London Stock Exchange launches ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2015

This morning London Stock Exchange launched the 2015 edition of the '1000 companies to Inspire Britain' report. '1000 Companies' celebrates some of Britain's most dynamic and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The Market Open Ceremony was hosted by Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who was joined by CEOs from up to 50 of the  '1000 Companies', as well as project sponsors and representatives of major UK business bodies.

Household names that made the 1,000 companies include:

Aspall Cyder, Brewdog, Brompton Bicycles, Cath Kidston, Itsu, Metro Bank, Notonthehighstreet.com, Patisserie Valerie, Plusnet, Rapha Cycling, Sofa.com, Wahaca, Zoopla

Writing in the publication The Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP 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."

Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said:

"This report is a significant part of London Stock Exchange’s broader campaign to support UK high growth companies in their journeys from Start-up to Stardom and to create an entrepreneurship revolution. I’m delighted that a strong alliance between UK Government, financial market participants, investors, entrepreneurs and companies has been created to support these inspiring businesses."

A full searchable database of all of the companies along with a downloadable pdf of the publication can be found online at www.1000companies.com