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Led by chief executive Heath Davies and with a staff of 90, it grew earnings to £8.2m in 2019 from sales of £17.4m (average growth 55%).


Wireless Logic (64th) based near Maidenhead had profits of £20.3m in 2019 from sales of £67.4m (growth 49%). Led by chief executive Oliver Tucker and with a staff of 150, its technology enables wireless data transmission from devices such as vehicle trackers, card payment systems and CCTV.


Solent


The Dorchester housebuilder CG Fry and Son was the lone entrant from the Solent area in the Profit Track table this year. Founded by Charlie Fry in 1935, the company is now run by his grandson Philip, the managing director, and made 21st place in the UK listing – up ten places from when it last made the table in 2018.


As one of the principal builders of Poundbury, the Dorset model town championed by the Prince of Wales, Fry’s continues to use traditional building techniques and local materials. With a staff of 175 in 2018 it completed 208 homes, lifting profits to £9.5m from sales of £82.7m (growth 74%).


When the lockdown began it stopped work on its 10 development sites in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. But the company said earlier this year it was optimistic that the property market was beginning to turn, and that there is a growing appetite amongst homebuyers in the South West.


“Help to Buy continues to be a factor for people looking to take a step onto the property ladder, either for the first time or second,” said Caroline Hill, sales and marketing director, “and we are seeing many of our buyers taking advantage of the scheme to enable them to purchase their new home.”


* The Profit Track 100 is compiled annually by Oxford-based Fast Track and sponsored by Santander and UBS.


THE BUSINESS MAGAZINE – JULY/AUGUST 2020


Investors in some of the region’s smallest quoted companies were the real winners when it came to share price hikes in May – led by Aldershot-based Pipehawk Group, which saw its shares rise an amazing 47%.


Pipehawk’s commercial strategy is focused on providing innovative technology solutions across a wide range of industries, but specialising in highways, automotive, rail and aerospace.


“While some areas of the group have expectedly seen a downturn in orders as clients within sectors – including building services, automotive, aerospace etc – have temporarily shut down, activity in other areas has witnessed healthy order intake,” said the company in a trading update regarding the Covid-19 virus.


Another success story was Petards Group’s price rise of 33%. The Guildford- based developer of advanced security and surveillance systems announced it has acquired the intellectual property rights of Nexus ANPR Smart Box and associated software from Telematics Technologies for just over £1 million.


Galliford Try, the Uxbridge construction group, saw its price clamber 33% after its building division was awarded a contract to deliver £28.6m of works on phase two of the Heart of the City development in Sheffield, and was also selected for a new road-surfacing framework covering local authorities across Yorkshire.


Large (over £1 billion) MICRO FOCUS INTL BIG YELLOW GROUP SERCO GROUP


CENTRICA SPECTRIS


ASHTEAD GROUP FERGUSON HALMA


Medium (£250m-£1b) ELEMENTIS


MORGAN ADVANCED MRA SDL


XP POWER (DI)


OXFORD INSTRUMENTS TT ELECTRONICS


OXFORD BIOMEDICA VITEC GROUP


Small (£50m to £250m) GALLIFORD TRY


RPS GROUP LOK’N STORE GROUP


REAL ESTATE INVESTORS OXFORD METRICS SOPHEON ECKOH


LATHAM(JAMES)


Sub £50 million PIPEHAWK


PETARDS GROUP CALCULUS VCT


HIGHCROFT INVESTMENTS OXFORD TECHNOLOGY VCT TP GROUP


OXFORD TECHNOLOGY 3 VCT DE LA RUE ORD


Adjusted price 30/04/2020


407 37


1,000 2,564 127


2,393 6,366 2,330


67


213 485


3,150 1,250 175 771 728


117 43


515 34 89


730 56


883


3.8 6.0


50.0


690.0 33.0 6.6


53.5 66.8


Adjusted price 31/05/2020


482 40


1,072 2,667 129


2,175 5,736 2,090


70


219 493


3,180 1,228 167 730 670


151 52


590 38


100 695 51


790


5.5 8.0


65.0


635.0 30.0 5.3


35.0 40.8


Growth 18%


9% 7% 4% 2%


-9%


-10% -10%


5% 3% 2% 1%


-2% -5% -5% -8%


29% 22% 15% 14% 12% -5% -9%


-10%


47% 33% 30% -8% -9%


-20% -35% -39%


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