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Chesterfield Champion Inspiring British Business

Chesterfield Champion, Whittam Cox Architects, have been listed in the fifth edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 companies to Inspire Britain’ report, published this month.

The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses across the UK. To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers.

Of the 1000 companies listed, around 40% are based in London/South East. The East Midlands and Yorkshire region, where Whittam Cox Architects are based, represents 14% of companies listed. Less than 10 Architects practices were listed in total.

The report states that creative industries continue to live up to their name by being one of the most innovative parts of the UK economy, generating an estimated £10.5m every hour and employing 3 million people. Creative industries have also been growing twice as fast as the whole economy in recent years; with a 7.6% increase in the sector’s gross value in 2016 alone. And, while the industry is often associated with the London tech sector, in fact, two-thirds of creative industries jobs are outside the capital, in areas as diverse as architecture music, fashion and museums.

The report has been supported cross-party from leading politicians, including The Rt Hon Theresa May MP who provided opening commentary in the report. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond MP also attended the official launch of the Report on the 15th May.

Nick Riley, Board director at the practice, commented:-

“We are genuinely delighted to have been recognised in this impressive publication; particularly in the context of its multi-sector national spread. We have put a huge amount of time and energy into redefining and shaping our business direction over the last three years. Whilst change process can of course be challenging at times, we believe we have created a strategic and operational model which will hopefully sustain us for the long-term.”

Ashley Turner, CEO at the practice, added:-

“As an Architect’s practice, our success is defined by our people, who are the reason for our ongoing success and we are grateful to everybody, both within and associated with our business, for supporting us along the way.”

Nikhil Rathi, CEO at the London Stock Exchange Plc, added:-

“We warmly congratulate all of the companies identified in this year’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report. Five years on, the report continues to demonstrate the strength and diversity of British businesses across the country. These dynamic companies are the backbone of our economy, playing an important role in the UK’s ability to innovate, export and grow.”

A full searchable database of all of the companies along with a downloadable pdf of the publication can be found online at

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