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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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(81) Softcat

Software provider Softcat could be on the brink of a truly transformative move to the public markets, demonstrating just how far it’s offering has come under the guidance of founder Peter Kelly.

Industry/Sector: IT, software and telecoms

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Three-year compound growth rate (%): 32.05

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

(82) GP Bullhound

Delivery Hero, Klarna, MyOpitque and Cupid have all turned to GP Bullhound in recent year for advice in the corporate finance space, as the firm helped growing companies throughout Europe close big deals.

Industry/Sector: Financial and professional services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 31.63

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

(83) Tallis Amos Group

As a dealership for John Deere heavy machinery, Tallis Amos has roots going back 150 years and supplies agricultural, professional turf and homeowner equipment.

Industry/Sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 31.61

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

(84) Eclipse

Acquisitions have been the main source of growth for this technology business, allowing it to ramp up revenues alongside a recent rebrand and new corporate website.

Industry/Sector: IT, software and telecoms

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 31.41

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

(85) Hyperion Insurance Group

Hyperion operates as an international insurance group offering services in the wholesale retail and reinsurance broking, as well as underwriting, space – and is an employee-owned enterprise.

Industry/Sector: Financial and professional services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 31.39

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

(86) TCL

TCL operates though three divisions: TCL Landscapes, Clean Estates, and Admiral Play – with its services seeing it signed up as part of the team that put together the garden for hit TV show Big Brother.

Industry/Sector: Outsourcing

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 31.32

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

(87) Sevacare

Sevacare has declared it is at the “forefront” of a change occurring in the way care and support in people’s homes is being delivered, providing greater choice and flexibility to those in need.

Industry/Sector: Care services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 31.09

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

(88) Independent Transition Management

From its base in London, ITM offers data, administration consulting and IT support services to those in the financial services industry and has bolstered its team of directors in recent years to fuel new growth.

Industry/Sector: IT, software and telecoms

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.99

Read the full profile on Independent Transition Management, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(89) Direct Medics

Direct Medics is a healthcare recruitment firm, and places doctors and nurses varying degrees of experience and specialities into positions inside both the public and the private sectors of the UK and Ireland.

Industry/Sector: Recruitment

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.91

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

(90) Studwelders

Studwelders has worked across over 1,000 design projects totalling 1.5m square metres of decking over the past five years, with recent projects including Westfield Stratford City.

Industry/Sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.57

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

(91) Ikon Science

The oil and gas industry is increasingly becoming aware of the value-add services Ikon Science can bring though its technology, namely evaluating well and seismic data to determine value.

Industry/Sector: IT, software and telecoms

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.52

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

(92) Quanta Consultancy Services

Another from the recruitment sector to feature in 2015’s list, Quanta operates in the life sciences, energy and technologies spaces – with clients now found in 20 countries around the world.

Industry/Sector: Recruitment

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.5

Read the full profile on Quanta Consultancy Services, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(93) Greencroft Bottling Company

Green croft is now one of the largest wine bottlers in Europe, filling 50,000 bottles an hour though its state-of-the-art facility that is also going a long way towards keeping the business a carbon-negative drinks company.

Industry/Sector: Food and drink

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.38

Read the full profile on Greencroft Bottling Company, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(94) AVTrade

Global component service provider Avtrade started by trading B737 aircraft Rotables, but branched out its inventory to expand the business and its reputation – bringing with it turnovers soon expected to breach £100m.

Industry/Sector: Retail and related services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.32

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

(95) Kingdom Security

Contributing to the North West contingent of this year’s list, Kingdom Security is a provider of manned guarding services that has expanded operations through strategic acquisitions.

Industry/Sector: Outsourcing

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.23

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

(96) Peter Duffy

Civil engineering firm Peter Duffy has boosted turnover in recent years though a number of lucrative contract wins, building on four decades of experience in the space.

Industry/Sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.19

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

(97) Danbro

Contractor businesses throughout the UK use Danbro for accountancy and payroll services and is a fervent advocator of the Living Wage – signed up since 2014.

Industry/Sector: Financial and professional services

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.11

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

(98) Off-Piste Wines

Wine is big business these days, and Off-Piste Wines has carved out an enviable share of the market. Each bottle sold by the business claims to its own USP.

Industry/Sector: Food and drink

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.06

Read the full profile on Off-Piste Wines, including complete turnover and profit figures.

(99) H Docherty

Founded in 1960 by current chairman Barry Moorcroft, Docherty Group is the largest independent manufacturer and distributor of flue and chimney products and renewable fuel appliances in the UK.

Industry/Sector: Manufacturing and engineering

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.05

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

(100) Hays Travel

Hays Travel founder John Hays opened the first branch with no industry experience and with a desk at the back of his mother’s children’s wear shop in Durham – but is now pulling in hundreds of millions pounds in turnover.

Industry/Sector: Leisure and travel

Three-year compound growth rate (%): 30.04

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

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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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