If you fancy a 92-day world cruise costing £30,000, Travel Counsellors is the place to go. The Bolton company employs a network of homeworkers who visit clients to arrange sophisticated personal travel itineraries. It also serves small businesses, whose travel arrangements it will manage. In an industry now characterised by daily bulletins of disaster, managing director Dominic Speakman, whose father David founded the company in 1991, does not expect a slowdown. He believes the luxury travel market is fairly immune to recession. ‘Our customers already have a decent amount of money, and take three to four holidays a year,’ he says. ‘I don’t see that changing.’ The recruitment of former branch managers from high-street travel agents has helped the company to boost its sales 67% a year from £8.3m in 1997 to £39.1m in 2000, when it had 160 employees.

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Company details
Year2001
Rank97
CompanyTravel Counsellors
ActivityTravel agency
LocationBolton
Annual sales rise over 3 years67.48%
Latest sales £000s39,131
Staff160
Founded1994
Websitewww.travelcounsellors.co.uk

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