Travel man­age­ment com­pany signs re­newal of £6m con­tract with new­cas­tle uni­ver­sity

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NORTH­ERN Ire­land travel man­age­ment firm Se­lec­tive has an­nounced a £6m deal with New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity.

Se­lec­tive Travel Man­age­ment, which is based in Belfast and led by Keith Gra­ham, said the con­tract re­newal with the uni­ver­sity would re­sult in turnover growth of 21% for 2016/17, bring­ing sales to just un­der £50m.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Keith Gra­ham said: “This is the sec­ond time we have held the con­tract and we are de­lighted to re­tain this pres­ti­gious client.

“This lat­est win will see our turnover growth for 2016/17 in­crease by 21.2%, tak­ing us to just un­der £50m.”

The com­pany spe­cialises in man­ag­ing travel for gov­ern­ment, higher ed­u­ca­tion bod­ies, char­i­ties and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

But Mr Gra­ham said keep­ing the New­cas­tle con­tract re­in­forced its pre-em­i­nence in the aca­demic sec­tor. “This adds to ear­lier wins in­clud­ing Queen’s Uni­ver­sity of Belfast,” he added.

The com­pany now has 150 staff across its di­vi­sions. “Each di­vi­sion ben­e­fits from con­sid­er­able sec­tor-spe­cific un­der­stand­ing and ex­per­tise de­liv­ered by highly mo­ti­vated and ca­pable staff who have ac­cess to the very lat­est tech­nol­ogy,” Mr Gra­ham said.

Last year it an­nounced it had won a con­tract to man­age a £5m travel bud­get on be­half of the Uni­ver­sity of York, as well as a fur­ther £500,000 bud­get for York St John’s Uni­ver­sity.

The com­pany, which is based at Mur­ray’s Ex­change on Lin­field Road in Belfast, was set up in 1972 and is part of World Travel Cen­tre in Dublin.

Se­lec­tive MD Keith Gra­ham

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