Chris Harrison: Collstream

Strong growth, impressive client list, and zero debt for this IT firm

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Chris Harrison, 33
Company: Collstream

Self-taught IT developer and technical design expert Chris Harrison co-founded Collstream in 2005, aged 26. Since then, the Derby-based business has grown into a leading provider of SMS, voice messaging and IVR solutions to clients including utility companies, Premier League football clubs and retail stores. Due to Harrison’s and co-founder Ian Maxfield’s decision to eschew external investment, the business has remained debt-free since day one.

This makes its 2012 turnover of £3m, and its 50% year-on-year growth, arguably even more impressive. Harrison is now predicting continued strong growth and expansion into new markets as use of mobile technology and SMS continues to increase.

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