Inner City 100 2004

This year's winners were a mixed bag. with no particular type of company doing well - although some sectors were more dominant than others - so Growing Business presents the full list of winners.


The Inner City 100, now in its third year, has dug deep to find the top 100 inner city companies and found some gems. Growing Business presents them for your perusal starting with numbers 1-20.

 

1. Techtonik Software development company £59,955,423 68,7075% Peter Johnson

2. Solarcentury Design, supply, and installation of solar electric systems £2,789,779 8,073% Jeremy Leggett

3. Medea International LtdWholesalers of audio visual and multi-media accessories £10,570,667 4,626% Yusuf Okhai

4. Freight Solutions UK Ltd Freight Solutions £938,229 3,627% Peter Shortt

5. Jump Group LtdProperty retailer £47,668,306 1,703% Jason Butler

6. Composite Legal Expenses Ltd Legal Expenses insurer £10,347,134 1,303% John Mullin

7. Bluefrog LimitedAdvertising for the charity sector £8,986,301 1,034% Mark Phillips

8. Argento Contemporary Jewellery LtdRetailers specialising in contemporary silver jewellery £1,293,019 1,025% Peter Boyle

9. KGB Cleaning and Support Services Ltd Commercial cleaning service provider £8,662,959 995% Kevan Brown

10. FM Holdings Limited Publishing and property services provider £1,102,626 965% Matthew H Fraser Moat

11. New Mind Internet Consultancy Ltd New media and marketing agency £514,987 916% Richard Yeal

12. Organica (UK) LtdManufacturer of biotechnology products £310,465 890% Anthony Davies

13. Future Health and Social Care Association Social housing, training and employment provider £2,039,616 852% Roger Telphia

14. Mando GroupWeb development and design consultancy £1,250,174 772% Matthew Johnson

15. Zen InternetInternet service provider £7,809,151 740% Richard Tang

16. JAC Training and Development Supplier of education and training programmes £535,522 733% Mike Allerton

17. Sift Internet solutions £4,424,028 672% Ben Heald

18. Central Trust PlcConsumer finance services provider £500,422,519 667% Andrew Turner

19. River Pro AudioAudio Equipment manufacturer and distributor £1,261,521 639% Joel Monger

20. STRIDESupplier of furniture and training services £401.889 614% Phil Saunders

Numbers 21 – 40

21. Taurus Infomatics IT Infrastructure solutions £5,026,909 595% Glyn Heath

22. ClinPhone Group Ltd Clinical technology solutions £20,309,531 546% Patrick Hughes

23. 151 Products LimitedWholesale and retail trade £10,913,541 522% Richard Shonn

24. Caldeira Ltd Cushion manufacturer £5,342,077 497% Tony Caldeira

25. Cash Management Systems LtdCash and bank supply chain management £773,222 493% Matthew Alston

26. Gas Call Services Gas maintenance and installation services £3,235,037 480% Mike Donnelly

27 Wilton Healthcare Ltd Real estate, renting, and business activities £934,140 466% Jim Carvill

28. Spin Media PR planning, media relations, event management, and marketing support services £656,111 443% Andy Spinoza

29. Brambles FoodsSandwich and salad supplier £10,457,014 420% Howard Farquhar

30. Hackney Community Transport Community transport service £3,698,384 390% Dai Powell

31. John Mills LimitedWholesale and retail trade £35,482,034 390% John Mills

32. Temploy Recruitment Services LtdRecruitment £3,589,180 389% Karl Hart

33. Kingfisher Building Co Ltd Building solutions £10,187,541 387% Peter Davies

34. Suffolk Life Group plc Financial services £296,494,000 384% Henry Catchpole 35. Precious Homes Ltd Health and social work £1,741,473 373% Mitesh Dhanak

36. The London Bar Company Hotels and restaurants £1,416,058 366% Rupert Beak

37. Associated Network Solutions Plc (ANS) IT Solutions £5,197,303 365% Scott Fletcher

38. Bluefire Consulting Ltd Specialist recruitment agency £756,857 365% Jamie Swain

39. Love Saves the Day Restaurant £480,746 361% Beckie Joyce

40. Mellors Catering Services Ltd Catering services £4,050,373 351%

Numbers 41-60

41. Impact Community Developments Health and social work £583,266 346% David Lowther

42. Nottinghamshire Business Venture Business support agency £784,797 339% Richard Dearden

43. Mastclimbers Limited Construction £5,606,954 334% Andrew Reid

44. 2XL Recruitment Ltd London care workers recruitment agency £2,095,419 323% John Prescod

45. Cardinal Maritime Limited Ocean Freight Specialists £8,301,066 315% David Garratt

46. Thorns Group Plc Events, exhibition and conference supplies provider £5,679,130 308% Graham Langley-Jones

47. Action for Employment Limited (A4E) Community recruitment agency £32,128,730 298% Mark Lovell

48. Moonfish Limited Real estate, renting, and business activities £2,232,463 289% Kate Drewett

49. Stairlifts (Scotland) Ltd. Access lifts and public access products £2,233,244 266% Lisa Barry

50. PJs Food Ltd Sporting event, airport, tourist attraction and retail outlet caterers £1,055,038 259% Scott Cherry

51. Riverside Truck Rental Limited Municipal truck hire £9,620,766 259% Steve Parkinson

52. Magnus Electrical Services Ltd Electrician’s services £587,250 255% Colin Murray

53. Sheffield Rebuild Limited Redeveloping rundown areas £5,179,328 251% Neil Fieldhouse

54. Teswaine Business Communications Ltd Telecoms £9,479,778 239% Peter Patsalides

55. DP Furniture Express Furniture retailer £27,605,857 233% John Marshall

56. Andor Technology Ltd Manufacturing £9,208,000 228% Mark Donaghy

57. Smartstyle Technology Training Ltd Educational training £439,551 226% Mandy Jones

58. Scheff Foods Ltd Food Manufacturing £3,710,092 221% Mohan Chauhan

59. Ecco Finishing Supplies Limited Wholesale and retail trade £1,255,477 208% Keith Miller

60. Raresupply Ltd Audio retail £3,887,694 206% Juliette Abrams

Numbers 61-80

61. Strategic Systems Solutions Ltd IT solutions for the financial services £28,959,368 196% Owen Weeks

62. B-Plan Information Systems Corporate solution £5,600,000 195% Kate Hosier

63. Southwark Cathedral Enterprises Limited Wholesale and retail trade £552,648 188% Sarah King

64. Intelect (UK) Ltd Construction, and electrical services £3,039,762 187% Fran Cormican

65. A C S Clothing Ltd Highland dress £1,835,306 176% Richard Freedman

66. Action Housing Association Limited Community housing association £2,056,206 173% Russell Ward

67. Glen Oaks Housing Association Limited Community housing association £2,867,808 168% Alasdair McKee

68. N C S Group Ltd Wholesale and retail trade £11,827,741 164% Tom Nolan

69. Atlas London Property Limited Property search site £3,389,334 161% Harry Krishna Beharry

70. Williams and Williams Limited Insurance broking £2,200,542 161% Mark Williams

71. The Daylight Company Limited Simulated natural daylight lamps £2,999,175 158% Patrick Jacquelin

72. Bill Goff Golf Tours Golfing holidays £4,837,990 152% Paul Challen

73. Sense Internet Ltd Website design agency £887,148 149% Aidan Cook

74. Tile Mart Ltd Tiling retailer £1,643,130 143% Zabir Patel

75. Allied Vehicles Limited Transport, storage and communication £27,192,162 135% Gavin Gillies

76. Tempest Technology Ltd Billing and customer care software solutions £1,526,582 133% Tim Sayer

77. UK Industrial Tapes Industrial adhesive tape suppliers £2,348,077 132% Ruth Welch

78. Oscar and Dehn Lifestyle therapy solutions £970,465 129% St John Groom

79. Squirrel Storage Limited Archive storage solutions £4,174,992 129% Simon Ruston

80. Lambhill Court LimitedHealth and social work £2,685,107 128% Deepak Poddar

Numbers 81-100

81. Live Information Systems LtdContent management support and new media solutions £376,955 128% Darius Khadjenouri

82. The Big Agency Public and not-for-profit sector publishing £2,770,661 125% Peter Gould

83. Prevista Ltd Social, cultural and economic development £1,979,486 123% Richard Parkes

84. iDOiNK Technologies Ltd Business systems management solutions £1,389,524 122% Steve O’Donoghue

85. Rhodes and Sons Construction Ltd Construction £3,583,563 122% David Rhodes

86. Cableworld Ltd Wholesale cable manufacturer £1,834,518 120% Jim Vegad

87. House of Hair and Beauty Hair and beauty salon £361,805 119% Neil Hull

88. Regional Car Park Services Car park services £954,704 119% Shapoor Naghshineh

89. Blueprint Management Systems Ltd Perfomance management and business intelligence solutions £2,583,418 117% Chris Wigglesworth

90. Universal ArchesIndustrial arches manufacturer £2,583,418 117% Paula Degiorgio

91. Nicholas Associates Limited Real estate, renting, and business activities £20,458,818 116% Nicholas Cragg

92. Multijet (Cardiff) LtdInkjet cartridges £929,381 114% Stuart Pace

93. Blue River Design Graphic design agency £630,235 113% Simon Douglas

94. First Security (Guards) Limited Security guard services £38,940,000 106% Jonathan Levine

95. Regent Envelope Ltd Wholesale envelope supplier £4,746,483 103% Mark Regan

96. Watsons Glass and Mirrors Ltd. Glass processing specialists £2,628,639 97% Evan Watson

97. A1 Pharmaceuticals Ltd Pharmaceuticals supplier £23,216,229 94% Gary Lewis

97. Armstrong Craven Ltd Executive research and business information services £2,177,100 94% Sue Craven

98. Paragon Interiors Group Office design and refurbishment £5,017,440 92% Alan Hardy

99. Anvil Software LimitedFinancial markets software systems and consultancy services £5,143,661 88% Joe Nicholson

Winner – PETER JOHNSON, TECHTONIK

To say 2003 was a productive year for Inner City 100 top gun Techtonik is a huge understatement. From August 2002 to August 2003 turnover grew from £236,000 by a staggering 68,707% to £59,995,500. Exporting its innovative software products to global markets through partnerships with the likes of Microsoft account for the vast majority of Techtonik’s sales, but Peter Johnson, who started the company in 1996, is quick to acknowledge the support the business has received in its native North East.

“The award isn’t for us, but the city of Sunderland and the North East as a whole,” says Johnson. “It’s now a good place to do business and entrepreneurs that had left the area are coming back.”

Johnson is also keen to reference the support services the company has worked with and also the export schemes it’s participated in. The company has worked with local universities and regularly offers work experience placements.

However, Johnson isn’t sure how far Inner City 100 has gone in achieving the government’s objectives. “It’s not really for me to say,” says Johnson, implying it’s up to him and others ‘to do’ instead. “The award proves the model can work,” he adds.

Johnson commends the need to recognise the success of growing businesses, particularly identifying the power of a raised profile given UK banks’ “awful” reluctance to look at future and potential returns when making investments.

So have Microsoft been to Sunderland? “Not yet,” admits Johnson. “But I don’t think anyone has any negative perceptions of us because of where we’re from. They’re only interested in us for what we are.”

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