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About us The Holiday Franchise Company

Find Out About Building Your Own

Online Travel Agency

We are looking for people who want a true partnership and will enjoy working alongside us for the long term.

Our Journey

In late 2002 ex-corporate lawyer turned internet entrepreneur Charles Duncombe met with travel agency owner Richard Dixon. Shortly after, with an initial investment of just £6,000, Holidaysplease was born.


Holidaysplease grew rapidly. By 2005 sales were exceeding those transacted by Richard's high street travel shops. It was time to take Holidaysplease to the next level!


The business consistently achieved double-digit growth and was soon picking up national and supplier awards. In 2011/12 and 2013/14 Holidaysplease was named online travel agent of the year at the nationally recognised Agent Achievement Awards.


2013 saw John McEwan join the Board at Holidaysplease. John was Chairman of ABTA, a past Retail Director of TUI and Managing Director of Thomas Cook in the UK.


Recognising the power of the brand and the massive opportunity presented by the family holiday market, Holidaysplease bought online travel agent The Family Holidays Company.


We launched our first franchise model, The Family Holidays Franchise


In October 16, we were delighted to have passed the panel to become a member of EWIF (Encouraging Women into Franchising).


Holidaysplease clocked up over £100m holidays sold and were awarded Top Online Agency at the TTG Top 50 Travel Awards.


In 2018 we launched The Holiday Franchise Company to expand our offering beyond family holidays.


We are proud to be accredited by the British Franchise Association who are the voice of ethical franchising in the UK.


We are the first travel franchise to be accredited by the Approved Franchise Association & the first travel franchise to be accredited by both the Approved Franchise Association & The British Franchise Association. This endorses our model and ethical approach to supporting our franchisees for success.


We were awarded Gold for Best New Franchise at the Approved Franchise Association awards in September 2019


We were awarded Gold for Best New Franchise at the Approved Franchise Association awards in September 2019. about us


We are the first and only travel franchise to be selected in the Elite Franchise Top 100 UK franchises.


Our training program was accredited by
the institute of travel and tourism


We were awarded recognition by Elite
Franchise by placing in the Top 100


We were highly commended at
the AFA awards for Franchisor &
Franchise Leader of the Year.


We were recognised by The British Franchise Association and our membership got upgraded to associate. 

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Ready To Discover More?

Get in touch today!

We don’t have a recruitment team. We’re all travel experts and a passionate about bringing on driven, interesting partners with a passion for travel.

Whether you’re just getting started in your search for a perfect franchise for you, or you or you’ve been searching for years, give us a call 0121 200 5561, email opportunities@holidayfranchisecompany.co.uk or