A former personal broker for high-net-worth individuals, Swiss-born entrepreneur Alex Pusco used the internet to expand his client base, establishing one of the first European online trading platforms in 2001. He moved the sales hub of ActivTrades to the City in 2005 before diversifying into his current mainstays of forex and spread betting. ActivTrades also offers services to institutions needing support for their portfolio managers and to independent brokers, as well as technology allowing punters to trade via their smartphones. Pusco is reportedly looking at setting up a South American operation. In 2013 ActivTrades made a £9.3m profit on £22m sales.
Latest turnover: £22m
Five-year rise in turnover: 460%
No. of employees: 113
Five-year rise in employment: 352%