Commercial vehicle specialist MC Group is celebrating after being named in the Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 which lists Britain’s leading mid-market private companies with the biggest sales.

The company, which hires out, sells, services and maintains commercial vehicles from seven locations across the south east, has also been praised for its work in keeping essential transport services running during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Long-established MC Group was ranked 190th in the special Covid-19 edition of Top Track 250, published this week, with sales up nine per cent at £131.8 million and operating profits up by 11 per cent at £14.2 million.

Headquartered in Maidstone, Kent, the company employs 380 staff and has a rental fleet of more than 2,800 vehicles.

Group Managing Director Simon Dawson: “We are naturally delighted to be included in this prestigious listing. It is testament to the loyalty, skill and dedication of our brilliant team at MC Group.

“Their hard work has, as ever, been consistently excellent in delivering the best possible service to clients, especially during the pandemic as we were able to keep vital transport supply routes open.”

He added: “Our successful results this year show that we remain a trusted supplier and partner to so many customers in the commercial vehicle world.

“We, like every other business, have been enduring particularly challenging trading conditions and have had to take some difficult decisions, but we face the future with renewed optimism and this accolade will spur us on wards and upwards.”

The 250 companies in the 16th edition of the Sunday Times PwC Top Track 250 achieved combined sales of £59.7bn, a 17 per cent increase year-on-year, and profits of £5.1bn, up 25 per cent.

They employed 405,000 people, up 15 per cent over the period, although some have since made redundancies. Despite tough trading conditions, 77 per cent said they were optimistic about their post-pandemic prospects.

Arif Ahmad, of title sponsor PwC UK, said: “There’s no doubt that 2020 has posed unprecedented challenges. But time and again, we’ve seen business leaders rising to that challenge, adapting their plans and taking the opportunity to innovate.

“This year, it’s more important than ever to recognise and congratulate the companies featured in the Top Track 250. They are the backbone of the UK economy.”

Companies are ranked by sales in their latest available accounts – with minimum required growth of five per cent in profit or sales. Details on financials and staff largely relate to before Covid-19 struck. MC Group’s year end is December.

Established in 1987, independently-owned MC Group is a complete commercial vehicle solutions provider and asset management company. It is comprised of MC Truck and Bus Ltd and MC Rental Ltd.

The company, which has seven locations covering Essex, Kent, Sussex and Hampshire and has strong family links across generations, also has its own training school.

It offers a comprehensive range of services to the commercial vehicle industry, including new and used truck sales, servicing, repairs contract maintenance and preventive maintenance and parts.