This Bolton business has more than 1,350 self-employed “travel counsellors” offering tailor-made holidays and business travel. Bookings via overseas franchisees have grown fast as the firm exports its model to countries such as Ireland, Australia and South Africa. Sales rose to £136m last year, when private-equity firm Equistone Partners backed a management buyout for an undisclosed sum. Steve Byrne, 50, is managing director.

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Company details
Year2015
CompanyTravel Counsellors
ActivityTravel agency
LocationBolton
Sales £m135,966
Operating profit £m8,000
Staff243
Founded1994
Websitewww.travelcounsellors.co.uk/

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