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London Stock Exchange lists Kent companies in the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain report

For the third year running, London Stock Exchange has identified 1,000 of the UK's most notable small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK. Among those listed from Kent are clothes retailer Childrensalon, winemaker Chapel Down and recruitment consultancy the Red Eagle Group.

Chapel Down is described as having “blazed a trail in England’s winemaking and craft beer market”. They successfully raised nearly £4 million through a crowdfunding campaign in 2014 and are the first wine producer ever included in the report.

Chief executive Frazer Thompson said: “Being recognised by the London Stock Exchange as one of Britain’s most inspiring companies is a great honour and it is humbling to be the first wine producer to feature.

“We strive to push boundaries in all areas of our business, whether that be through product innovation, record-breaking crowdfunding or expansion in to new categories such as beer and cider, and it is extremely rewarding to be recognised for this.”

Other entrants included Universal Meats UK from Sevenoaks, who reached a turnover of over £100 million. Also listed were Maviga from Yalding, a trader of dried edible pulses, with turnover in the £150-£200 million bracket and The BMW dealership, Arden Maidstone Limited. Children’s clothes retailer Childrensalon also made the cut. The company were a success for Locate in Kent last year after we assisted with their the expansion in Tunbridge Wells. 

Two recruitment firms from Kent also made the list. Triple KEiBA winner Swanstaff Recruitment in Dartford and Red Eagle Group in Folkestone were recognised for their turnover reaching the £10-£20 million territory.

Also included on the list was Cygnet Health Care, the medical company which has submitted a planning application to open a mental health hospital in Maidstone.

London Stock Exchange chief executive Xavier Rolet said: “High growth SMEs are the driving force behind the UK economy, developing the skills, jobs and growth we need.

“But ambition alone is not enough; their success must be highlighted and their growth properly supported with appropriate finance.”

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