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250 successes shine out


There may be troubles ahead, in the light of Brexit and global headwinds, but the Solent 250 goes from strength to strength


The latest listing, compiled by The Business Magazine, shows big increases in turnover by some of the region’s best-known names, partly fuelled by acquisitions.


The TV and radio broadcast specialist Arqiva continues to lead the pack, out front with nearly £1 billion of sales. But among those growing fast are Hendy Group, the car dealership firm that has acquired new franchises during the past year, and Sunseeker, founded in Poole back in 1969 by Robert Braithwaite, and now employing 2,500 skilled designers, engineers and craftsmen. Indeed, Sunseeker has seen a 52% rise in orders for its luxury boats year on year.


The Solent 250 is sponsored by HSBC, law firm Irwin Mitchell, business advisers and accountants RSM, and CMA Recruitment Group, the accountancy, finance, executive and HR consultancy.


New sponsor CMA’s commercial director Richard Dibden said: “CMA Recruitment Group is delighted to be sponsoring the Solent 250 campaign in 2019. As a


The listing COMPANY NAME


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25


Arqiva


Hendy Group Lush Cosmetics


Southern Co-operative Westover Group Snows Group Sunseeker


Simplyhealth Group Wiggle


Stannah


Sandown Group Fat Face


Colt Group Southampton FC


Churchill Retirement Living Foray Motor Group


Heritage Automotive Hobbycraft Group Natures Way Foods Barfoots of Botley Ordnance Survey


Partridge of Hampshire Ocean Automotive


Imperial Car Supermarkets AFC Bournemouth


Description


TV & radio broadcast Car dealerships Retailer


Food retailer & funerals Car dealerships Car dealerships


Yacht manufacturer


Private health insurance Mail order retailer Lifts and stairlifts Car dealerships Clothing brand


Smoke control specialists Football club


Retirement home developer Car dealerships Car dealerships


Arts & crafts retailer


Fresh food packing & preparation Cereal grower


Mapping agencey Car dealerships Car dealerships


Used car dealerships Football club


Sales (m)


962.4 532.8 497.8 431.2 336.8 291.9 289.1 279.3 259.2 251.3 243.9 235.9 181.4 178.3 175.5 174.2 171.9 168.5 163.7 157.7 154.9 154.6 145.4 142.4 136.5


26 27 28 29 30


DB Foods


The National Lighting Co (Poole Lighting) CLC Group


Bell Integration Bartholomews


31 Millbrook Industries 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50


AIM Altitude


Portchester Equity Trant Engineering Oil Spill Response Fusion People


Hall & Woodhouse SHB Hire


Highwood Group of Companies Serocor (ARM)


Goodwood Estate Company Reilly JDM


Ceuta Healthcare


Peter Cooper Motor Group Onecom Elliotts


Sparshatts Group Knight Square Brymor Group


Outcomes First Group


long-established recruitment firm in the Solent region, we work closely with many companies on the 250 list and we look forward to making new introductions and helping to support even more businesses throughout the region.”


Southern Cooperative is another success story on the Solent 250 list. With total group income of £431 million it opened 16 stores in the past financial year and shared £2.9m profit with its members. Established in Portsmouth more than 140 years ago, it is moving some of its stores from its managed state to a new franchise model.


Imperial Car Supermarkets has proved a winner – jumping to £142m turnover in the past year. The expanding car retailer, which now has sites throughout the country, has set its sights on reaching 20 used car supermarkets by the end of 2019. Operating profits have jumped nearly 70% in the past year.


Ceuta Healthcare, based in Bournemouth, is a brilliant example of a start-up – founded


after the owner sold the family home – that has grown to become a multi-award- winning business operating internationally.


In a list with so many successful companies, not all can be highlighted. With turnovers ranging from £1 billion to £13 million, there’s a wide sweep of businesses on the list. Household names include Lush, Fat Face, Stannah, Ordnance Survey, and Farrow & Ball, but there are many ‘unsung heroes’ too.


Judges are currently visiting shortlisted Solent 250 companies to decide on award winners who will be announced at a special dinner at Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, on April 2.


To learn more, email Linda Morse: linda@elcot.co.uk


• The Solent 250 lists companies ranked by turnover, based on records from Companies House and FAME. To be included, businesses need to be independent, private companies, headquartered in the Solent region.


to view the full listing visit businessmag.co.uk COMPANY NAME Description


Meat wholesaler Lighting specialist


Painting & maintenance


Computer hardware & software Seeds & crop products


Bed & furniture manufacturer Aircraft interiors


Industrial doors manufacturer Construction & engineering Oil spills advisers & training Recruitment agency Beer manufacturer Vehicle hire & sales Housebuilder


Recruitment specialist


Land & leisure management Civil engineering


Healthcare sales & marketing Car dealerships


Telecoms solutions Builders' merchants Car dealerships


Property management Construction


Care services provider


Sales (m)


135.7 135.4 131.2 129.9 116.7 114.5 114.2 113.0 111.7 110.5 110.4 110.1 105.4 100.0 99.4 98.2 89.1 88.1 84.0 82.8 77.8 76.2 75.3 75.1 75.0


THE BUSINESS MAGAZINE – JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019


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