Finance Yorkshire backs bus and coach operator

(lR): Mike Barber and Alex McWhirter of Finance Yorkshire with Scott Woolley and Paul Bicknell of Globe Holidays


A coach and bus company that provides passenger services and holiday excursions has secured investment from Finance Yorkshire to support growth.

Barnsley-based Globe Holidays runs public buses across West and South Yorkshire, employing more than 60 people.

The £180,000 investment, from Finance Yorkshire’s Business Loan Fund, will support the acquisition of new vehicles and on-board ticketing technology.

Globe Holidays also operates private hire and school transport services, along with a UK holiday program and day excursions.

The company runs travel shops in Barnsley, Bradford and Rotherham.

Following the launch of new routes this year, Globe Holidays has recruited 18 people and added 11 vehicles to its fleet. It now operates 28 buses and 16 coaches.

Scott Woolley, managing director of Globe Holidays, said: “The investment from Finance Yorkshire comes at a time of rapid expansion for the business. They recognized 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.”

Alex McWhirter, chief executive of Finance Yorkshire, added: “Our investments are designed to support growing companies to realize 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.”

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