The NHS and AstraZeneca are among the customers of this Leeds-based firm’s interior design, furniture manufacturing and fittings services. The company was set up in 1986 and chief executive Andrew Kendall-Jones, 53, bought out its founders in 2006. Nine years later he sold a 25% stake for an undisclosed sum to Knaresborough Investments, the private equity firm belonging to Steve Parkin, the founder of former Fast Track 100 logistics firm, Clipper Logistics. The company has since used the funding to help it acquire five businesses including design agency SpaceInvader, helping sales reach £42.4m in 2017.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank37
CompanySoutherns
ActivityWorkplace furniture supplier
LocationLeeds
Annual sales rise over 3 years70.44%
Latest sales £000s*42,372
Staff202
Founded1986
Websitewww.southerns.co.uk

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