Posted on 22.09.2016
This luxury villa rental brand started by two brothers in the spare bedroom of their family home has grown to become one of the biggest non-science companies on site.
James and Tom Mannings, from Sandwich, Kent, started the Top Villas business in 2010 with an investment of less than £1,000. The company, which joined Discovery Park in 2013, now has 30 staff with a worldwide property portfolio of more than $5 billion. It started with a team of 10.
In September 2015 the company moved into newly refurbished office space in The Gateway building at Discovery Park, complete with a creative area for staff breaks and an American style diner.
As part of the UK’s leading Enterprise Zone, Top Villas has benefited from super-fast broadband, which has proved a great advantage of the company’s web focused operation.
It is the second move on site for the business, which allows customers to search and book more than 5,000 luxury villas at 100 destinations around the world, from Anguilla in The Caribbean to Disney, Orlando and Miami in the United States.
Director James Mannings, said:
From the start the location and facilities here at Discovery Park have really worked for the business.
“Having grown up in Sandwich, it’s great to be able to give something back to our community too from hiring locally, including supporting young people into getting their first taste of work through apprenticeships.
“The location is great for us. Discovery Park is one of the most impressive business centres in Europe and it’s an inspiring place to come to work with exceptional facilities and the space to grow. Our staff and clients love it here.”