Paul Williams founded MLS to bank income from renting out surplus office space at his advertising firm. Now the company operates 59 serviced office centres for 800 customers, from small and medium- sized businesses to Network Rail, Warner Bros and Virgin. It offers flexible leases for offices with full IT and telecom networks, secretarial services and conference rooms. MLS has also moved into managing offices at its customers’ own sites and has grown sales 58% a year, from £4.2m in 2001 to £16.5m in 2004.

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Company details
Year2005
Rank91
CompanyMLS Group
ActivityBusiness centre operator
LocationSE London
Annual sales rise over 3 years57.77%
Latest sales £000s16,518
Staff103
Founded1997
Websitewww.mlsbusinesscentres.com

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