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More than 150,000 bookings made with this holiday cottage rental business were affected by the first national lockdown. Clive Sykes, 56, started the company in 1991 from his mother’s kitchen table in the Yorkshire Dales. Now based in Chester, its portfolio includes more than 20,000 properties across the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. Chief executive Graham Donoghue, 47, saw sales reach £76m in 2019. It was valued at £375m in October the same year when Vitruvian Partners bought a majority stake, prompting the acquisition of competitor Pure Cottages Group in January for an undisclosed sum.

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Company details
Year2020
Rank90
CompanySykes Holiday Cottages
ActivityHoliday cottage rental agency
LocationChester
Annual sales rise over 3 years40.73%
Latest sales £000s76,021
Staff596
Founded1991
Websitewww.sykescottages.co.uk

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