Icing on the cake

It’s certainly been a phenomenal year so far for the Jupiter Group.

And, last night, was the icing on the cake – when our CEO and group MD Mark Tweddle and his wife and director, Yvonne, attended the Park Lane Hilton in London for The Sunday Times International Track 200 awards ceremony dinner.

It comes after we had the huge honour of being ranked 17th in the 2018 the International Track 200 after proving to be one of Great Britain’s fastest growing companies when it comes to multi-million-pound international sales earlier this year.

The 9th annual International Track 200 awards dinner ceremony helped further highlight the work of Jupiter Group, alongside other innovative and impressive growth companies who had also made it onto the coveted list.

Putting GB on the map

Mark and Yvonne got to mix with senior managers and owners of other top performing private mid-market UK firms, all hailed as being engines of the British economy and putting GB on the map as leading exporters.

Fellow invited guests included the founder and director of Aerfin, Bob James OBE; Mark Constantine CBE, co-founder and director of Lush; Tom Joules, founder of Joules; and Richard Joseph, founder of Joseph Joseph.

Mark and Yvonne also got to hear insights from speakers Steve Hewitt, chief executive of fellow Midland business Gymshark, a Solihull-based fitness clothing brand, who gave an “impressive speech”; as well as Carol Kane, co-founder and joint CEO of boohoo.com, in a Q&A with Sunday Times’ business editor Oliver Shah.

Jupiter amongst inspirational Great British firms

In the evening programme, handed out to all guests, Amanda Murphy, Head of Commercial Banking at HSBC, highlighted how all the companies appearing in this year’s league table were inspirational.

She stated: “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the success of businesses that are taking the best of British to markets across the globe.

“You are all embracing international opportunities and exploring new routes to growth.

“Your presence in this year’s league table is fully deserved and you’re an inspiration to businesses throughout the UK that are looking to make their mark on the world stage.

“You have all faced challenges and strong competition as you’ve moved into new markets, but your resilience and determination has kept you on the path to growth.”

We are certainly one of those companies exploring new routes to growth globally, including with its unique cultivation of new, and superior tasting, table grapes in Greece, Chile and India. 

“Fantastic and insightful” evening

Mark and Yvonne described the evening as “fantastic and insightful” and added that they were both “honoured” to attend the event and mix with other high-profile companies who, like Jupiter Group, are “proud” to be making a mark on the world stage.

We entered the prestigious Sunday Times’ International Track 200 after recording an average of 127.5% annual international sales growth over the past two years.

In the last two years global exports have risen sharply from £1.8m in 2015 to £9.42m in 2017, while overall sales have risen dramatically to just shy of £60m in the last five years.

You can find out more about Jupiter’s exciting grape developments here and more about companies who made it with us onto this year’s International Track 200 here.

Based in the UK, Jupiter Group is a leader in the global fresh produce market. Jupiter grows and supplies citrus, top fruit, stone fruit, kiwi, soft fruit and a range of exotics.

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