Nurture Repeats Fast Track Success


Nurture has rounded off a record year with a second consecutive appearance in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100. The achievement is the more remarkable as it underlines consistent growth over an extended period of time. Nurture is one of only 36 companies in the 2015 rankings which also featured in 2014.

The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table, now in its 19th year, ranks Britain's 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. Fast Track 100 is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each December, with an awards event at Sir Richard Branson's Oxfordshire family home and follow-up alumni dinners.

Over the three years to March 2015, Nurture recorded a compound annual growth rate of 43.64%. Turnover in the final year was £16.7m with an operating profit of 10%. Sales in the year to March 2016 will reach £22m partly due to the acquisition of Integritas Landscapes on 1st November 2015.

Peter Fane, Managing Director of Nurture Landscapes, commented: “I am absolutely thrilled Nurture has achieved a repeat appearance in the Fast Track 100. It is a phenomenal performance by all our staff and we are grateful to the clients who entrust us with maintaining their landscapes.”

To provide a solid platform for the further development of the business, Nurture has made significant investment in people and procedures:

Recruiting and retaining strong regional management teams offering a local service with national resources;

Appointing dedicated staff for Quality Assurance, Health and Safety and Training;

Securing ISO9001, 14001 and 18001 international standards;

Applying for Investors in People certification.

Commenting on the awards, Virgin founder Richard Branson noted the importance of family businesses. Despite the spectacular growth of recent years Nurture retains the family atmosphere. The unified sense of purpose and commitment, working together as a team, is rooted in employees sharing in the success of the company. Staff own around 20% of Nurture, and employees who “go the extra mile” are rewarded on a regular basis.

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