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Thames Valley 250 - 2023

The TV 250 is an annual listing that celebrates the top independent, privately-owned business in the Thames Valley region, listed by annual sales turnover.

The listing is compiled by The Business Magazine and sponsored by law firm Gateley Legal, accountants and business advisory firm BDO, office design specialists Morgan Lovell, business sale consultants EvolutionCBS and insurance and benefits brokers Verlingue

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A private dinner and award ceremony was held at Easthampstead Park in Wokingham on 15th June 2023.

Ranking

Published: 01 December 2022
2022 Company Town Description Turnover (M) Employees Year End
1 Westcoast Theale IT products supplier 3469.7 1,250 31/12/2021
2 Ocean Partners Maidenhead Metal trading 2843.1 121 31/12/2021
3 Thames Water Utilities Reading Water services provider 2178.7 7,086 31/03/2022
4 Urenco Slough Nuclear fuels 1403 1,658 31/12/2021
5 CALA Group Wooburn Green Housebuilder 1217.5 1,215 31/12/2021
6 AA Limited Basingstoke Roadside assistant provider 989 7,201 31/01/2022
7 Hook 2 Sisters Bampton Poultry farming 838.3 1,001 31/07/2021
8 Whistl Marlow Postal services 823.2 2,531 31/12/2021
9 Unipart Group Oxford Logistics provider 821.6 6,876 31/12/2021
10 WSH/Baxterstorey Reading Food services 586.6 6,125 29/12/2021
11 Rebound Technology Group Newbury Electronic component distributor 454.7 369 31/12/2021
12 AirTanker Carterton Tanker aircraft manufacturer 453.5 n/a 31/12/2021
13 Direct Wines/Laithwaites Reading Wine producer & retailer 448.1 979 02/07/2021
14 Evergreen Garden Care Camberley Garden care 387.8 1,023 30/09/2021
15 Hovis High Wycombe Bakery 361.2 2,842 31/12/2021
16 Killinchy Aerospace (Martin-Baker) Uxbridge Manufacurer of ejection seats 319.5 1,118 31/03/2021
17 Game Retail Basingstoke Gaming retailer 299.9 2,149 24/04/2021
18 Noble Foods Witney Fresh food supplier 282.7 692 10/01/2021
19 DCS Group Banbury Manu/sale of health & beauty products 267.5 405 31/12/2020
20 Lucy Group Oxford Power distribution products 263.8 148 31/12/2021
21 IRIS Software Group Slough Application software 255.7 2,573 30/04/2022
22 Furniture Village Slough Furniture retailer 255 1,119 28/03/2021
23 Orange Genie Group Aylesbury Recruitment support services 238.5 5,780 30/09/2021
24 BAP Pharma Marlow Pharmaceuticals supplier 232 54 31/12/2021
25 Eden Motor Group Reading Motor dealerships 219.9 804 31/12/2020
26 InHealth Group High Wycombe Diagnostic services provider 218 2,489 30/09/2021
27 Geos Group Henley-on-Thames Marine fuel sales 202.4 37 31/12/2021
28 The Entertainer (Amersham) Amersham Toy retailer 201.4 1,818 30/01/2022
29 LURI (GreenTech Distribution) High Wycombe Mobile phone supplier 191.3 110 28/02/2022
30 Michael Lonsdale Langley Service contractors 188.2 236 30/09/2021
31 Leaders Romans Group Wokingham Property services 165 2,682 31/12/2021
32 Blue Sky Intermodal (UK) Marlow Marine container leasing 158.7 32 31/12/2021
33 Farol Thame Agricultural machinery 145.3 262 31/01/2022
34 EBB Paper (Elliott Baxter and Co) Farnborough Paper merchants 142 218 31/12/2021
35 Cennox Camberley Banking & retail support services 138.3 1128 31/12/2021
36 Chevron Traffic Management Thame Traffic management 127.6 679 31/12/2021
37 Huntswood CTC Reading Business solutions 127.4 2,011 30/09/2021
38 Grundon Waste Management Wallingford Waste management 127.3 838 30/09/2021
39 Waylands Reading Motor Dealership 124.6 234 31/12/2021
40 Kerridge Commercial Systems Hungerford Computer software 124.4 1,017 30/09/2021
41 Yell Group Reading Digital marketing solutions 121.8 2,394 31/03/2021
42 Hatch Mansfield Agencies Ascot Wine importer 120.3 56 31/12/2021
43 Medina Windsor Milk & food products 120 212 30/10/2021
44 Clinimed High Wycombe Healthcare products 111.7 778 31/12/2021
45 Norbain Bracknell Electronic security system distributor 110.7 185 31/12/2021
46 Atlas Datchet Facilities services 110 2,595 31/12/2020
47 Grant & Stone High Wycombe Builders & plumbers merchants 109.7 391 31/12/2021
48 Reassured Basingstoke Life insurance broker 105.7 992 31/01/2022
49 Sun Mark Greenford Supermarket product distributor 105.2 65 31/12/2021
50 Centerprise International Basingstoke IT solutions 104.3 202 31/08/2021
51 Ultima Business Solutions Reading IT infrastructure solutions 103.9 346 31/03/2021
52 Pinewood Group Iver TV studios & related services 102.9 194 31/03/2022
53 Saftdwin (t/a Martins Group) Basingstoke Motor dealerships 99.9 263 31/12/2020
54 Newton Europe Abingdon Business Consulting and Services 99 419 31/08/2021
55 Nurture Landscapes Windlesham Landscape maintenance 98.6 1,348 31/03/2022
56 SAS International Reading Architectural metalwork manu 97.5 703 31/12/2021
57 Sorbon Homes t/a Shanly Homes Beaconsfield Housebuilder 96.1 141 31/12/2020
58 JSP Minster Lovell Protective safety equipment 92.5 422 31/03/2021
59 AND Digital Maidenhead Digital delivery technology 91.7 972 31/12/2021
60 Bullitt Group Reading Branded cellular phones (Rugged Phones) 88.3 131 31/12/2020
61 Owen Mumford Woodstock Medical device manufacturer 88.1 736 30/09/2021
62 Affinity Fragrances Iver Designer fragrance wholesaler 85.9 42 31/12/2021
63 Oodle Financial Services Oxford Motor finance 84.4 324 30/06/2021
64 Southern Communications Basingstoke Telecoms services 84.3 363 31/03/2021
65 EP Barrus Bicester Custom-engine builder 80.8 193 30/09/2021
66 World Wise Foods Ascot Supplier of sustainable long-life food 80.1 58 31/03/2021
67 Advanced Datchet Software solutions developer 75.7 457 28/02/2021
68 Haulfryn Maidenhead Static park operators 74.9 393 31/01/2022
69 Pulsant Reading Hosted IT service provider 74.5 315 31/12/2021
70 Constantine Godalming Private investment company 74.4 242 31/12/2021
71 Ridge And Partners Woodstock Property & construction consultants 73.6 593 31/12/2021
72 Oxford Policy Management Oxford Economic & social research 72.6 427 31/03/2022
73 Golfbreaks.com Windsor Golfing holidays 69.9 152 30/04/2022
74 Optima Contracting High Wycombe Office design, manu & installation 69.5 435 31/01/2022
75 Fourfront Group Egham Commercial interior specialists 66.8 131 31/10/2021
76 Lister Wilder Group Beech Hill Agricultural machinery 64.5 148 31/12/2021
77 Elivia Homes/Vanderbilt Wooburn Green Housebuilder 64 81 31/12/2020
78 European Electronique Eynsham IT solutions 63.8 107 31/03/2022
79 RH Amar High Wycombe Food importer 63.3 75 31/12/2021
80 Anesco Reading Energy consultancy 62.7 162 31/03/2021
81 Foremost Golf Slough Golf products 61.5 70 31/12/2021
82 R. Collard Hook Demolition contractors 61 367 31/12/2021
83 John Nicholls Banbury Building & Plumbing Merchant 58.6 227 31/03/2021
84 KL Ventures Banbury Take-away food shops 52.2 1,282 26/12/2021
85 R W Armstrong & Sons Basingstoke Housebuilder 58.1 232 31/03/2021
86 Renelec Group Limited Devises Construction services 58 237 30/09/2021
87 Feltham Group Newbury Construction & property services 57.9 111 30/06/2022
88 Origin Frames High Wycombe Manu of bifolding doors & windows 57.6 320 31/12/2021
89 Roc Technologies Newbury Telecommunications 57.1 321 31/03/2021
90 Beechcroft Wallingford Retirement homes 56.3 40 30/04/2021
91 LA Micro Group UK Bracknell IT support services 54.9 66 31/10/2020
92 MMR (Mathematical Market Research) Wallingford Scientific research 54.3 549 31/03/2021
93 CH&Co Group Reading Catering 53.4 2,212 31/12/2021
94 Sonardyne Camberley Sonar technology 53.3 31/03/2021
95 Mitchellson Formwork & Civil Engineering Slough Building services 52.9 71 31/05/2021
96 Imago Group Thame Printing services 52.1 83 31/12/2021
97 Wireless Logic Hurley Technology platform provider 51.9 101 30/04/2021
98 Prodrive Banbury Motorsport manufacturer 51.8 258 31/12/2021
99 Redwood Technologies Bracknell Communicaton solutions 51 319 31/12/2021
100 Xtrac Thatcham Design/manu of transmission systems 49.9 289 30/09/2021
101 Nominet UK Oxford Internet domain name registry 49.8 264 31/03/2021
102 Stockcroft Ewelme Pig farming 49 16 30/11/2020
103 Readypower Group Winnersh Rail plant hire 48.9 274 31/03/2021
104 McVeigh Parker Reading Fencing & agricultural supplies 48.4 115 31/12/2022
105 The Slatter Group Newbury Sports ground construction & maintenance 48.1 105 31/10/2021
106 Oxford PharmaGenesis Abingdon HealthScience comm consultancy 47.7 405 31/10/2021
107 Ascot Authority Ascot Racecourse 46.9 139 31/12/2021
108 Sapphire Balconies Reading Metalworks 46.7 86 31/12/2021
109 OCS Worldwide Slough Courier services 45.9 69 31/12/2021
110 Tibbetts Group Banbury Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 45.1 131 30/04/2021
111 Oxford Products Witney Motorcyle parts design & distribution 44.4 144 31/12/2021
112 Oxford Economics Oxford Economic forecasting 44 198 31/07/2021
113 Invenio Business Solutions Reading Technology-based solutions 43.9 989 31/03/2021
114 Kingerlee Kidlington Residential developer 43.3 138 31/12/2021
115 Descram Aylesbury Surgical instrument manufacturer 43.2 210 31/05/2021
116 Xeretec Group Wokingham Digital print providers 42.3 195 31/08/2021
117 Daler - Rowney Bracknell Fine art materials 41.6 254 31/12/2021
118 Daybreak Foods Sunninghill Food importer 41 19 31/10/2021
119 Savona Foodservice Kidlington Wholesale food suppliers 40.9 197 28/08/2022
120 Cloudpay Holdings Andover Global Payroll 40.5 740 31/12/2021
121 Insta (International) Wokingham Cavity wall & insulation work 40.4 82 30/06/2022
122 Causeway Gerrards Cross Construction software solutions 39.4 277 31/12/2021
123 AVK/SEG Maidenhead Power solutions 39.4 104 31/03/2021
124 Primrose (Meika) Reading Garden & home retailer 38.4 152 31/10/2021
125 Mabey Reading Construction & engineering specialist 38.4 399 30/09/2021
126 F Hinds Uxbridge Jewellery retailer 37 613 28/03/2021
127 Thomas Franks Banbury Contract catering specialist 36..9 1,187 30/09/2021
128 Windrush Automotive Group Slough Motoring 36.8 72 31/12/2021
129 Harrison Catering Services Thame Catering services 36.7 2,178 31/03/2021
130 Groves Thame Craft trade distributor 35.4 141 30/06/2021
131 CSM Motor Group (t/a J Davy) Basingstoke Motor dealerships 35.3 123 31/12/2021
132 Canagan (Symply) Wooburn Green Pet food supplier 34.5 28 31/03/2021
133 Thomas Homes Thatcham Housebuilder 34.3 24 30/09/2021
134 CV-Library Fleet Online recruitment 34.1 217 30/06/2021
135 Cordwallis Commercials Maidenhead Commercial vehicle dealerships 33.6 147 31/12/2021
136 London Stone Colnbrook Stone paving supplier 33.4 114 31/12/2021
137 Chancellors Bracknell Estate agencies 33.3 492 31/12/2021
138 Airflow Developments High Wycombe Ventilation solutions 33.2 110 31/12/2021
139 Rebellion Developments Oxford Games devel & comic book publisher 32.9 174 30/06/2021
140 Rectory Aylesbury Housebuilder 32.8 51 31/05/2021
141 Smiths Bletchington Kidlington Land mgmnt for construction materials 32.7 122 31/03/2021
142 Amazon Filters Camberley Liquid filtration solutions 32.6 260 28/02/2022
143 Blatchford (Chas A Blatchford & Sons) Basingstoke Prosthetic manufacturing 32.5 373 31/03/2021
144 Drinks21 Ascot Multi-market drinks distributor 32.4 12 31/03/2021
145 Frozen Brothers High Wycombe Ice drink & equipment supplier 32.3 96 31/12/2021
146 Stockford Newbury External finishing contractors 32.1 339 31/12/2021
147 HR Wallingford Wallingford Environmental hydraulics research 32.1 277 31/03/2022
148 Dayla Aylesbury Soft drinks 30.6 113 31/01/2022
149 Richardson Roofing Staines Roofing contractor 30.5 61 31/08/2021
150 Thames Materials Uxbridge Waste management 30.5 81 31/10/2021
151 Landmark Brickwork Staines Brickwork construction 29.7 15 31/08/2021
152 Q Associates Newbury IT hardware supplier 29.5 68 30/04/2021
153 The Knowledge Academy Bracknell Business and IT training 29.3 153 31/03/2021
154 Cellmark (Orchid Cellmark) Abingdon DNA and forensic testing 28.9 506 31/12/2020
155 Där Lighting Banbury Lighting products supplier 28.5 157 30/06/2021
156 Williams Jet Tenders Berinsfield Boat/jet manufacturer 28 110 31/12/2021
157 Davidson Reading Building product supplier 28 147 30/04/2021
158 ESP Global Services Reading Computer hardware servicing 27.9 442 31/12/2021
159 Premier Group Reading Recruitment agency 27.5 109 31/03/2022
160 Solid State Logic Kidlington Audio production producers 27.5 112 31/03/2021
161 MSCM High Wycombe Offshore hydraulic distribution equip 27.3 120 31/12/2021
162 Blowplast High Wycombe Plastic bottles and containers 26.9 76 31/03/2021
163 IP Integration Reading Telecoms services 26.6 111 30/09/2021
164 BMSI (Building Management Solutions Integrators) Maidenhead Energy managment solutions 26.6 158 31/12/2021
165 4th Dimension Innovation Egham Motorcycle insurance 26.6 222 31/03/2021
166 Ragus Sugars Slough Manu & distrib of sugar products 26.5 46 31/09/21
167 Immunocore Abingdon Biotechnology 26.5 - 31/12/2021
168 Goldstar Heathrow Slough Haulage 26.3 223 31/03/2022
169 FDD International Ascot Perfume and cosmetics distributor 26.1 33 31/03/2021
170 Cloudfactory Reading Data labelling for AI 25.8 452 30/06/2021
171 EFM Global Egham Freight management & storage 25.7 48 31/12/2021
172 The Peach Company Bicester Collection of pubs 25.6 649 01/02/2022
173 McCloskey Equipment Didcot Crushing and screening equipment 25.6 19 31/03/2021
174 mdgroup Bracknell Care management technology 25.6 134 31/03/2022
175 Forest Care (Fogarty Group) Aldershot Care homes 25.6 371 30/09/2021
176 Ecoserv Group Wallingford Sustainable facilities services 25.5 1498 31/12/2021
177 Ryemarc (Motofix) Camberley Vehicle accident repair 25.1 207 31/12/2020
178 Green Retreats Aylesbury Garden rooms 24.9 211 31/03/2021
179 Nike Group of Companies (Nike Land Securities) Bracknell Hotel, leisure, manufacturing… 24.6 326 30/04/2022
180 LTi Metaltech Abingdon High-tech fabrication 24.5 109 31/12/2021
181 TRL (Transport Research Foundation) Wokingham Transport research 24.4 271 30/06/2022
182 Corvia (Ticketer) Hungerford Ticketing 24.1 68 31/12/2020
183 Mutchmeats Witney Meat preparation 23.9 73 31/12/2020
184 Doves Farm Foods Hungerford Organic flour specialist 22.9 91 30/06/2021
185 Chris Hayter Transport Witney Transport and storage solutions 23.8 307 31/12/2021
186 UCH Group Colnbrook Airfreight transport services 23.7 109 30/04/2021
187 Practicus Henley-on-Thames Problem solving & recruitment 23.7 47 31/12/2021
188 Hanborough Enterprises t/a Bridle Vehicle Leasing Witney Vehicle leasing 22.8 90 30/12/2020
189 Atcore Slough Software developer 22.6 189 30/04/2021
190 SQW Group (Oxford Innovation) Oxford Business coaching and support 22.5 271 31/03/2022
191 Exclaimer Farnborough Email signature software developer 22.3 109 30/09/2021
192 DirekTek High Wycombe Photography equipment distributors 21.8 37 30/06/2021
193 FISco (UK) Wokingham Facility solutions 21.7 185 31/03/2022
194 Stuart Turner Henley-on-Thames Provider of pump solutions 21.7 91 30/09/2020
195 K.J. Cherry & Sons/t/a Cherwell Valley Group Banbury Animal feed producers 21.6 26 30/06/2021
196 SMI Haslemere Workwear & safety provider 21.6 112 31/12/2021
197 Roc Search Reading Recruitment 21.4 99 31/12/2020
198 Lowe & Oliver Oxford Mechanical & electrical contractors 21.3 131 31/01/2022
199 Darke & Taylor Oxford Construction 21.2 221 31/12/2021
200 GowringsVersa Mobility Thatcham Wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) 21 98 30/09/2021
201 Wilson & Scott Slough Highway line marking 22.2 166 31/12/2021
202 Data Plastics Witney Injection moulding experts 20.8 173 31/12/2021
203 Cousins Group Hook Decorating & refurbishing 20.8 81 31/03/2022
204 Bioenegy Infrastructure Group Reading Renewables investing, operations and management 20.6 103 31/12/2021
205 Thatcham Research Thatcham Vehicle safety technology 20.6 204 31/12/2021
206 Livingstone Group Reading Software asset management 20.5 139 31/12/2020
207 Alfa Chemicals Binfield Chemical distributor 20.2 34 31/12/2021
208 Sandbag Reading Full service merchandising 20 53 31/03/2021
209 M4 Recruitment Thatcham Recruitment 19.8 180 31/03/2021
210 KHIPU Fleet Cyber security 19.5 98 31/12/2020
211 Comfort Care Services Slough Care homes 19.3 454 30/09/2021
212 WG Carter Abingdon Specialists in the renovation and construction 19.2 69 30/09/2021
213 CIPHR Marlow Human resources software solutions 19.2 200 31/12/2021
214 Turney Group Bicester Groundcare equipment 19.1 61 31/12/2021
215 Smiths Concrete Kidlington Concrete, gravel & landfill 19 64 31/12/2021
216 James Cowper Kreston Newbury Accountants 19 168 30/04/2021
217 Hazell & Jefferies Reading Road resurfacing contractors 19 87 31/10/2021
218 Surelock McGill Wokingham High-performance locking systems 18.3 184 31/03/2021
219 Ontime Automotive Chipping Warden Automotive transport provider 18.1 93 30/06/2021
220 Datek Solutions Langley IT Sservice support 17.8 2 30/06/2021
221 Claude Fenton Theale Construction 17.8 90 30/09/2021
222 ercol Furniture Princes Risborough Furntiure 17.8 152 31/12/2020
223 Bridgwater Bros Haslemere Masons tools and memorials 17.7 248 30/09/2021
224 Inside Out Group Bicester Multi-trade construction 17.6 74 31/05/2021
225 RadioTrade Basingstoke Distributor of two-way radios 17.6 29 31/01/2022
226 P2i Abingdon Liquid repellent nano-coater 17.5 219 31/12/2021
227 T A Fisher Theale Building & development 17.5 75 30/06/2021
228 Smithie UK Basingstoke IT hardware supplier 17.5 13 31/10/2021
229 Bower & Bailey Witney Legal services 17.2 126 31/05/2021
230 Progressive Technology Newbury Metallic components manufacturer 17 172 30/09/2021
231 Vail Williams Reading Commercial property agents 16.9 149 31/05/2021
232 Courtiers Henley-on-Thames Wealth management 16.9 97 31/03/2021
233 Beechdean Dairies High Wycombe Ice cream manufacturer 16.8 11 30/04/2021
234 Arcum Theale IT products supplier 16.8 33 30/09/2021
235 Eque2 Maidenhead Construction sofrtware 16.6 143 30/04/2022
236 Oxford Plastic Systems Chipping Norton Site safety solutions 16.3 111 31/03/2021
237 MM Bellinger Wantage Motor dealerships 16.2 53 31/12/2021
238 X-Pharm (t/a Touchwood Pharmacy) Slough Pharmacy 16.2 145 31/03/2021
239 Francis Construction Thatcham Building contractors 16.1 43 31/12/2021
240 Paintbox Banbury Paint Solutions 15.9 223 31/12/2021
241 Meech International Witney Specialist manufacturing 15.7 115 30/09/2021
242 Kosnic Lighting Newbury Lighting specialist 15.6 41 31/03/2021
243 Shorts Group Bracknell Plant hire & demolition 15.5 124 31/05/2021
244 Ecopac (UK) Power Aylesbury Power supplies 15.4 27 31/03/2022
245 Murrill Construction Greenford Building contractors 15.3 57 30/09/2021
246 Boyes Turner Reading Legal services 15.2 156 31/03/2021
247 Immediate Transportation (ITC) Slough Transportation specialist 15.1 64 30/11/2021
248 2morrow Group Sutton Courtney Transport group 15 98 31/12/2021
249 Crossflight Slough International courier 14.9 116 31/03/2021
250 Data Direct Wokingham Computer consumables 14.9 45 31/03/2021

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Meet the Winners

CEO of the Year (under £50m)

Winner: Lee Biggins, CV-Library

“Lee wants to grow the business in the next three to five years, particularly with the programmatic offering that we now have following the acquisition of Brilliant Jobs. We want to take these real-time capabilities into the US, through Resume Library, and then consider other international markets. Lee is building a C-suite team to support our expansion, which includes my appointment three months ago. We bring different skills and experience that are going to support business growth. However, our USP is Lee as the company founder – he knows the industry and exactly where to take us.” Lee Almond, Digital Operations Director, CV-Library

Judges’ comments: "Lee has ambitious plans and is creating a business that is investing in both its growth and its people, driving the company into a new and exciting phase of growth and re-investment. He has spent the last year building his leadership team and preparing for the next level of growth. He sourced and led the acquisition of Brilliant Jobs and earmarked over $9 million for acquisitions and platform transformations over the next two years."

Lee Almond, Digital Ops Director at CV-Library (right) receiving CEO of the Year Trophy from sponsor Christopher Avery, Partner at Gateley Legal - on behalf of Lee Biggins, CEO
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Chris Pritchard, AVK/SEG
Lee Biggins, CV-Library
Neil Pizzey, Amazon Filters

International Business Award

Winner: Wireless Logic

“We had strong growth over the year, with a lot of it outside Europe. A key thing for us is that this business is about people and relationships. We focus on having the right partnerships and client relationships for growth. We also focus on how we integrate the businesses we acquire around the world. We take time to understand each business, the people in them, and what motivates them. We can then bring them into the company in a way that really adds value. After Covid-19, we saw a lot of growth in vertical markets, particularly food delivery and electric vehicle charging, which we are building out into other regions.” Laurence Hilton, Chief Marketing Officer, Wireless Logic

Judges’ comments: "Our winner has a proven track record in their international markets, demonstrating strong growth and high performance, and showcasing the capabilities of the Thames Valley on the world stage."

Laurence Hilton, Chief Marketing Officer at Wireless Logic receiving International Business of the Year trophy from Neil Brackstone, Business Tax Partner at sponsor BDO
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FINALISTS
  • Blue Sky Intermodal
  • Lucy Group
  • Owen Mumford
  • Rebound Technology Group
  • Wireless Logic

Climate & Sustainability Award

Winner: Huntswood

“Appointing a sustainability manager was a pivotal moment for us. We had been talking around the subject for a long time and persuaded the Board to engage a manager dedicated to sustainability and increasing our understanding of our carbon emissions. They joined last November and we now know so much more about our business and how can reduce our impact on the environment. Client expectations are that we should focus on sustainability and we also now have higher expectations of our suppliers in this area. We have reduced travel to work and increased working from home. We use employee forums to understand what concerns people and what we need to change, which has also helped us in our recruitment.” Jayne Morris, Workplace Services Director, and Sara Robinson, People Director, Huntswood

Judges’ comments: "With a huge focus on this hot topic, this organisation has a dedicated sustainability manager recruited. Standout actions include a big focus on reducing travel and a huge move towards home working for key teams. Furthermore, wider company engagement forums have been created to ensure best-in-class ideas come from the teams within to implement."

Jane Morris and Sara Robinson from Hunstwood receiving the Climate & Sustainability trophy from Petra O'Shea, Head of Sales at sponsor Morgan Lovell
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FINALISTS
  • Huntswood
  • Redwood Technologies
  • RH Amar

CEO of the Year (over £50m)

Winner: Bashir Parkar, BAP Pharma

“We have grown a lot in the last year and that is down to the dedication and passion of all our employees for customer service. It is one of my key principles and beliefs. It gives staff a sense of pride to receive recognition from our clients for their excellent service, which is really motivating. I've built a leadership team around me who buy into my vision and principles and have recruited the very best to help me carry out my mission.” Bashir Parkar, Founder and Managing Director, BAP Pharma

Judges’ comments: "This company is currently achieving unbelievable results evidenced by their surge up this year’s listing. There is a very clear strategy centred around excellence, innovation and delivering exceptional customer service. Their success is very much down to the highly skilled and experienced leadership team that this winner recognised was needed and has built around him. His long and varied experiences in the pharmaceutical industry are providing for continued success and continued growth."

Bashir Parkar, CEO at BAP Pharma receiving CEO of the Year (over £50m) trophy from Richard Bevins, Director of Corporate & Risk Management at sponsor Verlingue
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  • Bashir Parkar – BAP Pharma
  • Sean Taylor – Redwood Technologies
  • Simon Thake – Rebound Technology Group

Tech Company of the Year

Winner: Sapphire Balconies

“The judges said we have technology in our DNA and this comes from our founder and his two sons. They like to invent and never stand still, which keeps us all on our toes. We came up with a lot of ideas during Covid-19 and realised there were bottlenecks in turning ideas into solutions. So, we set up a company within the company, with its own P&L, to deliver the ideas. They have an ‘ideas hopper’ where anyone can stick in ideas and the whole company votes on which to develop. Technology breakthroughs include the latest evolution of our balcony system and our recently launched curved balcony system, which is a game changer for us.” Kevin Bonner, Global Network Manager, and Zdravka Petrova, Marketing Campaign Manager, Sapphire Balconies

Judges’ comments: "This winner took the definition of ‘technology’ to a new level. It extends beyond digital hardware, software and cloud systems. What stood out to us was the extent to which their definition of technology had extended beyond that and into their very DNA. Their seemingly endless pursuit of innovation sits at the heart of everything they do and could be seen and heard in the way that they talk, the way that they think, and in the way that we could see people are encouraged to share and explore new ideas and opportunities."

L-R: Steve Barry, Sales & Marketing Director at sponsor EvolutionCBS presents Tech Company of the Year trophy to Zdravka Petrova and Kevin Bonner from Sapphire Balconies
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  • AVK/SEG
  • CV-Library
  • ESP Global
  • Sapphire Balconies

Employer of the Year

Winner: Ciphr

“We have done a lot of work over the last 12 months listening to what employees want, especially different generations. We introduced new benefits in areas like maternity and paternity breaks, as well as a fertility benefit for people undergoing IVF treatment and family National Trust membership to encourage staff to spend time with their families. We have a benefits platform to promote what is available and are doing more to make sure people understand about all the things we offer. Our wellbeing programme has a quarterly focus on different areas, such as financial wellbeing during the cost-of-living crisis.” Claire Williams, Chief People Officer, Ciphr

Judges’ comments: "This company has demonstrated how its people are central to their business goals as an employee-focused organisation. Attention to employee benefits, wellbeing-centric and a company that really wants to listen to their people. In their words, they 'try really hard'."

L-R: Nigel Wild, Business Development Manager at sponsor Morgan Lovell presents Employer of the Year trophy to Claire WIlliams and Gwenan West from Ciphr
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FINALISTS
  • Ciphr
  • CV-Library
  • Huntswood
  • RH Amar

Fast Riser of the Year

  • BAP Pharma
  • Elivia Homes
  • Rebound Technology Group
  • Rectory Homes

Winner: BAP Pharma

“A key part of our approach to business is to have respect for customers, suppliers and staff. I passionately believe in having a harmonious environment. People have got to enjoy coming to work and they wouldn't if we didn't respect for one another. The business is at the cutting edge and works hard to stay there by getting medicines to patients with unmet clinical needs. We distribute all around the world and go the extra mile to get medicines to people who need them.” Bashir Parkar, Founder and Managing Director, BAP Pharma

Judges’ comments: "This winner has achieved impressive growth fuelled by its visionary approach, which encompasses innovation, quality, and accessibility, as it strives to develop cutting-edge medications that address unmet medical needs. With a steadfast commitment to improving global healthcare, the company has expanded its product offerings and geographical presence. By continuously adapting to industry trends and customer demands, it remains at the forefront of pharmaceutical innovation, dedicated to making a positive impact on human health."

Bashir Parkar, CEO at BAP Pharma (right) receiving Fast Rising Company of the Year from Andrew Peddie, Corporate Director at sponsor Gateley Legal
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Growth & Resilience Award

Winner: Blue Sky Intermodal

“The Covid-19 pandemic was very good for us and we were helped in this respect by having strong foundations in place that have been built over the last 20 years. We have invested in our systems and have got very good people who know their stuff intimately – we don’t have any staff turnover. After two-and-a-half outstanding years, things are now getting back to normal, which brings its own challenges with a lot of market issues now unwinding. Container prices that had doubled have now halved. But we are a very dynamic business that can adapt quickly to market changes.” Chris Langley, Treasurer, Blue Sky Intermodal

Judges’ comments: "Our winner scored strongly in all judging areas, including a track record of growth and a clear strategy for growth in the future. This company demonstrated a solid business strategy, growth in recent years and potential for the future."

Chris Langley, Treasurer at Blue Sky Intermodal (right) receives Growth & Resilisnece Award from Neil Brackstone, Corporate Tax Partner from sponsor BDO UK
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  • BAP Pharma
  • Blue Sky Intermodal
  • Lucy Group
  • Rebound Technology Group

Leadership Team of the Year

Winner: Rectory Homes

“We are led by owner Simon Vickers with a small Board team who have all been promoted from within. We communicate daily and involve all the team in decision making. We encourage staff to take ownership of our projects, which helps to motivate people, and we celebrate our success with everyone. Another key side to the business was setting up the Rectory Foundation charity to give back to the communities in which we build, so we are seen as being a responsible developer.” Charlie Bethell-Vickers, Development Director, Rectory Homes

Judges’ comments: "It was clear that this business has been led by really good people who want their employees to take ownership and to be proud of their work and then for their teams to share in the success of the company moving forward. The leaders have made careful choices in every aspect of their business and take great pride in the amazing work they do, not just in building wonderful new houses but also by their work in the charity sector, which means they give so much back to their community which, in turn, leads to wonderful results in all aspects of the business."

Charlie Bethall-Vickers, Development Director at Rectory Homes (right) receives trophy from Ian McFadyen, Client Director at Verlingue
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  • AVK/SEG
  • BAP Phama
  • Elivia Homes
  • Rectory Homes
  • Thomas Homes
  • Westcoast

One to Watch

Winner: CV-Library

“The judges described a ‘paradigm shift’ in the business. This is primarily the adoption of machine learning and AI, particularly around how we deliver advertising programmatically, using a machine to make ever more efficient decisions about where we distribute advertising to be most effective for our clients. If you solve a problem for the end user – the candidate – then everything else hangs off that success because the recruiter will find the best candidate. One of the biggest levers we have to pull when it comes to how we bring about a paradigm shift is by establishing a new leadership team, who will now find the right people to bring in to execute change.” Mark Tavender, Senior Product Director, CV-Library

Judges’ comments: "In common with other businesses in this category, our winner has enjoyed impressive growth and has built a strong and committed team. But their innovation and vision for the future in their sector could be truly game-changing – leveraging new technologies and shifting the paradigm of how their industry interacts with both job candidates and business."

Mark Tavender, Senior Product Director at CV-Library (right) receives One to Watch trophy from Mike Whittle, Managing Director at sponsor EvolutionCBS
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  • Amazon Filters
  • AND Digital
  • CV-Library
  • Drinks21

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