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Around Noon has won a place on Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 for second year in a row,  one of a small number of companies to make the prestigious ranking twice in succession, and it is believed the first food manufacturer in the UK to do so.

The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 league table ranks UK private companies with the fastest-growing sales.

The Newry based company has experienced significant growth in recent years as it has increased business with existing clients and acquired a Slough-based business to expand its sales in greater London.

It supplies a wide range of sandwiches, wraps, salads, bakery items and cold-pressed juices to leading coffee-shop chains and convenience retailers as well as contract caterers.

Commenting, CEO Gareth Chambers said: “This achievement recognises the hard work that our team in Newry and Slough have put in to grow our business, as well as the fantastic partnerships we have with our clients. There are some outstanding businesses in the league table and we’re very proud to be listed alongside them.”

 Around Noon CEO, Gareth Chambers, and Chairman Howard Farquhar
Around Noon CEO, Gareth Chambers, and Chairman Howard Farquhar.

 Newry based construction and fit-out contractor, mac-group is also on the list.

The Fast Track 100 is sponsored by Virgin Atlantic, Barclays, BDO, BGF and N+1 Singer, and is compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm.

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Group, which has supported Fast Track 100 for all 22 years, commented “Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of UK business and have always been the beating heart of positive change. In a climate of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to recognise those entrepreneurs, like those of this year’s Fast Track 100, who are making the world a better place for everybody.”

The full league table is published on 2 December as a 10-page supplement with the business section of The Sunday Times both in print and in the digital edition, and on www.fasttrack.co.uk

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