Firms among top exporters

An apprentice working with her mentor in a factory

An apprentice working with her mentor in a factory

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Two companies from the 
area have made it into the coveted Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.

The fifth annual league table ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest growing international sales.

There are currently 21 companies in the Midlands represented in the table with two coming from the area.

Ranked 82nd out of the top 200 is engineering firm Manthorpe, of Brittain Drive, Codnor Gate Business Park, which employs 280 
people. The company has seen a 47 per cent rise in annual 
international sales over the last two years.

A spokesperson from Manthorpe said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our employees for helping us to achieve our 
continued growth.

“There is no doubt that the Manthorpe Group would not be what it is today without their hard work and dedication.

“Manufacturing and exports are essential to the continued growth of the UK economy, and we are happy to be contributing to the country’s global performance.

“Manthorpe has been based in Ripley for more than 30 years and in that time we have developed a strong commitment to the area. All of our products are manufactured on site, and our skilled workforce is drawn from the local communities.

“We have always tried to give something back through our involvement with local schools and our highly respected apprenticeship 

Ranked at 39 and a newcomer to the list was Somercotes firm Equip Outdoor Technologies, an outdoor clothing supplier which owns the Lowe Alpine and Rab mountaineering brands.

Equip, of Wimsey Way, which employ 98 staff has seen its annual international sales grow by 69 per cent in the last two years.