A HUDDERSFIELD firm headed by Town and Giants chairman Ken Davy has emerged as the fastest-growing private business in the north-east.
SimplyBiz Plc, which employs 57 people at offices on Pennine Business Park, Bradley, was ranked first in the region and sixth nationally in the Fast Track 100 annual league table.
The awards, now in their 11th year, rank the 100 British private companies with the fastest-growing sales over a three-year period.
SimplyBiz Plc, launched by Mr Davy five years ago, provides support services for independent financial advisers.
Since its launch, it has become the fastest-growing IFA service company in the UK. Sales have almost trebled during the past three financial years to stand at £7.48m.
Another Huddersfield firm, Easy Computers, was seventh on the regional list with a 76% rise in sales to £47.5m, while Brighouse-based Clipper Group Holdings was 12th with a 63.3% increase in turnover to £86.18m.
SimplyBiz has signed up 2,000 independent financial advisers as clients since 2002 when it started selling them compliance and business support services. Its performance has proved so impressive that insurance group Standard Life has taken a 10% stake in the company.
Services provided by the firm include help to meet compliance, technical assistance, business development, research and marketing.
Easy Computers, which employs 47 people at offices on Trident Business Park, Leeds Road, Deighton, is 64th on the national Fast Track 100 list compiled for the Sunday Times and Virgin.
The firm, led by managing director Nick Glynne, is one of the UK’s fastest growing suppliers of IT products and services – selling more than £35m of laptops, PCs and monitors online to individuals, small and medium-sized businesses and schools, colleges and universities.
Warehousing and distribution company Clipper Group, which was founded by businessman Steven Parkin in 1995 and now has more than 1,800 workers, is 86th on the UK list.
The company provides labelling, storage and delivery services for major high street names including Next, New Look, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols.
Other companies in the top 12 on the north-east list include Skipton-based pram manufacturer Silver Cross, Sheffield-based hotel booking agency Alpharooms, Wakefield greetings card retailer Card Factory and Wetherby-based insurance broker Oval, which has an office at Bradley.
The 12 companies have combined sales of £375m and employ more than 5,780 people.
Nationally, the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 companies have combined sales of £3.1bn and together employ almost 30,000 people.