Foreword by Luca Peyrano, CEO, ELITE

The 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report plays a significant role in championing some of Britain’s fastest-growing businesses. It also complements another important London Stock Exchange Group growth company initiative, known as ELITE.

ELITE is our pioneering international business support and capital raising programme, helping ambitious, high-quality private companies to prepare and structure for the next stage of development. ELITE introduces company leaders to business school resources and gives them access to a community of like-minded entrepreneurs, leading advisers and investors.

In the past year alone, ELITE has expanded in to Brazil, China and Saudi Arabia, signing partnerships with the Institute for the Development of Capital Markets in Brazil, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the Saudi Small & Medium Enterprises Authority. As part of the ELITE China launch, ELITE UK companies were given the opportunity to take part in an investor roadshow to forge closer links with the Chinese investor community.

Today, close to 800 companies make up the growing international ELITE community. Companies come from across 27 countries and more than 30 sectors, including technology, food and drink, healthcare and manufacturing. They are generating €55bn in combined revenues and account for more than 250,000 jobs across Europe and internationally.

The UK represents a dynamic community of over 120 companies and many have been included in the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain reports over the past five years. 

The following pages highlight the impressive growth of some of this year’s ELITE UK companies in the report: E-Leather, the environmentally-friendly-materials technology company; LendInvest, the alternative property lender and investment platform; Renal Services, the leading independent supplier of dialysis services in the UK; Evolution Funding, the UK’s largest point of sale motor finance broker; and The Coaching Inn Group, specialists in hotel, restaurant and coffee shop venues across the UK.

In 2017, LendInvest became the first ELITE UK company to access the UK debt capital markets. The company launched a £50m, five-year dated retail bond on London Stock Exchange’s Order Book for Retail Bonds.

ELITE is constantly innovating to enhance its services and support for companies. Its latest innovation is its own funding platform, ELITE Club Deal, helping to bridge the funding gap and streamline the capital-raising process for ELITE companies, bringing them together with professional investors and corporate advisers in a secure and efficient environment.

Sitting at the heart of the international capital markets, we see it as our fundamental responsibility to provide an ecosystem for companies of all sizes to flourish. Together, the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain reports and ELITE are championing the best of Britain’s businesses and channelling growth capital to the innovators, job creators and business stars of tomorrow.