Two Redditch companies, which feature in London Stock Exchange Group’s flagship ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2018 report, have been praised by Rachel Maclean, the MP for Redditch County, for helping to boost the town’s economy.

F.W Thorpe Public Limited Company, an electronic engineering firm, and Lexon (UK) Limited, a professional services provider, are included in the report which profiles the 1,000 most dynamic and fastest growing SMEs across the UK.

These two successful Redditch companies make a massive contribution to the town’s economy and are big employers too. Thorpe employs 591 people, with Lexon boasting 820 employees.

The two firms are also continuing to recruit new staff here in Redditch. In the last two filings made to Companies House, the data shows Thorpe has recruited 77 new staff and Lexon has employed 336 new people.

Thorpe and Lexon are two of just 93 companies from the West Midlands to feature in the London Stock Exchange Group’s prestigious report. This is the fifth annual edition of this ground-breaking publication which shines a light on the success of SMEs across the UK.

SMEs are the heartbeat of the UK’s economy, driving jobs and growth, including here in Redditch. Their dynamism also plays a huge part in the UK’s ability to innovate and export, and in doing so, creates the high-quality jobs of the future.

Rachel said: “Redditch is home to some fantastic businesses, small and large, and the London Stock Exchange Group’s report clearly shows our town is helping to drive the West Midlands and UK economy forwards.

“Both Thorpe and Lexon have put Redditch on the map and make a huge contribution to our town’s economy, as well as employing hundreds of residents. We should all be very proud of their success.

“As we create a country that works for everyone, dynamic and fast-growing SMEs here in Redditch are playing a big part in the UK’s ability to innovate and export, and are also creating those high-quality jobs for the next generation.”