This Manchester-based firm’s software helps global companies including financial institutions, defence and technology companies protect themselves from cyber threats. It was founded in 2008 by Mark Austin, 47, and Paul Kenyon, 44. Profits hit £3.5m last year, boosted by new offices in Frankfurt and Melbourne. In December, JMI Equity invested £32m for a minority stake, which the firm plans to use to develop new products and build brand awareness.

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Company details
ActivityIT security software developer
Annual profit growth54.30%
Latest profits £000s3,516
Latest sales £000s14,675

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