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20 fastest growing tourism businesses in the UK

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08 August 2013

The tourism industry is continuing to deliver, despite these challenging times.

Although it doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to weather, the UK remains a popular tourist destination. In fact, Travel and Tourism’s contribution to GDP grew for the third consecutive year in 2012, and generated 180,000 additional jobs in the UK last year, according to TourismAlliance research. But it’s no wonder considering that London is the most popular destination in the world and the world’s largest hotel group is British.

Real Business has compiled a ranked list of fastest-growing businesses, based on company information from Jordans, to find out who weathered the storm and came out as the champions of the industry.

1. Mogford Ltd.

Headquarters: Oxford

Turnover – compound growth: 39.77

A small independent collection of hotels and restaurants in Oxford started by Jeremy Mogford in the 1980’s. The hotels have won a variety of awards, including the Old Bank Hotels Cesar award for best city hotel 2011.

2. GlobalGrange Ltd.

Headquarters: London

Turnover – compound growth: 22.45

A collection of private luxury hotels in the heart of London. The Grange Hotels say they have a primary focus on the corporate market and have been awarded the accolade of Best Small Hotel Company at The Business travel Awards.

3. Apex Hotels Ltd.

Headquarters: Edinburgh

Turnover – compound growth: 16.13

Apex Hotels is a small family-owned Scottish company, established in 1996. The company currently operates three hotels in London, four in Edinburgh and one in Dundee, citing customer service as their primary focus.

4. Coroin Ltd.

Headquarters: London

Turnover – compound growth: 13.72

Coroin Limited owns Maybourne Hotel Group. In turn, they operate five star hotels The Berkley, The Connaught and Claridge’s in London.

5. Andrew Brownsword Hotels Ltd.

Headquarters: Bath

Turnover – compound growth: 13.26

English entrepreneur Andrew Brownsword and his wife put emphasis on the fact that their privately owned collection of hotels are all inspired by locations they would like to visit over and over again, situated in the countryside or historic cities.

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Britannia hotel in Manchester

6. A.B. Hotels Ltd.

Headquarters: London

Turnover – compound growth: 12.32

A.B. Hotels comprises of three family-owned hotels in London and the South East of England.

7. Paterson Enterprises Ltd.

Headquarters: Shrewsbury

Turnover – compound growth:Turnover – compound growth: 12.26

Although Paterson Enterprises manufactures and distributes lubricants, they are associated with the provision of leisure facilities through its caravan and holiday home parks.

8. Britannia Hotels Ltd.

Headquarters: Altrincham, Cheshire

Turnover – compound growth: 11.24

Britannia Hotels, founded in 1976, have 43 hotels across the UK. Location is cited as crucial to their business, located near major airports or in seaside resorts.

9. PBN Holdings Ltd.

Headquarters: Belfast

Turnover – compound growth: 10.65

A holding company with subsidiaries in the hotel business, warehousing and storage, retail and wholesale trade in alcoholic and other beverages as well as the development, sale and rental property.

10. TA Hotel Collection Ltd.

Headquarters: Leiston, Suffolk

Turnover – compound growth: 9.96

TA Hotel Collection has been trading for 16 years, with a portfolio of hotels and businesses that extend beyond the Suffolk Coast.

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Galgorm hotel spa, owned by Tullymore House

11. Tullymore House Ltd.

Headquarters: Ballymena, Co.antrim

Turnover – compound growth: 9.71

Tullymore House owns Galgorm hotel spa, which has won numerous awards, and various restaurant and bar facilities.

12. Cola Holdings Ltd.

Headquarters: London

Turnover – compound growth: 8.64

A group of luxury hotels in west-central London, owned by Iraqi-Kurd Bakir Cola.

13. Cotswold Inns and Hotels Ltd. 

Headquarters: Evesham, Worcestershire

Turnover – compound growth: 8.17

A chain of luxury hotels in the Cotswolds, founded in 1997. It employs more than 300 members of staff in its eight hotels. Awarded 2012-13 best small hotel group at the AA Hospitality Awards.

14. Waterside Holiday Group Ltd. 

Headquarters: Christchurch, Dorset. 

Turnover – compound growth: 7.43

Waterside run three luxury holiday parks in and around Weymouth in Dorset. This is their 50th year in business. To mark this milestone the company recently announced a £1.5m round of investment in facilities at the parks.

15. Barton Grange Group Ltd. 

Headquarters: Preston

Turnover – compound growth: 7.43

Barton Grange is a group of businesses in Preston, including a hotel, garden centre and marina. It has been in the hands of the same family since being founded by Edward and Ada Topping in 1945. Its newly revamped garden centre was opened in 2008 by HRH Queen Anne.

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Ragdale Hall

16. Leisureplex Ltd. 

Headquarters: Chorley 

Turnover – compound growth: 5.91

Leisureplex run a chain of hotels in British seaside resorts, from Fort William to Great Yarmouth to St Ives. They also run coach and hotel holidays alongside their sister company Alfa Travel.

17. Hoburne Ltd. 

Headquarters: Christchurch, Dorset 

Turnover – compound growth: 5.14

Hoburne operate holiday parks across south-west England and Hampshire. Their parks offer accommodation in chalets, static caravans and apartments, as well as pitches for tents and campervans. They also offer holiday home sales.

18. Bourne Leisure Holdings Ltd. 

Headquarters: Hemel Hempstead

Turnover – compound growth: 2.99

A giant of the holiday camp industry, Bourne Leisure owns and operates the Butlins and Haven holiday brands, as well as Warner Leisure Hotels. This year they were ranked 4th in the Sunday Times’ list of best big companies to work for.

19. Webb Hotels and Travel Ltd. 

Headquarters: Sutton Coldfield 

Turnover – compound growth: 2.75

Webb Hotels and Travel is a group of four private travel and leisure companies: three Best Western hotels and independent travel agency Broads Travel Group. They are a family business and say they place a great emphasis on customer service.

20. Ragdale Hall (1990) Ltd. 

Headquarters: Rugby, Warwickshire

Turnover – compound growth: 1.44

Ragdale Hall is a health spa located near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. It offers spa breaks and breaks as well as individual treatments. Established in 1973, the business has been owned by Michael Isaacs and Penny Nesbitt since 1990.