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This Manchester business has 1,800 self-employed “travel counsellors” offering tailor-made holidays and business trips. It operates in seven countries, including Ireland, South Africa and Australia. Last year, chief executive Steve Byrne, 54, led a secondary buyout, backed by Vitruvian Partners, from fellow private equity firm Equistone, valuing the business at £250m. In the same year, sales rose 21% to £262.2m, with profits up to £17.4m.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank85
CompanyTravel Counsellors
ActivityTravel services provider
LocationManchester
Sales £m262.2
Operating profit £m17.4
Main shareholdersVitruvian Partners (>50%), management (<50%)
Staff370
Founded1994
Websitewww.travelcounsellors.co.uk

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