This online hotel supplier trades rooms to travel agents, who then sell them on to their customers as part of package deals. Formerly dealing only in North American resorts, Getabed today supplies rooms in 7,500 destinations worldwide. Managing director Matt Stuart was only 20 when he bought the company in 1998, and claims that his website attracts travel agents because, unlike other sites, it does not allow customers to compare room prices paid by agents and themselves. Sales, which are commissions made on bookings, grew by 47% a year, from £4.3m in 2007 to £13.4m in 2010.
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