Former brochure boy buys travel agency where he started his career

Jimmy Martin
By Linsey McNeill
26/10/2021
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Jimmy Martin has bought Frutin Travel in Leith in Edinburgh where he started his career in travel more than 40 years ago.

He was hired by Frutin as a brochure boy, before working his way up to ‘unofficial MD’.

 Jimmy, pictured top left, left Frutin to set up his own agency, Jimmy Martin Travel in Stockbridge, 20 years ago.

He said his decision to buy his old shop is part of expansion plans to develop and grow his travel agency’s reach across Edinburgh.

As part of the takeover of Frutin, partner Emma Morrice, pictured second left, will become part of the Jimmy Martin team at its Raeburn Place offices. 

“Frutin Travel has always been dear to my heart and to be expanding with this acquisition, following 18 months of the most challenging times the travel industry has ever faced, cements our faith in our future business growth,” said Jimmy. 

“Emma brings with her a specialism in last-minute beach holidays, which will expand our holiday portfolio for clients.

“She also has a deep knowledge of America, South East Asia, Vietnam and Cambodia, which will enhance the advice we give to our existing client base who enjoy long haul travel with an element of adventure.”

Emma said: “I am delighted to be joining such a proactive and professional agency, which is exhibiting strong recovery from the pandemic.

“Having previously worked with Jimmy and Richard from Jimmy Martin Travel, it seems like a natural and seamless move for the resources of the two businesses to come together with Jimmy Martin Travel’s acquisition of Frutin.”

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