INVESTMENT YEAR
2013
REALISATION YEAR
2018
SECTOR
Services
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Specialist travel management company

Key Travel is a leading travel management company dedicated to serving the travel requirements of the not-for-profit, academic and faith sectors – with clients and offices in the UK (Manchester, London, Liverpool and Edinburgh), Europe and the US. Key Travel provides airline tickets, hotels, rail tickets, visas and risk management services to clients including charities such as Oxfam and Save the Children and universities including Bristol, Cambridge and Liverpool.

Our investment enabled the MBO of the business, supported the business as it grew its presence in the UK academic market, and furthered its penetration of the UK charity market. The investment also supported the company to accelerate its growth in the US.

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We supported the acquisition of US-based World Travel Management in 2010 and OT&T Travel Management Inc. in 2016.

Talent
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We source talent for a new UK MD position, bringing a wealth of operational experience across travel, FMCG and leisure sectors. We also helped to appoint new roles of Finance Director, Marketing Director, Chairman, and CTO to support the business through it’s growth.

Internationalisation
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We guided the team through the opening of new offices in the Netherlands and Newcastle.

Tech enablement
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We helped launch a new website and mobile app, and an online booking tool, following 18 months of in-house development, to assist with the businesses digital transformation.

Key Travel timeline

1980 Key travel founded
2010 Acquires US-based World Travel Management
2012 Acquires Delta Travel in the UK
2013 Livingbridge invests
2014 Launches new website and mobile app
2015 New UK MD appointed
2015 Opens offices Newcastle and the Netherlands
2016 Launches new online booking tool
2016 Acquires OT&T Travel Management Inc
2018 Livingbridge realises investment

Case study: Key travel