Bradford and Keighley firms in Sunday Times sales…

Bradford and Keighley firms in Sunday Times sales table

TWO local companies have been included in a prestigious list of companies with growing international sales.

Specialist People Services and Brook Taverner are in the 11th annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table which ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies and is published this weekend.

Recruitment consultancy Specialist People Services, which has a Bradford office, has moved up to 95th in the table from 113th after recording a 50% jump in international sales to £16 million.

Brook Taverner, a Keighley-based clothing supplier, is 179th this year, up from 197th. It has recorded international sales growth of 33% to £6.4m.

The 11 companies headquartered in Yorkshire include two new entrants to the league table. These regional stars have grown their international sales by an average of 54% a year over the last two years to a total of £320m.

Together they employ more than 4,500 people.

The companies in Yorkshire appear alongside well-known British brands based across the UK including Mountain Warehouse, which opened 21 shops abroad last year; BrewDog, which was valued at £1bn in 2017 and now has nearly 100 bars worldwide; and Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, the London-based cosmetics and skincare brand, which ships to 76 markets.

International Track 200 star alumni include Skyscanner, Specsavers, Lush and Endava – which first featured on the league table in 2012 with exports of £3.6m, floated on the NYSE in 2018 and is now valued at more than $2.5bn.

The league table programme is sponsored by HSBC, DHL Express and Oracle NetSuite, and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm.

Amanda Murphy, Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC UK, said: “The Sunday Times International Track 200 shows the strength, ambition and resilience of companies across the UK and we are delighted to be sponsoring again this year.

“At HSBC UK, we take great pride in recognising the contribution these businesses are making to driving growth across the UK. The two new entrants in Yorkshire are making a significant contribution to employment, driving prosperity and growth and are the sort of businesses we are pleased to support every day.”