Essex Auto Group has been included in the third edition of the London Stock Exchange's landmark 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report, showcasing the UK's most inspiring and fast growing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
To be selected for the list, businesses had to demonstrate not only positive growth in revenue over the last four years, but also significantly outperform their sector peers. The result is a list of companies richer and more varied than ever identified in any other exercise of this type. It demonstrates that the UK has a diverse economy with companies representing over 40 sectors: from architecture and manufacturing, to special effects and food & drink, and, encouragingly, from across every region of the UK.
As became clear in the 2016 Budget, fast-growing businesses are vital to the future of the UK economy and this report serves to highlight the support that they require. That comes in many forms, from cutting red tape to media promotion and, most importantly, providing access to the right forms of long-term growth finance.
As a result of this, the report has received the support of the Government and major political parties. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Angela Eagle MP and Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and the Economy, John Swinney, MSP have all contributed forewords to the report alongside contributions from the UK's major business associations.
The report shines a light on some of the UK's most vibrant companies, which are proof of all that the UK has to offer.