A LEADING provider of fire control and safety solutions for the energy sector has been recognised in a prestigious report celebrating Britain’s most inspirational companies.
Blaze Manufacturing Solutions (Blaze), which was established in 2006 by Howard and Ann Johnson to serve the global oil and gas and renewables markets, has been identified – here – as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.
Mr and Mrs Johnson attended a special ceremony in London, held at 10 Downing Street, to celebrate the achievements of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses named in the report.
To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers.
Blaze, which is headquartered in Laurencekirk, and is at the forefront of fire control and safety systems technology, was noted for its 500 per cent growth in revenue in four years.
The specialist company offers fire safety protection, detection and loss prevention solutions for harsh and challenging environments including offshore production platforms, drill rigs, floating production units, onshore oil fields, terminals, refineries and petrochemical plants.
Blaze’s commitment to research and development has recently seen the firm entering the renewables sector, and other areas of interest include mining and working with the Ministry of Defence.
Howard Johnson, managing director at Blaze Manufacturing, said: “It is an honour to have been recognised in the Stock Exchange Group’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain.
“We have continued to invest heavily in research and development to enable us to enter new markets, which makes us significantly cheaper than some of our European counterparts.
“Having the correct personnel in place is vital as we continue to enter new markets and diversify our services, and we would like to thank our dedicated team who play a major role in the success of the company.”
Xavier Rolet, chief executive, London Stock Exchange Group, said: “Four years on, LSEG’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report continues to highlight the dynamic, entrepreneurial and ambitious businesses across the country that are boosting UK productivity, driving economic growth and creating jobs.
“London Stock Exchange Group is fully committed to supporting and implementing initiatives which improve access to and cut the cost of finance for growing companies.
“We welcome the Government’s focus on supporting SMEs as part of its Industrial Strategy and await the outcome of its review into long-term patient capital.”
Added The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: “Championing high growth innovative SMEs is crucial for the continued success of the UK economy and a country that works for everyone.
“We are committed to ensuring that companies of all sizes can access finance to grow, scale-up and create high-quality, well-paid jobs across the country.”
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