Now in its third year, our Most Searched list showcases the top 10 companies and director searches of the year. So in 2012 who were you looking for?
Former Rangers Football Club owner, Craig Whyte was named as the most searched director in the last 12 months. Given that Whyte oversaw the most disastrous period in the football club’s history, with the club placed in administration and relegated to Scottish League Three.
However, more successful business tycoons fill the next four consecuitve slots:
- Lord Sugar holds second spot, with his Apprentice and Young Apprentice series continuing to make an impact; inventor Tom Pellereau’s Stylfile has had a massive success in the beauty market, as well as Susan Ma’s Tropic Skincare. Plus Amstrad released YouView, their digital TV box to compete with Sky, BT Vision and Virgin Media
- Dragons Den follow with Theo Paphitis taking 3rd place, Peter Jones 4th and Duncan Bannatyne 5th; all have had successful 2012s and Paphitis has just announced that he will no longer be a Dragon due to focusing more on his business ventures.
There is a small gap between the “celebrity” business leaders, with vehicle rental entrepreneur David Fishwick taking 6th place and the elusive Barbara Kahan named in 7th.
However, order is restored with Richard Branson taking 8th place. Did you know that he has featured in the top ten most searched company directors list since its inception in 2010? Virgin Media was recently sold to Liberty Global for $23.3bn; which saw Branson take home £201.7m from the deal. Former Dragon and serial entrepreneur James Caan takes 9th place.
And at number 10, Michael Norcross. The owner of Sugar Hut, the Essex nightclub favourited by the reality “stars” of ‘The Only Way is Essex’.
So what about the companies? Our research shows that construction business, Killby & Gayford Limited, which entered administration in 2012 topped the list. Despite gaining high profile commissions such as the refurbishment of the Wallace Collection Art Gallery, this was not enough to save the 152 year old company.
Unfortunately, construction companies continue to dominate the top ten most searched for companies, which saw 621 insolvencies in the last quarter of 2012. However, Tesco and Travis Perkins Group, break up the construction dominance with second and third place respectively.
You can see the top 10 directors and companies by clicking here.