More than 50m people have signed up to this travel website, where they can choose from 500 deals each week for four and five-star hotels and holidays, ranging from UK country house hotels to luxury European getaways and long-haul travel. The company has raised £132m from tech investors including Google Ventures and Index Ventures, helping it to launch websites targeting America and 20 countries in Europe and Asia, with more than 9m nights sold. Founders Alex Saint, 47, and Tom Valentine, 37, started the business in 2010 and have used television advertising to bring it to the public’s attention. Sales, which represent commissions, rose to £73m last year.
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