Aptus Utilities designs and installs gas, water and electricity mains and street lighting for companies such as Taylor Wimpey and Keepmoat. Andrew Reay, 52, and Jonathan Holden, 44, set up the firm in 2010 and it now employs more than 100 people. Sales hit £28.2m this year, helped by a combination of repeat business and new clients. The Bolton-based company is expanding into the Midlands and northeast, opening depots in Gateshead and Penrith last year. Its backers include Fred Story, 61, founder of Story Homes, which also features on the league table (No 75).
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