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  • 2002

    In late 2002 ex-corporate lawyer turned internet entrepreneur Charles Duncombe met with travel agency owner Richard Dixon. Shortly after, with an initial investment of just £6,000, Holidaysplease was born.

  • 2005

    Holidaysplease grew rapidly. By 2005 sales were exceeding those transacted by Richard's high street travel shops. It was time to take Holidaysplease to the next level!

  • 2011-2014

    The business consistently achieved double-digit growth and was soon picking up national and supplier awards. In 2011/12 and 2013/14 Holidaysplease was named online travel agent of the year at the nationally recognised Agent Achievement Awards.

  • 2013

    2013 saw John McEwan join the Board at Holidaysplease. John was Chairman of ABTA, a past Retail Director of TUI and Managing Director of Thomas Cook in the UK.

  • 2015

    Recognising the power of the brand and the massive opportunity presented by the family holiday market, Holidaysplease bought online travel agent The Family Holidays Company.

  • 2016

    We launched our first franchise model, The Family Holidays Franchise

  • 2016

    In October 16, we were delighted to have passed the panel to become a member of EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising).

  • 2017

    Holidaysplease clocked up over £100m holidays sold and were awarded Top Online Agency at the TTG Top 50 Travel Awards.

  • 2018

    In 2018 we launched The Holiday Franchise Company to expand our offering beyond family holidays.

  • 2018

    We are proud to be accredited by the British Franchise Association who are the voice of ethical franchising in the UK.

  • 2019

    We are the first travel franchise to be accredited by the Approved Franchise Association & the first travel franchise to be accredited by both the Approved Franchise Association & The British Franchise Association. This endorses our model and ethical approach to supporting our franchisees for success.

  • 2019

    We were awarded Gold for Best New Franchise at the Approved Franchise Association awards in September 2019

  • 2019

    We are the first and only travel franchise to be selected in the Elite Franchise Top 100 UK franchises. 

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