1000 Companies to Inspire Britain


02 December 2013

 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain
 

Xavier Rolet, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group
"Our report seeks, for the first time, to identify 1,000 of the most exciting small and medium-sized companies in the UK"
 

London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain: a landmark report that identifies some of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises.


The term SME describes a very broad church of businesses, from the high-street greengrocer to the high-tech manufacturer and exporter. Within this group of more than 4.5 million UK companies there is an exciting subset of fast-growing, dynamic businesses. These "gazelle" companies, as the CBI calls them, or the "vital six per cent", as think-tank Nesta describes them, are of exceptional importance to UK economic growth and job creation.


Celebrating the success of these SMEs is a shockingly under-reported story and 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain, seeks, for the first time, to identify 1,000 of the most exciting small and medium-sized companies in the UK.


"In this report, we have focused on metrics beyond short-term revenue and profit growth"


We have also made the very deliberate decision not to rank the 1,000 companies; not least because such a list is out of date the moment it is published. Also, it is easily skewed by the time period chosen or the choice of financial benchmark, and it has an inbuilt bias towards industries that are on the up at the time the research is carried out.


The list of businesses reveals that the UK is a diverse economy, with companies from more than 100 sectors ranging from architecture and automotive, to venture capital and wine. Encouragingly, these companies come from every UK region.

http://www.lseg.com/resources/1000-companies-inspire-britain

http://www.lseg.com/innovators
 



Chevrolet Wins 2013 IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship


21 October 2013

Chevrolet Wins 2013 IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ Championship
For Second Consecutive Year, Gold Bowtie Clinches Coveted Award

FONTANA, Calif. (October 19, 2013) – With Will Power’s victory tonight at Auto Club Speedway, Chevrolet has clinched its second consecutive IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ championship.

"We are proud of the teamwork and dedicated efforts of our drivers, teams and technical partners that culminated in Chevrolet's second consecutive IndyCar Series manufacturers' championship," said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.  "The Chevrolet IndyCar V6 engine gave our teams the right combination of power, fuel economy, and reliability that resulted in winning this prestigious award.

On the way to the coveted title, drivers of the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 twin turbocharged, direct-injected engine tallied a total of 10 wins in the 19-race 2013 IndyCar Series season that included the exciting win by KV Racing Technology Chevrolet driver Tony Kanaan in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500.

“Clinching the 2013 IndyCar Series manufacturers’ championship with the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 twin turbo-charged direct-injected engine is the result of a collaborative and cooperative effort by our teams and technical partners,” said Mark Kent, Director, Chevrolet Racing. “Chevrolet, Ilmor Engineering, Hitachi, GM Racing Powertrains, Pratt & Miller Engineering and our Chevy teams worked tirelessly to put the best combination of performance and reliability that resulted in this title.  Congratulations to everyone whose contributions have made this second consecutive championship possible.”

The Chevrolet IndyCar V6 team and driver roster that contributed to Chevrolet capturing the Series’ manufacturers’ title are: Team Penske – Helio Castroneves, Will Power and AJ Allmendinger; Andretti Autosport – Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, EJ Viso and Carlos Munoz; KV Racing Technology - Tony Kanaan and Simona De Silvestro; Panther Racing – Oriol Servia and Ryan Briscoe; Ed Carpenter Racing – Ed Carpenter and Dragon Racing – Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastian Saavedra.

Chevrolet returned to IndyCar Series competition in 2012 with Ryan Hunter-Reay capturing the driver championship in addition to the manufacturers’ title. Previously Chevrolet competed in Indy-style racing as an engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V8 engines that powered Chevrolet to seven Indianapolis 500 victories, and six driver championships.

2013 VICTORIES:
St. Petersburg – James Hinchcliffe
Barber Motorsports Park – Ryan Hunter-Reay
Sao Paulo, Brazil – James Hinchcliffe
Indianapolis – Tony Kanaan
Texas Motor Speedway – Helio Castroneves
The Milwaukee Mile – Ryan Hunter-Reay
Iowa Speedway – James Hinchcliffe
Sonoma Raceway – Will Power
Reliant Park (Streets of Houston) Race No. 2 – Will Power
Auto Club Speedway – Will Power
TOTAL: 10
Connect with Team Chevy on social media.  Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/TeamChevy, follow us on Twitter @TeamChevy, and add +TeamChevy into your Google+ circles.
Team Chevy racing photos are available at: http://media.gm.com/product/public/us/en/gmracing/photos.html
About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year.  Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

CONTACTS: Nancy Wager              Judy Kouba Dominick
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Championship Battles - Fontana California


21 October 2013

Championship Battles in the Forefront as Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Heads to Auto Club Speedway for Season Finale

DETROIT (October 16, 2013)  - A championship battle is on the horizon for the Chevrolet teams and drivers in the IZOD IndyCar Series as they head for the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. After 18 weeks of racing on road and street courses the season ends at one of the toughest oval tracks on the circuit.  The two-mile, D-Shaped Fontana, California track provides high speeds, an abrasive surface and the opportunity for tricky pit strategy for the championship hopefuls to traverse. 

"The Finale at Fontana this weekend will decide numerous championships for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar racing season and our Chevrolet drivers, teams and technical partners are burning the midnight oil preparing for it,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series.  “We have a strong racing package at this venue and deep talent within Team Chevy.  Flawless execution will be required to come out on top.  The drama of the championship battles coupled with 500 miles of superspeedway racing under the lights at Auto Club Speedway makes this race event the most intense of the year.  Fans should be on the edge of their seats, or standing, whether they are in the grandstands or watching it live on NBC Sports Network or following it on Sirius XM radio.” 
While everyone’s minds are focused on the tasks at hand this weekend at Auto Club Speedway the community’s thoughts are still with their injured competitor, Dario Franchitti from Chip Ganassi Racing.

“All of us at Chevrolet wish the best for Dario Franchitti and those who were injured or affected in the last lap crash in Houston,” continued Berube. “This sport pulls together like one family in these situations and everyone at Team Chevy is hoping to see Dario up on his feet and back in the race car soon."

250 laps are all that remain between Team Penske Chevrolet driver Helio Castroneves and his first IZOD IndyCar Series championship.  The veteran driver enters the finale 25 points behind the championship leader, but looks to have a strong run at Auto Club Speedway.  The Brazilian has one victory on the season at the 1.5-mile oval Texas Motor Speedway and is poised to battle for the win and if all the stars align take home his first series title. 

Chevrolet is also gridlocked in the battle for the coveted Manufacturers’ Championship title.  The quest to defend their 2012 award will come down to if the Bowtie Brigade can find their way to Victory Lane for the 10th time this season. 

All the championship hardware will be presented following the 250 laps/500 mile race which is scheduled to start Saturday at 8:00 p.m., PST with live TV coverage on NBC Sports Network.  Additional live coverage will be provided by IMS Radio Network on XM and Sirius Channels 211 as well as on www.indycar.com live timing and scoring.

Connect with Team Chevy on social media.  Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/TeamChevy, follow us on Twitter @TeamChevy, and add +TeamChevy into your Google+ circles.
Team Chevy racing photos are available at: http://media.gm.com/product/public/us/en/gmracing/photos.html

About Chevrolet:
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year.  Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


CONTACTS:   Nancy Wager              Judy Kouba Dominick
                      727.415.3109                317.408.1049
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GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON


08 October 2013

Simona De Silvestro Captures Career-First Podium in Reliant Park Race No. 1

SHELL AND PENNZOIL GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON
TEAM CHEVY RACE NO. 1 RECAP

DETROIT (October 5, 2013) – Simona De Silvestro, No. 78 Nuclear Entergy Areva KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, led the way for Team Chevy in Race No. 1 of the Grand Prix of Houston with a second-place finish today.  It was De Silvestro’s first-career podium finish, and her IZOD IndyCar Series career-best finish.

Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers also capturing top-10 finishes in the 17th round of the 2013 19-race season were Sebastien Bourdais, No. 7 McAfee Dragon Racing Chevrolet, in eighth place followed by EJ Viso, No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Andretti Autosport HVM Chevrolet, in the ninth finishing position.

Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet, came into today’s race leading the point standings by 49 points. However, on lap 23 Castroneves slowed on the track, and nursed it to pit lane with a shifting problem.  Castroneves returned to competition on lap 32, nine laps down to the leader.  Additional problems plagued the team for the remainder of the 90-lap race, and Castroneves had to settle for an 18th place finish.  He retained the point lead, but by only eight points leading into Sunday’s Race No. 2 on the temporary circuit of Reliant Park Houston.



THE SHELL AND PENNZOIL GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON
OCTOBER 6, 2013

Will Power Wins Race No. 2 of Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park
Mechanical Issues Drop Helio Castroneves to Second in Points Heading into Season Finale

HOUSTON (October 6, 2013) – Will Power showed his prowess at street racing with a convincing win today in Race No. 2 of the Grand Prix of Houston at Reliant Park – round 18 of the 19-race 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.

It was the second win of the season for the driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, who led a race-high 51 laps of the 90-lap/153-mile race. The victory moved Power to seventh in the standings with one race remaining in the season.

"Congratulations to Will Power, Tim Cindric and the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar team on their win today in Houston,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Will drove an amazing race, and the pit stops were quick and efficient all-day long. We are looking forward to the final IndyCar race in Fontana."

James Hinchcliffe returned to podium form with a third-place finish in his bright No. 27 GoDaddy Pink Andretti Autosport Chevrolet honoring the fight against breast cancer.

Sebastien Bourdais was the third Chevrolet IndyCar V6 driver in the top-five. Behind the wheel of the No. 7 McAfee Dragon Racing Chevrolet, Bourdais finished fifth.

Other Team Chevy drivers in the top-10 were: Oriol Servia – 7th and Simona De Silvestro – 10th.

Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Shell V-Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet, suffered a mechanical issue that sent him to the paddock on lap 11. The crew changed the gear-box unit and Castroneves returned to competition on lap 47, 37 laps down to the leader.  He lost the lead in the point standings for the first time in 10 races, and heads to Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, California 25 points down to the leader.

The battle for the 2013 IndyCar Series Manufacturers’ title will also be decided at the season-ending race.  Chevrolet is tied with Honda for the crown at nine wins each.

The final race of the season is set for October 19, 2013. The MAV TV American Real 500.  The race will start at 5:30 p.m. PST with live TV coverage on NBC Sports Network.

Connect with Team Chevy on social media.  Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/TeamChevy, follow us on Twitter @TeamChevy, and add +TeamChevy into your Google+ circles.
Team Chevy racing photos are available at: http://media.gm.com/product/public/us/en/gmracing/photos.html


About Chevrolet: Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year.  Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


CONTACTS: Nancy Wager              Judy Kouba Dominick
                        727.415.3109              317.408.1049
                        [email protected]    [email protected]



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