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The UK’s fastest growing private companies: The Hot 100 2015

For the 17th year, the Real Business Hot 100 returns – bringing with it the centurion club of the most impressive private companies in Britain when it comes to turnover and profit growth.
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(21) Strongvox

Strongvox develops homes around the West Country, supporting the buying and building process in picturesque locations including Cornwall and Dorset. It has plans to be completing 200 homes a year by 2016.

Industry/sector: Construction, property and related services

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Three-year compound growth rate (%): 57.24

Read the full profile on Strongvox, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(22) Flynn Pharma

Having established a business model centred on acquiring and commercialising branded products in secondary healthcare markets, Flynna Pharma has used a combination of acquisitive and organic growth to develop operations in the UK, Ireland and Germany.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 56.05

Read the full profile on Flynn Pharma, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(23) Maindec Computer Solutions

The need for bigger and more complex IT infrastructure within British companies created an opportunity for Maindec to step in as a support and services provider, with strategic partnerships with the likes of Microsoft, IBM and HP providing great credibility.

Industry/sector: IT, software and telecoms

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 55.67

Read the full profile on Maindec Computer Solutions, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(24) City & Country Group

Still a family-owned business, City & Country is another construction-orientated business in this year’s Hot 100 – with joint venture partnerships involving landowners or financial institutions key to its offering.

Industry/sector: Construction, property and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 54.93

Read the full profile on City & Country Group, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(25) T.O.M Vehicle Rental

Big contracts have served as a catalyst for T.O.M Vehicle Rental’s growth, with one of its most recent involving a £6m deal to provide and manage a commercial fleet of 200 vans and specialist vehicles for Scotland’s Land Engineering.

Industry/sector: Miscellaneous

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 53.33

Read the full profile on T.O.M Vehicle Rental, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(26) ID Medical Group

Locum doctors, nurses allied health professionals and clerical staff are all key to the operation of the British health service, meaning ID Medical can provide a recruitment consultancy offering attractive enough to be the preferred supplier contact for 80 per cent of NHS hospitals and private medical organisations.

Industry/sector: Recruitment

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 53.24

Read the full profile on ID Medical Group, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(27) Sewells Reservoir Construction

Boasting solid ties across Essex, SRC provides construction and waste materials across London and the South East, while 2015 marks the firm’s entry to the Hot 100.

Industry/sector: Construction, property and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 52.98

Read the full profile on Sewells Reservoir Construction, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(28) Watch Shop

Watch Shop has successfully transitioned from the high street to being a dominant online retailer, and now stocks 100,000 watches – displaying live stock levels for customers online to drive sales.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 52.03

Read the full profile on Watch Shop, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(29) Sadie Coles

The entrepreneur in Sarah Coles meant she very quickly wanted to have her own operation after working at a renowned London gallery. Nearly two decades later, her business has represented and supported some of the seminal young artists of our time.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 51.19

Read the full profile on Sadie Coles, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(30) Interbev UK

Another corporate to entrepreneur story, Steve Brogan set up his drinks distribution business in 2008 and has been so successful that he’s established an online consumer sales business called Drinks21.

Industry/sector: Food and drink

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 49.45

Read the full profile on Interbev UK, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(31) World First

As one of a number of firms riding the crest of the recent surge in financial technology innovation, World First is a currency exchange broker working with private individuals and companies and has transacted over £10bn since setting up shop.

Industry/sector: Financial and professional services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 49.27

Read the full profile on World First, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(32) Tomlinson’s Dairies

This family-run business is bringing fresh milk to the masses, with 300 outlets across Wales, the Midlands and North West England requiring 25m litres of the white stuff to be made each year.

Industry/sector: Food and drink

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 48.91

Read the full profile on Tomlinson’s Dairies, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(33) Tandom Metallurgical

The creation of Tandom Metallurgical in 2008 was facilitated by bringing together AL Resources and Integrali – forming a metal business producing aluminium alloys for the decanting and steel industries.

Industry/sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 47.18

Read the full profile on Tandom Metallurgical, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(34) CHI & Partners

CHI & Partners describes itself as being formed by three familiar advertising personalities: a planner; a suit; and a creative. However, over a decade later, the business has constantly innovated to a position where it has an enviable list of blue chip clients and is part-owned by WPP.

Industry/sector: Miscellaneous

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 46.68

Read the full profile on CHI & Partners, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(35) Perform Group

Sport is the name of the game for Perform Group, a British business that creates a range of multimedia-ready content for the space – including video. editorial and data.

Industry/sector: Miscellaneous

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 45.6

Read the full profile on Perform Group, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(36) Global Personals

Now part of Venntro Media Group, Global Personals operates its DatingAgency.com and Singles365.com dating websites alongside some other more nice lifestyle destinations.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 45.51

Read the full profile on Global Personals, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(37) John Good & Sons

John Good & Sons helps other businesses think globally – key to producing a diverse economy – by helping with shipping logistics, warehousing and distribution and corporate travel.

Industry/sector: Logistics and distribution

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 44.82

Read the full profile on John Good & Sons, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(38) B-Sporting

A great example of a company that has bolstered and improved its offering by creating an online sales mechanism, B-Sporting has its heritage firmly in sport after being founded by ex-footballer Bruce Bannister.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 44.57

Read the full profile on B-Sporting, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(39) Wahaca

Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca is the brainchild of 2005 MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers, showing that good things can come from reality TV if you have an offering customers are keen to pay money for.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 43.18

Read the full profile on Wahaca, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(40) Marine Specialised Technology

Marine Specialised Technology is one of the unsung businesses the Hot 100 loves to celebrate, and has become one of the world’s biggest suppliers of rigid inflatable and high-speed workboats for both military and professional users.

Industry/sector: Construction, property and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 42.91

Read the full profile on Marine Specialised Technology, including complete turnover and profit figures.

See page two for companies 41-60.

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Hunter Ruthven

Hunter Ruthven is the editor of Real Business. He is also the editor of Business Advice, a title focused solely on a section of the business community currently underserved – micro companies. Alongside this, he is part of the team that hosts the Growing Business Awards, First Women Awards and Future 50 initiative.

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