Travelsphere

The world has shrunk for this Leicestershire business that started in 1977 by advertising coach trips to Colwyn Bay in local newspapers. In 2004, it bought upmarket travel agency Page & Moy, which, together with its “Just You” brand, specialise in single holidaymakers. It also says that its cash- and time-rich over-45 customers make it one of Britain’s leading operators of escorted holidays. Cognetas backed a £144m buyout of the company from HgCapital in 2005 led by managing director Mark Watts. Annualised sales in 2006 reached £195.2m.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank198
CompanyTravelsphere
ActivityTour operator
LocationLeicestershire
Sales £m†195.2
Operating profit £m†11.9
Main shareholdersCognetas, Hutton Collins, management
Staff421
Founded1977
Websitewww.travelsphere.co.uk

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda