10 Downing Street opens its door for Liz Walton

Bruntingthorpe Finance Director, Liz Walton, was one of a select group of successful business owners invited to No 10 Downing Street when the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) honoured 1,000 fast-growing small and medium-sized companies who have inspired Britain. For Liz, one of the four Waltons running the family-owned Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and Airfield, stepping through the most famous front door in the country was the icing on the cake during a day that started well before most of us were having breakfast.

“There were about 100 of us and we had to be at the Stock Exchange at 7.20am for a breakfast reception ready for the market opening ceremony at 8am. This was followed by a presentation by Greg Clark, Secretary of State of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and a panel discussion,” explained Liz. “The morning concluded with a special reception at 10 Downing Street. It was an exciting occasion and certainly one I shall never forget.”

It was the fourth edition of the LSEG’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report – which annually identifies and celebrates the fastest-growing and most dynamic businesses across the UK – that recognised Bruntingthorpe’s impressive performance. To be included in the list, companies need to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years that significantly out-performs their industry peers. Companies are selected on the basis of returns to Companies House and it wasn’t until earlier last month that anyone at Bruntingthorpe knew the business had been included.

All 1,000 companies received a commemorative plaque. But only a select group of directors were invited to Downing Street – an occasion described by Liz as both ‘surreal’ and, speaking of the LSEG recognition, a huge tribute to the staff at Bruntingthorpe. “We feel honoured and proud to be formally recognised by the LSE and it is a great tribute to the hard work and dedication of all our staff and their contribution to the success of the company,” she said.

In his tribute to the successful firms, Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive of the LSEG, spoke of the contribution they make to the nation. “The 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. 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.”

Arrangements for the day at the Stock Exchange and visit to Downing Street were made before Theresa May called the general election, which mean that under election rules the souvenir photographs of Liz on the steps on No 10 cannot be published until after June 8th. But they are already in the Walton family scrapbook!