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Grass Roots Meetings & Events recognised as a fast-growing company in America

19 September, 2014

Grass Roots

Reinforcing global capability and scale

— Inc. magazine, the monthly US business publication, has ranked Grass Roots Meetings & Events Inc, the New York based arm of the global Grass Roots Group, at number 994 in its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of America's fastest-growing private companies.

The list represents the most comprehensive view of the most important segment of the economy - America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names, have gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

‘We are very excited to be included into this illustrious listing and with a high ranking in our first year. The fact we made it into the ‘Top 10 Travel & Hospitality’ companies in the whole of the USA, is testament to the progress our business has made and the trust our clients have instilled into our people. We have ambitious plans to expand our services to clients in other locations with the country and hope this will continue to bring further success. The team is now fired up to improve our rank in 2015.’ says Grass Roots President, Barry Richards.

The 2014 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at, is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved impressive three-year growth of 516%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $211 billion, generating over half a million jobs in the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

In a time of uncertainty for other meetings and events agencies, Grass Roots is thrilled with progress and industry recognition. The Grass Roots New York office is located in midtown Manhattan, and since opening has developed a reputation within the industry as a trusted and professional partner in the Meetings & Events space. The experienced team delivers venue sourcing, full event planning, event technology solutions, housing management and consultancy on Strategic Meeting Management Programs.

The UK based Grass Roots Meetings & Events operation is also seeing rapid growth and collaboration between the US and UK, in particular, has reinforced the company’s global capacity and ability to create great value for clients in multiple locations.

Hannah Wilkinson, Client Services Director for Grass Roots, is delighted to see recent successes, ‘Our offering in the UK, Europe, APAC and the US is joined-up and our talented teams are working collaboratively to deliver the best possible solutions for our clients. Recognition in the Inc. 500|5000 has highlighted our strength and we’re delighted to see significant growth in existing and new accounts.’

The Grass Roots Group is the world’s leading provider of employee and customer engagement solutions.

Founded in the UK in 1980, we operate in 15 countries throughout the world.

Grass Roots Group companies have over 14,000 clients, including 41 of the FTSE 100, 104 of the FT Global 500.

Grass Roots in the UK has been listed in the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014 Sunday Times Top 100 list of Best Companies to Work For.

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More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000

The 2014 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2010 to 2013. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2010. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2013. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2010 is $100,000; the minimum for 2013 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.'s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

About Inc. and the Inc. 5000
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today's innovative company builders. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 6,000,000 today. For more information, visit

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.
For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit

For further information please contact:
Hannah Wilkinson, Client Services Director, Grass Roots Meetings & Events T: 01442 829 400

Charlotte Leo, Operations Director Event Services, +1 212 710 5264,

Charlotte Jackson, Group Communications & Marketing Manager, Grass Roots Group T: +44 (0)1442 829 400

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