This Redditch company says it runs Britain’s biggest cruise holiday website, offering travel packages alongside discussion forums, cruise reviews and comparison tables. It even encourages its agents to build their own following on social media by sharing tips and special offers. It acts as an agent for cruise operators including Royal Caribbean, Cunard and P&O. Founder Andrew Gardner, 61, and chief executive officer Seamus Conlon, 46, led a management buyout in 2013 from Forward Group, backed by Risk Capital Partners. The company’s revenues hit £30.1m last year as it invested in its online platform, and it recently bought two firms in Ireland and Australia for undisclosed sums.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank54
CompanyCruise.co.uk
ActivityCruise travel agent
LocationWorcestershire
Annual sales rise over 3 years60.51%
Latest sales £000s30,075
Staff140
Founded1984
Websitewww.cruise.co.uk

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