This firm started life as a professional consultancy in 1997. But David Jacobs and Phil Rimell, who resigned from Reuters to start the business, soon realised there was more money to be made by developing a product. They now create software that cuts the amount of engineering time needed to launch telecommunications or multi-media services.

JacobsRimmell’s software has proved popular with internet service providers and broadband providers, such as Cable & Wireless and NTL, helping to increase sales by 225% a year, from £691,000 in 1998 to £7.3m in 2000. It employs 127 staff.

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Company details
Year2001
Rank6
CompanyJacobsRimell
ActivityTelecoms software developer
LocationCentral London
Average 3 year sales growth224.97%
Latest sales £000s7,294
Staff40
Founded1997
Websitewww.jacobsrimell.com

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