City firms ranked among fastest growing

Go Outdoors.  Go Outdoors Hill Street , Bramall Lane .
Go Outdoors. Go Outdoors Hill Street , Bramall Lane .
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Two Sheffield companies have been named the fastest growing privately-owned companies in Yorkshire and among the top 100 in the whole of Britain.

Medical recruitment consultancy Hallam Medical made it into the annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 rankings of private companies with the fastest growing sales for the first time this year.

The company, which specialises in placing advanced practitioners, nursing staff and GPs, went straight in at the top in Yorkshire and came 30th overall after sales grew by 94 per cent to £5.6 million.

For outdoor equipment retailer GO Outdoors, this is its third consecutive appearance in the rankings. The company was placed second in Yorkshire and 94th overall after sales grew by 52 per cent to just below £144 million – the highest of any company in this year’s Fast Track 100.

GO Outdoors finance director Chris Morgan said: “GO Outdoors enjoyed a period of exceptional consistent sales growth last year. We opened 10 new stores, and a further four new stores have opened this year in Swansea, Chester, Penrith and Poole. And the number of employees has doubled from under 700 to over 1400.

“The Fast Track league table features some outstanding businesses - it’s flattering to be in such good company. It’s pleasing to see the other Yorkshire companies placed in the league table enjoying business success.

“If you ask any businesses to explain their success I’m sure they’ll tell you about how much hard work they put in. We’re no different here at GO Outdoors. We’re immensely proud of the unique out-of-town retail experiences we create. And we work especially hard to stay ahead of our customers’ demands for product range, quality and value both offline and online.

“Above all, we’re passionate about the outdoors. It’s a passion we share with our customers, and that’s what comes through in the way we operate.”

Sir Richard Branson of Virgin, which has been the title sponsor of the league table for all 16 years, commented: “The tough economic conditions of the last few years have continued throughout 2012.

“Despite the positive feelings and boost provided by the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, the UK’s recovery has been slow and uneven this year. Against this backdrop, the Fast Track 100 companies have performed especially well, growing strongly and creating all important jobs.”