This business has more than 1,600 self-employed “travel counsellors” offering tailor-made holidays and business trips. Bookings have grown fast as the Manchester company has exported its franchise model to countries including Ireland, Australia, South Africa and the UAE, generating international sales of £37.9m last year. In 2014, chief executive Steve Byrne, 51, led a buyout backed by private-equity firm Equistone Partners for an undisclosed sum.
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