Solent 250 listing 2018
The top 250 private companies in the Solent region are listed here. Our Solent 250, an annual list sponsored by HSBC, business adviser RSM and law firm Irwin Mitchell, focuses on companies headquartered in the area.
At the top is Arqiva, the British telecoms company which is at the heart of digital and broadcast infrastructure across the country. The company’s sales are expected to increase again in 2017/18 – as the first quarter of the 2017 financial year was a record one.
Chief executive Simon Beresford-Wylie, commenting on the recent results, said: “This is another set of record results and highlights the strength of the business and its ability to produce cash. Arqiva is working with the Government, the regulator and our commercial partners to ensure that the UK has the right infrastructure for a successful digital communications future.”
Poole-based Lush Cosmetics, which has nearly 1,000 stores in 49 countries, is another Solent success story. Group turnover for the year rose 21% to £394.9 million while pre-tax profits rose 76%. The company has stated that future expansion might take place outside the UK because of the Brexit effect.