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Solent 250 2021

The Solent 250 is an annual listing of the top privately-owned businesses (by annual sales turnover) that are based in the Solent region – defined as most of Hampshire (south of Basingstoke) and parts of Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex (see map).

To be included in the listing, businesses need to be independent, private companies, headquartered in the region.

The listing sponsored by HSBC UK, Irwin Mitchell, RSM and CMA Recruitment Group, and compiled by The Business Magazine using recognised data sources such as Companies House and FAME. To be included, businesses need to be independent, private companies, headquartered in the Solent region.

Click for the Solent 250 2021 listing download page

Latest insights from the Solent 250 region

HSBC survey finds UK businesses looking to increase growth overseas in...

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In a survey of UK businesses, HSBC UK found that the signing of new trade deals between the UK and overseas markets will be...

Simplyhealth wins innovation award

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Personal finance comparison site finder.com has named Andover-headquartered Simplyhealth the winner of its Health Insurance Innovation Awards 2021. Simplyhealth, a leading provider of health and...

Natures Way Foods expands Selsey site

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Selsey-based Natures Way Foods, the UK's market leader in bagged salad, has invested in its site on the South Coast to support its long-term...

Amiri Group busy on construction projects

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Amiri Group, the construction, fit-out and special works business, has been appointed by Wynnstay Properties, working with Aitchison Developments, to build a three-unit trade...

Irwin Mitchell publishes consumer sector report

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Irwin Mitchell’s new report looks at the developing trends that are currently affecting the consumer sector. The Changing Consumer report examines key changes that...

RSM investigates the new Recovery Loan Scheme

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The Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) starts in April to replace the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan...

On-Site Group launches finance service

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Recruitment specialist On-Site Group has acquired financial services company Crest Finance to form On-Site Finance. The two Portsmouth-based businesses have worked together for a...

Marden Edwards collaborates on SETA apprenticeship programme

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Wimborne-based packaging machines manufacturer Marden Edwards has invested in apprenticeship schemes with Bournemouth & Poole College and the Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA). Through...

Stannah Lifts’ MD appointed president of industry body

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Andover-headquartered Stannah Lifts’ managing director Alastair Stannah has been appointed president of the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA). The company is a long-term...

Irwin Mitchell: BrewDog’s recipe for success

What herbs and spices did Colonel Sanders use to create KFC? Will we ever learn the secret recipe of Coca-Cola? How did Barr develop...

RSM: Post-Brexit rules for globally mobile employees and actions for employers

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After many months of speculation, the UK and the EU finally agreed a post-Brexit trade agreement to apply from January 1, 2021, onwards. An...

HSBC: Vaccine hopes drive Q1 economic recovery

In its economic update for the first quarter of 2021 HSBC provided a global growth forecast and predicted a revival for the UK economy...

Solent 250 members in the International Track 200

Congratulations to Solent 250 businesses Clearvision, Workdry International (Selwood) and CT Automotive for solid international sales performances that saw them appear in the 2021...

Elaghmore buys Formaplex in PE deal

UK private equity fund Elaghmore has acquired Formaplex, a leading integrated manufacturer and supplier of lightweight component solutions to the global automotive, motorsport, aerospace,...

Selwood invests in green fleet

Selwood has upgraded its pump rental vehicle fleet with the addition of six new DAF CF trucks. The trucks comply with Euro-6 emissions regulations,...

Sandown Group opens Mercedes-Benz of Newbury

Poole-headquartered Sandown Group has extended its retail network north into Berkshire with the acquisition of Mercedes-Benz of Newbury. The London Road site in Newbury...

Fusion People outlines 2021 recruitment trends

Specialist recruitment agency Fusion People has outlined the trends it predicts will dominate recruitment during 2021. In coping with Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, Fusion...

Sunseeker expands in Asia and trials new yacht

Luxury yacht maker Sunseeker has carried out the first sea trials of its new 90 Ocean Yacht in the English Channel near its Poole...

Solent 250 supports region’s dynamic businesses in 2021

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Despite a turbulent 2020 and uncertain year ahead, the sponsors – HSBC UK, Irwin Mitchell, RSM and CMA Recruitment Group – look forward to...

Hillier to open new garden centre at Syon Park Estate

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Romsey-based horticulture business Hillier will work with Syon Park to transform the garden centre, with both businesses investing significantly to improve the site. Through...

Wightlink invests in island technology

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State-of-the-art payment terminals developed by Isle of Wight-based WRS Systems have been installed across ferry company Wightlink’s 15 shops and cafés. The new payment system...

DB Foods: new brand, new board of directors

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Wholesale meat supplier DB Foods starts 2021 with a new board of directors and a corporate re-brand. The new-look board has created a new management structure...

RSM: Will Budget tax increases become Covid-19 casualties?

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RSM explores how the UK will meet the cost of Covid-19, which has been a burning question since the economic consequences of the pandemic...

Cautious approach for cruise industry in 2021, says CSS Group

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The cruise industry that is so important to the Solent region should start recovering as Covid-19 vaccines are rolled out, believes CSS Group, the...

Irwin Mitchell: Business Interruption insurance – businesses win big in Supreme...

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On January 15, the Supreme Court handed down its highly-anticipated appeal judgment in the Financial Conduct Authority’s business interruption (BI) test case. The Supreme Court...

HSBC: Journey’s end on road to Brexit

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Even with the new UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) in place, there will be new barriers to the movement of goods, services, investment...

On-Site Group highlights recruitment challenges for the engineering industry

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Brexit and Covid-19 head the list of challenges facing companies that are recruiting in the mechanical and engineering sectors, according to Portsmouth-based recruitment specialist...

Portsmouth Water looks to community partnership

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Portsmouth Water is developing a community partnership with local communities in a bid to achieve more together – and says it is keen to...