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Working across insurance, trading, plastic recycling, pharmaceuticals, salary sacrifice for cars, gritting and snow clearance, and social media, the awesome shortlist for the 2013 Growing Business Awards”Company of the Year (mid-sized)” is:


ActivTrades is an online financial market broker specialising in trading Forex, CFDs and Spread Betting. The company expanded its global presence and increased its market scope , with each desk offering its own website and a bespoke services; offer to adapt to client needs. ActivTrades offered a 24/7 multichannel support service via live chat, phone and email and has also been sponsoring the World of Trade Conference for several years. The Investec Hot 100 Index ranked ActivTrades as the fastest-growing online broker in the UK in 2013.


Acturis, a commercial insurance company, uses a cloud based Software as a Service platform, enabling different participants such as brokers and underwriters to operate efficiently and connect to other parties in the value chain. One of Acturis’ key components lies in electronic trading of commercial insurance. The company has defined a set of data standards to enable the capture of data on any insurance risk, which can be transmitted to an underwriter for electronic processing. This will reduce error rates, turnaround times and processing costs for brokers and insurers and enables a lower cost service to the end customer.

ECO Plastics

ECO Plastics is a leading plastics recycler, responsible for processing over 40 per cent of the plastic collected in the UK, operating the world’s largest processing plant. ECO Plastics was the first company in the UK to receive food-grade accreditation for their principle output PurePET 78 resin, which can be used in the creation of food and beverage containers. The facility produces 25,000 tonnes of rPET each year, more than doubling the UK’s capacity and creating a low-carbon supply.


Gritit is the UK’s first nationwide gritting and snow clearing specialist, and in doing so have created a ?Winter Risk Management” sector. At the heart of Gritit’s operation is their exclusive weather forecasting and project management software NIMBUS, which monitors weather conditions and live tracking of vehicles and teams. They were also the first company in their industry to offer fixed price contracts instead of traditional ‘pay per service visit’ contracts.

ITH Pharma

ITH Pharma is a pharmaceutical company specialising in the provision of aseptic compounding services, manufacturing and suppling both batch and bespoke pharmaceutical treatments for oncology and intravenous feeding solutions to the NHS and private sector via a same-day or overnight service. By offering the NHS a same day chemotherapy services, they hope to reduce waiting times for outpatients. ITH Pharma is the only company to produce prospective final product electrolyte testing of products using equipment, adapted by its founders, that is normally used in the water industry ensuring a safer product.


Tusker’s core product, SalarySacrifice4Cars, was the first of its kind in the fleet sector and is based on the governments’ taxation for lower emissions vehicles. It is an employee benefit which offers all employees a brand new, fully financed car via a salary sacrifice arrangement for a low fixed monthly amount. Tusker’s online system is now used by over 100 organisations in the UK including National Grid and Freshfields. As the total package includes fully maintained and insured cars, borrowing rates and bulk purchase prices, employers will also be able to make Class 1A NIC savings.

We Are Social

We Are Social is a multinational digital agency which specialise in social media and is a regular commenter in the national and trade media about aspects of social media marketing. Although they design social media events and competitions, their primary goal is to help brands listen, understand and engage in conversations in social media. The company works with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Adidas, Heinz, Jaguar and Tesco, to deliver social media strategies.

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