Five Kent businesses listed in 2012
Newingreen-based travel company Holiday Extras has been named a Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 company, for the third consecutive year.
Published on 14 October in the Sunday Times, the Top Track 250 league table ranks Britain’s leading mid-market private companies based on their annual sales.
Holiday Extras was placed at 232 this year, a rise of 17 from 2011. The business recorded sales of £180.6 million in the year ending March 2011.
Cathy Beare, Group Chief Financial Officer for HolidayExtras.com, was among guests at the awards dinner in London on Thursday 11 October to celebrate publication of the 2012 list.
Cathy said: “It’s fantastic for the whole Holiday Extras team to be on the Top Track 250 for the third year running. We have focused on growth in challenging times, and are very proud to be ranked alongside the many strong, innovative businesses boosting the UK economy.”
The UK’s market-leader for travel add-ons was in good company alongside firms as diverse as Selfridges, Pret a Manger, Aston Martin and Warburtons; plus other travel businesses including Center Parcs, Travelodge and Gatwick airport.
David Maxwell, partner at Grant Thornton, the title sponsor of the league table, said: “It is great to see privately owned companies – including many which Grant Thornton has helped to support – making such a positive contribution to the UK economy.
“Impressive leadership is ensuring they prosper despite tough trading conditions, with many companies expanding through their international operations and all making sure they retain and engage talented people in the UK.”
Fresca Group (Paddock Wood), Thor Group (Canterbury), United House Group (Swanley) and South East Water (Snodland) were the other Kent-based companies ranked in the Top Track 250 this year.
Notes to editors
The 48 companies headquartered in the southeast achieved combined sales of £15.2 billion and employ 91,570 people.
The Top Track 250 is sponsored by Grant Thornton and Barclays, and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based networking events and research company.
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