Xiros has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses across the UK.
To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers. More detail on the methodology can be found in the report online at www.1000companies.com.
Xiros’ recognition in the fourth edition of the report follows a number of other significant accolades including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which was awarded for outstanding overseas sales growth in the three years up to 2016, and the recent Sunday Times SME Export Track 100, which ranks private small and medium sized companies in terms of fastest growing international sales.
Wednesday 10th May 2017 saw Jon Joyce, Xiros’ Finance Director, attending the launch of 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, at the opening of the day’s trading at London Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square, one of the oldest parts of the City’s famous Square Mile.
The special guest speaker at the event was the Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Within his keynote speech, he highlighted the role that innovative, entrepreneurial SMEs had to play in creating jobs, opportunity, and a thriving economy, particularly in the “Northern Powerhouse” region.
During the reception afterwards, he was particularly interested in Xiros, and the unique blend of heritage textile manufacturing expertise typical of the West Yorkshire region combined with cutting edge medical device innovation and collaboration with academic research institutions, including Leeds University.
A photocall and presentation of commemorative plaques followed, and the party then boarded an old RouteMaster double decker London Bus for a scenic tour via the South Bank, Westminster and Whitehall before alighting at Downing St for an official reception.
The party entered via the famous black door of No. 10 and to the surprise and delight of the guests, was given freedom to tour the many reception and banqueting rooms and to admire works from the broad-ranging Government Art Collection, including pieces by Tracey Emin, L.S. Lowry and John Constable. The staircase between the ground and second floors is hung with photographs and engravings of former Prime Ministers, and in ascending the stairs, there is an indescribable sense of the passing of time represented by these famous historical figures.
It was a privilege and an honour to celebrate the inclusion of Xiros within the 1000 Companies publication in such esteemed company, and in such an iconic location.
A full searchable database of all of the companies recognised in the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report, along with a downloadable pdf of the publication, can be found online at www.1000companies.com