Dragon’s Den investment for MBS alumnus

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Manchester Business School alumnus, Aden Levin, and his business partner Rob Tominey, recently secured £100,000 investment in their travel business – Mainstage Travel – from Dragon’s Den technology pioneer and fellow MBS alum Piers Linney.

Aden, who studied BSc Management at MBS, said: “Mainstage Travel has revolutionised the youth travel market offering exciting clubbing holiday packages alongside creating and operating Europe’s second biggest winter festival, Snowboxx. Our packages combine unbeatable value alongside the biggest names in music creating an incredible experience.”

Mainstage Travel was set up shortly after the duo graduated but they say many of the principles and ideas came during their time at the University. Aden said: “The University of Manchester provided a great platform to help setup the business. The skills and knowledge that I learned from my business management degree naturally played a solid part in the foundations for setting up the business, from financial accounting to marketing.”

“The investment has provided the perfect opportunity to help us grow and expand. We have taken our ‘Takeover’ brand of summer holidays to two new destinations, purchased an ATOL license to enable us to sell flight inclusive packages and attract a larger number of passengers.”

The company also plan to use the investment to launch a new ski festival brand as well as using the funds towards technical development for its site. Eventually, they want to offer festival holidays globally.

Rob Tominey was also a finalist in Manchester Business School’s Venture Further 2009 competition. Venture Further offers The University of Manchester students and alumni the chance to win £10,000 for a business start-up idea.

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