Last week, US multi-national GCP Applied Technologies Inc announced that it is acquiring Stirling Lloyd, the fastest-growing company in Catalyst’s 2017 Chemicals & Coatings Fast 25. The news didn’t surprise me – as my colleague Ali Robertson discussed in a recent interview on BBC Radio, many UK chemicals and coatings specialists are thriving by differentiating themselves, adding value through innovation, patented technologies and leveraging highly skilled employees. The result? Almost half the businesses in the Fast 25 have recorded double-digit annual sales increases over the past two years and are attracting not only an international customer base, but also international acquirers like GCP. Listen at 01:41:04.