A top 20 place on the official list of Derbyshire’s Top 200 businesses brings to a close a successful 2018 for global aerospace supply chain specialist Pattonair.

The firm was delighted to be named at number 20 in the Derby Telegraph’s recently-published Top 200 Companies index. The list, which was compiled by researchers at the University of Derby’s Management School, ranks all active private sector businesses in Derby and Derbyshire by turnover and other measures including profitability, assets and liabilities, share price and number of employees. The index, overall, reveals the significant strength and diversity of the business sector in the city and county in which we are based, with an economy worth £14.9bn and real strengths in advanced manufacturing and technology. The geographical area remains one of the strongest-performing in the UK and plays a big part in Pattonair’s own continued success.

Pattonair CEO Wayne Hollinshead said: “I’m absolutely delighted with this listing which once again affirms Pattonair’s position as one of the best businesses in our home city of Derby, that we can continue to succeed and grow in what continues to be a challenging economic climate is testament to our people, our culture and our values here at Pattonair and the contribution our entire team has made to our continued success.”

The Top 200 listing is just one highlight of an action-packed year that has also seen Pattonair named as one of the UK’s fastest-growing medium-sized businesses by the Sunday Times. It was a new entrant on the paper’s Top Track 250 league table, ranking at number 68 and one of only five Derbyshire companies on the list.

In July, Pattonair opened the doors of its new head office in a strategic, iconic location on Pride Park. The building, which houses 55 key executive and administrative staff, represents a significant investment and reaffirms Pattonair’s commitment to Derby. The firm also took its biggest ever exhibition presence to the Farnborough International Air Show to showcase the business to the industry and develop relationships with clients.Whilst there, it extended a global OEM and MRO parts support contract with the world’s leading rotorcraft turbine manufacturer, Safran Helicopter Engines, until 2025 – one of several major contract wins for Pattonair during the year.

Wayne Hollinshead added: “2018 comes to a close on the back of a robust trading performance which saw us post strong figures for sales, profit and growth. We have renewed contracts with all our major solutions customers, which extend at least until 2020 and in most cases for longer. In addition, our new strategy has increased the level of long-term agreements and repeat orders from ongoing customers, which has led to a sustained increase in the long-term order book and level of repeat orders.“It’s time for us all to reflect on a job well done and refocus on taking that success into 2019 and beyond.”