Egencia targets more Manchester growth

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EGENCIA, the business travel arm of Expedia, the world’s largest travel company, is expecting further growth in Manchester.

The fast-growing business, which has been in Manchester for the last five years, has just moved into Three Piccadilly Place, where it has taken the whole of the ninth floor – 12,700sq ft on a 10-year lease.

Graham Kingsmill, managing director of Egencia UK said the company is already recruiting for a number of roles in the city.

“We are already at more than 130 and we are recruiting all the time. Our long term plan is to take another floor in this building. In a challenging market Egencia, thanks to its technology and customer service, is growing really fast up 22% in the UK last year.

“We are delighted with the new location, I am sure it will help us win more business and attract and retain good people. It’s proximity to the main-line station is a really big plus.”

He said some operations, such as ticketing, were being moved to the Manchester centre from offices in Germany and Belgium.

Egencia has number of international clients including PepsiCo, mobile telecoms group 3 and locally Manchester Business School.

Director and general manager Andrew Clarke, who oversaw the relocation, said he had looked at 10 sites and selected Piccadilly Place from a shortlist of three.

“We would have lost up to 20% of our team if we had moved to a lower cost location on a business park, so it was really important to find an office with good infrastructure.
“Piccadilly Place is a vibrant development in the heart of the city, accessible for the 85% of our staff who commute on public transport. We are confident that this move signifies a bright future in the UK, both for our people and our business.”