A former RAF pilot, Adam Twidell, 43, and his wife, Carol Cork, 43, raised £2m from 10 business angels to start this St Albans firm in 2008. It now has 7,000 private jets on its system and its online price comparison and booking service is used by celebrity jet-setters, such as the pop stars JLS and Olly Murs. By comparing prices, PrivateFly aims to make hiring a jet quicker and cheaper, and the firm has had booming sales in the US. Exports – which represent total booking value – rose to £4.5m last year.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank4
CompanyPrivateFly
ActivityOnline private jet hire
LocationSt Albans
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa238.78
International sales £000s*4,545
Total sales £000s*10,236
Staff21
Founded2008
Websitewww.privatefly.com

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