DYSON are one of the top 10 private companies in the UK, a league table revealed.

The Sunday Times' HSBC Top Track 100 list ranked the Malmesbury firm as having the seventh highest sales across the country, at a staggering £4.4bn in 2018.

This is a 24 per cent increase on last year's figures, when Dyson were ranked as the ninth highest limited company.

The technology giants employ 9,500 members of staff, in their Singapore headquarters and their Wiltshire research hub, which recently had a £200m investment put into it to accommodate 2,000 workers and a vehicle testing track.

They were one of five companies from the South West and Guernsey to make the top 100 list and were the highest ranked in the region.

The league table programme is sponsored by HSBC, Linklaters and PwC, and is compiled by Fast Track, the Oxford-based research and networking events firm.

Amanda Murphy, head of commercial banking for HSBC UK, said: "It's reassuring that UK businesses are navigating change so confidently and the companies in the Top Track 100 are an inspiration to all.

"The five companies in the Southwest and Guernsey are the kinds of firms that provide the backbone of our economy, and we at HSBC UK are thrilled to see them thrive."