Queen’s AwardS success

Travel Counsellors and Travel Weekly’s parent company Jacobs Media Group are among a select group of firms to win a 2020 Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the highest accolade for UK businesses


The Queen’s Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the fields of international trade, innovation and sustainable development, and have been the highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Winners are selected by judging panels and are required to demonstrate strong corporate social responsibility.


ravel Weekly’s parent company received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition

of its international growth over the last three years. Jacobs Media Group was

recognised for outstanding short-term growth in overseas sales, having expanded its global business in the past three years by 52.5%. Clive Jacobs, chairman of Jacobs

Media Group, said: “As the global travel and hospitality industry faces its greatest challenge, we are incredibly proud of the role we play in informing, connecting and supporting individuals and brands around the world through our portfolio of events, conferences

and insight products.

“The industry’s recovery will rely

on the travel community uniting with a clear purpose and clarity of voice, and Jacobs Media Group will continue to use every resource available to play our part.” He added: “To receive a Queen’s

Award for Enterprise is recognition not just of our ambitious plans in our first 10 years as an independent business, but is also testament to the passion of our team for the travel and hospitality industries and a reflection of the support of our partners and readers in the UK and around the world.” Jacobs Media Group was founded

in 2009 with the acquisition of Travel Weekly Group from Reed Business Information by entrepreneur and Holiday Autos founder Clive Jacobs. Since then, it has expanded through acquisition and organic growth to become Europe’s largest business-to- business multimedia company for the travel and hospitality industries. In addition to Travel Weekly, its

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brands include The Caterer, Aspire, Travolution, Atas, Connections and the Global Travel & Tourism Resilience Council, with a dedicated International Partnerships team developing an expanding global footprint.


ravel Counsellors was awarded its third Queen’s Award for Enterprise and its second in recognition

of its international trade. The northwest-based company

won its first Queen’s Award in 2003 in the innovation category and was honoured again in 2014 for growth in its overseas business. Steve Byrne, chief executive,

said: “We are so proud and delighted to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade for the second time. It is the ultimate business accolade, and testament to how far the company has come in building a global community of like-minded travel entrepreneurs who, alongside our support team based across four continents, share the same passion for customer care and providing a uniquely personal travel service in both leisure and corporate sectors. “As a people-focused business

first and foremost, this award is truly down to our people, and the hard work, passion and dedication colleagues and business owners have shown in the last 12 months.”

Established in 1994, Travel

Counsellors generated £160 million in sales from overseas territories in 2019, equivalent to 20% of its business. It has 700 franchisees operating internationally. Byrne added: “We continue

to navigate through a challenging time for the industry, but the culture of the business, the power of showing care and the trusted relationships our platform enables business owners to build with their customers means we are well placed to bounce back strongly. We are looking to the future with optimism, and to the time when people can continue to explore the world again and do so in the most sustainable ways possible.”

Steve Byrne

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