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Founded in 1990 by John Dunhill, Nigel Clack and Geoff Woodhead, Direct Group describes itself as a ‘middle office’ financial-services provider for clients that include Lloyds TSB, Axa and Aviva. The Doncaster company’s sales have grown 71% a year from £4.3m in 1998 to £21.4m in 2001, when it employed 55 people. Last month Dunhill sold his stake to his partners, who were backed by Barclays Private Equity.

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Company details
Year2002
Rank88
CompanyDirect Group
ActivityInsurance outsourcer
LocationDoncaster
Annual sales rise over 3 years70.85%
Latest sales £000s21,419
Staff55
Founded1990
Websitewww.directgroup.co.uk

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