We are proud to have been featured in the London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report, in its third year, seeks to recognise the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses.
The first wine producer ever to be included in the report, Chapel Down has shown consistent revenue growth, significantly outperforming its industry peers. Our record-breaking crowdfund from 2014 was quoted by the London Stock Exchange as having “blazed a trail in England’s winemaking and craft beer market” while we were also recognised for our contribution to tourism, welcoming over 50,000 visitors to Tenterden, in Kent, each year.
Over the past year, we have also been awarded ‘Cool Brand™’ status for the second consecutive year and are one of the UK government’s ‘Top 50 Food Stars’.
Frazer Thompson, Chapel Down CEO, commented:
“Being recognised by the London Stock Exchange as one of Britain’s most inspiring companies is a great honour and it is humbling to be the first wine producer to feature. We strive to push boundaries in all areas of our business, whether that be through product innovation, record-breaking crowdfunding or expansion in to new categories such as beer and cider, and it is extremely rewarding to be recognised for this.”
Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group explained yesterday:
“High growth SMEs are the driving force behind the UK economy, developing the skills, jobs and growth we need. But ambition alone is not enough; their success must be highlighted and their growth properly supported with appropriate finance. That’s why the event is so important: demonstrating the strong alliance between UK Government, financial market participants, investors, entrepreneurs and companies to support these inspiring businesses.
“The celebration is fundamental to London Stock Exchange’s core, the need to support UK high growth companies in their journeys from Start-up to Stardom and create an entrepreneurship revolution.”
Contributing to the publication, The Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP wrote:
“UK high-growth businesses are leading the charge in rebuilding our economy. These companies are the backbone of the British economy. They create high-quality, well paid jobs, innovate and drive economic growth. This government fully understands the need to support ambitious entrepreneurs and ensure they can access the finance they need to grow.
“We have held the steadfast belief that – alongside deficit reduction – nurturing entrepreneurs, creating jobs, supporting hard-working families and keeping taxes low would get the UK economy back on track. Our measures to increase access to finance for business and encourage more investment have had a transformative effect on our economy.”
Full details can be found on the London Stock Exchange website.