The Surrey Super Growth Awards took place in June at the historic Brooklands Museum in Weybridge. Now in its third year, business leaders from across the county attended this prestigious breakfast event to find out which were the fastest-growing private companies in Surrey.
Surrey Super Growth is a collaboration between asb law, Lloyds Bank and RSM. It is different from traditional business awards in that the finalists don’t apply to participate as the work is already done in their financial reports filed at Companies House. The turnover growth of companies that meet the Awards criteria is assessed over a four-year accounting period to produce a finalist list.
The Surrey Super Growth 2018 winner was announced as Leatherhead-based ESP Electricity Ltd, with an outstanding growth rate of 317%. The company develops and operates electricity networks, primarily for new build developments and industrial and commercial markets. It was established in 2003 and was the first Independent Distribution Network Operator to be awarded an electricity distribution licence in the newly deregulated market.
Commenting on the success, Nick Clark, Chief Commercial Officer of ESP Utilities Group, said: “ESP Electricity is delighted to receive this award and it recognises the immense effort the company has made in growing the business over recent years. In entering what was a monopoly market with significant barriers to entry we feel especially proud that the company is now at the forefront playing a vital role in offering customers a choice where none previously existed, and our growth is a reflection of the people we employ and their drive, commitment and values.”
The Surrey Super Growth 2018 Runner-Up was Collins Construction Ltd, a fit-out and refurbishment contractor for the commercial, healthcare and leisure sector, with a growth rate of 223%.
Paul Davis, Preconstruction Director at Collins Construction, said: “It was a privilege to accept this Super Surrey Growth Award on behalf of all the team at Collins Construction. We have always been a client focused business, evolving in an intentional manner to support our planned workload. By developing long term relationships both with clients and our supply chain this has supported our extraordinary staff to secure us new and multiple repeat projects.”
Third place was awarded to IMC Worldwide Ltd, an international development consultancy with roots in the planning, design and management of global infrastructure projects, with a growth rate of 197%.
Gavin English, Managing Director of IMC Worldwide, said: “I am delighted that IMC Worldwide won this award which is testament to the high quality, dedication and passion of our staff. The positive growth we have experienced over the past four years is matched only by the positive impacts that we have delivered to those less fortunate than us around the world, something we are all very proud of at IMC.”
Popular writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe, who hosted the Awards presentation, explained the importance of these businesses to the region: “These companies should rightly receive this recognition. They’ve been working through the persistent uncertainty that surrounds our business economy at the moment, delivering the growth and success that drives the UK forward.”
Each of the Surrey Super Growth sponsors also added their own congratulations to the finalists during the event. Russell Bell, Senior Consultant, at asb law LLP explained: “These Awards are all about celebrating the achievements of fantastic businesses. The finalists contributed over £3 billion to the Surrey economy last year alone. That means real jobs and a real contribution to the UK’s GDP for which they should all be rightly congratulated.”
Jon Da Costa, Partner at global audit, tax and consultancy adviser RSM UK, continued: “It was a pleasure for RSM to be associated with so many businesses in the awards within such a diverse range of industries. Surrey is a power house and really open for business.”
Mark Burton, Managing Director, London & South East - Mid-Markets from Lloyds Commercial Banking, also commented: “The positive energy amongst the finalists was infectious but what struck me the most was the resounding pride and drive within the room along with the healthy mutual respect in recognising each other’s achievement and contribution to the region. Lloyds Bank is very proud to support the awards and we congratulate all of the finalists for their outstanding accomplishments.”
The Surrey Super Growth Awards will return in 2019.
The full list of finalists is available from: