When the BBC website crashed in the news frenzy that followed the events of September 11, Attenda’s engineers were on the job in 11 minutes. They claimed they had the site running in three and a half hours.

Founded in 1996 by Simon Hansford, Attenda does everything from designing and launching websites to solving day-to-day problems. The company now employs 140 staff for clients such as Microsoft and Shell. Its sales have grown 377% a year, from £121,000 in 1998 to £2.8m in 2000, when it made significant losses.

Last year it raised £20m in venture capital from UBS, Phoenix Equity Partners and Compaq.

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Company details
Year2001
Rank2
CompanyAttenda
ActivityIT services provider
LocationWest London
Average 3 year sales growth377.27%
Latest sales £000s2,761
Staff120
Founded1997
Websitewww.attenda.net

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