This Manchester business has more than 1,600 self-employed “travel counsellors”, offering tailor-made holidays and business trips. Bookings via overseas franchisees have grown as the firm has exported its model to countries such as Ireland, Australia, South Africa and the UAE. In 2014, chief executive Steve Byrne, 52, led a buyout backed by private equity firm Equistone for an undisclosed sum.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank125
CompanyTravel Counsellors
ActivityTravel services provider
LocationManchester
Sales £m188.3
Operating profit £m12.1
Main shareholdersEquistone Partners (>50%), Speakman family and management (<50%)
Staff284
Founded1994
Websitewww.travelcounsellors.co.uk

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