Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Holiday provider
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  • Contact
    • One City Place, Queens Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 3BQ

About Sykes Holiday Cottages

Sykes Cottages have been letting holiday cottages for over 25 years and is today the UK’s leading independent agency.

The company’s journey began in the Yorkshire Dales, where Clive Sykes’ mother ran a small lettings agency for her own holiday cottages and those of friends. Clive soon saw that there was a demand for a top quality service to holidaymakers and owners, leading to the creation of the ‘mother and son’ team of Sykes Cottages.

Over 200,000 holidays are booked with Sykes Cottages every year and the company operates over 10,000 cottages across the UK.

The company’s core values are to: achieve together; communicate honestly; earn trust; drive innovation and change; and learn and grow.

Headquartered in Chester and with three offices across the UK, the company is led on a day-to-day basis by Chief Executive Graham Donoghue.

What is it like to work for Sykes Holiday Cottages

The senior management team run sessions on living the company values to all members of the team to ensure values are at the front of everyone's mind. They take part in one-to-one meetings and chair departmental meetings addressing any issues that arise out of regular surveys.
My Team
My Team
They held a staff summer party outside their offices one weekend - the whole company was invited, along with their families. Employees and family members were provided with a free bar and entertainment, as well as kid-friendly activities and street food to enjoy.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
As well as a staff bonus scheme, they host monthly "values" awards. When a colleague has done something great - big or small - their colleague can nominate them using our "thanks" system. Winners receive a certificate and gift voucher.

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  • Charity Activities
    Charity Activities

    At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss

  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Companies offering private health insurance for all employees

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

Company Statistics

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  • Earning £35,000+:


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  • Male : Female:

    46% / 54%

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