The northern revival

The northern revival

Profiles of ten of the region’s fastest growing profit makers over the last three years, using information from The Sunday Times BDO Profit Track 100.

Principal Hayley
Based in Harrogate, Principal Hayley is a collection of landmark city centre hotels and dedicated conference and training venues across the UK and Europe. From a small group of six hotels, they have grown to 23, with approximately 4,000 bedrooms, over 500 meeting rooms and the ability to host over 26,000 delegates per day.

The company operates hotels around the country, including The Met at Leeds, Kenwood Hall at Sheffield and the Royal York Hotel and its highly-experienced training team covers 22 unique UK and  European destinations including London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

In 2013 Starwood Capital Group, a leading private investment firm with extensive experience in the hospitality sector, having invested in 1,100 hotels in 39 countries, became the majority shareholder of PH Hotels as a platform for growth.

Fine Industries
The Seal Sands-based chemicals manufacturer is a privately owned UK-based holding company, which comprises four subsidiary companies: Fine Organics, Fine Contract Research, Fine Environmental Services and Fine Facilities Management.

The firm, which counts blue chip firms across the world as its clients, exporting to Switzerland, Germany, USA, Brazil and Ireland, was originally founded in Peterlee in 1977 but expanded into Teesside in 1984.

It has been manufacturing Fine Chemicals in the North East of England for over 30 years, with a Management Buy-Out completed in 2008, led by Keith Hanson, which brought
the company back from multinational into private ownership.

The new business has the advantage of over 100 years of experience shared by fellow directors, Steve Catchpole (Operations), Craig Morgan (Technical) and Kevin Russon (Finance).

Callcredit Information Group
Leeds-based Callcredit manages consumer data for businesses across every sector, from financial services, retail and utilities to public sector, telecoms, insurance and many more.
The group’s customers include many of the UK’s leading companies, including all of the clearing banks, several major international lenders, media communications businesses, and petroleum, automotive, power and retail organisations.

The company employs approximately 1,000 professionals in Leeds, Kent, Bath, London, Swindon and Warrington and also has offices in Japan, China, Dubai and Lithuania and agents working across international markets.

It unlocks value for businesses and consumers by transforming data into intelligence and insight, enabling transactions across multiple channels and markets.

Peter Duffy
Peter Duffy Ltd is a privately-owned civil engineering, utility and construction company based in Wakefield, Yorkshire.

Formed in Leeds in 1972 and growing in to a multi-disciplined organisation the company has a large plant and vehicle fleet, together with a directly employed workforce. Living up to its own targets of Respect, Accountability, Collaboration, Quality, its processes and procedures are accredited to recognised safety, quality and environmental standards which are externally audited, and it operates a full Corporate Social Responsibility Policy and an ongoing training programme for all employees.


Glass Recycling UK
The UK’s largest independent glass recycling company, Glass Recycling UK Ltd collects thousands of tonnes of glass bottles and jars every week and processes them into glass cullet, which means it is crushed and ready to be melted.

For more than three decades it has provided a service to local authorities and other responsible organisations through the siting of over 7,000 bottle bins and more recently, specially-built bottle banks that are collected by a fleet of custom-built trucks.

The company employs more than 70 people in the main plant at Barnsley, which can process 250,000 bottles per hour, as well as at depots throughout the UK.

Victoria Plumb
This family business, established in 1999, has progressed to be the UK’s No 1 online bathroom retailer, with no expensive showrooms or salespeople.

Based at new headquarters in Hessle in the East Riding of Yorkshire, they deal directly with suppliers to keep prices competitive on bathroom suites, shower enclosures, baths, taps and furniture. It remains a family-owned business as part of the Hull-based Walker Group, with consistent year on year growth, filling warehouse sites in Hull and Bridlington.

Since 2012 it has grown from under 50 to over 150 employees.

Strata Homes
Strata is an established home builder with 16 developments across Yorkshire and the Midlands and head offices in Lakeside, Doncaster. Chief Executive Andrew Weaver
is the fourth generation of the family to run the business alongside his father, Chairman Irving Weaver.

The company, which specialises in first-time and second-time buyers, hosts regular events at its developments where mortgage advisors are on hand to talk about the buying and selling options available, and operates an Early Bird scheme where potential buyers can reserve their plot and have first option on buying the home when it is built.

With bases in Leeds, London and Birmingham, GatenbySanderson is a provider of resourcing solutions, including executive search, interim leadership and assessment solutions. It has built its experience on work across public services and is market leaders in this field, particularly working within complex, highly visible and regulated markets that frequently undergo change.

Launched in 2002, in many of its sectors, it works with up to 50% of the organisations operating within the market, with levels of repeat business over 70%. Its expertise spans central government & NDPB, local government, health, education, not for profit, regulation, children’s services, adult services, regeneration, environmentand housing.

Acorn Stairlifts
Acorn was formed in 1992, when it was buying, reconditioning and reselling stairlifts from other manufacturers. In a short space of time, demand outstripped supply and it took the step of developing and designing its own stairlifts. It is an international, family owned company with over 1,200 employees worldwide.

Its UK head office, factory and distribution centre is located in Steeton, Yorkshire. It also has a factory in Scotland and a major presence in the United States, with sales and distribution centres in Florida, New Jersey, and California. You will also find Acorn offices in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Germany and South Africa.

Abbey Forged Products
From its base in Sheffield, Abbey Forged Products has become the UK’s leading forgemaster in the oil & gas industry. With over 30 years of experience in forging, Abbey are specialists in creating bespoke products using open die and ring rolling methods.

It was founded in 1982 under the name ‘Abbey Stainless’, specialising in the supply of stainless bar and forgings through a sub contract network, working to short lead times.

In 2004 the company acquired a local forgemaster, which had a small open die forge which included a heat treatment and machining facility. This gave the company the independence it needed for its ambitious growth plans. Over their 30 years’ experience within the industry Abbey has now worked closely with many of the major end users such as BP, Exxon and Statoil.