A host of the region’s companies have been named in a list which ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales. The region’s top-ranked company is fitness clothing brand Gymshark, which is also in the top three nationally. Founded in 2012 by Ben Francis in his parents’ garage, it sells direct to customers in 178 countries via its 13 multilingual websites. It recently moved into a new Solihull headquarters, which has a Gymshark logo that can be seen on Google Earth. It grew its international sales by 228% pa to £81m, on total sales of £103.2m, in 2018.