Telecoms multinationals use the niche expertise of this Hampshire firm, which makes, installs and maintains subsea cable parts. Jim Bishop, 50, teamed up with two ex-colleagues to start the firm in 1996 and it has worked in countries as far-flung as Colombia, Iraq and Taiwan. Investment in its factory helped exports to reach £2.3m last year.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank13
CompanyA-2 Sea
ActivitySubsea telecoms supplier
LocationSouthampton
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa138.75
International sales £000s*2,327
Total sales £000s*8,218
Staff17
Founded1996
Websitewww.a2sea.co.uk

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