Eight in ‘inspiring thousand’ report

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Eight Sheffield businesses are named today in London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report.

The second edition of the landmark publication identifies the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses.

Among those from Sheffield are ASK4, X-Cel Superturn, Benchmark Holdings and William Cook.

Chancellor George Osborne said: “This is a remarkable list of outstanding companies. These businesses have been built by the drive, commitment and vision of Britain’s entrepreneurs and business leaders. It is my privilege to be able to congratulate them all, and to thank London Stock Exchange Group for its work.”

Launching the report, business secretary Vince Cable said: “These 1,000 exemplary businesses show how SMEs punch above their weight - more than doubling their revenue over the past four years to deliver growth and create jobs across the UK.

“The Government is backing innovative and ambitious companies like these to grow and export their products all over the world and I wish them continued success for the future. Access to finance is an important enabler to growth and the British Business Bank that the Government has set up is playing a particularly important role in helping to ensure finance markets work more effectively for smaller businesses.”

Other local businesses in the list are: Highlander Computing Solutions Ltd, Linear Recruitment Ltd, Masterstaff Group Ltd and One Health Group Ltd.

The list is based on financial data including profit and loss, balance sheet analysis and credit health checking. Revenues must be between £6m-£250m,