This firm operates a search engine to find cheap flights. It also offers price-comparison services for car hire, hotels and holidays and is adding rail prices to its offering. The Edinburgh company, whose clients include British Airways, Lufthansa and Easyjet, reports that 13m people visit its website every month to look for deals. Gareth Williams, Barry Smith and Bonamy Grimes founded Skyscanner.net in 2001, and Scottish Equity Partners invested £2.5m of venture capital in 2007. The firm’s turnover has risen 94% a year from £2.1m in 2008 to £15.3m in 2011, boosted by higher sales in Russia.
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