Travelodge has revealed plans to open seven new hotels between now and this Christmas with the aim of staffing them entirely with the long-term unemployed.
The hotels will open for business in Edinburgh, Bournemouth, Farnborough, Macclesfield, Newquay, Liverpool and Norwich by the end of the year, adding another 575 rooms to Travelodge's estate and creating 150 new jobs.
Through its partnership with Job Centre Plus, Travelodge has recruited 70 per cent of its workforce from the unemployed so far this year and wants to increase that to 100 per cent at its new hotels.
Travelodge chief executive Grant Hearn said: "Despite a tough year for the hotel market, we have continued to grow and offer opportunities nationwide. Our success in recruiting from the long term unemployed is something that we are particularly proud of and are committed to continuing."
The latest investment of £22m is part of the company's plans to expand their total number of rooms to 70,000 by 2020 and increase its presence in seaside resorts and the UK's largest cities.