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Diversity Travel sees £14m growth

Specialist travel management firm, Diversity Travel, is celebrating phenomenal growth with two new senior hires having seen its revenue climb by nearly £14 million in the past 12 months.  
The company, which specialises in travel management services to clients in the charity, academic and not-for-profit sectors, has seen steady growth year on year since forming in 2007.


Headquartered on Portland Street in Manchester, the company, which employs 110 people across three offices, has seen its revenue climb from £34.4 million to over £48 million in the past year alone.  

In response to the exceptional growth, the firm has announced two additional hires to the senior team.  

Sean de Lacey joins Diversity Travel as head of sales after nearly five years at corporate travel management company, CTM.  He brings both public and private sector expertise in B2B account development, both on a national and international scale.  

Stephen Brook also joins as head of account management from Radius Travel where he handled the company’s top global corporate accounts, ranging in annual spend from £5m to £100m across more than 50 markets.  

Christopher Airey, managing director of Diversity Travel said: “Sean and Stephen bring a wealth of experience to our team and we’re really excited to announce their appointment. Over the past few years the company has grown significantly, having to double our office space in Manchester to accommodate a 22 per cent increase in staff.  

“The more we grow, the more we can invest back into the business and the increase in revenue has allowed us to further develop the innovative services and solutions we offer our customers.”  

Diversity Travel recently ranked at number 26 in the Top 50 leading Travel Management Companies in the UK by industry magazine Buying Business Travel, moving up eight places since last year.  

The company serves over 2,000 clients in the charity and academic sectors including ActionAid, the Salvation Army and Save the Children International, providing cost effective travel solutions for both UK based and International clients.  

Last month, Diversity Travel was also appointed to the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC), to provide accommodation, air and rail travel to more than 160 colleges, universities and other institutions across the UK.  

Christopher continues: “It has been an exceptional year for Diversity Travel and we welcome the new additions to our hard-working and talented team.  

“In addition to Sean and Stephen’s posts, we will be announcing new roles over the next few months in line with our strategic development plan.”  

As well as expanding its Manchester office, the company opened an office in Melbourne last year to provide support for clients in different time zones. It also recently relocated its London office of two years to Chancery Lane after nearly doubling its London team with seven new city hires.  

Diversity Travel was named ‘Business Travel Agency of the Year 2014’ by Travel Trade Gazette in recognition of its innovation, financial stability, outstanding trade relations, staff development and commitment to the principles of corporate social responsibility.

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