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The UK’s fastest growing private companies: Hot 100 2015 – (84) Eclipse

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26 June 2015

Eclipse hits the 2015 Hot 100 following some sensible acquisitions including 4DM, and now has over 300 employees across the company.

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Name: Eclipse
Industry/Sector: IT, software and telecoms
Date founded: 1989
The boss: Simon Moore
Location: East Midlands
Latest turnover: £37.2m
Three-year compound growth rate (%): 31.41
Latest EBITDA: £4.4m

Eclipse is compiled of Eclipse Colour, Eclipse 4DM, Eclipse Red and Direct Link, making it one of the UK’s largest commercial print and direct mail providers. Its 300 employees are spread across five sites from its base in Kettering, Northamptonshire, and Eclipse now has a diverse customer portfolio, ranging from financial institutions, FMCG companies, charities, government bodies and blue chip organisations.

It has primarily grown by acquisitions including 4DM, but has had success across all business areas – going from a £24m printer to a £40m group offering print, DM, data and cross-media selections. It has also spent £2.5m on machinery, including a CMC 9000 enclosing machine.

Another priority of Eclipse’s is being socially and environmentally responsible, attempting to minimise waste and produce projects as efficiently as possible. It adheres to FSC guidelines on paper and has PEFC certification helping to promote sustainable forest management through good practices, ensuring that both timber and non-timber forest products are produced with respect for the highest ecological standards.

A recent focus has been developing a rebrand exercise, new logo and new website – following its decision to unify the service offering and formally market itself as a complete marketing services provider. Managing director Moore has said the business always offered a complete campaign management package but “probably weren’t vocal enough about what we could do”. He said while customers were benefiting from having their print, direct mail and cross media services all under one roof, “we were the industry’s best-kept secret”.

The efforts have been paying off with compound growth of 31.41 per cent and a turnover of £37.2m.

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