Not one North West company has make the top 10 of the Sunday Times’ annual ranking of the top 250 mid-market growth companies in the country.
The region’s first showing in the list is by Warrington-based Betfred, at number 15, which operates nearly 1,400 betting shops and an online gaming service.
Its sales grew 10% to reach £579m in 2016 and profits grew more than 5 times to £40m aided by the acquisition of 322 stores. It employs more than 6,100 people.
Published this weekend, the 13th annual Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table ranks Britain’s private mid-market growth companies with the biggest sales.