Travel Counsellors has been named in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table, reflecting the company’s sales growth over the last 12 months.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the homeworking travel company has been listed in the top 250 ranking of mid-market growth private companies with the biggest sales.

Travelodge came second overall in the listing, with Dorchester Collection (36th), Hays Travel (43rd), Audley Travel (70th), Leisure Pass Group (77th), Rocco Forte Hotels (116th), Edinburgh airport (128th), Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels (134th) and Firmdale Hotels (173rd).


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Travel Counsellors rose to 85 in the list from 121 the previous year, with a 14% rise in total transactions to £578 million.

The results were the first since the firm’s secondary buyout by Vitruvian Partners in May 2018, ending a four-year investment period with Equistone Partners Europe.

The firm has achieved 15 consecutive years of record growth, with turnover growing by 55% in the three years ending October 2018.

A record number of last-minute bookings for overseas destinations in a single month was achieved in August, with £1.8 million-worth of reservations, up by a quarter on the same month last year.

Travel Counsellors CEO Steve Byrne said: “To be named in the Sunday Times Top Track 250 for the fifth-year running is another fantastic accolade for everyone involved with the business.

“To have broken into the league table’s top 100 is a real achievement, and makes this another milestone year.

“It’s a genuine testament to the focus we’ve brought upon customer care, building trusted relationships and creating outstanding leisure and corporate travel experiences for our travellers.

“We put people and caring at the heart of our business. This includes the 1,900-plus individual corporate and leisure travel business owners who care for their customers using our platform, and our support teams who are constantly on hand in seven countries across the globe.

“We’re committed to a continued growth of the company through attracting and developing the very best talent to be part of our community, and investing in our technology platform so that they can provide the very best personal, bespoke travel experiences for customers.”