They recognised our need for gap funding and quickly developed a good understanding of our business. The investment has enabled us to further expand our team and ensure reliable connections for local communities within South and West Yorkshire.

“As more people return to travel, we are looking forward to welcoming them on board our services, where they will now experience the latest in ticket machine technology.”

Chief Executive of Finance Yorkshire Alex McWhirter added: “Our investments are designed to support growing companies to realise their potential and create jobs in Yorkshire and the Humber. This is especially true when traditional finance providers are unable to meet their requirements. As the travel industry continues to recover from the pandemic, we are looking forward to seeing Globe Holidays continue to cement its status as one of the region’s leading passenger transport providers.”