LS Productions from Midlothian in the top 10 fastest growing companies

Friday October 6th 2023

Marie Owen LS Productions

Marie Owen of LS Productions.

Written by Midlothian View Editor, Phil Bowen

LS Productions which was founded by Marie Owen from her home in Midlothian was last week named in the top 10 fastest growing companies.

The awards night for the FEBE Growth 100 (For Entrepreneurs, By Entrepreneurs) was staged at Abbey Road Studios in London with the successful power players in Britain’s business world coming to celebrate. The Growth 100 celebrates British entrepreneurship at its best – highlighting founders that are driving their companies to deliver significant sales, revenue and profit, against a backdrop of unprecedented economic challenges.

The Growth 100 list shows a spread of entrepreneurial success throughout the UK with London top of the list with 26 companies; South East coming second place with 13 companies; Yorkshire in third position with 11, and Scotland, East Midlands and East of England each with 8. Women are founders or co-founders of more than a third of all winning companies with the exact ratio of men to women founders standing at 66% to 34%.

And the list shows that it’s a whole variety of businesses achieving huge revenue growth: from the sale of morph suits and tights; to digital marketing security services; to vodka and garden sheds.

Making up the top 10 fastest-growing companies in 2023 are:

– Au Vodka (Swansea)
– ISA Support Services (Birmingham)
– Creation (London)
– 3S Money (London)
– LS Productions (Edinburgh)
– Power Sheds (Bradford)
– Golf Travel Group (London)
– Passenger (New Forest)
– Bold Security Group (Essex)
– Gift & Go (London)

LS Production’s Marie Owen said

“I’m beyond thrilled to see LS Productions’ name appear on the prestigious FEBE Growth 100 list, in fact I can’t quite believe it. If you could have told me that we’d be appearing on a list like this when I started the business back in 2006 from my kitchen table I’d probably have laughed and said ‘are you joking’. It’s such a fantastic achievement and so rewarding to see all the incredible hard work and dedication that myself and the team have put in to get recognised. Both in terms of growing a world-class global production company, but also a business that people genuinely love working for that is firmly rooted in the values of kindness, hard work and learning.”

LS Productions is a global production partner to brands and production companies, providing location and production services from hubs in the UK and most recently Malta. LS Productions has access to over 9,000 locations and specialises in film and television, commercials, music videos, fashion, and sports campaigns. The company moved into original content with the launch of LS Films in 2022. Clients include: Aston Martin, Adidas, HBO, Netflix, and Ralph Lauren and they have worked on projects featuring A-list talent like Meryl Streep, Harry Styles, Cristiano Ronado, Chris Evans and Ed Sheeran.

To be on the GEBE list businesses must be UK registered, independent and unquoted, meeting the following criteria:

– Sales between £3m and £200m
– Trading for at least three years
– An operating profit in the latest financial year
– Founder(s) must still be involved

The ultimate ranking of 100 was data-driven, with companies ordered by compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in sales over the last three financial years. Businesses were initially selected by either nominating themselves or through FEBE contacting them directly, as well as by accessing publicly available financial information.

In addition to the main list of 100, FEBE’s Watch List sits alongside the Growth 100 to celebrate businesses that do not meet all of the Growth 100 criteria, but have an amazing growth story and are achieving great things. Companies that made this year’s Watch List include: Bird and Blend Tea Co; Oddbox; PerfectTed and Wolf & Badger.

Commenting on the FEBE Growth 100 List, FEBE co-founder Charlotte Quince, said: “It’s an honor to bring such amazing group of entrepreneurs together to celebrate the success of the 100 fastest growing founder-led businesses in the UK. Our celebration is designed to feel as far away from a traditional corporate event as possible, so we are hosting an unforgettable night at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. A location which has welcomed the most iconic artists, composers and innovators over the last 90 years, will now be opening its doors to some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country…our FEBE members!”

Former Dragon’s Den Dragon and FEBE Growth 100 ambassador, Jenny Campbell added: “I’m very proud to be part of something that celebrates and supports the very best British entrepreneurs and their companies. FEBE Growth 100 focuses on true entrepreneurialism. Founders are unique: their experiences, their vision and their resilience are unlike anything else. So, we want to celebrate these ‘dare to doers’ and shine a light on the incredible accomplishments of some of the finest and fastest-growing companies in the country.”

FEBE, co-founded by Charlotte Quince and John Maffioli, was born out of a desire to celebrate true entrepreneurship, by focusing on the founders behind incredible businesses, as well as an aim to reinvigorate the current corporate business award scene with entrepreneurial dynamism.

Growth 100 partners include PwC UK, Lawrence Stephens and Pictet.

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