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Sykes Cottages reaches booking milestone

Sykes Cottages, the holiday cottage specialist, has been recognised as one of the fastest-growing tech-based companies in the UK.

It comes as Sykes, which was founded in 1991 and today offers a range of over 8,000 holiday cottages across Britain, secured its millionth customer booking.

The Chester-based business has been named by the Northern Tech Awards as one of the region’s Top 15 Fastest-Growing Larger Technology Companies and in its Top 100 League Table. Both accolades are based on sales and profit (EBITDA) growth.

Graham Donoghue, chief executive of Sykes Cottages, said: “Technology is an essential part of our proposition and we have invested heavily in our infrastructure in recent years to ensure we continue to reflect how our customers want to browse and book our holiday properties.

“Our millionth booking is a significant milestone and we continue to grow strongly thanks to a rising number of bookings from people both in the UK and overseas attracted by the quality and convenience of our platform.”

The Northern Tech Awards are run by international investment bank GP Bullhound. Award judges include Carol Kane, joint CEO of online fashion retailer Boohoo, and Pete Flint, partner at Silicon Valley-based growth accelerator NFX Guild.

In the year to the end of September 2015, its last published accounts, Sykes Cottages grew turnover to £22m, up 26% on the previous year.

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