This Manchester firm’s software helps banks and defence and technology firms protect themselves from cyber-threats. It was started in 2008 by Mark Austin, 47, and Paul Kenyon, 44, and last year its overseas sales hit £9.6m, boosted by new offices in Frankfurt and Melbourne. Last December Avecto sold a stake to US-based investor JMI Equity, raising £32m.

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Company details
Year2016
Rank36
CompanyAvecto
ActivityIT security software developer
LocationManchester
2 yr av intl sales growth % pa81.89
International sales £000s9,612
Total sales £000s14,675
Staff119
Founded2008
Websitewww.avecto.com

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