Four leading travel agents were recognised for their growth by being included in the Sunday Times Top Track 250 of private and mid-market companies.

Southall Travel led the pack ranked at 11, its highest position and up from 18 last year in the annual list sponsored by Grant Thornton.

Sunderland-based Hays Travel entered the list at 61 having recorded £9.3m in operating profit for the year to October 2017.

Homeworking agency Travel Counsellors rose four places to 121st, while business travel specialist Click Travel was ranked 134th, up from 158th in 2017.

Jaymin Borkhatria, Sales Director at Southall Travel, said turnover in the last financial year grew by £44 million from £563 million to £607 million.

He said: “To rise from position 18 last year to 11 this year is a fantastic achievement by the entire team here at Southall Travel and we are all absolutely thrilled.

“This accolade demonstrates that our business continues to grow at a rapid rate and I am very grateful to our suppliers with whom we have very strong relationships and to our loyal customers who continue to enjoy our fantastic products and services.”

Other travel firms listed in the 250 include online tour operator Audley Travel in 141st up from 146th, Riviera Travel in 178th , up from 208th, and Travelodge in 8th.

Tourism smartcard developer Leisure Pass entered the list at 113th , Rocco Forte Hotels dropped to 130th from 122nd , and Village Hotels was in 139th.

Edinburgh Airport rose from 157th to 148th and Birmingham Airport was at 95th. Big Bus Tours was at 197th and Trainline made the list at 200th , down from 177th last year.