After entering the Catalyst Corporate Finance Fast 50 for the first time this year, we’re very proud to announce we went straight in at number 5.

The list ranks UK recycling and waste businesses by their two-year compound annual growth rate. 2015 was an extraordinarily competitive year, with 33 of the Fast 50 posting double-digit growth on this measure.

The average 2 year CAGR of the Fast 50 was 17%. First Mile easily outperformed this benchmark, posting 35.1% and sailing in to the top 5 of the list.

We provide commercial recycling and waste services to over 13,000 businesses in London and Birmingham. Providing outstanding customer service and embracing technology and innovation has driven this remarkable growth which is expected to continue at pace in 2016.

The list has been part of the CIWM Sustainability and Resource Awards since 2014 and Steve Lee, Chief Executive at CIWM said “It is heartening to see companies that are continuing to thrive in our industry, and we are delighted to be able to recognise and reward this once again this year.”

Bruce Bratley, our founder and all round good egg, said:

“We’re thrilled to that our growth has been recognised with a top spot on the Waste Fast 50 We’ve spent the last ten years revolutionising the commercial waste market by making it easy for businesses to save the planet. Our services save them money and lead to the fantastic results we have reported in recent years”.