Ascot Group CEO Andrew Scott discusses the Ascot Group Conference and his thoughts on 2019.
It was an incredible day yesterday hosting our annual Ascot Group conference at the Weston College Conference Centre.
It’s my opportunity to bring all my teams together across Purplex, Insight Data and Business Leader for a high-energy day where we reviewed how each business has performed, discussed our plans for 2019 and shared our 3-year vision.
In 2018 we employed 24 new people with 41 new jobs over the last 2 years. We’ve implemented a ‘continuous learning’ process to upskill our team and stay at the cutting edge and invested more than £1m in the business in the last 2 years and achieved the following results:
- Purplex grew 40% in 2018 and gained a record 49 new clients.
- Insight Data had its best ever year and now works with 9 out of 10 major suppliers in the fenestration industry.
- Business Leader magazine became Britain’s leading B2B media for CEOs and entrepreneurs.
What will 2019 bring?
Since 2004 the Ascot Group has doubled in size every 2.5 years and we won’t let Brexit stand in our way. Whatever the impact of Brexit we are committed to further investment and have set ambitious growth targets with some exciting new initiatives.
We have just formed an Executive Board and appointed a top corporate lawyer and new Finance Director with PLC and M&A experience. We will work closely with ambitious companies who are serious about building their brand and creating sustainable growth. And we’ll continue to evolve and adapt our business to meet market needs while also considering potential acquisitions that fit with our eco-system and ‘world class’ ethos.
The Ascot Group Conference yesterday was designed to inspire and inform my team with great presentations and speakers, lots of fun and fantastic achievement awards. But it also had a major impact on me too. I realised how passionate, committed and talented my team really are, and what an honour, and responsibility, it is to lead such an incredible team.
As a result, I am now even more motivated and committed to making 2019 a fantastic year for our business and the customers we work with.
So, 2019, let the battle begin.