Top medium-sized businesses in the UKRecognising world class privately-owned UK SME companies with turnover of £50m+. Here’s what you need to know about the best medium-sized businesses that made waves since 2017.
Founders: Graham Hodgson, Andrew Wall and Bev Dixon
Growth story: Launched in 2010, Verdant Leisure has maintained an impressively low customer service complaint ratio of 0.8% and invested over £6 million in its portfolio over the last two years. Annual turnover is estimated to be £31 million for 2018-2019. Forecasts also estimate that employee numbers will have nearly doubled by 2019.
“The sector we operate in is hugely competitive, however, with a strong management team we’ve been able to differentiate by steering a middle ground between the ‘full-on’ action of the larger holiday park operators and the sedate, more basic environment offered by smaller businesses.” – Verdant Leisure
- Captify co-founders Adam Ludwin and Dominic Joseph.
Growth story: Launched in 2011, Captify achieved £1 million profit in its first year of operation. By 2015, Captify increased gross revenue by 300% and its employee base from 11 to 65. It received an impressive investment of £8 million Series B funding from Smedvig Capital in the same year, allowing for further investment in technology.
“In an era of black box uncertainty, Captify is a beacon of certainty, unlocking the truth about markets, brands and consumers through the honesty of search. The goal is simple – to put search intelligence at the epicentre of every single market, business, marketing and media decision around the world.” – Captify
- The Smith Brothers team with co-founders Richard and John Smith ( both centre).
Growth Story: Launched in 1999, Smith Brothers provide services across an array of sectors, including renewable energy. Having expanded abroad, with the opening of an Irish division of business during the years 2016-2017, the company has projected a further 50% uplift in sales and a £40 million turnover for 2017-18.
“A continual investment into our team not only endows them with ongoing development opportunities, but also ensures we can continue providing clients with a safe, smooth and efficient end-to-end service. Now, we’re not just keeping up with industry advancements – as a leading ICP, we’re helping to shape them.” – Smith Brothers (Contracting) Ltd
- The John Good Shipping team.
Growth story: Founded in 1833, John Good Shipping has an impressively slow staff turnover rate, with over 50% of employees having remained with the company for five years or more. It has invested in the latest shipping technology, allowing customers to interact directly with its system. The business also has a charitable arm, the Mathew Good Foundation, that uses company money to implement social incentives within the communities in which it operates.
“The business has core values underpinning all its moves. It aims to make long term business decisions, always seeks to improve and hopes to stand out as a responsible member of the community. With a lean management structure the company is agile, able to make decisions independently which gives it a good advantage in the marketplace.” – John Good Shipping
- The Checkout.com team.
Growth story: Over the last six years, Checkout.com has gone from a bootstrapped startup to an international organisation that processes billions of payments every year. Business revenue and profit continue to grow. In the last year, the company’s UK employee base grew by 90%.
“Checkout.com puts the ‘service’ back into ‘payments service provider’ by delivering flexibility and control to merchants and customers with a superior product and world-class merchant support that stands out from the crowd. It remains committed to meeting the needs of modern merchants operating in a globally competitive e-commerce environment.” – Checkout.com
- Giacom team.
Growth story: In the last few years, cloud services provider Giacom has delivered profitable growth. The in-house built platform now provides more than double the services to double the customers than it did two years ago, and due to the flexibility of the infrastructure can continue to scale exponentially as demand increases.
“Giacom has accelerated transformation of the business to ensure it has adapted to the needs of small businesses, rather than being constrained by the organisation design or history. This has been achieved whilst still maintaining the Giacom ethos and core values. Giacom is customer obsessed and dedicated to making everything clear and simple.” – Giacom
- Pharmacy2U founder Daniel Lee.
Growth story: Over the past 12 months, Pharmacy2U has grown its customers by 212%, with 32,000 new patients registering a month on average. During this period of high growth, the company secured a £40m round of investment to help it continue to innovate, improve the patient experience and further develop the technology.
“The benefits of using Pharmacy2U are two-fold; saving patients time and money travelling, queuing and waiting at GPs and pharmacies, and also helping to save GPs hours of paperwork each week, which ultimately represents better value to the NHS.“ – Pharmacy2U
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Founder: Clive Sykes
Growth story: Starting life on Clive Sykes’ kitchen table in the Yorkshire Dales in 1991, the company secured a private equity investment from Livingbridge and set about driving a quiet revolution in the British tourism industry. Under the leadership of CEO Graham Donoghue, Sykes has become a tech-enabled service with the ambition that by 2020, it will serve 2.5 million customers a year.
“Sykes Holiday Cottages’ mission is to become the best in its sector by using relentless innovation to deliver the best choice of holiday homes with unrivalled service to customers and homeowner partners alike. It has already proven that, by investing in the technology that powers its business, it can create rapidly scalable systems capable of driving organic growth, and maximising return for its homeowners.” – Skyes Holiday Cottages Related Article: Examples of partnerships in businesses
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