Three Pet Companies Make Sunday Times Top 100 List

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Three pet companies make Sunday Times top 100 list
4th December 2017

By Sandra Pearce
Three pet companies have made it onto The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 list, a league table that ranks Britain's 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. 
 
Pet Brands (coming in at 38), Nutriment (50th position) and Lintbells (83) will receive their awards next May.
 
Pet Brands’ annual sales rise over the last three years has been just under 70%. Employing 44 staff, the pet products manufacturer supplies retailers in 58 countries including Brazil, Australia and China. 
 
It has its own-brand lines, makes pet accessories and treats for the Hello Kitty, Alan Titchmarsh and RAC brands under licence, and creates own-label products for a variety of retailers. 
 
Brothers Ravi and Sunny Sharma, 31 and 33, bought the business in 2009 when sales were £1m. Last year the firm relocated to a new £2m distribution facility in Birstall, near Leeds, helping turnover hit £15.9m in the year to January 2017. In March, it acquired Vital Pet Products for £12.8m.
 
Raw pet food manufacturer Nutriment produces four ranges of frozen dog food, including an organic range, on its website and through retailers such as Ocado and farm shops. 
 
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Making more than 180 tons of raw products a month, the firm reached sales of £5.5m this year. It attributes its success to customers wanting to be better informed about what they are feeding their pets, and plans to open a third factory in 2018.
 
Annual sales rise for the company which employs 35 people over the last three years is at 64%.
 
Founder Suzanne Brock said: “When Nutriment began four and a half years ago we were simply determined to make an exceptional raw dog food that would stand out in the market place. Our success has been based on our adherence to quality and customer service and creating strong partnerships with our retailers in order to increase footfall into their stores.  
 
“Our performance has been a testament to our adherence to core values as well as the support of the happy customers who spread the word about our wonderful food!”
 
This is the second year in a row on the league table for pet supplements company Lintbells. Started in 2006 by John Howie, 45, and John Davies, 57, Lintbells has worked with the Royal Veterinary College and New Zealand’s Marlborough Research Centre to develop its products. 
 
It sells to dog, cat and horse owners in more than 15 countries, helping sales hit £9.8m in 2016. Last year it opened research programmes in New Zealand, and it plans a range of anti-inflammatory products within the next four years. Annual sales rise over the last three years has been 52%, and it employs 53 staff.