AYBL Group named Britain’s fastest growing private company

Brothers Reiss Edgerton and Kristian Edgerton, founders of AYBL. Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix Ltd

Redditch-based AYBL Group has been named as Britain’s fastest-growing private company, according to the inaugural Sunday Times 100 rankings.

The new report identifies Britain’s 100 leading entrepreneurial businesses.

Four companies from the West Midlands have been included in the top 20, with sportswear and fashion brand AYBL Group taking the top spot.

Founded in 2018 by entrepreneurs and brothers Reiss and Kristian Edgerton, AYBL Group designs shorts, crop tops, sports bras and other gymwear in neutral colours and simple designs.

In the last year the group has made £23.5 million in sales, a huge 359% a year increase since its founding year.

Last year the firm secured significant investment in a deal that valued the business at £50m, from their school-friend and co-founder of activewear brand GymShark Lewis Morgan. The company employs 50 staff and is looking to hire more.

Reiss Edgerton, co-founder of the AYBL Group, said: “After years of hard work, seeing the AYBL Group named as Britain’s fastest growing private company has definitely been a ‘pinch myself’ moment.

“It’s not easy founding a fast-growing business from scratch and what a journey the last four years has been for myself and my brother, Kristian.

“We couldn’t have done it without our talented colleagues, who have been instrumental in the business’ success. I’d also like to congratulate everyone else who made the list.”

Fourth on the list is Absolute Collagen, set up by mother and daughter duo Maxine and Darcy Laceby.

Maxine Laceby, CEO and co-founder of Absolute Collagen

Maxine began making collagen products from bone broth at her kitchen table and has spiralled into the company turning over £17.3m in sales in the last year, a massive 251% increase.

Maxine, who will be joining our Women in Business panel next Thursday (7th July) said: “We are incredibly proud to be in The Times’ Top 100. Our journey from the initial concept idea and unique formula to where we are now has been fast, furious, and fun!

“Conducting ourselves with integrity at every point has always been a priority. Our commitment and duty to our customers, our ‘Absoluters’, has always been at the forefront of our decision making.

“Achieving fourth in The Times Top 100 is evidence that putting the consumer above the bottom line is paramount.”

Sixth on the list is Solihull-based Lounge Underwear. Launched in 2016 by founders and couple Dan and Mel Marsden. The underwear business at Blythe Valley has made £62.5m in sales in the last year, a massive 214% increase.

Justine Chadwick (CWLEP Growth Hub), Coventry South MP Zarah Sultana and Ben Amanna from BOXRAW

Also featuring in the top 20 is BOXRAW, coming in at 13th. Founded by Ben Amanna, BOXRAW, is currently based at the Quadrant in Coventry city centre, and was founded in 2017.

It provides sportswear and equipment for boxing and has developed the world’s most comprehensive machine learning model for boxing training, based on the largest data set of boxers ever captured.

The firm is set to create 200 jobs this year after seeing sales rise by 156% to nearly £6m.

Ben Amanna said: “It feels great to be named on the list and it reminds me that we’re on the right path, serving a community that was previously undervalued and underappreciated.

“While it’s nice to get this recognition, we seldom rest on our laurels, and I’m focused on the next chapter ahead.”

Britain’s top 20 fastest-growing companies

Company name

Description

Sales in latest year (2022/21)

CAGR (Compound annual growth rate)

Number of employees

1

AYBL Group

Sportswear and fashion brands

£23,500,000

359.01%

50

2

Screen With Envy

Garden and home products designer

£14,521,000

262.83%

73

3

Thriva

Healthcare services provider

£74,441,440

261.37%

140

4

Absolute Collagen

Health & beauty supplements retailer

£17,350,940

251.73%

48

5

Everything Genetic

Healthcare services provider

£34,821,633

217.80%

51

6

Lounge Underwear

Underwear brand

£62,500,000

214.98%

100

7

Green Biofuels

Biofuel supplier

£47,522,000

211.25%

28

8

Really Local Group

Leisure and hospitality operator

£6,900,000

198.28%

55

9

myenergi

Renewable energy products manufacturer

£52,500,000

184.05%

350

10

Ooni

Pizza oven maker

£208,000,000

175.13%

300

11

Aspire Platforms

Construction hire operator

£14,069,591

167.34%

92

12

Freemarket

Cross border payments provider

£9,001,877

156.85%

55

13

Boxraw

Boxing clothing and equipment brand

£5,997,569

156.13%

34

14

Greenarc

Fuel and renewables broker

£17,805,698

140.95%

10

15

Brandbuildr

Consumer brands retailer

£17,600,000

135.36%

19

16

Pets Purest

Pet supplements retailer

£6,344,905

130.15%

10

17

MTArt Agency

Talent agency

£8,300,000

128.03%

11

18

The Skinny Food Company

Health foods retailer

£19,500,000

125.53%

30

19

Glencar Construction

Construction contractor

£160,404,341

122.45%

108

20

Oodle Car Finance

Car finance provider

£84,365,262

120.88%

324

The research for the Sunday Times 100 found on average the top 100 fastest-growing companies have increased their sales by 91 per cent a year over the last three years to a combined £4.7 billion in sales.

Over 13,000 new jobs have been created by the top 100 fastest-growing companies in the last three years, with each business creating an average of 130 new roles. In total these companies employ 20,746 people.

The top 100 fastest-growing companies have had a total equity investment of an astounding £587 million in 142 rounds since 2010, and £201 million investment in 22 rounds in 2021.

Jim Armitage, business editor of The Sunday Times said: “The Sunday Times 100 is our new-look annual celebration of the UK’s entrepreneurial achievements. The founders of these exciting businesses are vital job creators and innovators.

“The top 100 have performed exceptionally during the pandemic and show how some companies used the change to consumer and work habits to their advantage.”

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