European tour operator Euroventure Travel has announced £1m turnover for the first nine months of 2017, doubling in size on the previous full year.
The Leeds-based company is celebrating five years in business since brothers Kevin and Philip Cabra Netherton founded the start-up through the SPARK business incubator programme at The University of Leeds in 2012.
Now a growing business within the Leeds Beckett Enterprise and Innovation Centre, the start-up has outgrown its offices four times in as many years, doubling its revenue each time.
Euroventure is now recruiting for its 6th and 7th full-time employees to join its well-established team and help grow the success story that is Euroventure.
Euroventure is an online tour operator specialising in interrailing around Europe, providing train tickets packaged with hostel or hotel accommodation.
What started as an idea between brothers has rapidly grown into a successful business providing a service to a niche market of globetrotters and adventurers, with destinations as far-flung as Mongolia and Beijing on their routes.
The tour operator is a member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and has recently become a Deutsche Bahn Agency, meaning it is an official rail ticket reseller for the German Railways.
Euroventure puts its success down to its custom packages, which account for most of its sales, as well as the expert knowledge of its staff and its high standards in picking accommodation for its customers.
Managing Director, Philip Cabra Netherton said “We started out marketing to backpackers and young people, but we realised there were plenty of individuals of all ages who still want to do a rail trip around Europe – maybe some feel they missed out when they were younger or they’re just looking for an adventure with their families or in retirement”.
To mark the company’s fifth anniversary, Philip is planning to send all his employees on paid trips around Europe in November.
He said “I can’t believe it’s already been five years. It’s important to mark the event and celebrate our success, but if we want to continue providing the best service and expertise to our customers, it’s also important for our staff to know the routes inside out”.
Staff will be travelling for 10 days around Europe, testing out new routes and accommodation, before reporting back their findings.
Philip plans to carry on growing the business through offering new destinations, more routes and more choice in products, as well as exporting to new markets overseas.