This Manchester business has more than 1,500 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 The Netherlands, Australia and South Africa, generating international sales of £29.3m last year. In 2014, private-equity firm Equistone Partners backed a management buyout led by managing director Steve Byrne, 50, for an undisclosed sum.
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