2. Can HoldingsLiverpool-based CAN Holdings provides engineering, inspection and maintenance services to the oil and gas, construction, civil engineering, marine and structural maintenance industries worldwide. Headquartered in Aberdeen, it employs 120 staff. CAN Group?s growth has been as spectacular as some of the recent leaps in oil prices, with turnover jumping from ?561,000 in 2006 to ?63m in 2009. Impressively, the group has ?6.3m in cash, and shareholders? funds of more than ?30m.With admirable understatement, sole owner Mike Freeman argues that he ?is confident the business can continue to grow in the forthcoming year and beyond in what is a competitive market?.
3. Troy FoodsLeeds-based Troy Foods is a family-owned food-processing company. Founded in 1932 as fruit and vegetable wholesalers, it started processing potatoes in the early seventies and, a few years later, sold the wholesaling business to concentrate on processing vegetables to supply ready-meal businesses. It has since added prepared salads, coleslaw and mayonnaise to its production line. The business is currently seeking planning permission to extend its 28,000sq ft factory by a further 10,000sq ft. With 2009 sales of ?20.3m and a pre-tax profit of ?512,000, owner Mike Sprockley felt confident enough to take his first dividend for years ? a healthy ?300,000. All the company needs now is a decent summer, as much of its sales are barbecue-driven.
5. WrittleBenfleet-based Writtle Holdings is an investment and management services company. The latest business in the group, Less Packaging, was launched in January this year and aims ?to reduce and optimise packaging throughout the supply chain?. Under chairman Robert Essex, turnover has jumped from just ?516,000 in 2006 to ?28m in 2009. The company prides itself on giving management teams an ?authentic sense of ownership and incentive?. Writtle Holdings own share structure bears this out with no single person dominating the list of equity holders.
7. Rimex MetalsLong-established Rimex Metals Group has been producing surface finishes on stainless steel and other metals since 1959. The group, which has manufacturing facilities in the UK, the US, Australia and South Africa, is controlled by Keith Childs, who paid himself ?315,281 (including pension contributions) in 2008, and received the lion?s share of the dividend of ?66,000.
8. ES GroupFor the second successive year, the ES Group features in the Hot 100?s top ten. You?ve probably spotted the firm?s fleet of trucks criss-crossing the UK, mostly transporting the bulky outdoor stage equipment so beloved of pop stars. The group defines its activities as ?transport, outdoor staging and production services to the entertainment, conference, exhibition and corporate presentation industries worldwide?. Surprisingly, given the recession, business is booming: in 2008 it made ?2m on sales of ?36.3m. Managing director Tim Norman puts the company?s recent success down to London 2012 projects and the ?aggressive? growth of the music sector.source
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