While studying for a degree in graphic design in the 1970s, Nucleus managing director Peter Matthews worked for The Who rock band, helping to design album covers. He used the money he earned to set up Nucleus after graduating in 1979. Today, half the Surrey business’s revenue comes from web design and hosting. Its acquisitions of the American web company Equire and intellectual-property specialist TMOA and Hallmark-ip helped to increase sales 93% a year from £1.5m in 2003 to £5.7m in 2005.

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Company details
Year2006
Rank33
CompanyNucleus
ActivityWeb designer
LocationSurrey
Average 3 year sales growth92.80%
Latest sales £000s5,726
Staff46
Founded1979
Websitewww.nucleus.co.uk

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