Luca Peyrano

Luca Peyrano

"Over 1,100 companies and more than 400 advisers and investors make up the global ELITE community"

Foreword by Luca Peyrano, CEO, ELITE

The 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain publication, celebrating Britain’s fastest-growing and dynamic businesses, continues to complement another key London Stock Exchange Group initiative, ELITE.

Launched in 2012, ELITE is a pioneering platform and ecosystem that helps private, ambitious companies grow and raise capital, offering them access to the skills, knowledge and networks they need to scale up their businesses. ELITE connects management teams to advisers, experts, and business leaders as well as each other, giving them the confidence to navigate and maximise opportunities for growth. ELITE also operates its own funding platform to enable efficient access to capital from a wide range of private, professional investors (debt and equity providers), helping companies achieve their potential. ELITE companies have undertaken transactions in excess of €12bn and we believe our platform has a role to play in creating efficient access to capital and markets.

Today, over 1,100 companies and more than 400 advisers and investors make up the global ELITE community, from 40 countries and 35 sectors. ELITE companies generate in excess of €81bn in combined revenues and account for over 478,000 jobs across the countries they operate in. This is mirrored in the dynamic community of the 200 UK ELITE businesses. We are proud that some of our UK ELITE companies are featured in this year’s report, including Brewdog, FIRST Agency, LendInvest and La Fosse Associates. And, we very much look forward to some of this year’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain companies joining the ELITE community to build on their current success.

We remain passionate about supporting companies from across the country and believe this is only possible by working in collaboration with other organisations and stakeholders equally as passionate and focused. Earlier this year, we launched an ELITE Scotland initiative in collaboration with Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. This is the first initiative of its kind for ELITE in the UK, building on the existing strong contingent of Scottish ELITE companies, as well as the vibrant entrepreneurial community in Scotland. Thirty-eight Scottish companies, which between them have created more than 2,600 jobs over the past two years, are featured in 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain this year.

The international expansion of ELITE also continues with companies from Belgium, Czech Republic, Kenya, Mexico and Norway joining for the first time. And Ohio became the first US state to offer ELITE; Ohio is home to one of the largest concentrations of SMEs in the US and its ambitious mid-market companies can now access this unique community. To help consolidate our vision and stimulate the exchange of ideas and business opportunities among our companies and partners, last year we also held the first ELITE Day, convening our global ELITE community for a two-day event in Milan. This year’s ELITE Day will be held in London in late October.

Together the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report and ELITE continue to support and champion Britain’s fastest-growing businesses, and showcase the innovators, job creators and business stars of today and tomorrow. Together with our partners, we are committed to supporting the most ambitious companies; together we are ELITE.