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  • Thomas Franks

    Founded in 2004, by Frank Bothwell, Thomas Franks is a contract catering company. The company provides dining services including café concepts, fine dining, hospitality, and event catering, as well as supplying food for schools across the UK and Europe, particularly boarding schools. Thomas Franks is focussed on sustainability which means they work with local, family-owned regional suppliers to support local communities and to reduce their carbon footprint and food miles. They also state that 100% of the company’s food waste is composted. Winning new client contracts combined with the impact of opening a London division helped sales rise to £72.6m in September 2023.

  • Hilltop Honey

    Hilltop is a honey manufacturer based in Powys, Wales. It sells its products to most major supermarkets such as Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, as well as online. The brand was founded by managing director Scott Davies in 2011 – then aged 22 – after a back injury left him unable to work. He started jarring and labelling honey by hand at home, and his break came in 2015 when Holland & Barrett ordered 25,000 jars. Business growth has been supported by a diversification in products, which now, in addition to honey, also includes maple syrup, agave, and beauty items plus new listings including launching in ASDA this year.

  • KBF Enterprises

    KBF Enterprises owns a number of sports nutrition brands in the UK including Warrior. The company manufactures a range of protein powders, bars and supplements to help customers get more protein into their diet. Under the stewardship of founder, Kieran Fisher, who founded the company in 2008, KBF Enterprises has seen significant growth with listings secured at retailers including Tesco, WHSmith and Asda. Warrior is now available in over 30 countries worldwide and over 19m of its bestselling protein bars – Warrior CRUNCH and Warrior RAW – were sold in 2023.

  • Hectic Lifestyles

    Hectic Lifestyles, trading as NutraDirect, is a contract manufacturer of health supplements, specialising in sports supplements and nutrition products. Founded by Bal Sandher in 2008 while he was still at university, the company began with his initial investment of £1,200. Initially, the Kent-based company sold supplements manufactured by other suppliers before launching its own contract manufacturing in 2015. To support its growth, the company moved into a 40,000-square-foot facility in 2020, followed by an additional 35,000-square-foot site in 2023. This expansion allowed for the introduction of new manufacturing capabilities, such as plant-based meat and vitamin gummies, further fueling the company’s growth. Hectic Lifestyles also featured in the 2023 FEBE Growth 100 list, ranking 73rd.

  • Godfrey Care Homes

    Godfrey Care was founded in 2017 by Andy Barnes and Hayder Atia, inspired by their shared passion for making a difference to the lives of adults with learning disabilities and complex needs. Now operating 14 homes, the company provides a range of specialist residential care and supported living. The Staffordshire based company has achieved growth as a result of its care model which is based on tailored support and working in collaboration with healthcare professionals. The company is acquiring new sites for the development of its care provision, with plans to become a national care provider.

  • PromoVeritas

    PromoVeritas offers marketing services for businesses looking to run prize draws, cashback, competitions, instant wins or other prize promotions. The company’s inhouse legal team draft the Terms & Conditions and check the advertising to make sure everything is compliant with local laws and best practice. Then the digital team create the entry site and the project team receive the entries, pick winners, judge competition submissions, create winning ‘Willy Wonka’ style golden tickets, and handle the delivery of prizes. Founded by chief executive, Jeremy Stern, the company has expanded worldwide. In 2023 PromoVeritas ran campaigns in over 80 countries for clients including Amazon, Kellogg’s, Cadbury, Pepsi and Barclays. In 2024 the company was awarded the King’s Award for Enterprise and opened PromoVeritas Inc in the USA to service their American clients.