Clive is currently non-executive Chairman of Sykes Cottages Ltd. A business he founded, literally, on his mother’s kitchen table in the Yorkshire Dales in 1991.
Sykes Cottages acts as a booking agent for a portfolio of around 6000 holiday cottages and second homes across the UK and Ireland. This year, the Company will sell over 150k holidays and employs circa 200 people locally. At the beginning of the year, Sykes was identified as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, and for the last two years has won the British Travel Award for Best Large Holiday Cottage Agent.
Clive became Chairman of Sykes Cottages following a Private Equity investment of £51M in January 2015. Prior to that, he was ‘hands on’ responsible for Sykes Cottages - overseeing it’s growth from its humble beginnings to where it is today.
As well as having the considerable operational and sales experience associated with running a growing business, Clive is also a marketeer. His marketing skills range from brochure production and design to the online world of website design and build, PPC and SEO campaigns and strategy. He also has a good understanding of social media and CRO.
Clive's family has been involved in UK tourism for as long as he can remember his parents ran a small hotel in the Yorkshire Dales and were involved in letting out holiday cottages for more than 40 years.
He is a seasoned entrepreneur and enjoy building a business, overcoming challenges and solving problems. He has lived in Chester since 1996 and is passionate about the City of Chester, the County of Cheshire and UK tourism in general.