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Luxury powers ahead

Aston MartinA recent survey reveals that the makers of sports car Aston Martin and Sunseeker luxury power boats are among Britain

Other companies, such as Hydrasun, the oilfield-services provider, and exploration business Corpro, have been boosted by record energy prices.

This year’s No 1 is Yorkshire-based AFI-Uplift, which makes powered access lifts, helping the construction industry meet EU safety directives.

Its profits have soared 114% a year from £549,000 in 2003 to £5.4m in 2006, and are expected to almost double in 2007.