Featuring alongside some of the UK’s most respected and dynamic brands, our ranking of 74 was a noteworthy achievement for this regional development business that has seen the Group’s strategic land, development and construction businesses flourish – despite Brexit’s progressively challenging economic backdrop. Indeed, the resilience of Highwood businesses and their rise to the top has been nothing short of meteoric, giving rise to a turnover of over £100 million in the year ending February 2018.
This private, Romsey-based development company was formed by our three founding owners, Nigel Meek, Nigel Shannon and Malcolm Mintram 15 years ago who have since taken the business from strength to strength and made it the influential property business it is today. Their investment into strategic land has been integral to our current standing and served as the launch pad for the organisation’s delivery platform: the Highwood Group. This tactical move has seen our land investment arm promoting in excess of 5,000 housing plots in Hampshire in the last four years alone – all that in addition to the provision of new schools, road infrastructure, community centres and affordable housing.
Recognised by the industry’s most prestigious awards bodies
The Group’s achievements have certainly been cause for much celebration; in addition to its inclusion on the Fast Track 100 list, the industry’s most prestigious awards bodies have been quick to endorse our successes.
The company recently scooped two high profile award wins for Fast Rising Property Business of the Year and Development of the Year (Residential – Large) for our landmark North Stoneham Park project in Eastleigh, near Southampton. Just one month earlier, two of Highwood’s premier care projects were included in the most recommended UK Care Homes awards list by carehome.co.uk with our Netley Court scheme with partner, Cinnamon, and Adderbury scheme with partner, Gracewell, both featuring in the Top 20 Care Homes South East England 2018. The judges scored the project exemplary marks that equalled Highwood Group’s hugely successful Pine Martin Grange care home in Wareham, Dorset, which won the award for Best New Elderly Care Home at the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2018.
The same month, Highwood was named in the London Stock Exchange Group’s (LSEG) ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2018’ report; an annual report that identifies the UK’s fastest growing SMEs and high growth businesses and which was certainly a jewel in the Highwood crown. That accolade came on the back of Highwood’s phenomenal ranking of 15 in The Business Magazine’s Solent SME 100 list – an acclaimed annual list that reflects the standings of the top 100 private companies in the region based on sales growth. Both results have gone a long way to asserting Highwood’s presence in this fast-paced and very competitive sector.
‘The last 12 months have certainly been our most successful to date,’ revealed Guy Hayward, Highwood Group’s Managing Director. ‘To be featured in the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 list is nothing short of an incredible achievement and, naturally, the entire team at Highwood deserves high praise for its hard work and dedication. Together, we’re building beautiful homes in fabulous settings, creating jobs for the region and making valuable contributions to our economy.’
Our founders envisage significant longer-term growth too. This year the business will see further expansion for the Highwood Group – an additional 50% on the 2018 financial year – and extensive growth in the investment side of the Highwood business. It’s clear that what is really setting Highwood apart from its national developer competitors is a thriving partnering philosophy and an impeccable reputation in Highwood’s area of operation that continues to open doors to opportunity.
To celebrate Highwood’s achievement in the Fast Track 100 2018 rankings, the team has now been invited to attend the Fast Track 100 conference and awards dinner to be held at the Branson’s family home in May 2019.
To find out more, you can download a copy of the Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 at http://www.fasttrack.co.uk/league-tables/fast-track-100/