1000 Companies to Inspire Britain is a celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the United Kingdom. Initiated when the Telegraph collaborated with the London Stock Exchange more than six months ago to bring to life what we knew instinctively to be true: that SMEs are the lifeblood of the UK economy.

To be selected for the list, Harphp0w7PbQ7212dscape’s holding company, Earth’s Crust Resources Ltd., which was formed in 2003 to support aspirational and inspirational endeavours and to substantiate and underpin invested growth by its shareholders, had to demonstrate not only a positive expansion in revenue over the last four years, but also an increase in employee numbers, workspace, contract wins or patent filings.

The result was to be included in a list of companies richer and more varied than ever identified in any other exercise of this type.

It demonstrates that the United Kingdom has a diverse economy with companies on the list representing over 100 sectors; from architecture and automotive, to venture capital and wine, and, encouragingly, from across every region of the UK.