THE IMPACT of the world’s longest recession is still being felt, the economic recovery still fragile.

Thankfully there are companies out there achieving sustainable growth, creating jobs and building back the economy.

As part of a landmark initiative, The Argus has teamed up with asb law, Kreston Reeves and Lloyds to create Sussex Super Growth – the ultimate list of high-growth companies in the county.

To have been entered, companies must be active and their main trading address must be in Sussex.

Turnover must be at least £1 million in the base year, the company must be profitable and it must not be quoted.

Growth figures are based on a three-year period with all information based on records filed with Companies House.

Companies do not enter themselves into the awards or pay a fee and were approached by the awards partners.

After counting down the highest growth companies last week, we present the full list below.  

1. Kingscote Rojay

From what began as a small import agent in Gatwick in 1993, Kingscote Rojay has grown into an international business primarily operating as a freight forwarder.

As well as sites throughout the UK, they have business interests in the USA and the Far East, and with further growth planned into new locations, their growth seems set to continue.

1. Keysource

Established more than 30 years ago and based in Horsham, Keysource specialises in the design, construction and installation of data centres and other business critical environments, providing power and cooling solutions for the latest generation IT.

Using innovative design techniques, and with a heavy focus on energy efficiency, Keysource has won a number of international awards, and built an enviable blue-chip client list.

Managing director Mike West (pictured left) took over the reins of the family business in 1999 and in recent years the company has gone from strength to strength.

3. Phase Electrical Distributors

Having worked together at a large national electrical wholesaler in the 1990s, it was in 2002 that Dave Hogg, Dan Poole and Simon Millard decided to go it alone by setting up their own electrical outlet in Hastings.

Since then, branches have now sprung up in Uckfield, Eastbourne, Whistable and Bexhill and following heavy investment in their online business, they attribute their growth to two key factors - firstly, loyal and trusting customers, and, secondly, motivated teams within their branches.

4. Commercial Aerospace Services

Incorporated in 1982, Casco Ltd is a leading independent international supplier of aircraft parts and related services.

Running a 24-hour, 365-days-a-year operation from their headquarters close to Gatwick, alongside other facilities in Florida and Singapore, Casco specialises in providing low cost component support solutions and has the technical and commercial experience to procure spares from donor aircraft to support the aftermarket supply chain.

5. tlmNEXUS

tlmNEXUS provides bespoke web-based software solutions that help clients share information and knowledge more effectively, improving productivity and service delivery.

The business evolved in 2007 when TLM Solutions merged with its software partner Nexus Internet Solutions to form tlmNEXUS Ltd.

The company has focused on providing high-end custom-built solutions and linked with corporate and public sector specialists TLM Solutions to meet the business process and intelligence needs of these industries.

6. Yellow Fish Event Management

Established 11 years ago, Yellow Fish provides total event and marketing solutions for businesses ranging from small, local firms, to large multinationals with complex requirements.

Building upon a strong ethos of being inventive and dynamic, the company has seen organic growth through continuing to provide exemplary service, coupled with a desire to fulfil every need of their clients.

Pictured are some of the company’s events.

7. Apex Car Rental

Apex Car Rental has a fleet of more than 3,500 hire vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

They specialise in providing vehicles on a flexible basis for multiples of 28 day rental periods.

8. HIT Training

Founded in 2006, Hit Training is the UK’s largest provider of work-based training in the hospitality, catering and care sectors.

Based at Shoreham Airport, and with a national network of offices and over 600 employees, it trains 11,000 apprentices each year, also delivering pre-employment training to a further 10,000 young people.

Managing Director Jill Whittaker (pictured below) and chairman John Hyde aim to give people better life skills.

9. M.D.J Light Brothers

Originally Incorporated in 1971, Light Brothers has provided specialist waste recycling and waste management services to businesses throughout the UK and Europe for over 40 years.

With a wealth of knowledge in the metal recycling industry, Light Brothers pioneered groundbreaking treatments for resources such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and steel from treated household waste.

As an environmentally-responsible company, Light Brothers maintains impeccable green credentials and a long-standing reputation as one of the leading waste recycling and management companies around.

10. East Sussex Press

East Sussex Press Limited, more commonly known as the Pureprint Group is a dynamic award-winning print and marketing solutions provider with a unique environmental ethos.

The Group now employs 375 people and offers industry-leading digital and litho print technology and has in-house facilities for marketing collateral management, creative bespoke packaging and point-of-sale production.

Pureprint Group is CarbonNeutral® and received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development in 2003, 2008 and 2013.

11. Birch Grove

Birch Grove is a privately-owned residential care home, caring for elderly people in the Brighton area.

12. TFC Europe

Leading technical fasteners supplier TFC is well known for quality, service and technical support and has an exclusive distribution agreement in the UK and Germany with US Manufacturer Smalley.

TFC boasts 3,000 customers worldwide and its mission is to help its customers by supplying innovative products and services.

With its head office in Heathfield, the dynamic management team built the group up from two locations and an annual turnover of £7.8 million in 2007, to two technical and five service centres, with a combined turnover approaching £21 million today.

13. Focus 4 U

Previously working together as colleagues, the two directors set up the business 10 years ago and today Focus 4 U provides a broad range of telecoms, IT, data, media and energy solutions to businesses across a range of sectors throughout the UK.

Their growth is attributed to their direct and indirect sales teams, their efforts to maintain strong values, engage staff in the growth of the business, and their continuity of care for customers.

The directors are planning to continue to grow the company in 2015 and beyond through organic growth and acquisitions.

14. Buxted Construction

As a leading contractor for groundworks, infrastructure and civil engineering to the construction industry, Buxted Construction undertakes all the external works necessary for new developments of housing, supermarkets and industrial units.

By owning the majority of the plant and equipment they use, they are able to operate flexibly to remain competitive in the current difficult economic climate.

15. The SAS Group

Multi award-winning SAS Global Communications consults, designs, deploys and supports complex converged networks and associated managed IT services including laser, satellite and bonded mobile connectivity.

From its £11.5 million Horsham network operations centre, SAS monitors the end-to-end application pathway to identify, isolate and address performance issues that might otherwise impact end-user IT experience. This monitoring includes 52,000 devices across 65 countries underpinning contracts totalling over £120 million.

SAS has been awarded ‘BT Business Partner of the Year’ for a record four consecutive years.

16. South Coast Nursing Homes

Founded by the Colville family in 1959, South Coast Nursing Homes is still very much a family-run business and operates eight homes throughout Sussex.

Chairman Patrick Colvillen said: “We are enormously proud to have run care homes for the elderly in Sussex for over 50 years, it has been our privilege to care for residents in their later years”.

17. Storrington Industries

Operating as a holding company, Storrington Industries Ltd, through its subsidiaries, provides manufacture of electromagnets and original equipment manufacture sub-assemblies.

18. MPI

Operating in the heart of Mid Sussex and as a family business now employing two generations, MPI Holdings has been delivering unique and highly professional international manufacturing, trading and purchasing services for over 15 years.

The company attributes its recent growth to the specialist markets in which it trades and being a valued supplier to some of the international household names within the industry.

It plans to continue to expand its range of products and services in the coming years.

19. Cheesmur Building Contractors

Founded in 1936 and based in Lewes, Cheesmur Building Contractors delivers services throughout Sussex within the residential, commercial, healthcare, education, industrial and heritage sectors and also specialises in facilities management.

The current owners joined the company in 2008 and acquired the struggling business through a management buy-out in January 2009.

In the past six years they have turned the company around and continue to take it from strength to strength.

20. Osborne Energy

Osborne Energy is one of a rare crop of independent energy-saving companies who have survived in this exceptionally volatile industry.

Having just moved into new premises in Hastings, its directors are positive about the future as they continue to strengthen their relationships with numerous London boroughs, from whom they find themselves getting increasing volumes of work.

21. JT Holdings

JT Holdings is known more commonly as Jarvis Tech and around half of the business involves selling new or nearly new HP PCs, laptops and servers to businesses, with discounts offered of up to 50% off the list price.

Growth in that part of the business has fuelled diversification into new areas, including video telestreaming services for the media industry, as well as providing video forensic software to the police.

Despite the business exporting around 10% of its products overseas, owner Paul Truslove sees the UK market as driving the continued rapid growth of Jarvis Tech.

22. Scott Dunn

Based in Chichester, Scott Dunn is a specialist tour operator, creating tailor-made holidays in luxury chalets, villas and hotels.

23. Pets Corner

Pets Corner’s growth shows no signs of slowing down as they are currently opening one new store every three weeks.

With a mix of strategically placed high street stores and garden centre sites, they have grown to 94 stores across the UK.

The business is owned by Dean Richmond and Steven Charman, whose friendship goes back some 25 years to their school days in Sussex. It was Dean’s parents who bought the first Pets Corner store in Haywards Heath in 1968. Dean started working for the company as a 16-year-old, and then bought the business from his parents in 1998, with just three stores.

Investing heavily in staff development and engagement underpins their ethos of a high quality product and service from their 500 staff.

24 Regent Exhibitions

Regent is one of the leading lights in the global exhibition industry, with its IMEX Frankfurt exhibition first being run in 2003.

In 2009 it spotted an opening in the £600bn US meetings industry market for a further exhibition, and in October 2011 they first ran IMEX America.

Having just completed their third year of IMEX America in Las Vegas, they are one of the fastest growing exhibitions in the US with 2,900 exhibitors flocking to Las Vegas in October 2014.

They estimate that the value of business written by delegates through their Frankfurt and Las Vegas exhibitions is upwards of £3bn per year.

25. Paxton Access

Established in 1985 by Tony Ratcliffe, a businessman with a passion for electronics, Paxton Access began selling simple electronic keypads.

Over the past 30 years Paxton has evolved into a market leading manufacturer of access control and door entry solutions, to manage and secure buildings.

Paxton employ over 250 people and export products to over 40 countries worldwide.

26. Arden Grange

Since the Company’s launch in 1996, Arden Grange has climbed the ladder to success and has worked extremely hard to attain an enviable position in the pet food sector.

Today it employs more than 40 members of staff and its dog and cat foods are available in over 30 countries.

With a trusted brand built on the businesses’ core values of respect, trust and loyalty, Arden Grange’s growth is attributed to pet owners seeking out more nutritious diets, resulting in customer loyalty and healthy pets.

27. Parker Building Supplies

The Parker family set up this builders’ merchants in 1986.

Day-to-day running of the business sits with Stewart Pierce, under whose stewardship Parkers has seen exceptional growth.

The acquisition of four failing branches from their competitors in 2012 helped catapult Parkers to become one of the leading independent builders’ merchants in the country.

Their ten year deal to support the Teenage Cancer Trust is a fantastic example of an organisation who genuinely wants to give something back to those that need their support.

28. Adenstar Developments

Portslade-based Adenstar Developments carry out building and civil engineering contracts in Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire.

29. Harwoods

The Harwoods Group is a privately-owned dealer company based in Pulborough operating retail garages throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

30. The Organised Group

Based in Billingshurst, The Organised Group is engaged in the sale, rental and maintenance of computer systems and the provision of technical services.

31. Rapidata

Rapidata supports a range of organisations with the collection, administration and processing of direct debit payments from their head office in Crawley.

32. Total Aircraft Product Support

Total Aircraft Product Support operates as a holding company based in Crawley and supplies the aviation industry via the exchange, loan, and lease of aircraft parts.

33. L&S Printing

It was the acquisition of Ditchling Press around five years ago that launched L&S on a growth trajectory towards the £10 million turnover mark.

Based in Worthing, all four of founder Richard Lomasney’s children work in the family business, including son Aaron who is managing director.

In a fiercely competitive industry they continue to invest heavily in new technology, with around £1.5 million in the last 18 months alone.

34. Vindex Systems

Based in Crawley, Vindex Systems maintain closed circuit television, access control and automatic number plate recognition systems.

35. Kew

Founded in 1996 by Geoff Kerly and originally operating from his home in Brighton, Kew (Electrical Distributors) now has 20 branches, mainly in the south east, employing over 200 staff.

The company instills in staff the importance of offering a personal, quality service to customers, and continues to go from strength to strength having recently opened new branches in Leatherhead and Maidstone.

36. H.T. White & Company

H.T. White & Company is a totally independent, fourth generation, family-run business, supplying licensed outlets with wines, spirits and all alcohol, and soft drinks.

Operating from a modern Eastbourne warehouse, the company uses its own fleet of delivery vehicles, usually delivering the day after order, combining traditional values of quality service and relationships with the needs of modern businesses such as keen pricing and constant support.

37. Saywell International

Saywell International is a family owned business and one of the largest stockists of aircraft spares in Europe.

Established more than 60 years ago by Ron Saywell, it is now headed up by his son, Peter and operates from its 175,000 square foot state of the art premises in Downlands Business Park.

Investment in new airline inventories drives the company’s domestic and global growth. Saywell International’s success has enabled it to support youth projects and charities in the local community.

38. Skerritts Consultants

Skerritt Chartered Financial Planners is a firm of independent financial advisers (IFAs) and wealth managers, dealing with all areas of financial planning.

With its head office in Hove, it also has offices in London in the heart of the City.

As one of a few firms in the South East to hold Chartered Financial Planning and Discretionary Investment Management status, the past few years has seen the company purchase a number of firms throughout the south east and now serve in excess of 25,000 clients.

39. Southern Cranes and Access

Southern Cranes and Access is a family-owned business offering mobile crane hire and contract lifting solutions across London and the south east.

Since its inception in 1997 they have expanded to create a fleet of mobile cranes up to 350 tonnes capacity.

Based in Slinfold and with additional locations around the south east, it is well positioned to service London and the home counties.

Also operating a range of transport and powered access equipment, plus an in-house training school, they are able to offer a range of courses tailored for the construction plant hire industry.

40. TLC

With its head office based in Crawley, TLC (Southern) is an independent electrical wholesaler serving the electrical installation industry.

41. Winters Electrical Services

Starting this electrical contracting business as what he described as ‘one man and a van’, Michael Winters founded Winters Electrical Services Limited some 25 years ago.

Today the company employs around 70 staff directly as well as a bank of up to 80 sub-contractors.

With a quarter of their revenue coming through fit-out work for universities and hospitals, its work is spread across projects of all shapes and sizes including work on iconic sites like Madame Tussauds, London Dungeons, the Royal Albert Hall and the Shard.

42. Kalimex

Kalimex is a family business based in Lewes, engaged in the wholesale of D.I.Y products.

43. Sheridan Cooper’s

Having had enough of working in the corporate world, in 1995 Andy Wiseman decided to go it alone, and set up his business supplying wine into restaurants and pubs in Brighton.

From there Sheridan Cooper’s evolved into what it is today, supplying more than 400 businesses from Reading to South London to Margate and across the south coast, and all places in between.

Supplying some of the south east’s finest restaurants, Sheridan Cooper’s growth has been driven by their reputation for being highly responsive to their customers’ demands when their cellars get low.

44. Fine Cut Graphic Imaging 

Fine Cut is a multi-service manufacturing company offering advanced print, engraving and engineering solutions to the industrial, medical and electronic industries.

Since incorporation in 1982, Fine Cut has established state-of-the-art production facilities and the capabilities to manufacture a diverse range of specialist products including labels, graphic overlays, nameplates, engraved plaques, laser marked products and 5-Axis machined components to name but a few.

A commitment to innovation, quality and dependable service has facilitated continued growth.

45. Goodwood Road Racing Company

Part of the Goodwood Estate, the Goodwood Road Racing Company delivers all road and racing elements of the estate's motor programme including the iconic Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival.

46. Electronic Temperature Instruments

ETI dominate the global market in the production of electrical thermometers and sensors which are used in various industries including catering and construction.

Their growth has led to them taking an additional 11,000ft of space on top of their existing 25,000 ft site, both in Worthing.

The majority of products are designed, developed and manufactured on-site.

Managing Director Peter Webb, who founded the business 32 years ago, has built a loyal and experienced team around him, with many long-serving staff among the 160-strong workforce.

The company was awarded the Queens Award for Exports in 2012 and 2014 and hopes to build on its strength in North America and the Middle East in particular.

47. S. Atwell Packaging

Having sold their house and cars to fund the purchase of Atwells ten years ago, David and Helen Charlesworth are now reaping the rewards after taking the plunge.

More than 50% of products in supermarkets will have a label on them made by Atwells' machines.

The company make the machines that make the labels, and also designs and manufactures labels for some of its own customers.

The company exports to more than 30 countries around the world, but is focused on growing its market share in the UK.

48. Solutions Inc.

Founded in 1992 by two Brighton school friends after college, Solutions Inc. is an Apple computer shop on the Old Shoreham Road, directly opposite PC World.

After starting out in 1992, long before Apple became a global success story, Solutions Inc. expanded to five more retail stores covering Chichester, Bournemouth, Guildford, St. Albans and Chelmsford.

49. Premier Leather

Shoreham-based Premier Leather act as agent for the import and export of leather goods.

50. Capital

Originating from Brighton, Capital (Hair and Beauty Limited) is an independent supplier to hairdressers, beauty therapists and nail technicians with 34 cash and carry stores throughout the UK and Ireland.

51. Bartholomews

Bartholomews Specialist Distribution (BSD) is involved in the provision of warehouse storage, haulage and distribution services, operating from premises in Chichester and Southampton.

52. Cheerhealth

Cheerhealth provides care in specialist care units and nursing homes throughout the UK.

53. Classic Collection Holidays

Worthing-based Classic Collection Holidays Ltd is an independent specialist tour operator, providing tailor-made holidays for clients.

54. Wilfred T. Fry

Wilfred T. Fry, more commonly known as The Fry Group, offer a tax-lead financial planning service. The company comprises of ten offices located both in the UK and oversees, with a head office in Worthing.

55. Roffey Homes

Roffey Homes is a family-run company specialising in the development of luxury apartments along the West Sussex coast, with an emphasis on its home town of Worthing.

56. Chandlers Building Supplies

Established in 1993, with its head office in Ringmer, Chandlers Building Supplies has grown to become one of the region’s leading independent builders’ merchants, achieving an impressive 36% sales growth over three years.

It now has 11 outlets across London and the South East, with more recent expansion into the Midlands.

Offering a comprehensive range of building materials, sanitary-ware and timber products, Chandlers relies heavily on building strong and enduring relationships with all its customers and suppliers.

57. International Logistics Group

Founded in 1990, ILG is now a market leader in fulfilment and delivery services.

The group has invested in state-of-the-art technology and innovative processes and today employs over 120 full-time employees servicing over 700 clients worldwide.

Managing director Mike Stephenson, attributed its growth to investment in staff training and IT systems, acquisitions, further warehousing units in Crawley and expansion into London.

The group plan to achieve further growth in 2015 by expansion into one additional geographical location and strengthening their position in e-commerce, fashion and beauty.

58. Envitia Group

Envitia is a geospatial software and solutions provider, serving defence, government and industry customers.

It is a privately-owned, small to medium sized enterprise (SME) and has an office in Horsham and also in the USA.

59. Evans Holdings

Evans Cycles is engaged in the retail of bicycles and accessories.

The company’s offices and distribution centre are located in Crawley.

60. Haddow Electrical

Haddow Electrical offers a complete electrical installation services across all sectors including residential, leisure, commercial, industrial and educational.

Its success has come as a direct result of a company culture that values a high level of service, coupled with their diverse offering of high quality engineering and design solutions, which converts their new clients into lifelong advocates.

61. Glenn Freight Services

Glenn Freight is a dynamic, global logistics specialists based in Crawley.

Established in 1974, it has remained independently owned ever since.

Having a dedicated team of experienced professionals, coupled with cutting edge technology, ensures Glenn Freight offers a practical solution to suit any logistical requirement.

The ability to deal directly with HMRC and the world’s major airlines means there is no need for unnecessary middle men.

62. Arun Estates Agencies

Arun Estates, an estate agency business of over 100 branches, has traded profitably for 23 years.

By providing quality customer service which harnesses complimentary services provided by the company for the customer's benefit, Arun Estates helps its clients achieve their dream move.

63. Pilbeam

Established in 1955 and still a family-owned business, the construction company operates throughout Sussex and the South East on health, education, commercial, heritage, leisure and residential projects.

These include new build, refurbishment, design and build, and management contracts.

Managing Director Simon Pilbeam believes the success and growth was down to the integrity of the company and its staff, and their desire to work alongside organisations with a positive team approach and product that meets clients’ aims and requirements.

The company continues to focus its growth plans in Sussex, Surrey and the surrounding areas and has recently invested in both additional expertise and software tools.

64. Coppard Plant Hire

With an extensive range of plant for hire, including excavators and mini diggers, ultra efficient concrete lorries, glass lifters, dumpers and access equipment, Coppard Plant Hire looks works with custoemrs to ensure the right bespoke solution for their needs.

Coppard’s directors will not ask staff to do anything they would not do themselves.

65. Home Buyers UK

Having worked together for a number of years, the two directors of Home Buyers UK set up the business ten years ago.

Reinvesting in staff training and a good business model have contributed to the company becoming the UK’s leading property buyer.

The recent change in mortgage legislation has made the housing market difficult for some, but the company assists thousands of people by offering a unique service and specialising in providing a quick and hassle free sale for their homes.

66. Steamer Trading

As a family-run company, Steamer Trading opened its doors in Alfriston, in October 1985 as a specialist cookshop.

Its reputation grew through good service, friendly advice and customer recommendation, becoming the ‘go to’ place for all things kitchen related.

In 1997 the family took the decision to open a second shop in Lewes, and today the company has 33 stores nationally, reaching as far north as Glasgow.

Managing director Ben Phillips believes high quality goods and staff expertise have contributed to the company’s growth and success and is proud to have been able to continue to expand through the recession.

67. Worthing Homes Ltd

Worthing Homes Limited is a not-for-profit organisation set up as an independent housing association 15 years ago with 2,000 properties.

In May 2014 the company celebrated building a further 1,000 homes, and to date has over 3,500 properties.

Aiming to be the partner of choice for private developers in the Worthing area, offering a personal service to tenants, the company now employs 25 staff for in-house maintenance and has more than 100 employees in total.

68. White Horse Caravan Company

Worthing Homes Limited is a not-for-profit organisation set up as an independent housing association 15 years ago with 2,000 properties.

In May 2014 the company celebrated building a further 1,000 homes, and to date has over 3,500 properties. Aiming to be the partner of choice for private developers in the Worthing area, offering a personal service to tenants, the company now employs 25 staff for in-house maintenance and has more than 100 employees in total.

69. European Office Products

Arundel-based European Office Products are involved in the provision of stationery supplies, furniture solutions and archive storage services.

70. Eric Wall Holdings

Eric Wall Holdings is one of the UK's largest tomato nurseries.

As a family run business, it has been growing tomatoes in Barnham since 1977.

71. Massey Group

Massey Group is engaged in the investment and management of a portfolio of properties in Brighton and Hove.

72. Reflex Nutrition

Specialising in sports nutrition products, Reflex Nutrition was set up by James Phillips in a lock-up in Hove in the late 1990s.

His first whey protein supplement was sold in Workout World in Brighton in 1997.

High growth continued into the early 2000s as it moved to larger premises in Hove.

Big investment came in 2010/11 with a two-acre site in Woodingdean which was developed into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility capable of manufacturing £100 million of produce.

The company hopes to achieve further significant growth both in the UK and overseas, and already supply ASDA and Tesco and export to 44 countries.

All the secret recipes are created and tested by James himself in his on-site laboratory.

73. GEW Ltd

Based in Crawley, GEW Ltd is engaged in the design, manufacture and supply of ultraviolet light systems for curing ink on printing presses.

74. Moore Fans

Moore Fans has been engaged in the development of industrial fans since 1940, and are based in Bexhill.

75. The Goodwood Estate Company

The Goodwood Estate is in the heart of West Sussex and encompasses the House and grounds.

It is the home of several businesses including Goodwood Racecourse and Goodwood Road Racing Company.

76. Facelift

Celebrating 30 years in business, Facelift was set up in Hickstead in 1985 to provide safer methods of working at height in the construction industry.

Now the largest independent power access rental company in the UK, operating from seven regional locations, its growth is attributed to the introduction of Working at Height legislation, as well as acquisitions.

The company continues to grow, creating jobs in Sussex and throughout the UK.

77. Bluebell Railway

With a staff base of 50 people, 800 working volunteers and a membership in excess of 10,000, this famous Sussex institution recently extended its line to East Grinstead, enabling a 27% increase in turnover.

Future plans for growth include advertising in London to maximize exposure, now that the line is linked up to the capital, for Sussex day trips and longer stays with partners hotels and local gardens.

Longer term the business has ambitions to extend the line into Haywards Heath.

78. Equiniti Financial Services

Lancing-based Equiniti Financial Services specialises in providing administration, processing and payment services to clients.

79. AVS Fencing Supplies

AVS Fencing Supplies is the leading supplier of fencing materials in the South East.

Originating in Sussex, AVS was incorporated in 1993 and has grown to nine branches today.

Founder and retiring managing director, Ian Faires took the strategic decision to move away from contracting and to focus exclusively on supply, enabling AVS to add value for customers.

80. Wilmoths

With its head office in Eastbourne, Wilmoths Holdings has car dealerships throughout Sussex and Kent.

81. Wisdom Properties

Wisdom Properties is engaged in the ownership, development, management and letting out of properties in the Sussex area.

82. Viking Extrusions

Worthing-based Viking Extrusions manufactures precision silicone rubber extrusions, supplying a variety of industries from ovens and appliances to aerospace and mass transit.

83. Kafevend

Crawley-based Kafevend Holdings is engaged in the distribution and servicing of vending equipment and related products.

84. Westridge Construction

As a South East regional construction contractor working, employing and training locally with strong social values, Westridge Construction has offices in Bodiam and Hove.

It serves the south of England with contract values ranging from £500,000 to £8,000,000 across the whole range of construction sectors including new build, refurbishment and design and construction.

85. Aspen Pumps

Based in Hailsham, with 118 employees worldwide, Aspen Pumps was established in 1992 and has grown to become the world’s leading manufacturer of condensate-removal pumps used in air conditioning systems.

Investing heavily in product innovation and exporting to over 100 countries, it now has a remarkable 27% global market share, achieving £28 million sales in 2013.

Sister company Big Foot Systems designs and manufactures non-penetrative roof support systems for plant installations on flat roofs, with 2013 sales of £6 million.

86. Endeavour Holdings

Endeavour Holdings was set up by the chairman Tommy Sopwith in 1957 as Endeavour Motor Company, developing into Rivervale of Brighton, the Mercedes dealership for more than 20 years.

The main operation is now Rivervale Cars Group which includes a multi-car dealership and a fast-growing vehicle contract hire and leasing division at its site in Portslade.

The group currently employs more than 60 people at the site and attributes its growth to first-class service and growth in manufacturing in the UK compared to other European countries.

It has also taken advantage of the buoyant new car market in the UK.

87. Chemigraphic

Established in 1972, Chemigraphic is now an industry-leading engineering support business specialising in electronic manufacturing services.

Delivering cutting-edge technology solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) around the world, Chemigraphic specialises in supporting the OEM’s product lifecycle from design support and complex PCB assembly/box build through to system integration, spares, supply and warranty management to the defence, medical technology and industrial control sectors.

Operating out of a state-of-the-art, 50,000 sq ft Crawley-based factory, the company employs around 150 people, with an annual turnover of over £20 million with continuing year-on-year sales growth in excess of 15%.

88. HPC

Based in Burgess Hill, HPC is engaged in the production and sale of air compressors and ancillary equipment, and the provision of precision engineering services.

89. Weald Computer Maintenance

Weald provides outstanding IT support across the South East from its new fully state-of-the-art headquarters in Uckfield, with hot desks in Brighton and Haywards Heath.

Weald’s success is due to its responsiveness, in terms of accessibility to key personnel, including managing, sales and technical directors – but also in its ability to quickly recognise and escalate support requests to the right person.

Weald is excited about its recent upturn in business, due to the combination of the country climbing out of recession, and the new acquisitive and strategic changes taken, which Weald will continue to build upon and accelerate this growth.

90. Parafix

Starting more than 40 years ago as a stationery supplier, Parafix Holdings is now the UK’s leading converter and distributor of self-adhesive materials from the world’s leading adhesive manufacturers, describing its self as “a grown up Blue Peter for sticky tape”.

Managing director Michael Punter (pictured below) said the company managed well out of the recession, redefining its market, investing in staff training and capital investment to ensure its services were the best.

The company currently employs over 130 staff in Lancing, with annual sales of £10 million, and expects further growth throughout the coming years due to more capital investment and further expansion into the healthcare market.