Each month, 50m people use this firm’s website and apps to book airline tickets, hotels and hire cars. Under co-founder and chief executive Gareth Williams, 47, the Edinburgh company has opened offices in Europe, America and Asia. Sales grew 29% in 2015 to £119.7m, boosted by a 60% rise in mobile traffic. In January this year Skyscanner raised £128m from investors including Artemis and Yahoo! Japan, valuing it at more than £1bn.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank240
CompanySkyscanner
ActivityTravel search engine
LocationEdinburgh
Sales £m119.7
Operating profit £m12.6
Main shareholdersVenture capital, including Sequoia Capital & Scottish Equity Partners (>50%), founders & management (<50%)
Staff674
Founded2003
Websitewww.skyscanner.net

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