Eleven Yorkshire companies have been listed on the 11th annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table ranking the UK’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.
These regional companies, including two new entries, have grown their international sales by an average of 54% a year over the last two years to a total of £320 million. Together they employ more than 4,500 people.
The region’s top-ranked company is High Street TV (No.8), which sells own-brand and branded products on its TV channels as well as over the phone, online and through retailers.
Its international sales reached £17.6 million in 2018, on total sales of £66.4 million, growing at an average of 175% per year over its last two years.
Bridlington, in East Yorkshire, is home to food supplement manufacturer Bee Health – which features for the first time with annualised international sales of £1.6 million in 2018, on annualised total sales of £29.4 million.
The company produces 100 million own-brand and white label capsules and tablets a week and sells to more than 40 countries. Its overseas sales grew an average of 33% per year over three years.
Halifax-based safety barrier manufacturer A-Safe features on the league table for the fourth time. The company’s distinctive bright yellow safety barriers are used in factories by the likes of BMW and Unilever and have been installed at more than 30 international airports. Its overseas sales grew at an average annual growth rate of 41% over two years.
The companies in Yorkshire appear alongside well-known British brands based across the UK including Mountain Warehouse, which opened 21 shops abroad last year; BrewDog, which was valued at £1 billion in 2017 and now has nearly 100 bars worldwide; and Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, the London-based cosmetics and skincare brand, which ships to 76 markets.
International Track 200 star alumni include Skyscanner, Specsavers, Lush and Endava – which first featured on the league table in 2012 with exports of £3.6 million, floated on the NYSE in 2018 and is now valued at more than $2.5 billion.
The league table programme is sponsored by HSBC, DHL Express and Oracle NetSuite, and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm.
Amanda Murphy, Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC UK, said: “The two new entrants in Yorkshire are making a significant contribution to employment, driving prosperity and growth and are the sort of businesses we are pleased to support every day.”