More than 150,000 bookings made with this holiday cottage rental business were affected by the lockdown in March 2020, and by July it was offering full refunds. Clive Sykes, 56, started the company in 1991 in the Yorkshire Dales, and it now lets more than 20,000 properties in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. Vitruvian Partners acquired the Chester firm in October 2019, valuing it at £375 million. Chief executive Graham Donoghue, 47, oversaw gross overseas sales of £9.1 million in the year to September 2020.
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