This Hertfordshire firm specialises in securing and alarming empty buildings, and cleaning and preparing them for re-occupation as quickly as possible. VPS has 90,000 vacant properties across Britain, Europe and America, and chief executive Mark Silver, 52, is driving expansion – earlier this year he bought two companies in Europe and Scottish contract cleaning company Vacman. Profits more than doubled to £18m in 2013.

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Company details
CompanyVPS Holdings
ActivityVacant property security specialist
LocationNorth London
Sales £m201.9
Operating profit £m18.0
Main shareholdersTDR Capital (>90%), management (<10%)

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda