The owners and directors of Britain's 200 fastest-growing mid-market private exporters were recognised this week at the sixth annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 awards ceremony,held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London.
The International Track 200 league table ranks the UK's mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing overseas sales.
The International Track 200 fastest-growing company award, also sponsored by HSBC, was presented by Ian Stuart to co-founder & Joint Chief Executive Rosemary Squire and Chief Financial Officer Helen Enright of Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG).
Rosemary and her husband and business partner, Sir Howard Panter, have built ATG into the world's largest live-theatre group, with 45 venues in the UK, US and Australia.
The company also co-produces award-winning shows such as Jersey Boys and The King and I, and is backed by Providence Equity Partners. ATG's overseas sales rocketed 338% a year from 1m to 17m in just two years, helped by its acquisition of Broadway's biggest theatre.
Rosemary thanked HSBC and The Sunday Times for the recognition of ATG's success. We grew the business from nothing and it has been a fantastic journey, she said. Those stories of me starting out with my office in the back of my little red BMW are absolutely true.
In May 2015, ATG made its first European acquisition, taking a majority shareholding in BB Group, one of the leading producers and promoters of premium live entertainment in Europe, with a particular strength in touring musicals and dance productions throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
In August 2015, ATG agreed
terms with the co-owners of Sydney's MLC Centre QIC and The GPT Group for
the lease and management of the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia. A
milestone development that marked ATG's first theatre in Asia Pacific, and a
region that will continue to play a major part in ATG's international expansion
In September 2015, ATG completed the acquisition of ACE Theatrical Group (ACE) in the US; a company which specialises in the operation, design, development and construction of world class, live performance venues throughout North America.
ACE's impressive portfolio of large-scale theatrical venues comprises the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York; the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas; and the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio, Texas.