Working with the innovation agency NESTA and the business information company Dun & Bradstreet, The Telegraph compiled the list based on sales between £5m and £500m. They polled more than a dozen organisations and professional bodies, such as the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Chartered Insurance Institute, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as taking nominations from readers and conducting research of companies receiving peer acclaim.
Roger Hodson, UK Managing Director at Dun & Bradstreet who assisted with the research, commented: “Dun & Bradstreet is proud to be contributing to The Telegraph’s initiative of identifying firms that are not just surviving, but thriving in the current economic climate. It is often too easy to concentrate on the negatives – increased business failures, reduced profits, weakened financial strength, lengthened payment terms – and forget that many companies in the UK have faced up to the challenges, and with nimble and brave thinking have put their businesses in a great position to seize the opportunities that exist out there.”
The result is a snapshot of companies that collectively generate more than £50bn in sales, that have operations across the UK and that have all shown resilience during the recession and stuttering recovery.
Andrew Finney, Managing Director at HCR Group commented: “It is very pleasing to see the hard work of the team here at HCR gain national recognition and acclaim through the Telegraph Top 1000 Businesses. Whilst we aim to be in the top quartile of companies when it comes to achievement in the UK business sector, this is a great triumph for HCR and we are proud to have been acknowledged.”
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