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The UK’s fastest growing private companies: Hot 100 2015 – (12) Huntswood CTC

Huntswood is the Reading-based resource and consultancy firm out to deliver clients support around issues such as regulations, development and recruitment.
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Name: Huntswood CTC
Industry/sector: Outsourcing
Date founded: 1996
The boss: Mark Humphries
Location: South East
Latest turnover: £190.4m
Three-year compound growth rate (%): 67.13
Latest EBITDA: £42.9m

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David Brownlow and Phillip Eaton founded Huntswood CTC in 1996 as a recruitment agency. It now provides risk support to firms operating in the financial services sector around how they conduct consulting, recruitment, learning and development.

Boasting a medley of clients including major banks, building societies, insurers and small retailers, the firm describes its team as “determined, entrepreneurial and commercial people”.

Private equity firm 3i bought 30 per cent of the company in the early 2000s, which resulted in the launch of a consultancy division. Annual revenues soon hit over £30 million and in September 2009, after six years as part of 3i’s portfolio, Huntswood bought the firm out to become the sole owner once more.

Mark Humphries, who joined as corporate development and strategy director in April 2014, is now the CEO and drives the business forward with his 25 plus years of financial services experience.

In particular, Humphries has been keen to introduce technology innovation and analytics to the company in order to help it achieve further growth, building on its CAGR of 67.13 per cent and latest turnover of £190.42 million.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a key element to the company’s success and its nominated charity is Daisy’s Dream.

“Charitable giving, supporting our employees to achieve life goals and moving towards a greener way of working are part of everyday life at Huntswood,” revealed the firm.

“Daisy’s Dream supports children and families throughout Berkshire in the time leading up to and following the bereavement of a loved one, providing advice and support to over 500 children each year. We are committed to raise as much money to support Daisy’s Dream as possible. We’ve done this through bake-offs, ‘dress down’ days, running half marathons and sky dives.

“All Huntswood employees are allocated one working day per year to spend taking part in charitable activities: donating time by volunteering with local children, providing business support in the form of meeting facilitation or marketing expertise, for example.”

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