A new travel agency providing travel for surgeons carrying out work for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has joined Hays Travel Independence Group.

Surgeons Quarter Travel is part of an established hospitality business in Edinburgh, Scotland, which already has a four-star hotel, four conference venues and an on-street café in its current portfolio.

Initially, the agency will focus on putting together trips for surgeons but in future there is scope for a public facing office, according to the company.

Scott Mitchell, managing director, Surgeons Quarter, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for us 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. With Hays Travel behind us, we are excited to see just how far Surgeons Quarter Travel will go.”

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The agency will be managed by current employee Justin MacKenzie and benefit from the consortium’s buying power and technology.

Barbara Blackshaw, head of Hays Travel IG, said: “We are delighted to have such a unique and interesting travel business joining our group.”

Meanwhile, Claire Maith has joined Hays Travel as group finance director, replacing Marta Fernandez-Varona.

Maith won the 2011 North East Finance Director of the Year at the age of 25. She was recently named as one of the Top 100 Great British Women in the car industry, representing the youngest finance director in the Top 50 Automotive Franchise Dealers in the UK.