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9 July, 2015 - 16:52 By Tony Quested

Magnificent seven exporters make UK top 200 for international sales growth

Photograph: Robert Marshall (right) with Michael Marshall

Seven companies in the East of England have made the list of the UK’s top 200 fastest growing international sales stars.

Their burgeoning global performance will be paraded in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table published this weekend. It ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.
Hundreds of jobs have been created by the local heroes and their global sales have grown by an average of 58 per cent a year over two years to a total of £320 million on combined sales of £2 billion.

Seventy-percent of the local firms are new entrants to the league table, including the region’s highest-ranked company, 3sun Group. The Great Yarmouth business maintains wind turbines and supplies control panels for offshore oil and gas platforms.

A string of acquisitions helped to boost international sales by 103 per cent a year to £7.1m in 2015, placing the firm at No 20 nationally.

Conglomerate Marshall Group also makes its debut in the list, ranked at No 153, and contributed £1.4bn of the regional contingent’s £2bn total sales. Robert Marshall is the fourth generation to run this family-owned business, which is based at Cambridge Airport. Overseas sales reached £125.4m last year and were generated by the group’s aerospace division.

Audio visual equipment supplier Midwich – based in Diss (Norfolk) is second highest ranked local business in 31st position. It has achieved 86 per cent annual international sales growth in the last two years at £89k. 
Next comes Cambridge Commodities in 36th slot: The Ely company manufactures nutritional supplements.

KL Technologies in King’s Lynn is 54th; it makes technical materials. Comtec Cable Accessories in Huntingdon, a telecoms products distributor, is 70th and packaging manufacturer Erben, based in Ipswich, is 101st.
The East of England contingent feature alongside companies from around the UK, including cheesemaker Wensleydale Dairy Products, architect Zaha Hadid, Oscar-winning visual effects studio Framestore, and Cath Kidston, the homeware and fashion retailer.

• The International Track 200 is sponsored by HSBC and compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events company.

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