This Berkshire company provides on-site services to customers as diverse as Britvic and BDO Stoy Hayward. Covion says it employs 600 staff to provide its 27 clients with services that include maintenance, security, catering and induction training. In 2005, it underwent a £10m management buyout backed by Octopus Investments and Foresight Venture Partners. Co-founders David Steventon and Frank Rodriguez predict continued organic growth in
a British market that is estimated to be worth £50 billion. Meanwhile, the company is also considering an acquisition to move into IT and technical services, which have higher profit margins. Sales have grown 88% a year from £2.2m in 2002 to £15m in 2005.
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