Three firms make Sunday Times hot list

Three Lancashire companies have earned places on the latest Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250, the league table of the UK’s leading mid-market private companies.

Sunday Times Top Track 250Burnley-based Discount retailer The Original Factory Shop ranked 194th with sales of £162m.

Frozen food supplier Yeardsley, based in Heysham, ranked 198th with sales of £159.8m, whilst Preston's Eric Wright Group ranked 202nd with turnover reaching £157.7m.

All three firms were new entries on the list, ranking alongside national household names such as Boden, Nando’s, Pret a Manger, Selfridges, Virgin Active and Yeo Valley.

The Top Track 250 is sponsored by Grant Thornton and Barclays, and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based networking events and research company.

David Maxwell, partner at Grant Thornton, said: “It is great to see private mid-sized businesses making such a positive contribution to the UK economy. “Impressive leadership is ensuring they prosper despite tough trading conditions, with many companies expanding through their international operations and all making sure they retain and engage talented people in the UK.”