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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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(41) Mobica

An engineering and consultancy service, Mobica now has operations in the UK, Poland and US, providing software development and integration services to sectors including automotive and finance.

Industry/sector: IT, software and telecoms

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Three-year compound growth rate (%): 42.8

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

(42) Malvern Tyres

Malvern Tyres has brought together all the big brands in the space and now has over 50 branches operating under five different divisions, adding to its consumer attraction by offering an online tyre retail service.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Date founded: 2000

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 42.77

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

(43) BTS Group

Electricity distributor network operators in the utility industry use BTS Group to repair, maintain and construct overhead lines. It also provides a key service relating to vegetation management – meaning fewer shutdowns on the grid.

Industry/sector: Miscellaneous

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 42.68

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

(44) Better Bathrooms

Inclusion in the 2015 Hot 100 list is not the first accolade for Better Bathrooms, with a Real Business Growing Business Awards prize, National Business Awards gong and 2012 Fast Track 100 selection already on the mantlepiece for this venture capital-backed online bathroom retailer.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 42.63

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

(45) Interact Medical

The second locum doctor recruitment agency in this year’s list, Interact Medical is another example of how highly the industry places services like the one on offer from this nearly ten year-old company.

Industry/sector: Recruitment

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 41.77

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

(46) Fluidata

Data connectivity enterprise Fluidata signalled how far it has come in terms of growth when, earlier in 2015, IT reseller SCC acquired an undisclosed stake in the company – obviously attracted by its strong profit generation.

Industry/sector: IT, software and telecoms

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 41.25

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

(47) Matthews Daniel

An energy claims adjuster, Matthew Daniels is another to have had a transformative year after its recent growth was recognised by French inspections firm Bureau Veritas – which acquired the business to add a string to its bow.

Industry/sector: Financial and professional services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 41.01

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

(48) DK Engineering

The team at DK Engineering is living the dream of many a small boy, by carving out a niche offering as specialists when it comes to all things Ferrari – from sales right the way though to race preparation.

Industry/sector: Miscellaneous

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 40.87

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

(49) MacDonald Humfrey

From assembly lines for Rolls-Royce to passenger security screening at Asian airports, MacDonald Humfrey has tapped into a number of lucrative customer groups though its suite of technology systems services.

Industry/sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 40.34

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

(50) Bet365

Bet365 is one of the few big gambling companies to not make the leap to the capital markets, but is still making waves by bringing together sports betting and casino-type games for a reported 18m global users.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 39.83

Read the full profile on Bet365, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(51) Newspace Containers

For use as an office or purpose store, Newspace’s container units have proved a popular offering and its custom products have been decked out in the colours of Liverpool and Barcelona.

Industry/sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 39.82

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

(52) Grangewood Builders

Front and centre on Grangewood’s website is the declaration that it create’s London’s “finest homes”, but has also been involved with the Serpentine Gallery and The Society of British International Design – reflecting its broad range.

Industry/sector: Construction, property and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 39.14

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

(53) Peter Harrington

Rare book business Peter Harrington has put its name on the map by sourcing and selling pieces of work including Shakespeare’s first folio (1623) and the publisher’s copy of Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” – the first copy ever bound – proving there is still money to be made from books.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 38.83

Latest EBITDA: £3,121,903

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

(54) The Premier Group

The Premier Group brings together five trading companies, which are all said to specialise in a separate field of fuel engineering. Big ticket organisations including Shell UK, Royal Mail and Toyota all trust the service on offer.

Industry/sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 38.61

Latest EBITDA: £2,794,288

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

(55) Woodlodge Products

Aiming its offering at the gardening and landscaping market, Woodlodge Products provides pottery, garden art, display stands and trolleys from its large operation just outside of Gloucestershire.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 38.41

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

(56) Sureclean

Sureclean has developed a range of services in the energy and utility industries, mainly involving water jetting, and recently became part of the National Response Corporation.

Industry/sector: Miscellaneous

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 38.11

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

(57) Foundation Developments

Amongst Foundation Developments’ numerous major projects was the construction of the 2012 London Olympics cycling velodrome, a 6,000-seater sporting arena that involved a complex patterned fair face soffits and walls.

Industry/sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 37.87

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

(58) Barrhead Travel

From a single high street designation in 1975, Barrhead Travel is now 850 employees-strong and is operating out of 56 outlets – booking 300,000 people on holiday each year.

Industry/sector: Leisure and travel

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 37.87

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

(59) Lanchester Wine Cellars

The wine we find in off licences, pubs, bars and hotels has to come from somewhere, a demand that Lanchester Wines is taking advantage of through delivering orders ranging from a single case to an entire pallet.

Industry/sector: Food and drink

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 37.26

Read the full profile on Lanchester Wine Cellars, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(60) Advance Construction

After ten years of operation, in 2003, Advance Construction was turning over £8m. However, not content with that figure, the business plans to improve on its position as the largest privately-owned groundworks company in Scotland.

Industry/sector: Construction, property and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 37.23

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

See page four for companies 61-80.

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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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