Started in 1998 by five co-founders with £50,000 in personal savings, Preferred International now recruits IT staff and provides human-resources support services for the likes of Cisco Systems and Vodafone. Sales at the Southampton company have grown 66% a year from £4m in 1999 to £18.2m in 2002.

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Company details
Year2003
Rank89
CompanyPreferred International
ActivityIT recruitment consultancy
LocationSouthampton
Annual sales rise over 3 years66.21%
Latest sales £000s18,187
Staff30
Founded1998
Websitewww.preferred-it.com

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