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David Speakman, Founder, Travel Counsellors

Webinar - Wed 7 August 2024 - 16:00 to 17:00  (UK)

This webinar is an unmissable opportunity to hear from one of the travel industry's most successful entrepreneurs.

Paul Richer will be in conversation with David Speakman, serial travel industry entrepreneur and founder of Travel Counsellors.

David opened his first travel agency in 1978, building it into a small chain of high volume travel agencies which he sold in 1986.  Following this he founded a successful restaurant venture which was, unfortunately, followed by an unsuccessful one. This was the catalyst for David to return to the travel industry.


David was inspired by a book written by American trend guru Faith Popcorn. It predicted a rise in the number of people shopping and working from home. This gave him the idea for a new kind of travel agency: one in which people would book their holidays from the comfort of their own home.


In 1994 David founded Travel Counsellors. It was the first – and is also the largest – travel home-working company in the world. In 2003 the company was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest business accolade and was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for International Trade in 2014, the only travel agency to win this award. Travel Counsellors currently has over 2000 Travel Counsellors and sales around £1billion.


In 2014 Equistone private equity acquired a majority stake in the business with the Speakman family retaining a substantial stake. In July 2015 David resigned as Chairman of Travel Counsellors.


David now serves as Chairman of Genus Capital and has several non-executive Directorships. The Speakman family, through its Gabriel foundation supports various charities, principally Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Maggie Oliver Foundation, Leigh Youth Hub.


However, David has not left travel behind. He is currently owner of Travel Bureau in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne and an investor in Inspirtec travel software and Travel CRM.

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