Rank Company Location Year end Annual sales rise over 3 years Latest sales £000s Staff Comment
1 ghdHair products supplier Central London 2004 364.80% 46,123 73 Sells 2m ceramic styling irons a year to hair salons and consumers
2 The Global DrawBetting terminal supplier West London 2004 307.71% 32,010 91 Claims that 2,200 British bookmakers use its betting terminals
3 Lewis Day TransportTransport services provider Central London 2004 302.64% 19,573 159 Transport firm makes 8,000 deliveries a day for clients such as JP Morgan
4 CovionFacilities management provider Berkshire 2004 232.86% 10,297 354 2005 buyout saw six founding investors receive 10 times their investment
5 Premier GuaranteeUnderwriting agency Merseyside 2004 178.83% 7,220 17 Claims to have more than £10bn of new housing under its warranties
6 OptionisProfessional services group Warrington 2004 168.56% †65,133 1,582 Manages the tax affairs of 7,000 freelance IT and other contractors
7 ExpansysOnline electronics retailer Manchester 2004 155.44% 22,869 127 Claims to sell 3,000 PDAs, smartphones and MP3 players a week online
8 WorkRecruitment services agency Central London 2004 149.67% 31,051 116 Conducts recruitment campaigns for JP Morgan, Vodafone and Nestlé
9 Dr FosterHealthcare market analyst Central London 2004 144.51% 6,825 70 Benchmarks hospitals for mortality rates and surgery waiting times
10 Bluefish Office ProductsOffice products supplier Northampton 2004 143.79% 13,202 53 Provides 30,000 office products to clients such as Levi's and Greene King
11 Littlestar ServicesMusical producer Central London 2004 136.50% 23,131 16 Claims to have sold 24m tickets worldwide for hit musical MAMMA MIA!
12 Qdos ConsultingTax consultancy Leicestershire 2004 132.23% 6,877 50 Employment-law software wins 10,000 subscribers in six months
13 Coffee NationSelf-service coffee operator High Wycombe 2004 131.50% 8,072 21 Claims its self-service bars sell 700,000 cups of gourmet coffee a month
14 VSGSecurity provider Northampton 2004 130.98% 31,529 1,659 Won a £10m contract this year to provide B&Q with security guards
15 GladedaleHousebuilder Dunfermline 2004 126.52% 348,286 639 Bought construction company Country & Metropolitan for £72m this year
16 Martek MarineMarine systems provider Rotherham 2004 121.31% 3,498 24 Sells marine monitoring systems in 80 countries to clients such as BP
17 Red CommerceSAP recruitment agency Central London 2004 117.29% 6,936 40 Recruits SAP experts across Europe for Philips, Sony and IBM
18 MicrolineMobile phone retailer Middlesex 2004 110.05% 9,879 24 Sells more than 6,000 mobile phone contracts a month
19 Move with UsResidential property broker Cambridgeshire 2004 109.17% 5,338 67 Processed 4,000 part-exchange property deals this year for developers
20 Chemicare HealthPharmaceuticals retailer St Helens 2004 108.72% 12,215 105 Built a chain of 18 pharmacies in five years through acquisitions
21 innocentFruit drinks maker West London 2004 107.63% 16,676 45 Sells 100% fruit smoothies to Tesco, Starbucks and Boots
22 InsureandGoTravel insurance provider Essex 2004 106.33% 21,444 104 Claims to have insured 2m customers by July 2005
23 Advance ScreedingFloor screeding contractor Kent 2004 105.74% 4,509 14 Supplies concrete floor screeding to M&S, Berkeley Homes and the NHS
24 Easy ComputersLaptop and TV reseller Huddersfield 2004 105.58% 8,672 16 Claims to sell 350 laptops a day from its four websites
25 BfinanceInvestment consultancy Central London 2004 104.99% 3,354 35 Has headhunted 100 fund managers for clients such as Nationwide
26 Seasons In StyleTour operator Nr Chester 2004 104.33% *8,639 35 Says a typical client takes four holidays a year, costing up to £6,000 each
27 mhl supportEmployment law consultancy Staffordshire 2004 103.46% 4,529 87 Guarantees employment-law advice with a £1billion insurance policy
28 Africa Travel ResourceSafari travel agency Surrey 2004 102.87% 3,453 12 Found camp in Serengeti run by Maasai warriors for safari customers
29 Inkjet Direct (Europe)Office products supplier Preston 2004 101.81% 7,863 49 Claims to be one of Britain’s biggest purchasers of inkjet photo paper
30 1927 LondonDesigner clothes distributor SW London 2004 101.49% 6,130 20 Supplies 350 shops in Europe with designer labels, including Juicy Couture
31 InfohealthOnline pharmaceuticals distributor South London 2004 101.44% 4,080 40 Acquired five retail pharmacies in three years
32 HuntswoodCustomer services provider Reading 2004 99.92% 36,299 149 Handles customer complaints for five of Britains top six banks
33 Four Counties TrainingTraining course provider West London 2004 99.29% 3,685 45 Has accredited almost 7,000 railway workers for London Underground
34 Living VenturesRestaurateur Cheshire 2004 99.25% 19,548 684 Restaurant group has grown from two to 35 sites in four years
35 Esterform PackagingPlastic bottle manufacturer Worcestershire 2004 97.59% 14,251 107 Produces 1.3 billion plastic bottles a year for the beverage sector
36 EDSDecommissioning contractor Sheffield 2004 96.94% 26,138 119 Won a £7m contract to decommission two Shell refineries in Asia
37 Simon Wright HomesHousebuilder Maidstone 2004 95.80% 5,535 100 Employs 150 specialist building workers whose skills are in short supply
38 Salads To GoLeaf salad producer Lancashire 2004 93.74% 7,671 60 Makes pre-prepared salads for Co-op, Spirit Group and Nando’s
39 IngeniousInvestor and adviser Central London 2004 91.44% 43,098 62 Managed the £100m sale of 19 Entertainment, makers of American Pop Idol
40 Stan JamesBookmaker Oxfordshire 2004 91.37% *250,186 175 Changes in gambling law and advertising on Sky Sports pushed up sales
41 Woodford GroupBrownfield land developer Lancashire 2004 90.84% †33,096 63 Claims to have cleaned up over 2,500 acres of contaminated land
42 AllClear FinancePersonal debt adviser Cheshire 2004 90.71% 4,970 61 Has helped 275,000 customers rationalise personal debts
43 Unique CateringContract caterer Warwickshire 2004 90.63% 5,380 230 Provides 2,500 meals a day for staff restaurants at Samworth Brothers
44 7city LearningTraining course provider Central London 2004 90.20% 3,904 21 Provides financial training for Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan
45 Buffalo PicturesTV and film producer SW London 2004 89.44% 3,304 15 Made television programmes such as Men Down Under and Doc Martin
46 Jimmy ChooLuxury accessories designer Central London 2004 88.96% 27,812 57 Its shoes and bags are worn by celebrities such as Cameron Diaz
47 at your serviceSocial care provider Nottingham 2004 88.68% 3,569 238 Provides personal care and support for 800 elderly or vulnerable people
48 Holden PearmainMarket researcher Surrey 2004 86.57% 4,579 32 Conducts customer satisfaction surveys for Virgin Atlantic
49 HIFXForeign exchange provider Windsor 2004 86.25% 19,881 147 Offers foreign exchange-services to GB Airways and Royal Mail
50 PPFDriver recruitment agency Luton 2004 85.73% 15,102 450 Finds up to 900 drivers a week for Sainsbury's and DHL Express
51 ScomacBuilding services engineer Hampshire 2004 85.02% 3,885 12 Fitted electrics in schools from Tiffin in Kingston to Highgate in Haringey
52 Public Sector ConsultantsFinancial management consultancy Chesterfield 2004 84.94% 5,830 49 Chief executive sold his consultancy to Vivendi before founding this firm
53 StreamfoodsFruit snack producer Cambridgeshire 2004 84.33% 5,472 70 Founders remortgaged homes in 1999 to raise start-up finance
54 Gordon Ramsay HoldingsRestaurateur Central London 2004 84.26% 30,952 668 Ramsay at Claridge’s restaurant turned a £1.4m profit last year
55 Springfield PropertiesHousebuilder Moray 2004 83.41% 12,158 82 Built 150 new houses in Moray in Scotland last year
56 Morgan BrookesSystems integrator East London 2004 82.67% 8,760 33 Donates up to 10% of profits to charity each year
57 Nationwide AutocentresMOT centre operator Solihull 2004 80.80% 56,667 1,127 214 licensed MOT centres carried out 600,000 repairs last year
58 Portsmouth City Football ClubFootball club Portsmouth 2004 80.45% 39,813 281 Promotion to Premier League turns round fortunes of formerly ailing club
59 Worcester CarsalesCar dealer Worcester 2004 78.90% 42,680 198 Sold 4,000 new and used cars last year from eight dealerships
60 Heating Plumbing SuppliesPlumbing equipment supplier East Sussex 2004 78.78% 16,244 56 Increased number of branches from four to 15 in four years
61 BeamsNovelty gift maker Kent 2004 78.62% 9,628 28 Makes gift-sets under licence for Glen Moray and Absolut Vodka
62 Rare Butchers of DistinctionButcher South London 2004 77.46% 3,977 22 Sells meat to smart London eateries such as the Wolseley and Cecconi's
63 Strategic Team GroupBuilding contractor West Yorkshire 2004 76.12% 8,319 52 Won a £4.5m contract to assist in the £50m regeneration of Bradford
64 4D InteractiveDating services provider SW London 2004 72.92% 11,844 64 Handles 200m minutes of telephone dating chat a year
65 Teleticket TravelTour operator Brighton 2004 72.39% 15,225 18 Carries 85,000 passengers a year to Malaga and Canary Islands
66 Hodgson AutomotiveCar dealer Chelmsford, Essex 2004 71.25% 60,272 138 Sold more than 2,000 new and used Audis last year
67 IN PartnershipFinancial adviser accreditor Horsham 2004 71.06% 18,338 45 Offers 450 financial advisers same-day payment of commissions
68 Connect Group ConsultingRecruitment agency West London 2004 70.68% 4,620 14 Finds specialist IT staff for HSBC, Abbey, IBM and Fujitsu
69 Bank FashionClothing retailer Macclesfield 2004 69.64% 21,161 500 Increased stores from 3 to 30 in four years leading to £30m buyout in April
70 Churchill Retirement LivingHousebuilder Hampshire 2004 68.64% *24,589 81 Builds one and two-bedroom retirement homes with careline alarms
71 LOMBOKFurniture retailer SW London 2004 68.03% 5,007 75 Imports own-design furniture from Indonesia, Vietnam and South Africa
72 Barchester HealthcareCare home operator Southwest London 2004 67.96% 130,429 6,850 Grown from 15 to 163 nursing homes in four years through acquisition
73 GreenCare EnvironmentalHygiene services provider Worcester 2004 67.35% 4,508 80 Services washrooms for JP Morgan and the London Stock Exchange
74 Carluccio’sRestaurateur and retailer Central London 2004 66.32% 27,828 652 Chain of 22 deli-restaurants feeds 65,000 diners each week
75 StobbartsBuilding contractor Cumbria 2004 65.69% 9,834 272 Is responsible for repair and maintenance of the Sellafield nuclear plant
76 Bawdsey HaulageFreight transporter Felixstowe 2004 65.41% 3,191 20 Transports goods for WH Smith, Gillette and Tetley Tea
77 Global Fire SystemsFire alarm consultancy Nottingham 2004 64.80% 3,770 34 Serviced fire alarm systems at 4,000 sites in Britain last year
78 GreenergyFuel supplier Central London 2004 64.19% 239,535 49 Claims that one in six car owners in southern England use its fuel
79 FBC GroupTV programme maker Central London 2004 62.73% *16,453 100 Made Channel 4's series Fashion House sponsored by Nokia
80 Direct TradePVCu window maker Doncaster 2004 62.69% 6,847 77 Doncaster factory makes more than 40,000 PVCu windows a year
81 Southall TravelTravel agency and tour operator West London 2004 62.64% 25,450 19 Claims to have sold 100,000 flights last year to British Asians and others
82 West Cornwall Pasty CoCornish pasty retailer Cornwall 2004 62.52% 11,214 181 Mobile units sold 8,000 Cornish pasties to Ashes crowds at Lords
83 Levy AssociatesRecruitment agency St Albans 2004 62.47% 7,453 45 Claims to place more than 100 pharmaceutical and IT contractors a week
84 Naturally Best PackingPotato wholesaler Boston 2004 61.79% 20,758 124 90% of sales come from selling potatoes to Sainsbury’s
85 Clipper Logistics GroupWarehousing and distribution Leeds 2004 61.11% 21,723 436 22 high-security warehouses store clothes for Next and John Lewis
86 Freedom FinanceLoan broker Cheshire 2004 60.32% 36,628 425 Claims to have brokered more than £3bn in mortgages and loans last year
87 Source Claim SupportIT claims settler Essex 2004 58.95% 28,461 82 Investigates 40,000 claims a year for insurers such as AXA and Zurich
88 ReactfastMaintenance service provider Birmingham 2004 58.60% 12,083 178 Claims to complete 2,400 emergency plumbing and heating jobs each week
89 Currencies DirectForeign exchange provider Central London 2004 58.45% 700,526 53 Foreign-exchange provider started out with a £2,000 credit rating
90 SuperbrandsBrand promotion publisher Central London 2004 58.12% 4,423 13 Books feature brands from Smarties and Virgin to Microsoft and Pirelli
91 MLS GroupBusiness centre operator SE London 2004 57.77% 16,518 103 Operates 59 serviced office centres across London and southeast England
92 Partners GroupRecruitment agency Central London 2004 57.65% 21,553 55 Recruits technical staff for Barclays, Lloyds TSB and Norwich Union
93 LBMDirect marketing agency Cheshire 2004 57.52% 28,919 965 Handles 1m calls a month for clients such as O2 and Carphone Warehouse
94 Healthcare at HomeHome healthcare provider Burton upon Trent 2004 57.46% 160,104 381 Provides specialist home-nursing to 30,000 patients at any one time
95 Iris NationMarketing agency SE London 2004 57.20% 17,097 110 Designs campaigns for Sony Ericsson, Manchester United and Coca-Cola
96 PMI Field MarketingField marketing agency Maidenhead 2004 56.93% 5,821 419 Helped to distribute the Lord of the Rings DVDs in Britain
97 Networkers InternationalRecruitment agency South London 2004 56.17% 9,515 21 Provides telecom vendors with skilled technical staff in 40 countries
98 The REaD GroupDatabase marketing agency Sevenoaks 2004 55.79% 5,615 30 Claims that 57% of direct mail in Britain is screened against its databases
99 ProhireVehicle services provider Stoke on Trent 2004 55.51% 9,634 25 Won £27m contract to provide 300 vehicles for transporting prisoners
100 L&CMortgage broker Bath 2004 54.49% 9,149 146 Claims to have brokered £2 billion worth of mortgages free for consumers

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