Wednesday, February 3, 1999 Published at 14:15 GMT
Business: The Company File
Granada jobs boost
Granada: Bucking the retail trend with its motorway service stations and budget hotels
The UK leisure and media group Granada is creating 2,500 jobs in its roadside service areas and budget hotel chain.
The television-to-hotels company said it has seen a 13% growth in earnings and current business was "very positive".
The group, which produces television soap Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Heartbeat, also reported strong interest in the launch of ONdigital, its satellite television service.
The company said the new jobs were created after Travelodge sales increased 17% over the previous year.
Chairman Gerry Robinson said: "Throughout 1998 we continued to build the brands in our growing media and hospitality businesses.
"I'm happy to report that current trading has been very positive."
Granada, which has many service areas on roads up and down the UK, has already expanded its business by purchasing the rival Forte group.
This gave Granada more hotels and motorway service stations to add to its existing business in these sectors.
The Travelodge chain is another Granada success.
It caters for the budget traveller who will often only require a one-night stopover without the need for extensive on-site leisure and restaurant facilities.
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