91. Hill DickinsonLaw-firm Hill Dickinson is celebrating its 200th anniversary in style, picking up National Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards and crash landing in the Hot 100, to boot. Based in Liverpool with offices in London, Chester and Manchester, Hill Dickson also has branches in Singapore and Piraeus, a legacy of its origins as a maritime law specialist. Today the firm provides the whole gamut of legal services, from family law and tax to large corporate work and insurance.
94. AJ BellAJ Bell claims to be the largest provider of self-administered pensions and institutional stockbroker services in the UK. Part owned by Bank of New York, the company makes stellar financial returns: it pulled in sales of £38.5m last year and profits of £16.4m, allowing the company to pay a whopping dividend of £4.216m.
95. Farr VintnersLondon-based Farr Vintners is a retail drinks company specialising in fine Bordeaux wines. The minimum order from its website is £500, exclusive of VAT. And very profitable it is, too – in 2009, it made £9.94m on sales of £85.7m.
96. Ian MoseyWho better to run an animal feed company than a farmer who needs to feed his own animals? Ian Mosey built a high-tech animal feed mill in 1999 in a move to drive down costs. He now supplies farmers within a 100-mile radius with feed for species ranging from cattle to poultry, and game, while also feeding his own livestock. Mosey has around 70,000 pigs based on more than 100 farms in Yorkshire, which puts him in the position of “both poacher and gamekeeper,” he says. “We are in a better position than our competitors as we know what works and what doesn’t.” Work is underway on a grain dryer and store that will be ready for harvest 2011, which will again be for his own and third party use. The business is a family concern with Mosey’s two sons and daughter also on board. Turnover has increased from £6.6m to £21m with compound growth of 46.2 per cent.
97. D&P Data SystemsBased in Manchester, D&P Data Systems is a wholesaler of computer systems and software. Founded in 1992, over half the shares are owned by Daniel, Alan, and Philip Hodari. Turnover has increased from £25.3m to £78.8m while profits last financial year were £3.7m.
100. Mainstay GroupProperty developers rarely manage the buildings they lease. Instead, they call a facilities manager. Half the UK top 20 developers use Mainstay Group, based in Worcester. Mainstay manages more than 25,000 rooms all over the UK. Managing director David Clark tells us the company has recently diversified into complimentary services such as cleaning and concierge services, and risk inspections. Even throughout the recession, Mainstay has invested in training and hiring front-line staff to ensure it can continue to grow no matter what how the economy performs. Image source
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