The London Stock Exchange has today launched the third edition of its flagship, 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report: an annual celebration of the fastest-growing and most dynamic SMEs in the UK.
As well as identifying 1,000 inspiring companies, including 36 from the Greater Manchester region, the publication demonstrates the continued strength of British business and the thriving entrepreneurial spirit taking hold across the country.
The report has received support from leading politicians including the Chancellor George Osborne and John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and the Economy.
To mark the launch of the publication at London Stock Exchange’s headquarters in London, Sajid Javid MP Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills will join 40 of the company CEOs to open trading.
Amongst those from Greater Manchester are: J Sykes & Son – family run wholesale seafood importer, started as a stall at Smithfiled, Market in 1862, Timpson – retailer specialising in shoe repairs, key cutting & engraving, as well as dry cleaning & photo processing and Innovative Technology – manufacturers of banknote validators, banknote recyclers, multi-coin hoppers and ticketing products that handle millions of transactions every day for some of the world’s leading companies.
Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group, said: “High growth SMEs are the driving force behind the UK economy, developing the skills, jobs and growth we need.
“But ambition alone is not enough; their success must be highlighted and their growth properly supported with appropriate finance. That’s why today’s event is so important: demonstrating the strong alliance between UK Government, financial market participants, investors, entrepreneurs and companies to support these inspiring businesses.
“Today’s celebration is fundamental to London Stock Exchange’s core, the need to support UK high growth companies in their journeys from Start-up to Stardom and create an entrepreneurship revolution.”
Aidan Towey, managing director, Innovative Technology, said: “Our company’s success is based on our proven history in the industry combined with a passion for innovation and new ways of thinking. We have been able to understand changing market trends and therefore create products that our customers need and want.