Founded in 2004 to provide recruitment and payroll services to companies in the construction industry, this London firm has now broadened its reach across all sectors. Between 2004 and 2009, chief executive Howard Hughes claims to have invested £10,000 a month in management technology, and since 2009 has increased this to more than £15,000. Sales grew 51% a year, from £5.8m in 2007 to £19.8m in 2010, though margins were very slim.

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Company details
Year2011
Rank98
CompanyShip Shape Resources
ActivityConstruction services provider
LocationCentral London
Annual sales rise over 3 years50.63%
Latest sales £000s19,822
Staff35
Founded2004
Websitewww.shipshaperesources.com

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