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Sector's 'inspiring companies' recognised

Firms in the renewables sector have featured in a new list of the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

The ranking has been compiled by the London Stock Exchange Group to identify the most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses.

The exchange said smaller companies had been the main source of new jobs since the financial crisis struck, while public sector employment had shrunk and large companies had yet to resume hiring in significant numbers.

London Stock Exchange Group chief executive Xavier Rolet said: “The UK has some of the most inspiring growth businesses in the world. Our report showcases some of these fast-growing and dynamic companies; the type of companies we believe will help fuel the long-term growth of the UK economy.”

Paul Featherstone, managing director of Sugarich

Paul Featherstone, managing director of Sugarich

Those represented from the resources, waste and recycling sector included Eco Plastics, SugaRich (managing director Paul Featherstone, left), Altenergy, TGC Renewables, Transwaste Recycling and Aggregate and Warmer Heating.

Surplus food recycler SugaRich works with food manufacturers and retailers to turn high calorific food waste into animal feed.

Commercial director Alex Keogh said: “There is also no avoiding the fact that by 2020 the country must halve edible food waste. As a result our business has continued to grow.

“We have started working with a wider number of manufacturers and retailers, of all sizes. We are saving these customers money by providing them with a solution that avoids costly traditional disposal routes.”

Jonathan Short, deputy chairman of Eco Plastics said inclusion on the list marked “how far the domestic industry has come over the last decade.

“From a standing start, the UK is now building a twenty-first century recycling infrastructure that is right up there with the most advanced in the world,” he added.

Resources, waste and recycling companies in the 1,000 list:

  • ECO Plastics
  • SugaRich
  • Avalon Metals
  • Specialist Waste Recycling
  • Blue Machinery Group
  • Centaur Metals
  • Ward Recycling
  • G O’Briens
  • Hawkeswood Metal Recycling
  • Luxus
  • New Earth Solutions
  • Premier Waste (UK)
  • Reliance Scrap Metal Merchants
  • Transwaste Recycling and Aggregates

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