Retail

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Nothing, not even economic chaos, can keep Net-a-porter (38th) down. Net-a-porter describes itself as “the world’s premier online fashion retailer” and, with sales of £55m in 2008, it’s hard to argue. Net-a-porter is the brainchild of French fashionista Natalie Massenet – no […]

Leisure & entertainment

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Miniclip (22nd) is a company with its finger on the pulse of the 21st century. And, according to Rob Small, MD of the £19.2m-turnover sporting equipment and gaming firm, there’s never been a better time to be in business: “Online games […]

Business services

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link With economists forecasting that unemployment could soar to 3.3 million in 2010 ­and corporates reluctant to hire new staff, the four recruitment firms in this year’s Hot 100 will have their work cut out for them. With more than 20 years […]

Engineering & manufacturing

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Manufacturing may be in decline in Britain, with figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that output fell for the 12th consecutive month to February 2009 – but the 14 Hot 100 companies in this sector are doing a roaring […]

Financial services

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link With the International Monetary Fund estimating that losses in this sector will hit more than £2trn, there’s no doubt things will look very different for financial services firms next year. The highest-ranked financial services firm on this year’s Hot 100 list […]

Transport & logistics

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link It’s never been harder to make money in the transport and logistics industry. With fuel costs rocketing and a raft of legislation dampening bottom lines, it’s heartening to see helicopter business Von Essen Aviation occupying the number three spot on our […]

Real estate & construction

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link With the house-building market in freefall and the lingering effects of the credit crunch, it’s little wonder that Zoe Plummer doesn’t want to sing the praises of her firm, Fulford Builders (29th). Plummer was forced to lay off staff this year, […]

Environmental

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Brothers Damien and Patrick Courtney are cleaning up in their sector. They’ve seen turnover at their Birmingham-based waste-disposal and waste-management company grow tenfold in the past four years, from £422,000 in 2005 to £5.2m in 2008. Set up in 1989, Premier […]

Food & drink

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link The food and drink sector hasn’t fared well in this year’s Hot 100, with just two companies making it onto the list. Eastenders Cash & Carry (89th) was founded in 1989 by east-end boy, Dave West. He set up a huge […]

IT & telecoms

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Our four-year growth algorithm really sorts the wheat from the chaff in the IT and telecoms sector. Businesses come and go in this fast-paced environment and even the cleverest widgets and smartest programmes are redundant in moments. But these whizzkid firms […]

Health & public services

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Cut-throat competition. Narrow margins. Stifling government regulation. Enough to put some out of business. But not Pathvalley (2nd). Owned and run by Bolton brothers Anwar and Yakub Ibrahim Patel, this £12.6m-turnover firm operates a chain of pharmacies, mostly in the north-west […]

Hot 100

Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Share Share via Pinterest LinkedIn Copy Link Normally, we’d be introducing this year’s Hot 100 list with gusto and fanfare. We’d be wowing you with another jumbo crop of success stories about the country’s fastest growing companies and the indestructible, supercharged entrepreneurs behind them. But this year’s Hot […]

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