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01 May

REPL Breaks into the Top 30 UK Export Success Stories


REPL has climbed another 14 places in The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 to reach an impressive #28.

The 2018 survey ranks the top 100 UK SMEs with the fastest-growing international sales over the last two years.

Compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times, the league table highlights a range of companies from architects to chocolate manufacturers who are shining bright on the international stage.

As a global business, REPL is proud of its extensive work overseas. With offices across four continents, our highly-experienced teams work collaboratively with some of the world’s biggest retailers.

Our continued rise up the rankings has seen us move from #60 in 2016 to #46 in 2017, reflecting how our international sales are surpassing expectations and playing a vital role in overall growth.

Our experts will keep delivering exceptional results for our clients to ensure this upward trajectory continues year-on-year.

A night of Recognition

Cerys Johnson, CEO, REPL Group


The founders and directors of Britain’s 100 fastest-growing SME exporters were recognized last night at the 4th annual Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 awards ceremony, held at the Renaissance Hotel St Pancras in London.

The SME Export Track 100 league table ranks the UK’s small and medium-sized (SME) companies with the fastest growing international sales. The companies increased their international sales on average over the last two years by 80% a year to a total of $967m. Staff numbers rose by 2,700 over the same period to 7,900.

Over 200 guests at the dinner, which included the founders and senior directors from 87 companies, such as book
publisher Nosy Crow, chocolatier Monty Bojangles and laser technology developer M Squared, were welcomed by
Gareth Oakley, Managing Director of SME Banking at title sponsor Lloyds Banking Group. He praised the companies
for their outstanding international achievement. He said:“The future success of the UK economy hinges on small businesses looking to overseas markets for growth. We want to help the UK prosper by supporting this new legion of exporters.”

Keynote speeches
Nick Wheeler OBE, founder & chairman of menswear retailer Charles Tyrwhitt, which had international sales of £161m in 2017, said passion and focus are vital to building a successful business: “You need to love what you have created, and when you stop loving it, you need to get someone else to run it. As a founding entrepreneur, the most important aspect in a business is to have the right person running it.”

After dinner, guests heard from Will Butler-Adams OBE, chief executive of Brompton, the UK’s largest bike manufacturer. He shared two key lessons learnt from growing the folding bike business to sell in 47 countries: “Stick with what you believe in, as if you don’t believe in it, no-one else will. You need to be insanely committed to what you are doing, and you need to trust your customers over and above everyone else,” he said.

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