While working on music and theatre projects at Wolds prison in Yorkshire, Summit Media’s Hedley and Marion Aylott saw potential in the inmates and decided to build a business that would train them to work in digital media. The results speak for themselves as Summit now provides online marketing and e-commerce services for the likes of Argos, Play.com and Eon, even though some 20% of its employees are still in prison. Sales at the company have grown 56% a year from £4.1m in 2005 to £15.5m in 2008.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank57
CompanySummit Media
ActivityDigital media agency
LocationYork
Average 3 year sales growth55.81%
Latest sales £000s15,469
Staff63
Founded2000
Websitewww.summitmedia.co.uk

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