There has been no let-up in the pace of acquisition at this Norwich company, which provides the oil and gas industry with technology for linking the seabed to the surface. Since leading a secondary buyout in 2006 backed by First Reserve, chief executive Richard Higham, already on a buying spree, has bought another four businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. Sales through 15 subsidiary companies based in Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia have grown 63% a year, from £28m in 2003 to £121.5m in 2006.
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