This Manchester business has 1,800 self-employed “travel counsellors” tailoring holidays and business trips to suit its customers. It operates in seven countries, including Ireland, South Africa and Australia. In June, chief executive Steve Byrne, 53, led a secondary buyout backed by Vitruvian Partners from fellow private equity firm Equistone, valuing the business at a reported £250m.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank121
CompanyTravel Counsellors
ActivityTravel services provider
LocationManchester
Sales £m216.9
Operating profit £m15.5
Main shareholders

Vitruvian Partners (>50%), management (<50%)

Staff339
Founded1994
Websitewww.travelcounsellors.co.uk

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