Top Track 250

Best known for producing Oyster cards for Transport for London, this Hull-based firm has manufactured more than 30 million travelcards for UK customers, including Stagecoach and the Scottish government. It also provides a customer support call service for travellers — although lack of demand for public transport during lockdown saw it cut 20 jobs at its call centre in Angus. Founded in 1994, it is now managed by chief executive Theresa Slevin, 43. Sales rose to £104.7m in 2019.

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Company details
Year2020
Rank250
CompanyESP Group
ActivityTransport smartcard producer
LocationHull
Sales £m104.7
Operating profit £m4.4
Main shareholdersTerry Dunn (90%), others including management (10%)
Staff421
Founded1994
Websitewww.the-espgroup.com

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