Yours Clothing in Peterborough ranked top in region by Sunday Times for fast growing exports
Peterborough fashion retailer Yours Clothing has been ranked as the region's top firm for its fast growing exports.
Founded 34 years ago by Andrew Killingsworth, the company has made its first entry- ranked 81st - into the Sunday Times' prestigious International Track 200 league table.
It is the East of England's highest placed company for the growth of its overseas sales over two years.
The company, based in Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, sells plus-sized clothing from more than 160 stores in the UK, Ireland and Germany.
It opened 26 stores, including one in Dublin and three in Germany, in the 2019 financial year.
Yours has 14 websites shipping clothes to more than 90 countries.
Its international sales grew at an average of 53 per cent per year over two years to an annual £9.9 million in 2019, on annualised total sales of £103.9 million.
Last summer, Yours announced record sales in the face of mounting challenges on the high street.
Yours Clothing sits alongside well-known British brands based across the UK including Mountain Warehouse, which opened 21 shops abroad last year; BrewDog, which was valued at £1 billion in 2017 and now has nearly 100 bars worldwide and Charlotte Tilbury Beauty, the London-based cosmetics and skincare brand, which ships to 76 markets.
International Track 200 star alumni include Skyscanner, Specsavers, Lush and Endava – which first featured on the league table in 2012 with exports of £3.6m, floated on the NYSE in 2018 and is now valued at more than $2.5bn.
Amanda Murphy, Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC UK, one of the sponsors for the league table, said: "The Sunday Times International Track 200 shows the strength, ambition and resilience of companies across the UK.
"The five new entrants in the East of England are making a significant contribution to employment, driving prosperity and growth and are the sort of businesses we are pleased to support every day.”