Thirty companies in the midlands — including twelve new entrants — appear in league table of the UK’s private mid-market growth companies.
Published this weekend, the 10th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table ranks Britain’s leading private mid-market growth companies with the biggest sales.
The 30 companies headquartered in the Midlands (compared to 32 last year) have made a strong contribution to the local economy. These companies all increased sales or profits by at least 10% year-on-year, achieving combined sales of £8.5bn and employing more than 30,000 people.
DCS Group UK Ltd has grown to £179.7m in 2013 and appears for the second year running in the Top 250 jumping 45 places.
Denys C. Shortt OBE comments “This is a huge accolade for our excellent team at DCS - we all work hard to achieve this growth in what is a very competitive retail and wholesale marketplace. Our factory has started to grow too which is great for British manufacturing.”
DCS Group are joined by Aston Martin, the Gaydon-based sports car maker, which is synonymous with luxury, style and James Bond. It celebrated its centenary last year when sales reached £519m, and Andy Palmer, 51, became chief executive in September.
The companies in the Midlands appear with businesses from around the UK, including Barbour, Jeyes, Nando’s, Pret A Manger, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Warburtons and Yeo Valley.
The Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table and awards programme is sponsored by Grant Thornton and Barclays, and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events company.
Dave Munton, regional managing partner at Grant Thornton UK LLP, the title sponsor of the league table, praised the companies for their performance:
“These mid-sized businesses are such an integral part of the Midlands economy. They continue to thrive and grow, often on an international stage and their achievements are rightly celebrated here in the Top Track 250.”