2018 Larger Company of the Year finalistsRecognising innovative medium-sized businesses and their continued growth.
What makes adm one of the best large companies in the UK?Growth story: adm has grown to become an interconnected business consisting of over 400 people across 27 offices in 19 countries. Its key objective for 2018 is to integrate adm’s software platforms to improve resilience, performance and user experience. To achieve this goal, the company formed a new business transformation team.
“Our people are core to maintaining the strong client relationships we have developed over the years. We have doubled our HR personnel and launched a best-in-class intranet to support our growing workforce. Another distinguishing characteristic is our process management.” – adm
Who are AFI Topco and why are they one of the best large companies in the UK?Growth story: From three UK depots and 270 machines in 2002, AFI expanded to 30 UK locations and five in the Middle-East. It now has a fleet of over 7,300 machines and provides training for 25,000+ people annually.
“Management and shareholders have taken a long-term approach to growth, investing in its rental fleet and infrastructure throughout the cycle. AFI is driven by an embedded customer service culture with a strong focus on health and safety.” – AFI Topco
Founder: Norman SpringfordView this post on Instagram
Apex Hotels & why they should be considered as one of the best large companies in BritainGrowth story: Apex Hotels is headquartered in Edinburgh and operating 10 hotels in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Bath. Currently in the ‘Best Companies’ Top 50 Employers to Work for in Scotland and London, it employs 1,050 employees across a fast-paced labour-intensive industry and has demonstrated sustainable growth as a business, opening a new property on average every two years.
“Apex has undergone a period of sustained success, consistently posting strong financial performance alongside continued expansion, opening a hotel every two years. Our family-owned business is increasingly unique within a sector dominated by global brands, however, we view this as a competitive advantage by fostering a positive working culture.” – Apex Hotels
Ceuta Group – a multinational large companyGrowth story: The Ceuta Group has scaled from a startup in 1994 to 380+ employees based across 10 offices in the UK, Ireland, New York, Rotterdam and Bangkok. It now trades in over 100 international markets, staying lean and agile by forming commercial partnerships.
“Working with large and small clients globally, we give brands the expert support they need to thrive not just survive; increasing their brand presence, profits, and possibilities through our distinctive offering of specialist business services.” – Ceuta Group
Growth story: In the 10 years since Liniar windows launched into the fenestration sector, HLP has achieved 12% of the sector’s UK market share, continuing to attract new customers through brand reputation. HL Plastics’ results have grown consistently over the last 10 years; turnover rising from £12 million in 2009 to £8 million forecast in 2018.
“It’s not just about financial results to us (although HL Plastics has grown consistently over the last 10 years); the company has continued to maintain an open culture and learning and development opportunities for its staff, creating 300 new jobs since 2009 and currently employing 17 apprentices, past and present.” – HL Plastics
Founder: David SpeakmanView this post on Instagram
Growth story: Travel Counsellors’ business model, launched in the UK in 1994, was the first of its kind to offer travel professionals the opportunity to run their travel franchise from home. It has since continued to enjoy ongoing financial success. Global sales this year are on track to be in excess of £600 million, and profits have risen 34% over the last decade.
“We provide bespoke holiday and corporate travel packages to 450,000+ customers each year. As the first company to debut the homeworking model in the UK travel industry and in some of its overseas territories, it is accustomed to blazing a trail in the travel market. ” – Travel Counsellors
Founder: William Bullen
Growth story: Since 2003, Utilita has strived to bring innovation to the energy marketplace, get a fair deal for customers and help vulnerable households use energy more efficiently. In 2016/2017, it generated £389 million in revenues and a 53% increase year-on-year. Today, the business employs nearly 2,000 staff across 11 locations.
“As the first challenger to the Big Six, Utilita revolutionised the energy sector. It installed Britain’s first smart meter in 2008 and 90% of its customers now have one – the highest percentage of any energy supplier. In three years, the business trebled its domestic customer base from 200,000 to more than 680,000.” – Utilia Energy[article id=”122839″ title=”Growing Business Awards”]
2017 Larger Company of the Year finalistsAmazon Growing Business Awards is headlined by Amazon and sponsored by Santander, Bridges Fund Management and ECI Partners. It is supported by CBI, the Department of International Trade and Real Business. This year, the awards partnered with Beanstalk, a charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide consistent, one-to-one literacy support to children aged 3 to 13. Interested in attending the Amazon Growing Business Awards?
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