Led by chief executive Steve Byrne, 49, 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. Overseas sales rose to £24.4m last year, when private-equity firm Equistone Partners backed a management buyout for an undisclosed sum.
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