Gavin Nicholson’s first entrepreneurial venture was a franchise for a Cyberia internet cafe in Edinburgh. He set up Realise in 1997 and has since designed websites for Bank of Scotland, Allen & Overy and Standard Life. The company, which has raised more than £4.5m in venture capital from 3i, has grown sales 101% each year from £715,000 in 1999 to £2.9m in 2001.

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Company details
Year2002
Rank45
CompanyRealise
ActivityE-business software developer
LocationEdinburgh
Average 3 year sales growth101.49%
Latest sales £000s2,901
Staff114
Founded1995
Websitewww.realise.com

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