This Watford company was founded in 1997 by Steve Hayes, who previously sold double glazing door-to-door and worked for his father-in-law selling second mortgages. Loans.co.uk says it arranges secured loans for 1,000 customers a month on behalf of lenders such as First National and First Plus. It has more than 350 staff who enjoy visits from celebrities such as Jordan and Phil Tufnell, and a state-of-the-art gym with three full-time trainers. The company’s sales have grown 94% a year from £4m in 2000 to an annualised £29.4m in 2003.
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