We have saved our clients £85 million in energy spend to date, which in the current financial climate is of great benefit.’ And the company expects to sign up more clients to the technology as the leaner economic times continue.

Established in 2001, Power Perfector has developed technology, named voltage power optimisation (VPO), that saves energy, cost and carbon by optimising the incoming electrical supply voltage in commercial buildings.

Its main feature is its ability to optimise and improve the voltage for a whole site and therefore cut energy costs.

It has the funds to do so – its surprisingly helpful bank recently matched a placing pound-for-pound to give the company a handsome war chest.

‘In the past six months we’ve been offered almost an acquisition a day,’ says Makeham.

Chief executive Graham says the business’s ‘unrivalled offering to the market’ has been the key to success.

‘Our strength lies in the fact that we’re able to cater for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts across a number of activities.’ It is now planning to build online retailing.Of the pharmaceuticals industry, he says, ‘It’s not as affected by general economic factors as other sectors and there’s a fair amount of innovation, so it’s buoyant.’ Alliance intends to remain on the acquisition path, adds Dawson.As the co-founder of an international wine trading business, you would think that life would be non-stop long lunches.This was followed by the acquisition of Indian, which took Cupid into the vast sub-continent.And its latest deal, for two Brazilian websites, is not only potentially lucrative, but also means Cupid is active in seven core international regions.Beginning with its listing on AIM in June last year, Cupid has undergone impressive international development and achieved its goal of generating more than half of its revenues through overseas growth.

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