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Orbital is recognised in the 4th edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s report on ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’

Orbital Education, which runs 10 international schools, from its base near Manchester, has been listed in a report published by the London Stock Exchange Group, which recognises ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’.

This publication identifies the UK’s most dynamic SMEs and high growth potential companies across all sectors and regions, highlighting the best of British small business. Amongst the companies listed, average growth achieved over the last 3 years was 70% and only those companies that are out-performing peers in their sector, by showing sustained and consistent growth, made it onto the final list. Five other companies in the Education sector are included in the report; of these, only Orbital Education is working in international education. More detail on the research methodology can be found in the report online at   

Orbital Education was founded in 2006 by education entrepreneur Kevin McNeany, who had previously founded Nord Anglia and led it to its listing on the New York Stock Exchange. McNeany was born in the County Armagh village of Keady and qualified as a teacher in 1964.  After years working in challenging schools in mainland Britain, he started the first Nord Anglia language school in 1972.  McNeany's own educational philosophy is at the core of Orbital schools, all of which offer the English National Curriculum and promote traditional British values. 'The British education system is very much admired across the world and is the reason why many of our parents, who represent over 50 different nationalities, choose to send their child to an Orbital school” says McNeany. The worldwide distribution of Orbital schools means that the group is resilient to the pressure created by geo-political and economic uncertainty and enables it to continue to grow.

Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said: “Four years on, LSEG’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ report continues to highlight the dynamic, entrepreneurial and ambitious businesses across the country that are boosting UK productivity, driving economic growth and creating jobs. The strength and diversity of these companies is readily apparent with a broad mix of UK regions and sectors represented. These companies are the very heart of an ‘anti-fragile’ economy: more robust; more flexible and less prone to boom and bust. We must ensure we continue doing all we can to support high growth potential businesses like these.

The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “I want to congratulate the 1000 companies from across the UK featured in London Stock Exchange Group’s pioneering 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report. Championing high growth innovative SMEs is crucial for the continued success of the UK economy.”