The over-sixties are entitled to free bus travel in England, a scheme that has benefited the smart-card developer ESP Systex. The Hull company prints and encodes smart cards used for concessionary travel, and its clients include the Department for Transport and Traffic Wales. Founders Terry Dunn and Robin Ellis worked in barcode printing before setting up ESP Systex in 1994. They are now investigating mobile ticketing – a technology that sends virtual tickets to mobile phones. Sales have grown 65% a year from £1.8m in 2005 to £8.1m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2009
Rank43
CompanyESP Group
ActivityMass transit smartcards
LocationHull
Average 3 year sales growth64.78%
Latest sales £000s8,084
Staff85
Founded1994
Websitewww.the-espgroup.com

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