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Chapman Freeborn rises up Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 table

Global aircraft charter specialist Chapman Freeborn has risen seven places in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 250 list.

The Gatwick-based company was ranked 155th in the annual league table of Britain's biggest mid-market private companies having come in at 162nd in 2008.

Despite the global downturn, the Sunday Times commended those on the list for having proved 'remarkably resourceful and resilient through 12 months of recession'.

It also praised the mid-market firms for their innovation in increasing their sales by creating fresh products and reaching out to new customers at home and abroad.

Chapman Freeborn provides air charter and aircraft leasing services to a wide range of customers from VIPs and tour operators to humanitarian aid organisations and national governments.

The company helps move cargo and passengers, coordinating more than 5,000 aircraft charters in 2008. Operating out of 32 offices in 22 countries, earlier this year it expanded into Africa with a new office in Uganda.

Audited accounts for 2007 revealed a turnover of over GBP 221 million - and last year's figure is set to show a significant increase.

Other companies featured in this year's list include household names such as Manchester United, Harrods, Weetabix, and McLaren F1.

Together, the 250 companies on the Sunday Times list generate turnover of GBP 68bn, equivalent to about 5% of Britain's GDP, and employ more than 520,000 people.

12th October 2009