Offering bespoke travel to more than 100 countries, Black Tomato was founded in 2005 by friends James Merrett, Tom Marchant and Matt Smith. Revenue is split equally between private leisure clients and corporate-events clients who request employee-incentive programmes, conferences and promotional travel prizes. Corporate clients include HSBC, Heineken and Lucozade. Earlier this year the business opened an office in New York to cater for a growing interest from American leisure clients. Since 2006 sales, which represent the travel invoiced, have grown 75% a year, from £1.3m in 2006 to £6.8m in 2009.
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