Guildford-Based Specialist Eye Hospital Named One of '1000 Companies to Inspire Britain' by London Stock Exchange

Guildford-Based Specialist Eye Hospital Named One of '1000 Companies to Inspire 
Britain' by London Stock Exchange 
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 02/06/14 -- In new
research by the London Stock Exchange, Optegra, the specialist eye
hospital group whose head office is in Guildford, has been identified
as one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized
businesses (SMEs) in the UK.  
The new report, '1000 Companies to Inspire Britain' is based on
landmark research and celebrates some of the most successful SMEs in
the UK.  
As well as identifying 1,000 companies, the publication examines in
detail the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs and looks at the
sectors and trends that will shape the future of the UK economy.  
Greater London accounts for 267 companies out of the 1,000, with the
remainder spread evenly across the country. South East England and
North West England are separated by just 18 companies with a number
of regional hubs being highlighted in the report. 
Gareth Steer, Managing Director for Optegra, said: "We are in a
unique position because Optegra is a group of hospitals that is
dedicated purely to ophthalmology services. This is a very specialist
approach, which means we can offer the latest in technologies and
services in a five-star environment." 
The report celebrated that Optegra has grown its business so
strongly, now operating 23 Optegra facilities across Europe - from
just one in the UK less than five years ago. 
Gareth continues: "Our success is largely due to patients being
delighted they chose us and then sharing this positive feedback with
friends and family and through testimonials and social media."  
To celebrate the report, Gareth Steer attended a launch event held
with CEOs from around Britain at the London Stock Exchange.  
The research paints a vibrant picture of the British economy, as well
as dispelling certain myths: manufacturing, for example, accounts for
almost a fifth of the companies within the index. The UK's technology
is in very good health, with 105 tech businesses making the list of
1,000. Over 100 sectors in total are represented; from architecture
and automotive, to venture capital and wine, with companies from
across every region of the UK.  
Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said: "The
UK has some of the most inspiring growth businesses in the world. Our
report showcases some of these fast-growing and dynamic companies;
the type of companies we believe will help fuel the long-term growth
of the UK economy. Working with the Government and the wider
financial community, we need to foster an ecosystem that promotes the
right type of funding for businesses at each stage of their journey,
so that together, we can drive our own prosperity."  
The report was compiled and audited by Growth Intelligence, a UK
software company specialising in monitoring the real-time data
footprint of UK companies. To be considered for inclusion in the
report, companies had to meet a range of criteria. These included
being UK based, having a turnover of between GBP 6-250 million in the
last 12 months and a minimum of three years in operation. Companies
had to demonstrate not only a positive growth in revenue over the
last four years, but also an increase in employee numbers, workspace,
contract wins or patent filings.
Charlotte Sutton
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