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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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(61) Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

AHMM projects can be found in Amsterdam, Ghana and Oklahoma City, showing the global appeal its architecture has secured – with its four founding partners now leading an RIBA London Building of the Year-winning team of over 200 people.

Industry/sector: Construction, property and related services

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Three-year compound growth rate (%): 37.1

Read the full profile on Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(62) A C Group

Entrepreneur Andrew Laing has built his flooring subcontractor company to a position where it has 90 office and field-based full-time staff and a position in the London Stock Exchange’s “1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain” 2015 list.

Industry/sector: Construction, property and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 36.95

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

(63) Severn Glocon

Severn Glocon was recently selected for a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade following a half century of activity as a provider of engineered valve products and services to plant operators globally.

Industry/sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 36.89

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

(64) The7stars UK

Businesses including Iceland, Gumtree, Habitat and Hostelworld all use the7stars as a go-to for media campaigns – with millions of pounds now being billed a year. The agency was behind the promotion of Ed Sheeran’s globally-successful second album.

Industry/sector: Miscellaneous

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 36.87

Read the full profile on The7stars UK, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(65) Universal Meats

From an initial focus on meat imports, Universal Meats has expanded its offering and diversified into a group of companies with a turnover now in the hundreds of millions of pounds.

Industry/sector: Food and drink

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 36.61

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

(66) Kin-Tec

Providing suitable candidates for businesses in sectors ranging from oil and gas to pharmaceutical, recruitment company Kin-Tec has operations in five continents and clients including Exxonmobil, Maersk and Amec.

Industry/sector: Recruitment

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 36.4

Read the full profile on Kin-Tec, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(67) Formaplex

The Formaplex injection-mould tooling offering is used by high-tech industries such as Formula 1 and aerospace, with the business gearing up for an attempt at the 24-hour endurance sub-500kg electric car world record.

Industry/sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 36.24

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

(68) Kainos Software

Kainos has an impressive list of public sector clients, such as the Department for Transport, the DVLA and the Home Office, with an office opening in Boston marking its latest international expansion move.

Industry/sector: IT, software and telecoms

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 36.14

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

(69) L J Fairburn and Son

If you had an egg or two for breakfast this morning, chances are L J Fairburn and Son might have had something to do with getting it to your plate, as the business is now the largest producer and packer of eggs in the UK.

Industry/sector: Food and drink

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 35.23

Read the full profile on L J Fairburn and Son, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(70) Oliver Valvetek

Oliver Valvetek is part of a group of businesses providing niche products for the oil and gas sector, and manufactures parts used in extraction and processing throughout the world.

Industry/sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 35.18

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

(71) Audio Network

As music has become increasingly digital, Audio Network has built up a service providing high quality production music for TV, film, advertising and corporate video, with over 94,227 original music tracks available.

Industry/sector: Miscellaneous

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 35.12

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

(72) Saltire Energy

Another of this year’s Hot 100 to be supplying the lucrative oil and gas market, Saltire is in the rental game and has experienced rapid growth in recent years supplying pressure control and drilling tool products.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 33.7

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

(73) McDermotts

As a family-founded SME, the management team of this groundworks business has recently invested in new plant equipment and machinery – bringing about a doubling in turnover between 2013 and 2014.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 33.6

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

(74) Trilanco

With a 10,000-strong catalogue of animal health and equine products, Tirlanco has built itself as a technologically-sound commerce business so that it is always aware of customers needs.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 33.53

Latest EBITDA: £1,322,030

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

(75) Williams Trade Supplies

Williams Trade Supplies is a trade wholesaler to the pluming sector founded 35 years ago that assembled a team of highly-experienced employees across 26 sites in the South East.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 32.83

Read the full profile on Williams Trade Supplies, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(76) Daniel Katz

Daniel Katz have his self-titled business a new lease of life when, nearing retirement age, he expanded into a new Mayfair premises and assembled a formidable array of fine art and antiques.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 32.63

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

(77) SMA Vehicle Remarketing

From cars to heavy commercial vehicles, SME Vehicle Remarketing is an auction business that has bases in Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Kinross.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 32.4

Read the full profile on SME Vehicle Remarketing, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(78) Marla Tube Fittings

The last decade has seen Marla Tube Fittings open new warehouses and production facilities to provide a larger supply network for steel fittings and flanges – with computer hardware and software key to its recent success.

Industry/sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 32.18

Read the full profile on Marla Tube Fittings, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(79) Busaba Eathai

Another restaurant chain in this year’s list, Alan Yau came up with Busaba Eathai in 1999 as a way of bringing pan-Asian food to the London public. It now has 12 locations throughout the capital.

Industry/sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 32.09

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

(80) Nigel Fredericks

This is a business which has been handed down through generations of the same business, with Nigel Tottman now leading the charge for the meat, poultry and game supplier.

Industry/sector: Food and drink

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 32.07

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

See page five for companies 81-100.

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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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