Complete Communications

Maker of ITV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? this company is spending £2m a year on new shows. Paul Smith, who founded it in 1981, says he is now concentrating solely on developing new programmes. The first fruits of this investment programme were seen in March, when BBC1 screened the Jasper Carrott sitcom All About Me. The London company’s first film, Dirty Pretty Things, will be released next year. Complete Communications, the top performer on this year’s Profit Track 100 sister league table, has boosted its sales 118% a year from £6.3m in 1998 to an annualised £65m in 2001, when it employed 79 staff. Avesco, a public company that provides media support services, has taken a 49% stake in Complete Communications.

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Company details
Year2002
Rank20
CompanyComplete Communications
ActivityTV and film producer
LocationCentral London
Annual sales rise over 3 years117.97%
Latest sales £000s†65,001
Staff79
Founded1981
Websitewww.celador.co.uk

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