ABOUT US

A focus on long held values, not short-term returns

About us

WHO WE ARE

Collinson is a family-run, global business

Private ownership means we can focus on the values that are important to us. These drive everything we do. They result in us acting with integrity and agility while making long-term investments and decisions. They keep us innovative and importantly, they help us to deliver a better customer experience.

Collobaration

Collaboration

Giving support for team and individual growth
Creativity

Creativity

Being open-minded to taking a different approach
Consideration

Consideration

Making ethical decisions for positive impact

WHAT WE’VE DONE

Our milestones

Collinson’s journey started over 30 years ago, when our chairman, Colin Evans, was Managing Director of IAPA, a global travel benefits business with a history stretching back to 1963. Colin took ownership of the company in 1985.

With the development of new products and innovative services, the Collinson we know today soon began to take shape. Once formed, Collinson was further strengthened by the acquisition of established companies that allowed us to expand on our offerings.

1985

Colin Evans is appointed Managing Director of IAPA

IAPA stands for the International Airline Passengers Association and provided travel insurance, seating plans and other planning tools for all travellers. 

1987

The launch of ICLP

Inspired by his frequent travelling, Colin saw the potential to deliver enhanced customer experiences. This results in ICLP, the world’s first dedicated loyalty agency.

1989

Opening up lounges to leisure travellers

Seeing the benefit of lounge access for premium business travellers, Colin found a way to provide entry to non-business travellers by introducing it as a benefit to IAPA members. 
Lounges open in Amsterdam, Rome and Berlin that same year. 

In time, this grew into the world’s first independent lounge programme, Priority Pass.

1990

ICLP opens an office in Dallas

ICLP goes on to establish more offices across the globe in coming years:

  • 1994 - Dubai  
  • 1995 - Singapore 
  • 1995 - Hong Kong 
  • 1999 - Sydney 
  • 2000 - San Francisco 
  • 2004 - Shanghai 
  • 2004 - Mumbai 
  • 2008 - Cape Town 
  • 2014 - Beijing 

1991

The Collinson Group is Established

Collinson becomes the parent company of ICLP. 

1992

The launch of Priority Pass

Building on the success of providing airport lounge access as a benefit for ICLP members, and after strong feedback from consumers, we create the independent lounge access programme Priority Pass, with Collinson acting as the parent company.
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1994

A new partnership with Saudia

Our first office in Dubai opens, and in the same year we enter into a contract with Saudia, an airline we still work with today.
Saudia

1995

Working with Cathay Pacific for the first time

With the opening of a new office in Hong Kong came a new partnership with airline Cathay Pacific, an account that still continues.
Cathay Pacific

1996

Columbus Direct becomes part of the group

The group acquirePTI (Professional Travel Insurance Company) Ltd, an underwriting entity that includes the Columbus Direct travel insurance brand.
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2008

The Affiliate Gateway opens

The Affiliate Gateway (TAG) is launched in the UK and in 2011 expand into Asia. TAG was one of the first global affiliate network businesses, and it still powers much of our commerce business.

2010

Launch of Collinson Insurance Brokers Ltd

Collinson becomes an International Insurance and Reinsurance Broker at Lloyd'sDavid Evans is brought in to head up this part of the business.

2011

A Loyalty Lifetime Achievement Mega Award

At the prestigious 2011 Travel Mega Awards in Miami, Colin Evans was recognised for 25 years of innovation and results delivered for clients.

2012

We gain an in-house assistance team

Acquisition of One Assista medical emergency assistance service and our first assistance purchase.

2014

Aria Assistance is acquired and Welcome Real-Time purchased

Significant boost to our assistance capabilities with the acquisition of Aria Assistance, formally Europ Assistance UK and Irespoland.

 

Welcome Real-Time is an award-winning technology that integrates with banking and retail systems to reach over 100 million global consumers.

2016

New charity partnerships

We join forces with the Royal Foundation and Coach Core. 

The Royal Foundation is a charitable organisation fronted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, dedicated to various areas from mental health to conservation.  

Coach Core is an apprenticeship for young people aged 16 to 24 who are not in employment or education, helping them develop the skills needed for sport and beyond.  
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2017

Collinson Group reaches £500m in revenue

For the first time in the company’s history we achieve this financial milestone.

2018

Collinson Investments is created

With a focus on travel and the goal of accelerating innovation and improving experiences for consumers, this part of the business allows us to work with and invest in start-ups across the globe. 

 

One of our initial investments was in Grab, the open platform that connects airport restaurants, retailers and services to travellers via a smartphone.

2019

Collinson Group achieve over £1bn in revenue

Our year-end results see us reach another financial milestone.

2019

Inflyter comes onboard

Further committing to redefining the airport experience for travellers, we invest in Inflyter, the pre-eminent digital airport retail and duty-free ordering platform.

This latest investment, in addition to the deepening relationship with Grab, means we can make the most of the fantastic talent in these young enterprises as part of our ongoing vision to create a joined-up passenger journey.

2020

Valuedynamx is announced

We launch a business unit to focus on the convergence of payments, commerce and loyalty, leveraging our unique size and scale to continue investing in an area ripe for disruption.

Valuedynamx was created to deliver on the rising need for an integrated and secure commerce ecosystem that enables the delivery of personalised, low friction earn-and-redeem experiences.

2020

Sunday Times Top 100

Collinson is included in both the Top Track 100 and the Profit Track 100 lists from the Sunday Times. These rank Britain’s privately owned companies in the fastest growing sales and fastest growing profits categories respectively.
Top Track 100

2020

An international partnership with Save the Children

We enter a three-year partnership with Save the Children. ​As well as raising money for the Children’s Emergency Fund, some employees have signed up to become mentors ​as part of the charity's Urban Migrant Youth Development Project.
Save the Children

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