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Top 24 high-growth businesses in Bristol revealed as city named in top 3 cities ahead of London and Manchester

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Written by: Gavin Thompson | Posted 03 September 2015 11:51

Top 24 high-growth businesses in Bristol revealed as city named in top 3 cities ahead of London and Manchester
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Bristol is one of the best UK cities for business growth according to new research. The city has come third, beating much bigger cities like London and Manchester, in a league tracking businesses with the highest growth.

According to the data from Alert Research, a business intelligence company, Bristol is home to proportionally far more high-growth businesses than many other larger UK cities.

The research suggests that just 10,000 – out of 3.4 million businesses – are responsible for half of all new jobs and for the majority of UK corporate expenditure.

Bristol is home to 127 of these so-called High Growth 10,000 businesses – 2.9 per 10,000 people living in the city.

Cardiff has just 2.1 per 10,000 people and London has just 1.2.

The data also shows that Bristol’s High Growth 10,000 companies collectively increased their turnover by more than £1 billion in the last year.

These businesses also added more than 3,000 jobs to their collective workforce in the past year.

Ray Murphy, chief executive of Alert Research, said the city has retained its place in the league since the last time these figures were published:

“It’s great to see that Bristol is still among some of the most successful UK cities for cultivating high growth businesses.

“These businesses are incredibly important on a national level but importantly, also play a huge role in the local economy and jobs market.

“The last time this data was published we saw similar data for Bristol; the city is clearly a reliable and encouraging place to base a successful business.”

People can find out more about the High Growth 10000 and their importance at highgrowth10000.com.

Bristol's top high growth businesses

Results explained: Company, turnover for current year, then previous three years.
Operating profit for current year, then previous three years
Employee numbers for current year, then previous three years


1. Ald Automotive Limited


Turnover: £485.5m, £411.2m, £219.2m, £178.3m, £152.9m
Operating Profit: £60.1m, £41.5m, £31.5m, £27.6m, £22.7m
Number of Employees: 332, 294, 266, 240, 236

2. Cruickshank Motors Limited


Turnover: £425.6m, £280.1m, £280.1m, £261.6m, £227.9m
Operating Profit: £9.4m, £6.1m, £5.4m, £5.1m, £2.6m
Number of Employees: 762, 550, 472, 524, 507

3. Integral UK Ltd


Turnover: £305.3m, £237.0m, £237.1m, £196.3m, £175.5m
Operating Profit: £14.6m, £12.4m, £10.8m, £8.5m, £15.1m
Number of Employees: 3,132, 2,711, 2,791, 2,575, 2,623

4. Hargreaves Lansdown Asset Management Limited

Hargreaves Landsdown in Bristol
Turnover: £289.7m, £180.9m, £105.2m, £95.7m, £76.5m
Operating Profit: £168.2m, £120.2m, £63.6m, £53.5m, £38.7m
Number of Employees: 557, 486, 399, 391, 370

5. MITIE Facilities Services Limited

Suzanne Baxter of Mitie

Pictured: Mitie chief finance officer Suzanne Baxter

Turnover: £200.9m, £143.3m, £52.6m, £42.2m, £1,009.4m
Operating Profit: £-2.4m, £-0.8m, £-2.5m, £-4.6m, £54.2m
Number of Employees: 639, 800, 746, 1,165 47,717

6. Ovo Group Ltd

Ovo Energy office in Bristol
Turnover £171.7m, £102.9m, £25.4m, £10.3m, £10.3m
Operating Profit £0.3m, £-1.8m, £-5.1m, £-0.6m, £-0.6m
Number of Employees 247, 162, 101, 45, 45

7. A-Gas (Orb) Limited


Turnover: £118.7m, £88.0m, £45.8m, NA, NA
Operating Profit: £20.4m, £16.5m £5.3m, NA, NA
Number of Employees: 263, 196, 138, NA, NA

8 Ian Williams Limited


Turnover: £96.6m, £72.4m, £67.5m, £61.8m, £57.7m
Operating Profit: £4.3m, £2.8m, £2.2m, £1.2m, £0.3m
Number of Employees: 894, 800, 745, 805, 813

9. Independent Clinical Services Limited


Turnover: £79.8m, £49.0m, £36.6m, £49.7m, £62.9m
Operating Profit: 0 £12.1m £8.3m £6.5m £10.9m
Number of Employees 172, 128, 117, 124, 136

10. Dac Beachcroft Claims Limited

Larissa Bayliss of DAC Beachcroft

Pictured: Larissa Bayliss, award winning apprentice at DAC Beachcroft in Bristol

Turnover £68.4m, £29.3m, £5.9m, £6.3m, £6.4m
Operating Profit: £2.3m, £-2.3m, £-1.4m, £-0.3m, £-0.3m
Number of Employees: 104, 121, 121, 121, 121

11. Postal Choices Limited

Turnover £63.5m, £49.6m, £57.4m, £48.8m, £47.4m
Operating Profit: £0.9m, £1.0m, £0.7m, £0.5m, £0.4m
Number of Employees: 65, 47, 49, 54, 50

12. Taylor,Maxwell & Co Limited

Turnover: £57.9m, £44.9m, £51.8m, £48.5m, £38.8m
Operating Profit: £0.5m, £0.1m £0.8m, £0.4m, £-0.5m
Number of Employees: 84, 80, 83, 84, 83

13. Uplands Retail Limited

Turnover £56.7m £31.1m £39.4m £30.5m £21.5m
Operating Profit £5.2m £1.8m £2.3m £1.1m £1.1m
Number of Employees 79 79 70 58 53

14. Nasa Umbrella Ltd

Turnover: £56.6m, £43.4m, £29.6m, £19.1m, NA
Operating Profit: £0.6m, £0.5m, £0.4m, £0.2m, NA
Number of Employees: 1,418, 1,119, 725, 448, NA

15. G2v Recruitment Group Limited

Turnover: £52.5m, £41.5m, £32.9m NA, NA
Operating Profit: £4.9m, £2.7m, £1.9m, NA, NA
Number of Employees: 100, 82, 66, NA, NA

16. Mitie Shared Services Limited

Turnover: £44.7m, £30.1m, £7.0m £5.4m, £3.3m
Operating Profit: £1.1m, £4.1m, £-0.3m, £-0.2m, £-0.0m
Number of Employees: 426, 142, 5, 5, 3

17. Uclh Investors Limited

Turnover: £43.5m, £17.2m, NA, NA, NA
Operating Profit: £1.1m, £0.4m, NA, NA, NA
Number of Employees: 5, 5, NA, NA, NA

18. Avon Group Manufacturing (Holdings) Limited

Turnover: £43.4m, £32.3m, £32.5m, £31.2m, £25.5m
Operating Profit: £1.6m, £1.2m, £0.2m, £0.3m, £0.3m
Number of Employees: 503, 518, 506, 396, 407

19. Brentstar Holdings Limited

Turnover: £41.6m, £30.3m, £15.7m, £4.3m, £0.0m
Operating Profit: 0, NA, NA, NA, NA
Number of Employees: 414, 292, 145, 76, 23

20. Safe House Holdings Limited

Turnover £39.4m, £29.0m, £25.1m, £21.9m, £12.6m
Operating Profit £1.6m, £1.8m, £0.6m, £1.3m, £0.8m
Number of Employees 312, 274, 249, 213, 111

21. Scalepoint Technologies Limited

Turnover £38.9m, £28.4m, £25.3m, £18.7m, £16.3m
Operating Profit £0.6m, £0.6m, £0.9m, £0.4m, £0.0m
Number of Employees 72, 64, 59, 58, 59

22. Powersystems Uk Ltd

Turnover: £34.4m, £23.7m, £15.0m, £16.5m, £17.5m
Operating Profit: £5.7m, £2.9m, £1.3m, £1.2m, £1.4m
Number of Employees: 70, 59, 54, 50, 48

23. Loungers Limited

Loungers co-founder Alex Reilley

Pictured: Loungers co-founder Alex Reilley

Turnover: £33.7m, £22.1m, £15.1m, £10.9m, £7.1m
Operating Profit: £1.5m, £1.2m, £-0.0m, £0.8m, £0.4m
Number of Employees: 880, 641, 420, 315, 223

24. Sanlam Private Investments (Uk) Holdings Ltd

Turnover: £30.3m, £18.3m, £16.9m, £13.1m, £11.0m
Operating Profit: £-0.6m, £-0.8m, £-1.0m, £5.5m, £-0.6m
Number of Employees: 181, 124, 120, 100, 90

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