This diversified group of companies operates largely in the shipping and marine sciences sectors, chartering its own ships and providing services such as seabed mapping and submarine cable routing. It also operates in the security, environmental surveying, satellite communications and computer-aided design industries. Founded in 1969 by George Darling, the company is now chaired by his son Gregory. Profits have soared 102% a year, from £2.2m in 2004 to £18.1m in 2007.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank3
CompanyGardline Shipping
ActivityMarine science services provider
LocationGreat Yarmouth
Annual profit growth101.82%
Latest profits £000s18,125
Latest sales £000s100,311
Staff1,029
Founded1969
Websitewww.gardline.com

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