CTI Corporate Travel International has moved its Head Office from Wilmslow to Manchester city centre, as part of a continuing expansion programme.
The booking agency, which handles over £100m a year of requests for travel, hotel and MICE business, is moving to the heart of Piccadilly on a 10-year lease.
The agency underwent a management buyout in 2012 and last year launched ‘CTI Sherpa’, which it claims is the world’s first intelligent online booking tool for corporate travel.
CTI chief executive officer Ian White said: “Manchester’s importance to UK business growth cannot be understated. The current infrastructure and the future impact of HS2 and HS3 are the main reasons why we have chosen to relocate to the city.
“This move allows us to support Manchester businesses with our smarter approach to corporate travel and also reinforces our commitment to regional offices. Along with the relocation of our Bristol office later this month, all six of our travel management offices are now in city centre locations.”
Forty of the company’s travel management specialists and finance team will staff the Manchester office.
CTI’s clients range from large multi-national clients such as BT, Network Rail, Screwfix and Pilkington Glass to SMEs.
The company told CN it discerns a growing confidence in the market. “Clients still expect value for money (as they should) but budgets do seem to be a little more flexible than over the last couple of years,” White added.
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