Taking on the likes of Bosch and Makita, this Sheffield company makes power tools for commercial and DIY customers. Chief executive Matthew Gavins, 44, started a power-tool repair business from his father’s garage at the age of 17, before launching the company in 1997. Evolution now sells online to more than 30 countries and supplies retailers such as Screwfix, Amazon and America’s Home Depot. International sales reached £18.8m in 2017, boosted by demand from France and America.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank185
CompanyEvolution Power Tools
ActivityPower tool supplier
LocationSheffield
2-yr av intl sales growth pa35.42%
International sales £000s18,845
Total sales £000s40,270
Staff98
Founded1997
Websitewww.evolutionpowertools.com

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