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Cath Kidston among Stock Exchange’s most inspiring companies

Womenswear brand and retailer Cath Kidston, Cornish lifestyle brand Seasalt and independent kidswear retailer Childrensalon have been named in the Stock Exchange’s 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain list.

The list, which is backed by the three main political parties, identifies 12 fashion businesses including cycling brand Rapha and beachwear brand and retailer Orlebar Brown as some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized companies in the UK.

Sports footwear etailer B Sporting, footwear etailer Legend Footwear, footwear retailer Footasylum, lifestyle minichain Joy, womenswear retailer Roman Originals, concessions retailer Touchstone Retail and knitwear retailer Woolovers complete the list in terms of fashion businesses.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “These 1,000 exemplary businesses show how SMEs punch above their weight – more than doubling their revenue over the past four years to deliver growth and create jobs across the UK.

“The government is backing innovative and ambitious companies like these to grow and export their products all over the world and I wish them continued success for the future. Access to finance is an important enabler to growth and the British Business Bank that the government has set up is playing a particularly important role in helping to ensure finance markets work more effectively for smaller businesses.”

“This is a remarkable list of outstanding companies,” said chancellor George Osborne. “These businesses have been built by the drive, commitment and vision of Britain’s entrepreneurs and business leaders.”

The report was compiled by Lloyds Banking Group, Business Growth Fund and Cenkos Securities.

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