Holidaysplease targeting more homeworker acquisitions

Holidaysplease targeting more homeworker acquisitions

Holidaysplease is on the acquisition trail as it looks to expand its homeworking business further.

Richard Dixon, one of three directors who led a £1 million management buyout of the business in February 2013, said the company was looking to snap up teams of homeworkers or small homeworking firms.

He believes Holidaysplease has capacity for an extra 20 to 30 homeworkers. It currently has 
65 homeworkers, up from 45 
in 2013.

But Dixon stressed growth was about quality over quantity and ensuring the company’s ethos is maintained.

He said: “We don’t have a set plan, but we are hungry to bring more good people on board. We are looking to invest where the opportunity arises in new or existing businesses.

“We could take 20 to 30 more people right now, but it’s all 
about getting the right people.  Maybe there are small homeworking teams out there, not necessarily working nationally, who might be looking to move the business on. Homeworking has grown rapidly over the last 10 years and there are lots of propositions out there.”

Holidaysplease was founded in 2003 and said it had posted a six-figure profit each year.

Since the management buyout, the agency has developed a customer loyalty programme, which now has 4,000 members and allows customers to exchange reward points for extras such as room upgrades.

Dixon said the scheme had enabled the company to obtain profiles of its customers’ holiday preferences and had been a major factor in helping the business grow over the past year.

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