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Where would you meet Led Zeppelin’s first sound man and the UK’s first sushi business together in the same place

That’s right, Phil Dudderidge’s audio business and Dong Kim’s Wasabi chain both feature in this year’s ranking of the UK’s fastest-growing private companies, measured by a testing four-year average annual growth in (profitable) sales turnover.

Anyone interested in Britain’s medium-term economic prosperity should study the 2013 ranking carefully. Business leaders will find a wealth of insight about where seams of business opportunity lie.

For the past 15 years, and now published with Investec, Real Business has produced its Hot 100 ranking, based on company information provided by Jordans. This year’s Hot 100 project is also supported by media partner, the Independent.

Okay, some of our 100 companies have been in the right place at the right time. Commodity prices have boosted gold traders; government subsidies have favoured solar energy providers; financial services is a well established source of growth in the UK.

But entrepreneurship is always partly about good luck and timing. Dig more deeply, and you discover some eternal truths about market positioning and brilliant management within the Investec Hot 100. IT services is a long-term boom sector, but it is also hyper-competitive. What our Hot 100 IT companies do is endlessly strive to ‘stay relevant” in a changing market.

As businesses grow, it’s all too easy to become detached from your marketplace and your own people. It’s notable how many of our 100 talk about keeping the customer as the focus in their business. And, of the millions of words ever penned about the importance of people in business, are there any wiser than Sun Mark founder Dr Rami Ranger: ?look after your staff. Money doesn’t make money; people make money.

The Hot 100 2013

  1. Potensial
  2. Alternergy
  3. Baird Investments
  4. Smartway
  5. Liberty Group Investments
  6. ActivTrades
  7. Troy Asset Management
  8. Perspective Financial Group
  9. Miroma International
  10. Parabis
  11. Ekwienox
  12. World First UK
  13. The Real Return Group
  14. ANS Group
  15. State Oil
  16. Ruffer Management
  17. Waxman Group
  18. Arrowedge
  19. GCI Telecom Group
  20. Chain Reaction Cycles
  21. Echo Sourcing
  22. Forelle Estates Holdings
  23. Kelway
  24. Ceuta Healthcare
  25. Hughes and Salvidge
  26. Focusrite Audio Engineering
  27. Firesource
  28. Seetec Business Technology Centre
  29. Severn & Wye Smokery
  30. Test Equipment Asset Management
  31. Europa Support Service
  32. Sun Mark
  33. Wasabi
  34. AH Worth and Company
  35. British Harlequin
  36. Longfield Chemicals
  37. Cornwall Holdings
  38. Zonal Retail Data Systems
  39. Moortown Construction
  40. TBA
  41. Durbin
  42. AWC Industries
  43. Bet365 Group
  44. ITMSoil Group
  46. Aston Manor Brewery
  47. Holyhead Boatyard
  48. Vital Holdings
  49. Westbridge Food Group
  50. Kingdom Security
  51. Appsense Holdings
  52. Neptune Investment Management
  53. S. Sacker
  54. Gamesys
  55. 99p Stores
  56. Gaia Technologies
  57. Maple Syrup Media
  58. Cameron Mackintosh
  59. Fircroft Engineering Services
  60. The ID Group
  61. D.H. Mansfield
  62. Winvic Group
  63. Innovise
  64. Octopus Capital
  65. Control Circle
  66. Crabco
  67. MedTrade Products
  68. Melrob
  69. Speciality Drinks
  70. The Reflex Group
  71. Baas Construction
  72. Thunderhead
  73. Minster Law Group
  74. Benefit Express
  75. Lighthouse Healthcare
  76. Boost Drinks
  77. Acora Holdings
  78. Fine & Rare Wines
  79. Portgrade
  80. Exponential-e
  81. Investigo
  82. Hills Prospect
  83. Polar Group
  84. Lexington Catering
  85. Freeworld Trading
  86. Argus Media
  87. Sertec
  88. Cuddy Demolition & Dismantling
  89. Buckingham Group Contracting
  90. Colchester Global Investors
  91. Sinemaster Motor Factors
  92. G. OBrien & Sons
  93. Amorartis
  94. Corpacq
  95. Opus Energy Group
  96. The SAS Group of Companies
  97. Softcat
  98. Tyler Capital
  99. Phipps & Company
  100. City & Country Group



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