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Thames Valley 250 2024

The Thames Valley 250 is an annual ranking celebrating the top privately-owned businesses in the region listed by annual sales turnover.

Qualifying companies must be independent and headquartered in the Thames Valley region.

The 2024 edition of the Thames Valley 250 is researched and compiled by The Business Magazine and sponsored by law firm Gateley Legal, accountancy and tax firm Blue Peak Consulting, office design specialists Morgan Lovell and insurance and benefits brokers Verlingue.

Cumulatively the 250 companies have an annual turnover of £35b this is a healthy 18 per cent growth from the previous edition. The companies on the 2024 ranking create an impressive 144,000 jobs.

All members are invited to enter the nominations for this year’s awards which will recognise outstanding achievements in eight categories. A private networking dinner will be held in October 2024 to celebrate these achievements.

If you would like to be considered for an award, or for more information please contact [email protected]

Ranking

Published: 01 March 2024
2024 Company Town Description Turnover (£m) Employees Year End
1 Westcoast Theale IT products distributor 3,627.10 1,139 31/12/2022
2 Ocean Partners Maidenhead Metal trading 3,091.80 127 31/12/2022
3 Urenco Slough Nuclear fuels 1,520.00 1,746 31/12/2022
4 CALA Group Wooburn Green Housebuilder 1,325.00 1,297 31/12/2022
5 AA Limited Basingstoke Roadside assistant provider 1,044.00 7,290 31/01/2023
6 Newbury Mobility Newbury Stairlift & mobility specialists 1,000.90 1,764 31/12/2022
7 WSH/Baxterstorey Reading Food services 975 16,975 28/12/2022
8 Hook 2 Sisters Bampton Poultry farming 940.5 1,030 31/07/2022
9 Unipart Group Oxford Logistics provider 917.3 7,240 31/12/2022
10 Whistl Marlow Postal services 770.1 2,526 31/12/2022
11 Rebound Technology Group Newbury Electronic component distributor 732.7 379 31/12/2022
12 Fletcher BAY Group t/a Argent Group Henley-on-Thames Food & food related businesses 608.6 1151 31/12/2022
13 AirTanker Carterton Tanker aircraft manufacturer 498.5 n/a 31/12/2022
14 Furniture Village Slough Furniture retailer 474.9 1,243 07/03/2022
15 Evergreen Garden Care Camberley Garden care 429.8 1,114 30/09/2022
16 Direct Wines/Laithwaites Reading Wine producer & retailer 396 1032 01/07/2022
17 Geos Group Henley-on-Thames Marine fuel sales 384.9 40 31/12/2022
18 DCS Group Banbury Manu/sale of health & beauty products 373.8 422 30/06/2022
19 Orange Genie Group Aylesbury Recruitment support services 366.5 8,078 30/09/2022
20 BAP Pharma Marlow Pharmaceuticals supplier 342.2 61 31/12/2022

Awards Categories

CEO of the Year Award (over £50m)

Awarded in recognition of the outstanding achievements of a CEO/managing director and the wider team in growing the business, driving innovation, establishing the culture of the company and developing the brand.

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CEO of the Year Award (under £50m)

Awarded in recognition of the outstanding achievements of a CEO/managing director and the wider team in growing the business, driving innovation, establishing the culture of the company and developing the brand.

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Employer of the Year

Awarded to the company that has gone above and beyond to attract, retain or support their staff, community and beyond over the past 12 months. Judges will be looking for innovative solutions, strong business culture and commitment to people and community.

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Entrepreneurial Business of the Year

This award recognises businesses that demonstrate exceptional innovation, sustainable growth, and market impact within their industry. Eligible enterprises must show a clear vision, creativity in overcoming challenges, and a commitment to ethical practices. Financial performance and scalability of the business model are also key evaluation criteria.

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Leadership Team of the Year

This award will be given to a company that can demonstrate true leadership. With a management team that can be viewed as motivational, decisive or innovative in the pursuit of excellence and has helped drive the business forward through challenging times.

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Fast Riser Award

Awarded to a privately-owned business that has grown considerably year-on-year with a compelling story to tell; be that growth by strategic acquisition, market-leading innovation, product diversification or exploring new markets.

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Climate & Sustainability Award

This award recognises the achievements of businesses from the Ranking who are leading the way on sustainability and have implemented environmental initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint.

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One to Watch

Awarded to a company that can demonstrate it is well set up to continue thriving over the next financial year, thereby having a hugely positive impact on the Thames Valley community.

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Meet the Winners

CEO of the Year Award (over £50m)

Awarded in recognition of the outstanding achievements of a CEO/managing director and the wider team in growing the business, driving innovation, establishing the culture of the company and developing the brand.

Winner: 

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FINALISTS

CEO of the Year Award (under £50m)

Awarded in recognition of the outstanding achievements of a CEO/managing director and the wider team in growing the business, driving innovation, establishing the culture of the company and developing the brand.

Winner: 

SPONSORED BY
FINALISTS

Employer of the Year

Awarded to the company that has gone above and beyond to attract, retain or support their staff, community and beyond over the past 12 months. Judges will be looking for innovative solutions, strong business culture and commitment to people and community.

Winner: 

SPONSORED BY
FINALISTS

Entrepreneurial Business of the Year

This award recognises businesses that demonstrate exceptional innovation, sustainable growth, and market impact within their industry. Eligible enterprises must show a clear vision, creativity in overcoming challenges, and a commitment to ethical practices. Financial performance and scalability of the business model are also key evaluation criteria.

Winner: 

SPONSORED BY
FINALISTS

Leadership Team of the Year

This award will be given to a company that can demonstrate true leadership. With a management team that can be viewed as motivational, decisive or innovative in the pursuit of excellence and has helped drive the business forward through challenging times.

Winner: 

SPONSORED BY
FINALISTS

Fast Riser Award

Awarded to a privately-owned business that has grown considerably year-on-year with a compelling story to tell; be that growth by strategic acquisition, market-leading innovation, product diversification or exploring new markets.

Winner: 

SPONSORED BY
FINALISTS

Climate & Sustainability Award

This award recognises the achievements of businesses from the Ranking who are leading the way on sustainability and have implemented environmental initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint.

Winner: 

SPONSORED BY
FINALISTS

One to Watch

Awarded to a company that can demonstrate it is well set up to continue thriving over the next financial year, thereby having a hugely positive impact on the Thames Valley community.

Winner: 

SPONSORED BY
FINALISTS

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