Chairman Clive Sykes, 54, started this holiday cottage rental business in 1991 from his mother’s kitchen table in the Yorkshire dales. Now its portfolio includes over 13,500 properties across holiday hotspots in the UK and Ireland, including in the Lake District, Devon and Cornwall. Livingbridge backed a £54m buyout in 2015, and Graham Donoghue, 45, joined the following year. The Chester firm invested £1.2m in technology in 2016 to support its growth strategy. It launched its mobile app last year offering customers tips on the best things to see and do in their chosen location. Last year, it acquired West Country specialist operator, Cornish Cottage Holidays and Devonshire Cottage Holidays for an undisclosed sum, helping boost sales to £49.6m in 2018.
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