Ground Control named as one of Europe's 5000 fastest-growing companies

Ground Control has been named as one of Europe's 5000 fastest-growing companies.

A Ground Control arboriculture team at work. Image: Ground Control
A Ground Control arboriculture team at work. Image: Ground Control

The Billericay, Essex-based grounds maintenance and commercial landscaping company, has been included in the Inc. 5000 Europe 2018 list, published by American business magazine Inc.

The listing follows Ground Control’s Number 2 ranking in the Horticulture Week Top 50 Landscape Contractors list and inclusion in the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Europe report last year.

Some 18 months ago, Ground Control also won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

Inc. is a New York-based magazine and its 5000 Europe listing recognises the innovative achievements of European companies in generating sustainable growth and jobs. It also publishes annual lists of the 500 and 5000 fastest-growing privately held small companies in the US, called the "Inc. 500" and "Inc. 5000".

It described Ground Control as a company which is "truly powering the European economy", following its growth rate of 20% a year.  It now operates across 45,000 sites throughout the UK and employs more than 3,000 people. Clients include Network Rail, Tesco, Severn Trent Water, Sainsbury’s, Arqiva, Tower of London, BP Oil, Birmingham City Council and Laing O’Rourke.

Ground Control chief executive Simon Morrish said: "It is a true honour to be recognised in this way. Across our many sites throughout the UK, our people work incredibly hard to deliver consistent, high-quality services to our customers. It is this commitment to outstanding customer service that has driven our unparalleled customer retention rate and consistently strong growth. A huge thanks goes to the whole team for their amazing hard work and dedication."

Inc. chief executive Eric Schurenberg said that being listed on the Inc. 5000 Europe was a significant achievement: "The median company on the list increased sales by more than 254% since the start of 2013, while the average honouree grew a mind-boggling 473%. Those are results most companies could only dream of in the economy of the past three years."

Alongside Ground Control, the Inc. 5000 Europe list companies included HelloFresh, Dyson, Moo and Coolblue.

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