Opti-cal Survey Equipment

Founded by Timothy Davies and Stewart Palin in 2002, Jim Warner’s 2004 buy-in led to a move away from only repairing and recalibrating survey equipment. Now the company also owns the Leica survey equipment that it hires out for jobs as diverse as the Eden Project, Crossrail and the construction of sets for films such as Avatar and Sherlock Holmes. About 20% of its business is carried out abroad, with the African and Middle Eastern markets particularly keen to buy reconditioned equipment. Sales rose 47% a year, from an annualised £2m in 2007 to £6.4m in 2010.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank88
CompanyOpti-cal Survey Equipment
ActivitySurvey equipment supplier
LocationReading
Annual sales rise over 3 years47.18%
Latest sales £000s*6,430
Staff24
Founded2002
Websitewww.surveyequipment.com

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* supplied by company † annualised figure