Direct Ferries is the world’s largest online ferry ticket aggregator. Founded in 1999, it sells ferry tickets on behalf of companies like P&O Ferries, Stena Line and Brittany Ferries. Our investment is helping Direct Ferries grow its network of ferry companies and invest in its global ticket distribution capability. We’re also looking at international expansion with the Asian and US markets earmarked as potential future growth areas.
Finding new routes for growth
- Daniel Smith, partner at Livingbridge, said, “Direct Ferries is a fantastic example of a 21st century e-commerce business that is revolutionising the sector in which it operates and we are delighted to have the opportunity to support Matt and his team in capitalising and building on the strong market position they have. As consumers increasingly demand online services that provide value for money, we are confident that Direct Ferries can continue to offer a high quality online service and a great customer experience.”
- As part of the transaction, Beauport Partners, led by Greg Wills, will also be investing and providing strategic support to the Direct Ferries management team. Wills was the co-founder and CEO of Rentalcars.com (originally named TravelJigsaw) which is now part of the Priceline Inc Group. Livingbridge invested in TravelJigsaw between 2008 and 2010 and are delighted that Direct Ferries will now be able to benefit from the world class e-commerce expertise of Wills and his colleagues in Beauport.
“Livingbridge is a great fit for our business, with a proven track record in supporting fast-growing, online businesses. Our aim is to capitalise on both their investment and their know-how to boost our presence internationally and realise our growth potential.”
Matt Davies, CEO
Direct Ferries founded to offer a comprehensive portfolio in the ferry sector
Matt Davies becomes CEO after 14 years in the business
Livingbridge invest alongside Beauport Partners who join us in providing strategic support to the Direct Ferries management team