Congratulations to our 3 investees featured in London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain

We are delighted to see three of our investees featured in London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain: CR7, Armstrong Craven and Helping Hands.


1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, now in it’s fifth year, is an annual celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK.


CR7 is a payment solutions provider formed in 2013 by Simon Wilding, an experienced executive in the field of card payment processing. He created an entirely new payment processing IT platform called Optomany, building in many innovative next-generation features.

Helping Hands

Founded in 1989 by Mary Lee and now led by her two sons Tim and Ben Lee, Helping Hands provides a wide range of tailored home care services, ranging from its hourly visiting service, to 24-hour live-in care. It also offers a nurse-led clinical care service which enables individuals with complex conditions to be supported at home. The business is headquartered in Alcester Warwickshire and operates from over 60 branches across the UK.

Armstrong Craven

Armstrong Craven began life as an outsourced partner to traditional recruitment practices. Since then, the business has evolved to become a highly regarded provider of senior talent and HR intelligence to leading global corporates in over 120 countries across all continents. Services also include supporting with workforce planning, business intelligence and HR consultancy.

Tom Mason, Armstrong Craven’s CEO, said:

“I am delighted that Armstrong Craven has been recognised in such a prestigious report.

“We continue to see significant growth in all of our sectors and have set our sights on becoming the global leader in providing the talent mapping, pipelining and insight services which enable our clients to take a more strategic approach to talent acquisition.

“We anticipate further recruitment across our own business as well as additional office openings as we cement our international footprint.”


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