Four local businesses named in top 500 list

Brewers Head Office Ashford Rd Eastbourne SUS-150114-125128001
Brewers Head Office Ashford Rd Eastbourne SUS-150114-125128001

Four Eastbourne companies have featured in a report into the Top 500 Companies in the south.

The list, released earlier this week, was compiled by IT services firm Taylor Made Computer Solutions and features local businesses The Little Group Ltd, Caffyns PLC, C Brewer and Sons Ltd and Apex Car Rental.

Book retailers The Little Group Ltd made the list with a turnover of £232,217,000, ahead of car dealership Caffyns PLC, which recorded a £193,196,000 turnover.

Painting and decorating retailers C Brewer and Sons Ltd and Apex Car Rental also made it into the top 500 with turnovers of £138,985,000 and £121,999,000 respectively.

Tim Walker, managing director of Taylor Made Computer Solutions, said, “We are very proud to present this list, which is the result of months of painstaking research and provides a definitive and very clear picture of the performance of businesses in the south.

“The overall picture is positive – it shows a slow but steady rise in turnover and profit as the economy continues to pick up.

“What’s also striking is how much the south’s largest companies contribute – not just in pure financial terms but also in the phenomenal number of people they employ and their contributions to charity and their local communities.

“It’s also a reminder of just how many of the country’s largest companies choose to base themselves in the South, a fact which the business community here justifiably takes a great deal of pride in.”

The full list of 500 companies – which is freely available and easily searchable at – includes data on sales figures, pre-tax profit, net asset value, number of staff and average salaries.

Taylor Made Computer Solutions has been presenting the report for the past 15 years. It is based on audited accounts filed at Companies House by December 2, 2014.