Gavin Nicholson’s first entrepreneurial venture was a franchise for a Cyberia internet café in Edinburgh. He then changed tack and set up Realise in 1995 to develop websites for the likes of Schroders and Standard Life. His sales increased 83% a year, from £370,000 in 1998 to £1.2m in 2000.

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Company details
Year2001
Rank56
CompanyRealise
ActivityE-business software developer
LocationEdinburgh
Average 3 year sales growth83.31%
Latest sales £000s1,243
Staff25
Founded1995
Websitewww.realise.com

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