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The UK’s fastest growing private companies: Hot 100 2015 – (30) Interbev UK

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Name: Interbev UK
Industry/sector: Food and drink
Date founded: 2008
The boss: Steve Brogan
Location: South East
Latest turnover: £56.8m
Three-year compound growth rate (%): 49.45
Latest EBITDA: £1m

The drinks business is a lucrative one – demonstrated with the news that that six per cent of the UK’s GDP is generated by nighttime businesses.

As such, Interbev, a specialist international drinks distributor, is operating in a solid and thriving marketplace.

The firm has a multinational team behind the global operation, while an entrepreneurial spirit has been promoted throughout to ensure a creative culture.

In 1994, Interbev founder Steve Brogan started his career working as a buyer for Europe’s second-largest brewery Molson Coors, which produces products including Carling, Cobra, Coors Light and Grolsch in the UK’s Burton-on-Trent.

Following that post, he held a number of other senior roles in the drinks industry before going on to create his on venture in 2008.

“I have a great team with a huge amount of senior experience in drinks sales, marketing, procurement and logistics,” said Steve Brogan, founder of Interbev.

“Our understanding of the UK and international markets makes us ideally placed to fulfil our aim of exceptional service in handling our client and partner requirements.”

Brands Interbev works with including Guinness, Bacardi, Smirnoff, Budweiser, Red Bull, Evian and Coca-Cola, supporting the company to a CAGR of 49.45 per cent and a turnover of £56.8m.

Brogan also extended the business into other divisions with online consumer-facing beverage business Drinks21 in 2011. The threefold strategy sells to individuals, supports business gifting and works with unique brands to develop them in the UK.

Elsewhere, acquiring online distributor Ooberstock in 2013 supported further growth and enabled access to hotels, bars and restaurants as clients.

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