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Waste firms feature in export growth league

Two waste specialists are in the top 20 of the latest Sunday Times Heathrow SME Export Track 100 League, which marks Britain’s small- and medium-sized companies with the fastest-growing international sales during the past two years.

Andusia Recovered Fuels made 10th position with overseas sales growing from £2.6m to £16.9m in the company’s four years of business..

Director Steve Burton said the Hertfordshire company was “absolutely thrilled” to be recognised as one of the country’s leading SMEs.

“Coming so quickly on the back of the Queen’s Award which was announced last month, it has been a very exciting few weeks for the business. We believe this is only the beginning and have strong plans for a continued growth in the next few years.”

SMEs were ranked according to the compound annual growth in their international sales, based on their latest figures. Company sales have to be between £5m and £25m in the latest financial year, with exports having to account for at least 20% of total sales.

Fellow director Stewart Brackenbury said: “We work very hard to develop successful partnerships with our suppliers in the UK, logistics partners and European combined heat and power plants, and this recognition spurs us on to continue our good work.”

County Tyrone-based CDEnviro (pictured) came in at 16, having grown its international sales by an average of 127% in the past 24 months.

It designs and manufactures a range of waste reduction and recycling equipment solutions for application in the sewage, waste water, waste management and utility industries.

Overseas customers include US multinational Cargill, which uses its waste processing technology to clean soil at a tomato processing factory in Brazil.

CDE was formed in 1992 to service the environmental waste water sector in the UK and Ireland. The CDE group of companies now employs more than 400 people.

Marc Jennings, general manager, said: “When we launched the company, our first contract wins came in the UK market, working with major utility companies. We operated exclusively in the UK and Ireland markets until 2013 and introduced a number of products to this market.

“We are always looking for new ways to turn today’s waste products into tomorrow’s assets. The opportunity that exists from the successful exploitation of what is now considered ‘waste’ is huge – and global – and we look forward to expanding our export reach in the coming years.”

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