Doncaster-based Direct Group describes itself as an outsourcing firm for the financial-services industry. It offers finance companies, retailers and insurers like Norwich Union advice on developing, packaging and selling products. Founded in 1990 as a finance and insurance consultant to the motor retail industry, it has diversified into personal and retail finance. Profits rose 48% a year from £1.3m in 2001 to £4.1m in 2004, when it achieved one of the highest margins on the league table.
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