Zimbabwe-born former Harrod’s manager Stephen Sellers admits he wasn’t an ideal banking customer. So it came as no surprise when his local bank manager showed him the door after Sellers asked him to fund his start-up recruiting company. Undaunted, he used some remaining overdraft from his own account, and rang up an additional £10k on a Gold MasterCard. Since Computappoint’s founding in 1991, sales have grown to £6.8m in 1997. Customers include Citibank and Merrill Lynch. Like most of the chief executives on this league table, Sellers is hardly some remote figurehead. He works 12-hour days and still accounts for 60% of sales. “I’m still very much hands-on,” he says. “Giving away regular customers to other people is difficult. It’s not so much trusting people as it is getting them to do it right. And customers don’t like it.”
This profile reflects the company at time of publication and does not reflect any changes that may have subsequently occurred. Fast Track and its sponsors do not endorse, guarantee or recommend investment in any of the companies.