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The UK’s fastest growing private companies: The Hot 100 2016

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(21) Unique Window Systems
  • Sector: Building materials
  • Date founded: 2004
  • The boss: Sunil Patel
  • Location: Leicestershire
  • Latest turnover: £14.7m
  • Three-year compound growth rate (%): 28.37
  • Latest EBITDA: £1.2m

Unique Window Systems was established in in 2004 as a manufacturer of PVC-U, aluminium fenestration and building products. All products are fabricated at the company’s Leicester-based production facility.

The company’s extensive portfolio encompasses a full range of products for all types of new build, home improvement and refurbishment projects, designed to suit all customer requirements, from contemporary bi-fold doors, residential entrance and French doors to casement, tilt and turn or vertical sliding sash windows.

Unique Windows prides itself on its continued investment in state-of-the-art machinery to optimise its offering and enable it to maintain a more competitive pricing policy.

(22) Barrhead Travel
  • Sector: Travel
  • Date founded: 1975
  • The boss: Sharon Munro
  • Location: Lanarkshire
  • Latest turnover: £115.1m
  • Three-year compound growth rate (%): 28.31
  • Latest EBITDA: £2.3m

Barrhead Travel was founded in 1975 as a single high street shop, and has since gone on to become a 900-employee operation with outlets including travel agency stores, business travel offices and contact centres.

The team at Barrhead enjoys a programme of training and development that is geared to reflect the company’s commitment to providing the best service to its clients. The business operates extended hours to ensure that customers can enquire and book holidays at a time that suits them.

In addition, Barrhead operates its own summer charter flight programme from three UK airports to destinations in the Mediterranean each year, taking over 22,000 holidaymakers to their destinations. In recognition of its achievements, the business has been voted UK Travel Agent of the Year at the Travel Trade Gazette Awards for seven years in a row.

Barrhead has outlets in Scotland, the North of England and Northern Ireland, telephone travel consultants and six specialist websites dedicated to helping its customers book the right holiday.

The brand has been identified by independent researchers as one of the best-run and most financially strong travel businesses in Britain, with a talent for identifying new routes to market.

(23) Renewable Energy Systems
  • Sector: Renewable energy
  • Date founded: 1982
  • The boss: Douglas Catto
  • Location: Hertfordshire
  • Latest turnover: ?947.2m
  • Three-year compound growth rate (%): 28.24
  • Latest EBITDA: £17.5m

RES is an independent renewable energy company. The business develops, engineers, constructs, finances and operates projects around the globe. Its mission is to change the way people think about energy, which it believes is a vital transition to create a world where everyone has access to affordable low carbon energy.

The business operates in both the centralised energy market and the evolving distributed energy market around the world.

Initially the business was researching early wind turbine technologies in the 1980s, and three decades in the global portfolio exceeds ten Gigawatts. The business hopes to power positive change with wind and solar for renewable power generation, and transmission and energy storage as enablers to a low carbon future.

The business describes itself as curious and relentless in searching for solutions to today’s energy problems and is always looking to grow and adapt. This year saw its first UK energy storage project integrated with solar park in Somerset for Western Power Distribution.

(24) Ohob
  • Sector: Civil engineering
  • Date founded: 2012
  • The boss: Tom OBrien
  • Location: Surrey
  • Latest turnover: £204.5
  • Three-year compound growth rate (%): 27.91
  • Latest EBITDA: £16.4m

Ohob, which stands for O?Halloran and OBrien, was incorporated in 1972, and is now the sole owner of Tom OBrien. The company has evolved from a small groundworks company to a multi-disciplined major contractor, encompassing the full spectrum of Civil Engineering and ground remediation.

The fastest growing private companiesinclusion also owns B&T Plant Hire, which?provides specialist support for all its hire requirements and also hires externally to major contractors.

The services offered by Ohob include concrete frames, highway works, remediation and regeneration, trade and domestic housing. The reinforced concrete frame division of the company accounted for nearly 55 per cent of the turnover in 2010. The company has achieved continued growth in this sector through the development of necessary technical and professional capabilities.

The company’s structure enables it to tender for and complete projects of varying size and complexity, including all infrastructure work from a few units to multi-million pound schemes.

Ohob is also committed to maintaining the highest standards of safe environmentally managed construction services. Its vision is to be widely known and respected for delivering safe, environmentally controlled, building and civil engineering services.

(25) Cawingredients
  • Sector: Food and drink
  • Date founded: 2008
  • The boss: Andrew Cawthray
  • Location: North Yorkshire
  • Latest turnover: £50.2m
  • Three-year compound growth rate (%): 27.25
  • Latest EBITDA: £5m

Cawingredients was established in 2008 with a purpose-built factory at a 26-acre site in Leeming Bar. The site houses three production lines, and one is capable of running 50,000 bottles an hour, according to FMCG magazine. Initially, the facility was built with one production line, with the second added in 2012 and the third onlyin 2015.

The facility also covers all of the business” warehousing, dispatch facilities and raw material storage. It was recognised by Insider magazine as Yorkshire’s fastest-growing business for 2015 by turnover over the last five years.

Initially, the facility was built with one production line, with the second added in 2012 and the third only just last year.

Cawthray has also previously told that the business is looking at constructing a fully automated warehouse complex. The complex would house 30,000 pallet spaces and the latest technology, and would be situated next to its factory to improve product flow. This new warehouse is expected to be in operation in 2017.

(26) SSE Audio Group
  • Sector: AV
  • Date founded: 1976
  • The boss: John Penn
  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Latest turnover: £25.5m
  • Three-year compound growth rate (%): 26.70
  • Latest EBITDA: £4m

SSE Audio Group was founded in 1976 and provides professional audio services to the live events industry. The services include pro audio (PA) hire, equipment sales and sound, lighting and video installations for all kinds of venues. The group provides sound solutions for shows, tours, and permanent installations.

SSE’s breakthrough as a rental company with a national profile came in 1977. SSE had supplied PA to a support band called Darts. As they became more successful, SSE expanded to supply them. Over time SSE began to develop its reputation as a PA sales outlet, building distributorships alongside its own manufacturing.

The business is currently headquartered in Redditch near Birmingham, and has additional facilities in London, the North of England, and mainland Europe.

The group continues to strive for growth, and its most recent acquisition was Manchester-based Wigwam Acoustics. Wigwam has its own hire, sales and installations portfolio and brings a wealth of experience to the group and the addition of loudspeaker systems.

(27) Dairy Partners
  • Sector: Food and drink
  • Date founded: 1994
  • The boss: Clive and William Bennett, Robert Peel
  • Location: Gloucestershire
  • Latest turnover: £51.7m
  • Three-year compound growth rate (%): 26.56
  • Latest EBITDA: £3m

Dairy Partners produces cheese from milk supplied by its own contracted farmers. The business manufactures mozzarella, pizza cheese and other cheese ingredient types in fresh, frozen formats, as well as fat filled mozzarella and vegetable fat cheese.

Dairy Partners is the only fully integrated pizza cheese and mozzarella manufacturing, shredding and processing business in Northern Europe.

Most of the brand’s cheeses are classified as pasta filata cheese. This is a unique, traditional kneading treatment of the fresh curd in hot water, which imparts the finished cheese its characteristic fibrous structure and melting and stretching properties. The brand also offers a liquid range of cream and batter mixes for dairy desserts.

The business works with customers across the food service, manufacturing and retail sectors to provide branded and own brand solutions from its manufacturing sites in Gloucestershire and Carmarthenshire.

Dairy Partners is always on the lookout for new opportunities and in 2016 started production of healthy kids snack Cheese Peelers and Simpsons string cheese. It is the only British dairy brand making string cheese snacks.

(28) The CDE Group
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Date founded: 2000
  • The boss: Brendan McGurgan
  • Location: Cookstown, NI
  • Latest turnover: £46.3m
  • Three-year compound growth rate (%): 26.11
  • Latest EBITDA: £2.9m

CDE Globalis a wet processing equipment company for sand and aggregates, mining, C&D waste recycling and industrial sands. It is headquartered in Cookstown, Northern Ireland.

The company was founded in 1992, and in 2010 it underwent a name change from CDE Ireland to CDE Global to reflect the widening scope of its activities.

In 2013 the fastest growing private companies?outfit?represented the UK in the European Business Awards having been crowned national champions, picked up the Excellence in Private Business Award from PwC, and was also crowned All-Island Champions in the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards in Dublin.

In 2014, CDE was incorporated in the US as it seeks to grow in the US and Canada. 2015 was also a busy year, and saw the completion of an installation of the largest wet processing plant for the recycling of construction, demolition and excavation waste in the world for Velde Pukk in Stavanger, Norway.

With further growth in mind, the group extended its production and assembly facility in Northern Ireland this year, which has resulted in a 32 per cent increase in production capacity.

(29) Nurture Landscapes
  • Sector: Landscaping
  • Date founded: 2008
  • The boss: Simon Blackley and Mark Fane
  • Location: Surrey
  • Latest turnover: £20.4m
  • Three-year compound growth rate (%): 26.01
  • Latest EBITDA: £2.1m

In 2008, Nurture Landscapes was launched with just four employees. The recession presented an unexpected opportunity for the brand, as companies were looking to reduce costs and overheads, and as a young and adaptable company it was able to provide more cost-efficient services.

The business has always had a focus on organic growth and has secured over £10m of new landscape maintenance work since opening. In addition to winning work, the brand has made a number of acquisitions in order to widen its geographical footprint across the UK.

In 2012, Nurture Landscapes made its largest acquisition to date, namely Blackburn-based Parkview Landscapes. This provided a strategic expansion into the north of England and Scotland, and six new depots added to its nationwide network.

In 2015 it acquired Integritas Landscapes from Securitas UK, a move that saw more than 100 staff join the company and boosting annual sales.

(30) Kaye Aluminium
  • Sector: Industrial engineering
  • Date founded: 2004
  • The boss: Felipe Quinta
  • Location: South Yorkshire
  • Latest turnover: ?68m
  • Three-year compound growth rate (%): 25.73
  • Latest EBITDA: £3.2m

Kaye Aluminium is an independent extrusion company and producer of aluminium applications for various market sectors, including electronic trunking, air conditioning ceiling systems, signage, construction, and green houses, among others.

The business provides extrusions, vertical paint plant, anodising, thermal break, re-cut, machining and distribution services. It specialises in bespoke solutions and is constantly investing in training programmes to ensure its staff are skilled enough to provide the services required.

The Kaye facility covers an eight-acre site in Doncaster, and has a maximum potential of 1,000 tonnes. The 135,000 Square foot factory recently featured as “Factory of the Month”, in a manufacturer magazine.

Kaye says that its philosophy is to provide the customer with the correct finished product, first time, on time, every time.

Keep reading to find which other companies made our Hot 100 2016 ranking of the fastest growing private companies.



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