Catalyst

Security-conscious retailers facing a rise in shoplifting in the recession have been turning to the High Wycombe firm Catalyst, which sells electronic tags to prevent theft of clothing and alcohol. Products include reusable tags that can be put on clothes as they are made, so cutting costs; and Bottlelox, its patented tags for alcohol containers. Clients include Tesco, Arcadia and Sainsbury’s. Under co-founder and managing director Paul Clarke, profits have risen 63% a year, from an annualised £789,000 in 2008 to £3.4m in 2011.

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Company details
Year2012
Rank51
CompanyCatalyst
ActivitySecurity tag supplier
LocationHigh Wycombe
Annual profit growth62.62%
Latest profits £000s3,395
Latest sales £000s12,529
Staff45
Founded2004
Websitewww.catalyst-direct.com

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